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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 California, and the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative (KCNPI). Known regionally 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 so please check back often for an updated list of offerings.

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April 2020

Webinar: Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Native Plants

Wed, April 8 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: From unique flavors to hilarious names to the oddest survival strategies, there are strange and noteworthy plants right outside our back doors if we simply know where to look.

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Webinar: Pollinator Ecology

Wed, April 15 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: Take a garden walk to learn the basics of pollination ecology as well as how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators.

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Webinar: Save the Pollinators! Save the Planet!

Wed, April 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series Beyond providing sustenance for our six legged friends, discover how your garden can play a substantial role in rebuilding the local ecosystem and helping create climate resilience.

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Webinar: Planting Design Considerations

Wed, April 29 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: As spring ramps up, we look at the garden with an eye to the plants. First, we will think about plants in terms of their form and function, and then learn some strategies to best lay out our planting plans.

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September 2020

Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Mon, September 14 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

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Webinar: Why Rain Gardens Fail and Tools for Success

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

With appropriate planning, design, construction, and maintenance, rain gardens, bio-swales, and other stormwater treatment workhorses can be an artistic part of our landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, and public spaces.

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Webinar: Field Notes – A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Mon, September 28 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

This webinar covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

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October 2020

Webinar: Designing with Ferns – The Dependable and the Divisive

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

Discover the important ecological role of ferns in the landscape and how they are affected by mammal populations and soil conditions.

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Webinar: Meadows – If You Build It They Will Come

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

This presentation offers a glimpse into the rich species diversity that comes from establishing a meadow and making the right choices from design through maintenance.

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November 2020

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

Wed, November 4 @ 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: 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: 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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