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April 2020

Class: Navigating Public Design, Part 2

Thu, April 2 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar.) In this half-day workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to navigate public designs.

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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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Class: Tips and Techniques for Healthy Seedling Starts

Sat, April 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar.) Learn basic yet critical propagation techniques for successful seedling starts.

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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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Class: Building the Green Industry

Thu, April 30 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar) You will learn opportunities, challenges, and strategies to guide your own projects in the green industry.

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May 2020

Class: Eco-restorative Garden Design

Fri, May 15 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar) Eco-restorative Garden Design: Topics cover everything from removing invasives to analyzing the site, conserving resources, and enhancing aesthetics and wildlife habitat.

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Class: Native Plant Design for Human Health

Tue, May 19 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

Learn the theories behind healing landscapes and elements of healing gardens that you can integrate into your own projects.

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Class: Our Future with Water: Stormwater Management Strategies

Fri, May 29 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Based on decades of experience, this stormwater management guide will address rain harvesting, permeable pavements, green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens, and tree planting.

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Class: Landscape Design for Changing Site Conditions

Sat, May 30 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

This advanced design session includes a set of hands-on exercises to challenge our perspectives and to instill flexibility in our approach.

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2020 Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest

Sun, May 31 @ 5:00 pm EDT

ELA's Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest. Enter your most inspiring photographs of individual native plants or of native plants in a garden setting to ELA's photo contest and you’ll be entered to win a one-year ELA membership.

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June 2020

Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

Sat, June 13 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

Thanks to generous homeowners, landscape designers, and area organizations, ELA invites you to join us for inspiration and education on special tours to native plant gardens.

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Eco-tour – Private Gardens in Rye, NY

Tue, June 23 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Green Jay Landscaping, 330 Park Ave
Rye, NY 10580
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Tour two private gardens in Rye, NY to learn about design choices based upon ecological principles, habitat-enhancing plant selections, and appropriate maintenance practices, all critical elements in creating healthy ecosystems.

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July 2020

Class: Soil: The Solution Beneath Our Feet

Thu, July 16 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Learn soil basics, then expand your understanding. Find out how soil affects plants’ health, supports sustainability, and combats climate change.

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Eco-tour: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

Fri, July 17 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Woodman Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane
Durham, NH 03824
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Join Dr. Cathy Neal on this tour to learn results from UNH research on wildflower meadow establishment, helping you to successfully plan, prepare, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional wildflower meadow that blooms all season long.

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Class: Structural Plant Combinations

Sat, July 18 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Structural shrubs and trees are essential elements in memorable gardens, providing both ambiance and organizing principles in the landscape.

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Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wed, July 22 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Join this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.

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August 2020

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina, NY

Wed, August 5 @ 8:30 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry.

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Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden

Sat, August 8 @ 9:30 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT
Green Art Garden, 30 US-Route-1-Bypass
Kittery, ME 03904 United States
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Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the private gardens of an inspiring insect specialist, landscape designer, and passionate nature photographer.

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Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina, DE

Wed, August 12 @ 8:30 am EDT
Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
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Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry.

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Eco-tour: Exploring the Demonstration Meadows at Helia Native Nursery

Fri, August 21 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Helia Native Nursery, 95 East Road
Alford, MA 01266
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ELA Eco-tour to meadows that display the rich color palettes that can be achieved using native plants. The meadows are all designed with four season interest - a feature that invites frequent visits to experience the changing views.

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Eco-Tour – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Sat, August 22 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve, 155 West Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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We invite you join us on this guided Eco-tour to experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself.

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Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Sat, August 22 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Create lush and vibrant shady gardens by learning how to infuse more color, adventure, and intrigue into those sometimes difficult spaces.

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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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Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina, MA

Thu, October 8 @ 8:30 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry.

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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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Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – Maine

Mon, November 9 @ 8:30 am EST - Fri, November 13 @ 5:00 pm EST
E.J. Prescott – Maine, 32 Prescott Street
Gardiner, Maine 04345
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The NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.

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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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December 2020

2020 Ecological Plant Conference

Fri, December 4 @ 8:00 am EST - 4:00 pm EST
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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Join us for the fifth annual Ecological Plant Conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York.

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Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – NY

Mon, December 7 @ 8:30 am EST - Fri, December 11 @ 5:00 pm EST
E.J. Prescott Round Lake NY, 198 Ushers Road
Round Lake, NY 12151
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The program provides the foundational understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.  Designed to meet international best practice standards, this program provides candidates with the technical skills necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into projects successfully.

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Webinar: What’s Growing on at Monticello?

Tue, December 8 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Monticello gardening initiatives which include developing an innovative farming center highlighting Thomas Jefferson’s connection to food, farming, and civic agriculture.

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Webinar: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Mon, December 14 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

With rich, inspiring images from around the world, author, educator, and landscape designer Nancy Striniste explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

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