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Focus on Sustainability

This webinar series is geared to landscape professionals, land managers, garden enthusiasts, and anyone who stewards the land. The series is presented through collaboration of the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), ReScape, DeepRoots Kansas City, and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Known regionally and nationally for their quality education programs, these organizations are working cooperatively to share knowledge and encourage conversations with landscape professionals and gardeners from around the country and the globe.

Interactive webinars are taught by experts from across the country and cover a wide range topics relevant to sustainable landscapes. Additional webinars are being scheduled; please check back often for an updated list of offerings.

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Recorded webinars from all past seasons of A Focus on Sustainability are available for free to ELA Members from the Member Page.

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Interested in giving a webinar? Send your topic proposal and bio to ela.info@comcast.net.

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January 2021

Webinar: Grassroot Seed Propagation of Native Plants

Fri, January 22 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seeds and increase the number of native plants in the landscape with an abundance of genetically diverse seedlings.

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Webinar: Expanding Biodiversity – Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Wed, January 27 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

This presentation emphasizes the importance of planting natives as both a sustainable approach to gardening and an opportunity to attract birds to your yard.

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February 2021

Webinar: The American Oaks – Diversity, Ecology, and Identification

Wed, February 3 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

Familiarity with oaks is vital for anyone looking to garden for biodiversity. Tim will show us how to identify most of the twelve species native to New England and offer guidance on species selection, installation, and maintenance for establishing oak trees in our managed landscapes.

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Webinar: Regenerative Design – How Living in Agreement with Nature Helps Organizations Thrive

Mon, February 8 @ 1:00 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST

This program will explore how adapting an ecological framework that acknowledges biological limits supports healthy design.

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Webinar: Oak Red-List Project – Main Threats to Oaks and Saving Oaks from Extinction

Wed, February 10 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this presentation, Dr. Westwood will discuss the economic, ecological, and cultural value of oaks, and will explain the threats each species faces and the conservation efforts underway to save the oaks.

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March 2021

Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for Budgets and Gardens of All Sizes

Wed, March 31 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.

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April 2021

Webinar: Proper Planting Practices: Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?

Wed, April 7 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this presentation, Richard McCoy will provide information on current techniques of proper planting, how to correct unseen issues that are borne in the landscape nursery, the importance of the plant root collar, plant placement by matching site conditions to a plant’s cultural needs, and how these efforts add value.

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Webinar: Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

Wed, April 14 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This presentation describes how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall.

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Webinar: Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors

Wed, April 21 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Learn about common insects in our communities and how to support them.

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Webinar: Going Underground: Unearthing the Role of Soil Organisms in Plant Health

Wed, April 28 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this presentation, Dr. Serita Frey will explore how the quality of the soil determines the capacity of land to support natural ecosystems and human society.

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