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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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April 2021

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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May 2021

Webinar: Beauty and Biodiversity at Cornell’s Mundy Wildflower Garden

Wed, May 5 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

The presentation will cover the principles of plant conservation and plant propagation, habitat gardening in full sun and in deep shade over limestone, as well as gravel gardening at the stream bank restoration site.

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Webinar: The Journey of Edible Landscapes

Wed, May 12 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Edible landscaping is the use of food-producing plants in the residential landscape. It can combine fruit and nut trees, berrying shrubs, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, along with ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs.

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Webinar: Designing Naturalistic Landscapes & Water Features

Wed, May 19 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this presentation, award-winning Canadian landscape designer, Randy Tumber, will share some of the tips, experiences, and philosophies that he has learned throughout his design career.

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Webinar: Growing Vertically with Edible and Ornamental Plants

Wed, May 26 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Vertical garden systems offer a number of benefits, such as increased accessibility for people with restricted physical abilities, privacy, and vibrancy. Join Irene Barber to learn about budget conscious options, plant and soil materials, and creative vertical garden designs.

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June 2021

Webinar: Is A Rain Garden a Good Option for Your Landscape?

Wed, June 2 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this webinar, Amanda Sloan describes what rain gardens are, explains the elements that go into a successful rain garden project, and will help you decide if a rain garden is a good option for your landscape.

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Webinar: Native Plants for Bird Friendly Communities

Wed, June 9 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Join Audubon CT-NY’s Jillian Bell for a presentation focused on bird-friendly plants for your home landscape. With the right plants, any space—from a small container on your patio to an acre of your backyard—can become more bird-friendly.

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Webinar: Fundamentals of Garden Layers

Wed, June 16 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

When designing any garden, there is an opportunity to eschew the norms of beauty as the only priority. With careful planning, we can create a space that works in harmony with nature, expands biodiversity, builds healthy soil, and nurtures pollinators and other wildlife.

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Webinar: Beautiful and Tough Natives Shine in Uncertain Times 

Wed, June 23 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In addition to providing valuable native plant information, this presentation will inspire you to spend time in the garden and to consider native plants for your next garden project.

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Webinar: A Piet Oudolf Story with Deborah Chud

Wed, June 30 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Join us for a glimpse into Deborah Chud’s: Piet Oudolf Story. The presentation traces Deborah's discovery of Oudolf's work, her research on his plant combinations, and her use of that research to create a garden in his style.

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September 2021

Webinar: Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape

Wed, September 8 @ 3:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Learn about the traditional dry stone construction methods with Daniel Peterson, HabAdapt Landscape Design, and discover the sustainability advantages of dry stone walls.

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Webinar: Water Infiltration and Improved Soil Carbon Storage

Wed, September 15 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Ann English explores strategies for increasing the carbon storage capacity of soil, including adding biochar, both for increasing carbon and infiltration capacities; restoring degraded and eroded lands through planting; and mulching.

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