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May 2019

Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest

May 1 @ 8:00 am EDT - May 31 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Calling All Native Plant Enthusiasts Wherever You Live! Sally Naish Photo Share your photos in ELA’s Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest Whether you’re in New England or the Southwest, we want you to share the beauty of native plants in your area. Send us your most inspiring photographs of individual native plants or of native plants in the garden setting. You’ll be entered to win a one-year ELA membership.The contest runs from March 15th through May 31st. ELA will include…

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Eco-tour: Native Trees and Shrubs for Beauty and Birds

May 29 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT

The inclusion of native plant material in the landscape helps increase biodiversity and sustainability. Shrubs and trees play a major role in the symbiotic relationships amongst all life on our properties while simultaneously enhancing beauty and interest. Take a walk through this professionally landscaped property to learn and see firsthand how native plant and native cultivars enhance the landscape, add different textures and colors, and moreover play a vital role in the overall health of the plant community. Pines, serviceberries,…

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June 2019

Class: Why Mulch When You Can Plant

June 6 @ 9:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Mulch can help control weeds, prevent soil erosion, and maintain soil nutrients. Yet for every advantage that mulch offers, well-chosen plants are even more effective! From groundcovers to larger mat-forming species, there is a plant for every mulch scenario. Join Dan Jaffe, photographer and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, to learn about the myriad of plants that can take the place of mulch on your landscape. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Dan Jaffe is…

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Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

June 17 @ 8:30 am EDT - June 21 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Full Week Class - Learn Stormwater Solutions What is NGICP Certification? Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. Designed to meet international best-practice standards, the certification advances the establishment of sustainable communities by promoting GI as an environmentally and economically beneficial stormwater management option, supporting the development of proficient green work-forces, and establishing a career…

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Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. Educate attendees about the increasing options and applications for native plants. Demonstrate that native plant gardens can be beautiful as…

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Celebrating Natives Garden Tours: Calling Ecological Designers

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Call for Ecological Designers to Showcase Your Projects From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Lori Silvia Photo - Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. - Educate attendees about the increasing options and…

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Eco-tour: Carex: Foundation Species for Successful Plant Communities

June 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Van Berkum Nursery, 4 James Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
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Native sedges are gaining in popularity, growers are responding, and more varieties are coming to the market. With so many to choose from, there are endless options of color, texture, and size. But what characteristics are most important? Which Carex varieties are clumpers? Where do we look for height without flop? Which are well-behaved spreaders, and which are too aggressive? And what companion plants blend well with Carex varieties to create pleasing and successful plant communities? Carrie Chalmers Photo This…

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July 2019

Class: GROWING FERNS FROM SPORE

July 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Join us and learn easy methods for growing ferns from spores for your home! This class covers the morphology, life cycle, and vegetative propagation of ferns. You will also learn spore collection and storage techniques, and tips on how to identify when spores are ripe. Before you know it, you’ll have your own sporophytes! Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Leslie Duthie is a horticulturalist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. She has dedicated her career to learning about, gardening with,…

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Class: LAWN ALTERNATIVES

July 12 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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While many American homeowners cling to the nostalgia of lawn, the high maintenance requirements and low ecological value should make non-native monocultures the last choice on your list! Join Dan Jaffe, photographer and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, to learn about the various options available to replace your turf, from well-known plants to brand new introductions. Dan will share tips on transforming large areas of lawn into lush groundcover plantings. Dan will discuss native plant options and…

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Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden Tour

July 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Green Art Garden, 30 US-Route-1-Bypass
Kittery, ME 03904 United States
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The Ecological Landscape Alliance invites you to tour the private gardens of landscape designer and pollinator expert, Thomas Berger. When choosing plants to support insects in our gardens, we want to make the most of our limited space. Which plants nourish the most species? And which kinds of insects need our support the most urgently? Thomas Berger has been designing landscapes for insects for more than twenty years in his own gardens and client gardens. Thomas pays particular attention to…

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