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Adjusting to a New Normal

Adjusting to a New Normal

By Cody Hayo

Throughout 2021 we have struggled to get back to a “New Normal.” The “normal” we had grown accustomed to since 2016 involved very active participation with a local stormwater grant program. This program aims to capture stormwater runoff before it reaches rivers and streams, emphasizing garden-based solutions. During the pandemic in 2020, our local stormwater grant program, which is open to residential property owners, hit a major roadblock, and the program did not accept any applications at all.

 

 

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Visual Storytelling of Florida Gardening

Visual Storytelling of Florida Gardening

By Joelle O’Daniel-Lopez 

When we purchased our home ten years ago, it had the typical suburban NW Florida yard with a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We were fortunate to have several well-established “good” trees, including live and laurel oaks, southern magnolia, and black cherry trees. In support of the “good” plants and trees, we quickly got rid of the “bad” and “ugly” nonnative invasive species.  

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Feathers’ Everywhere

Feathers’ Everywhere

By Veronica Tyson-Strait

Biodiversity is a priority for the immigrant city dweller who may have left behind a landscape of tropical or temperate forests in the Caribbean, South America or Cambodia. I design and garden in New York City, but I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. My situation is not unique. Immigrants make up more than a third of the population of New York City, and many adapt to and suffer from the loss of connections to plants and the wildlife they sustain.

 

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Ways to Improve Your Nutrition and Health During the Offseason

Ways to Improve Your Nutrition and Health During the Offseason

By Samantha McCarthy

Fall is now upon us. While physical activity is still a part of the daily job, it may not be as intense or strenuous as spring days. Eventually, winter will arrive again, and activity levels will drop significantly. It is now an excellent time to start changing your eating habits to reflect your activity levels. 

 

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Supply and Demand of Native Species

Supply and Demand of Native Species

By Marie Chieppo

The demand for native plants by homeowners, designers and people in the green industry is steadily rising. Enhancing our properties’ wildlife support functions doesn’t require an absence of ornamentals and other plantings we enjoy. Some straight species and cultivars with high ecological value can provide a lot. Taking it a step further, Doug Tallamy advocates for the repurposing of “America’s lawnscape” for ecologically productive use.

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ELA News

ELA News – November 2021

ELA News – November 2021

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

  • Ecological Plant Conference – December 3
  • Advanced Ecological Design Workshop with Larry Weaner
  • Get Eco-Answers to Your Questions
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Gleanings

Gleanings from Headline News – November 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – November 2021

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

  • Xerces Society Bee City Reports
  • Create a Low Maintenance Gravel Garden
  • Some Good News! Western Monarch Numbers Rising
  • Save Farmland: Synthesize Starch from CO2
  • Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery
  • Growing Figs in a Cold Climate
  • Light Pollution Glare Threatens All Wildlife
  • A Pioneering Garden Designer Inspired Vogue’s Fall Fashion Fantasy
  • InsectXaminer Video Series
  • Colorado River Delta Springs To Life!
  • What’s a Forest Worth?
  • Kill All Leaf Blowers
  • Mosquito Spraying Kills Pollinators
  • Refugees in Cameroon Plant a Forest
  • Rhode Island Plants New Street Non-Native Trees on Purpose
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Gleanings from Headline News – October 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – October 2021

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

  • Take Notes Now for a Healthier Garden Next Year
  • What Does Organic Mean?
  • Plant Hope for the Future
  • Growing Wildflowers Isn’t Difficult. And It’s Urgent.
  • Landscapes for a Living World
  • Can The Wealthy and Well-Connected Play an Outsized Role in Climate Action?
  • How Adding Rock Dust to Soil Could Help Get Carbon into the Ground
  • Biden Restores the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
  • Google Bans Ads With False Claims About Climate Change
  • Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Massachusetts
  • Bumblebee Has Vanished from Eight States!
  • Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity
  • Philadelphia Chefs Combat Hunger Through Gardening
  • We Need to Stop Treating Soil Like Dirt
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Gleanings from Headline News – September 2021

Gleanings from Headline News – September 2021

Gleanings September 2021

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

  • Generations Working Together to Solve Climate Crisis
  • Insect Apocalypse
  • The World’s Climate is in Our Hands/El Clima Mundial Está en Nuestras Manos
  • Rich Desert River Struggles to Keep Flowing
  • Las Vegas Gets Aggressive Grass Removal Policy
  • Is Your Garden Ecologically Sound?
  • Do U.S. Food Systems Leave Behind People of Color?
  • Update on Mysterious Bird Deaths
  • Electric Lawn Care Sweeping the Nation
  • Tips for Hiring an Arborist
  • Observation is the New Rule for Gardens

 

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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.

[R&R] was such an informative and interesting conference. Thanks to you all at ELA for hosting such an undertaking. I'm looking forward to using more of ELA as a resource going forward.

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.