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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.

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

Not an ELA Member? Click to join ELA and gain free access to our webinar library. Recorded webinars from the current season are available for viewing soon after the original presentation date.

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

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November 2020

Webinar: A Stick in the Spokes – Meaningful Interventions in Landscape Systems

Mon, November 9 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

How do we embrace principles of regenerative design on private land parcels where functional needs preclude true rewilding? What happens when we invite and then interrupt the feedback loop in some aspects of a place, but not in others? Join this webinar to learn more.

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Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Mon, November 16 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

The 8th Season of A Focus on Sustainability webinar series beings with a look at native groundcovers. Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

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Webinar: The Challenges and Complexities of Ecological Gardens – A 5-year Journal of Discoveries

Tue, November 17 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Ms. Silvia will share the process, challenges, and discoveries she has made while managing concept, design, installation, plants, and daily maintenance of the landscape.

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Webinar: Evaluating Soil Health

Wed, November 18 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

This webinar will explore quantifying soil health through laboratory analyses included in the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH) and will address management strategies for improving and maintaining soil health under different cropping systems.

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December 2020

Webinar: What’s Growing on at Monticello?

Tue, December 8 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Monticello gardening initiatives which include developing an innovative farming center highlighting Thomas Jefferson’s connection to food, farming, and civic agriculture.

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Webinar: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Mon, December 14 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

With rich, inspiring images from around the world, author, educator, and landscape designer Nancy Striniste explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

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January 2021

The Green Industry’s Black Thumb: Pollution from Our Use and Disposal of Plastic Plant Pots

Wed, January 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Without plastic pots, the Green Industry would not have grown into the multibillion dollar industry it is today. But now, billions of single-use plastic plant pots are disposed of annually in the United States. Find out more about the problems and learn steps we can take to remedy them.

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The Challenges of Restoring Urban Native Habitat

Wed, January 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Patches of native habitat in urban and other degraded areas provide important ecological services. Focusing on Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Orange County Great Park in California, where complex habitat was integrated with civic needs, Dr. Handel explores strategies for restoring connections between fragmented and degraded remnant habitats.

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Grassroot Seed Propagation of Native Plants

Fri, January 22, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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