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May 2019

Eco-tour: SITES Certified Taylor Residence – Artfully Designed Pollinator Oasis

May 9 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Margot Taylor Residence, 823 Creek Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Join designer and home owner, Margo Taylor for this private tour of her residence, which received 3-star certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the highest award given in the residential class. The SITES certification recognizes sustainable practices in landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The Taylor property is the only SITES-certified residential property on the East Coast and is a model for sustainable landscape practices, education, and enjoyment. Margot used creative management techniques for soil and water resources to restore…

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Eco-tour: Native Trees and Shrubs for Beauty and Birds

May 29 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT

The inclusion of native plant material in the landscape helps increase biodiversity and sustainability. Shrubs and trees play a major role in the symbiotic relationships amongst all life on our properties while simultaneously enhancing beauty and interest. Take a walk through this professionally landscaped property to learn and see firsthand how native plant and native cultivars enhance the landscape, add different textures and colors, and moreover play a vital role in the overall health of the plant community. Pines, serviceberries,…

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June 2019

Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. Educate attendees about the increasing options and applications for native plants. Demonstrate that native plant gardens can be beautiful as…

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Celebrating Natives Garden Tours: Calling Ecological Designers

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Call for Ecological Designers to Showcase Your Projects From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Lori Silvia Photo - Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. - Educate attendees about the increasing options and…

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Eco-tour: Carex: Foundation Species for Successful Plant Communities

June 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Van Berkum Nursery, 4 James Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
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Native sedges are gaining in popularity, growers are responding, and more varieties are coming to the market. With so many to choose from, there are endless options of color, texture, and size. But what characteristics are most important? Which Carex varieties are clumpers? Where do we look for height without flop? Which are well-behaved spreaders, and which are too aggressive? And what companion plants blend well with Carex varieties to create pleasing and successful plant communities? Carrie Chalmers Photo This…

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July 2019

Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden Tour

July 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Green Art Garden, 30 US-Route-1-Bypass
Kittery, ME 03904 United States
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The Ecological Landscape Alliance invites you to tour the private gardens of landscape designer and pollinator expert, Thomas Berger. When choosing plants to support insects in our gardens, we want to make the most of our limited space. Which plants nourish the most species? And which kinds of insects need our support the most urgently? Thomas Berger has been designing landscapes for insects for more than twenty years in his own gardens and client gardens. Thomas pays particular attention to…

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Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

July 30 @ 8:30 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Woodman Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane
Durham, NH 03824
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Free Meadow Workshop Pre-registration is required. Register by phone at 603-862-3200 Or register online at: UNH Cooperative Extension Office Research Field Tour During the Research Field Tour Dr. Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Professor and Researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, will share results from ten years of research on wildflower meadow establishment, helping you to successfully plan, prepare, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional wildflower meadow that blooms all season long. Xerces staff will help you identify native…

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September 2019

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Meadows are an important ecosystem for biodiversity. They host numerous native plant and wildlife species, but without natural occurrences, such as fire, these open spaces would revert to forest. Mechanical mowing creates disturbance that promotes invasive plants, one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-complete, displace, or kill native species. Non-native species—many introduced to Massachusetts accidentally or on purpose for garden or landscape use—thrive and proliferate in disturbance. To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a…

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October 2019

Eco-tour: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Urban Oasis for Visitors in an Ecological Package

October 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Formerly a toxic brownfield, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) was transformed with award-winning waterfront redevelopment designs by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Focused on sustainability, this series of ecological parks runs 1.3 miles along the East River in Brooklyn and has become a significant 85-acre, biodiverse, urban landscape and community resource. The park forges new connections between the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods and the East River, overcoming the longstanding separation that resulted from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, steep grade separation, and former industrial land…

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