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May 2019

Eco-tour: SITES Certified Taylor Residence – Artfully Designed Pollinator Oasis

May 9 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Margot Taylor Residence, 823 Creek Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Join designer and home owner, Margo Taylor for this private tour of her residence, which received 3-star certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the highest award given in the residential class. The SITES certification recognizes sustainable practices in landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The Taylor property is the only SITES-certified residential property on the East Coast and is a model for sustainable landscape practices, education, and enjoyment. Margot used creative management techniques for soil and water resources to restore…

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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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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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Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

July 30 @ 8:30 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Woodman Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane
Durham, NH 03824
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Free Meadow Workshop Pre-registration is required. Register by phone at 603-862-3200 Or register online at: UNH Cooperative Extension Office Research Field Tour During the Research Field Tour Dr. Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Professor and Researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, will share results from ten years of 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. Xerces staff will help you identify native…

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Class: THINKING BIG – INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

July 30 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Photo Courtesy Robin Wilkerson Landscape ecology is the science of understanding the interaction of ecological processes on a multitude of scales and spatial patterns, with an aim at improving and supporting these systems for a healthy environment. In this intro class, we explore the principles of landscape ecology, examine case studies, and take a brief field walk to orient ourselves to thinking BIG! Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Alexis Doshas, Propagator and Facilities Coordinator, Nasami Farm, New…

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August 2019

Class: ESTABLISHING A MEADOW

August 3 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Meadows are now one of the more popular native garden types for homeowner landscapes, yet many people remain baffled by how to create one with long-lasting beauty that won't quickly become overrun by weeds. Using the Old Meadow at Garden in the Woods as an example, Anna Fialkoff, staff Horticulturalist, discusses the first three years of establishing a meadow including design concepts, plant selection, installation, management, pitfalls, and surprising insights gained along the way. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower…

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Class: SEED SAVING

August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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Seed saving brings tremendous benefits to the willing gardener. Learn how seeds develop, stay dormant, and germinate. This hands-on workshop covers harvesting, cleaning, and storing a wide spectrum of native seeds. Spend time in the field observing and collecting seeds, then practice cleaning. Take your seeds home at the end of class. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately for the field. Co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society. Instructor: Kate Stafford, is a horticulturalist and Nursery Operations Manager and Propagator…

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Advanced Design Workshop with Roy Diblik – New York

August 20 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

In collaboration with the Native Plant Center, ELA is pleased to announce a new opportunity to learn from a master. Perennial Garden Design with Affection, and Planting Through Self Discovery Join acclaimed designer and plantsman Roy Diblik for a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in garden design and to be inspired by nearly four decades of his design experience and extensive plant background. During this full-day workshop, Mr. Diblik will share the importance of affection in the design process; the…

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Advanced Design Workshop with Roy Diblik – Delaware

August 22 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
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In collaboration with the Delaware Center for Horticulture, ELA is pleased to announce a new opportunity to learn from a master. Perennial Garden Design with Affection, and Planting Through Self Discovery Join acclaimed designer and plantsman, Roy Diblik for a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in garden design and to be inspired by nearly four decades of his design experience and extensive plant background. During this full-day workshop, Mr. Diblik will share the importance of affection in the design process;…

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September 2019

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Meadows are an important ecosystem for biodiversity. They host numerous native plant and wildlife species, but without natural occurrences, such as fire, these open spaces would revert to forest. Mechanical mowing creates disturbance that promotes invasive plants, one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-complete, displace, or kill native species. Non-native species—many introduced to Massachusetts accidentally or on purpose for garden or landscape use—thrive and proliferate in disturbance. To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a…

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October 2019

Eco-tour: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Urban Oasis for Visitors in an Ecological Package

October 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Formerly a toxic brownfield, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) was transformed with award-winning waterfront redevelopment designs by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Focused on sustainability, this series of ecological parks runs 1.3 miles along the East River in Brooklyn and has become a significant 85-acre, biodiverse, urban landscape and community resource. The park forges new connections between the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods and the East River, overcoming the longstanding separation that resulted from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, steep grade separation, and former industrial land…

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