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Focus on Sustainability
Geared to landscape professionals, land managers, and anyone who stewards the land, these interactive webinars are taught by experts from across the country and cover a wide range topics relevant to sustainable landscapes. 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.

Wednesday Walks in the Garden
This free webinar series was begun in 2020 and offers topics to engage and educate garden enthusiasts on ecological principles.

Past Season Webinars
Recorded webinars from all past seasons of both A Focus on Sustainability and Wednesday Walks in the Garden are available to ELA Members from the Member Page.

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June 2021

Webinar: Fundamentals of Garden Layers

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

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. 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

ELA Member Event. Not a member, Join Us. 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

ELA Member Event. Not a member, 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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Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wed, June 30 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Water in the Landscape: Member Event Trevor Smith addresses your stormwater questions after beginning the evening with brief opening remarks. Share you questions in advance or during the interactive Q&A session.

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July 2021

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wed, July 28 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Edible Landscapes: Member Event Dan Jaffe Wilder will provide answers to some common and some not so common questions dealing with edible plants including nut-producing trees, berrying shrubs, and annual vegetables in your gardens and landscape.

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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 will explore strategies for increasing the carbon storage capacity of soil, including adding biochar, for increasing both carbon and infiltration capacities. She also will look at techniques for restoring degraded and eroded lands through planting and mulching.

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Webinar: Forest Bathing 101: Tapping into Everyday Nature

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

Join us for an interactive, meditative “stroll” guided by Judy Beaudette, who explains the history behind forest bathing ('shinrin yoku' in Japan), a research-based mindfulness practice that offers wellness through immersion in nature.

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October 2021

Webinar: Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species

Wed, October 6 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Invasive species and climate change are two of the most prominent forms of anthropogenic global change identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Carrie Brown-Lima reviews the current state of knowledge about how climate change influences invasive species as well as describe the work of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network that is bringing together researchers and practitioners to address this challenge.

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Webinar: Understanding Soil Health and Its Principles for Improving Landscape Resilience

Wed, October 13 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Learn the properties of healthy, resilient soils; find out how we assess soil health; and discover the importance of soil biology in the development of soil resilience.

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Webinar: Practical and Accessible Stretches for Your “Every” Day

Mon, October 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Learn how to prepare for your day in the landscape and recover at the end of the day with these practical and accessible stretches and recovery techniques.

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Webinar: Rewild in 10 Action Steps

Wed, October 20 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Anna Fialkoff will walk you through what it means to rewild your landscape in 10 action steps. You can rewild a farm, a suburban yard, or urban hell strip to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate effects of climate change.

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