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September 2019

Webinar: The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: Why Native Plants Matter to Songbirds and the Food They Eat

September 11 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Residential landscapes and gardening practices can have a positive (or negative) impact on wildlife. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying plant and wildlife interactions. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and non-native plants to food webs by studying breeding birds in Washington D.C. suburban yards. In addition, she will talk about the relationships between plants and insects, why insects matter to birds, and steps you can take…

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Webinar: The Art of Integrating Rainwater

September 26 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Brookside Gardens, an award-winning public parking garden, is a showcase for celebrating rainwater within a high-profile public space and to over a million visitors a year. The site design and green infrastructure were developed in tandem allowing for harmonious stormwater solutions within the overall site design. The design for the entry, parking garden, and associated plaza spaces solved numerous problems including pedestrian and vehicular access, flexible and beautiful gathering spaces, security, and expanded parking, while highlighting Brookside’s philosophy of sustainability…

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October 2019

Webinar: Regional Effort on Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management

October 11 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Ecological landscaping with climate change to prevent future invasions and assist native migrations Bethany Bradley, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Species are adapted to tolerate a certain range of climate conditions. As a result, species around the world are shifting their ranges in response to climate change. But, many of these species – especially plants – won’t be able to keep up with the rapid pace of climate warming. Gardening with regionally native plants has the potential to expand…

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Webinar: Creating Beautiful Gardens While Rewilding the Landscape

October 15 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

There are several aspects of effective landscape designs that make them successful. Understanding the technology of specific plants and how they may integrate into any given landscape is the key to composing beautiful plantings. Designed space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies. In this presentation, we’ll look at how to utilize cool and warm season plant characteristics to stabilize soils and create desirable compositions. We’ll discuss the…

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Webinar: Plants with True Grit

October 23 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Both in the designed landscape and in the wild, plants thrive or die within a wide variety of conditions, often surprising us with either outcome. Our observations and experiments can help us choose which plants have a greater chance of tolerating the conditions we want to place on them. In this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions. Amy Nyman is landscape designer and owner of…

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Webinar: Climate Change and Its Effects on Trees and Their Relationship to Insects

October 29 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

National Park Service Photo After slowly cooling throughout the past millennium, Earth has substantially warmed over the last 40 years, and effects on trees and insects are already apparent. There is a strong scientific consensus that this warming is caused by human emission of greenhouse gases. There also is a substantial discrepancy between this scientific consensus and perceptions of the public regarding climate change. Dr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation;…

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November 2019

Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

November 11 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Of the seven species of hydrangeas sold in New England nurseries and garden centers, two of these species are native to the US. This presentation showcases many gorgeous new cultivars bred from these natives, which can be more adaptable to our climate & soil variations. Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas. Prepare to be dazzled! Andi Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified organic land-care professional, private garden…

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December 2019

Webinar: Bell’s Woodland – Creating a Native Garden from Disturbed Woodland at Chanticleer

December 3 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Developing a native woodland garden, in suburban areas, comes with specific challenges such as soil degradations and erosion, abundance of invasive exotic plant species, and a need to manage stormwater runoff. In his presentation, Mr. Walczak will discuss soil restoration, evaluating the effectiveness of different methods for a variety of situations; invasive plant species removal eradication versus suppression; and Hugelculture both as a way of gardening and as a tool for restoring woodland soil by addressing surface runoff and creating…

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Webinar: The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands

December 10 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Constructed stormwater wetlands utilize a complex system of physical, chemical, and biological processes to address stormwater pollutants from impervious surfaces. They are one of many green infrastructure tools to manage and protect the quality of stormwater into nearby water bodies and beyond. Furthermore, as a stormwater asset, these practices are adaptable and can often capture and treat large volumes of runoff, allowing for a cost-effective opportunity for communities to address regulatory requirements, water quality goals, and climate resiliency. Beyond treatment,…

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January 2020

Webinar: Reconnecting Water, Soils, and Vegetation: Green Infrastructure in the Urban Environment

January 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) can restore healthy waterways and revitalize urban communities but requires a multi-disciplinary design approach informed by ecology, community, engineering, and long-term maintenance. This presentation will explore several case studies of successful GSI projects in Philadelphia, focusing on examples of community engagement and ecological restoration to successfully improve water quality and healthy neighborhoods. Philadelphia’s long-term stormwater and combined sewer overflow plan, Green Cities Clean Waters, is a national model for GSI implementation in economically challenged urban areas.…

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