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Can the Soil Seed Bank Save Us?

Can the Soil Seed Bank Save Us?

By Nathan Lamb

Imagine two woodlands. Both have deciduous, fire-adapted trees overhead. One has widely spaced trees, and sunlight reaches a diverse community of grasses, sedges, and forbs. The other has a dense thicket of invasive shrubs that shades out all but the earliest spring ephemerals. Will removing the invasive shrubs and exposing the bare soil trigger a profusion of native plants, restoring the diverse community that lived there hundreds of years ago? 

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100 Plants to Feed the Monarch

100 Plants to Feed the Monarch

Reviewed by Sara Bothwell Allen

As the populations of the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) have dropped precipitously in size in recent years, public engagement towards saving the Monarch is increasing thanks to education programming. This book provides gardeners, both novice and experienced, the information they need to make their home gardens or community spaces valuable parts of the Monarch’s global support system.

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Connecticut Native Plant and  Sustainable Landscaping Guide

Connecticut Native Plant and Sustainable Landscaping Guide

By Victoria Wallace and Alyssa Siegel-Miles

Interest in native plants and sustainable landscaping has exploded over the last decade. Through our UConn Extension Sustainable Turf & Landscape program, we provide practical science-based information to support the sustainability goals of Connecticut green industry professionals and home gardeners. With that in mind, we developed a free online guide of 44 pages of plant lists for every location matched with vibrant photographs.

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Eat the Lawn

Eat the Lawn

By Arianna Alexsandra Collins

July is a perfect time to gather flowers and greens for salad and pesto. There is an abundance of wild and garden edibles, so why make the trip to the grocery store for produce when you have a variety of food to choose from right in your yard? Create a daylily salad, with a little yard-grown purslane topped with pedals of bee balm for color and bergamot flavor finished with a tasty vinaigrette.

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Tree Decline, Dieback, and Death

Tree Decline, Dieback, and Death

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ELA News

ELA News – July 2021

ELA News – July 2021

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • Volunteer with ELA
  • Eco-Answers with an Eco-Pro
  • Share Your Expertise
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ELA News – June 2021

ELA News – June 2021

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • Eco-Answers with an Eco-Pro (New Member Program)
  • ELA Members: Vote for Your Board
  • Share Your Expertise!
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ELA News – May 2021

ELA News – May 2021

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • Share Your Expertise
  • Submit Your Native Plant Photos by May 31
  • Special Member Thank You in June
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Gleanings

Gleanings from Headline News – July 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – July 2021

  • Scientist Still Searching for the Pathogen Behind the East’s Songbird Epidemic
  • Six Species that Need Federal Protection
  • Desert River Gila Struggles to Keep Flowing
  • The Tick Project
  • USDA Identify Racial Barriers to Under-Served Communities
  • Bipartisan Bill Addresses Pollution on Working Lands
  • Solar Array Planted with Biodiversity in Mind
  • Can Satellite Imagery Detect Habitat Loss?
  • Do-It-Yourself Rain Garden
  • Massachusetts Regional Ecological Partnership
  • Tool Kit for Massachusetts Pollinators
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Gleanings from Headline News – June 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – June 2021

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Firefly Summer
  • Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27
  • Should We Help Endangered Species Move?
  • New Hampshire Team Works to Create Living Shoreline
  • A New Invasive Tick to Worry About
  • Be on the Lookout for the Invasive Box Tree Moth
  • Tree-Smart Trade
  • Plants Forced to Adapt to Rapidly Changing Climate
  • Could Dandelions Make More Sustainable Tires?
  • A Ticky Situation
  • How Best to Restore the Natural World?
  • Rethinking Forest Carbon Offsets
  • Wolves Have a Place in Healthy Ecosystem
  • The EU Moves to Slash Plastic Waste
  • Citizen Scientist Track Fireflies
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Gleanings from Headline News – May 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – May 2021

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Controlling Invasive Japanese Knotweed
  • No Mow May
  • How and (Why) to Use Native plants
  • Is There A Market for Blue Carbon
  • Significant Scale Restoration on Gulf Coast
  • Lights, Camera, Action
  • Dialogue Between Art and Nature
  • Massachusetts Bans the Use of Neonicotinoids
  • The Dirt Beneath Our Feet
  • Coffee May Help Reforestation
  • Let Go of the Perfect Lawn Created By Fossil Fuels
  • Don’t Be Impulsive
  • Composting 101
  • Everything’s Comin Up Compost!
  • UConn Produces Native Plant Guide
  • Dark Skies Protect the Birds
  • Gardens, Art and Activism Together
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Archived Newsletters

I want to thank you and ELA for having such a wonderful speaker [Heather Holm] talk about our native bees and plant partners. It was fantastic. Great photos. 

Virginia K.

Thank you Penny for making this delightful series available to members of the GCFM. [A Walk in the Garden webinars] have been one of my favorite hours each week this springtime. The speakers have been top notch subject experts who have excellent teaching skills to boot. Their photo presentations have been beautiful and informative. All around an excellent series!

Linda N

I wanted to thank you for an excellent Walk in the Garden series. The webinars were all-around professional, fact-filled, and pertinent presentations. I've learned a lot and am inspired to implement some changes!

Margaret R.

I am really enjoying all the webinars that the Ecological Landscape Alliance is offering. Thank you so much for organizing them and making them available for FREE! I spread the news about them on my Constant Contact page for the NJ Native Plant Society. 

Susan H.

Thank you for offering...courses via webinar - it really helps to save the professional development budget & travel time from my job. I find these information sessions very interesting, inspiring and informative.

Just want to say again how very much I appreciate the “Walk in the Garden” series. The quality of your programs is tops! A “Walk in the Garden” is so much more than a series of slideshows. It is a celebration of how all life is connected. It is great to have this positive reminder amidst the scarier reminders!

K.R. Watkins

Thank you for a full day’s worth of insightful material! Thank you for organizing this great event every year.

Karen C.

Speakers were very good, but meeting landscapers at the talks & in the lobby was best.

Cathy B.

I met and made new friends with great topics to discuss.

Timothy M.