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July 2018

Summer Workshop: Novel Approaches to Sustainable Horticulture

July 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$30 - $40 18 tickets left

Several common denominators define sustainable gardens everywhere. Comprehensive soil management, native plantings, water conservation, and reduced lawn size are some of the paths toward sustainable landscapes, regardless of climate or clientele. With the basics covered in other ELA programs, join us for the ELA Summer Workshop as we explore new strategies to add to the toolbox to save time, reduce your carbon footprint, and bring a tasty snack to your table as we continue our quest for more sustainable landscapes with some novel…

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August 2018

Native Plants for Professionals

August 7 @ 10:00 am EDT - August 8 @ 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$162 - $190 14 tickets left

Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (August 7 and August 8 10:00am - 3:00pm) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less familiar native herbaceous species to your plant palette. CEU: 1 MCLP; 1MCA   Instructor: Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild…

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Eco-tours: Randall’s Island Meadows NYC

August 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
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Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randalls Island Park
Manhattan New York, NY 10035
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$22 - $32 26 tickets left

Two Tour Times: 10:00AM and 6:00PM The Freshwater Meadow and Hell Gate Meadow are at two different locations within Randall's Island Park Manhattan. Both meadows were developed in 2010 by Phyllis Odessey, Director of Horticulture and Eunyoung Sebazco, Horticulture Manager.  The meadows were started to expand the kinds of eco-systems on Randall's Island.  Previous to 2010 Sebazco and Odessey constructed a mile long perennial garden, rock garden, and several specific theme gardens. The goal was to develop a meadow to bring…

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Eco-tours: Randall’s Island Meadows NYC

August 9 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randalls Island Park
Manhattan New York, NY 10035
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$22 - $32

Two Tour Times: 10:00AM and 6:00PM The Freshwater Meadow and Hell Gate Meadow are at two different locations within Randall's Island Park Manhattan. Both meadows were developed in 2010 by Phyllis Odessey, Director of Horticulture and Eunyoung Sebazco, Horticulture Manager.  The meadows were started to expand the kinds of eco-systems on Randall's Island.  Previous to 2010 Sebazco and Odessey constructed a mile long perennial garden, rock garden, and several specific theme gardens. The goal was to develop a meadow to bring…

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Screening: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

August 11 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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$15 - $20 34 tickets left

Directed by Thomas Piper, this 75 minute film captures the remarkable design genius of revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications…

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Native Woody Plant Materials

August 28 @ 10:00 am EDT - September 11 @ 2:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$170 - $200 15 tickets left

This is a three-part class. * Wednesday, August 28, 10:00am - 2:30pm *Wednesday, September 4, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm *Wednesday, September 11, 2018, 10:00am - 2:30pm Explore the huge variety of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Learn which species grow well in shade, which support local wildlife, and how you should stagger your plantings for continuous bloom, fruit production, and fall color. We’ll discuss growth characteristics, cultural requirements, and best horticultural uses. The course will include lectures and walks…

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September 2018

Webinar: Capturing Carbon with Trees

September 18 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

Dr. Christopher Woodall will look at how forested rural area carbon assessment is done in the US. He will discuss how these assessments suggest that forests currently offset over 10% of carbon dioxide associated with fossil fuel emissions every year. Because forests and trees in developed landscapes sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide through growth and expansion, their preservation could play an important role in the ability of the US to reach net zero emissions. Christopher Woodall, PhD, is the Project Leader…

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Eco-tour: Urban Horticulture, Squared

September 20 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Logan Square Cafe, 200 N 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$22 - $32 30 tickets left

William Penn would likely be pleased with the outcome of the public squares he inserted into Philadelphia’s 1683 city plan. Intended to provide breathing room within the city grid and boost property values, the parks do just that—these much loved public landscapes are social and economic hubs where horticulture plays a leading role. This walking tour will take us to three of the five squares—Rittenhouse, Logan, and Center Square—where we will hear from designers, stewards, and users. The focus of…

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Eco-tour and Workshop: Meadow Building

September 22 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Helia Native Nursery, 95 East Road
Alford, MA 01266
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$20 - $35 23 tickets left

Join us at Helia Native Nursery for an Eco-tour through beautiful woodlands, get a glimpse of a rare fen and limestone outcropping, and explore beautiful meadows at Sky Meadow Farm. Learn about the importance of a meadow ecosystem, different methods for meadow building and how to maintain existing meadows to maximize wildlife benefits. Learn how to analyze site and soil conditions and use these results to design and create meadow plant palettes. Come prepared to be outside, walk, dig, and…

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Webinar: Landscaping for Plant Diversity

September 26 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

What is the role of diversity in the garden and what do we gain by increasing diversity in our gardens, fields, and forests? Despite the wealth of native plant species at our fingertips, we rely too heavily on too few species. By using the great diversity of plants that are native to a region, we can beautify the landscape, minimize inputs, support wildlife, and do away with the ecological deserts created in seas of mulch and functionally sterile lawns. Randi…

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Planning for Pollinators – Appropriate and Aesthetic Solutions

September 28 @ 11:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537
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$50 - $65 47 tickets left

Co-sponsored by Costal Maine Botanical Gardens Opening in 2007, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a premier public garden situated on 295 acres of tidal shoreland on the picturesque Boothbay, Maine peninsula. The setting is an example of rich ecosystem services and biodiversity provided amidst stunningly beautiful gardens. What better setting to study pollinators... Abundant and healthy pollinator populations improve fruit set, quality, and size. In agricultural settings this increases production per acre but that has little if any relevance in a…

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October 2018

Webinar: Supporting Local Ecology: Native Plants for the Small Home Gardens

October 9 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free

Native plants are most often viewed by the public as ‘wild’ spaces such as meadows or as highly managed landscapes in large botanical gardens. There are few examples or resources on how to incorporate native plants into the landscape for residents with small yards in a way that fits the tidy yard look that most people are comfortable with and can afford. This presentation includes resources for residents developed over a five-year program that make it easier for residents to…

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Webinar: Managing Land for Pollinators and Conservation Biocontrol

October 11 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into the landscape for natural pest control, ultimately reducing, and in some cases eliminating, the need for pesticides. Join Ms. May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how different management practices can impact pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to assess and create…

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Webinar: Designing a Patchwork Ecology in Urban Ecosystems

October 17 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 5:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

In this webinar, David Seiter will investigate the role of wild plants in the urban ecosystem by profiling a cross section of weeds. By comparing the principles of urban ecology with those of aesthetic design, Mr. Seiter challenges contemporary concepts and cultural perceptions about the value of weeds. His intent is to stimulate a discourse between ecologists, landscape architects, and policy-makers that explores societal perceptions of weeds and questions the stigmas that surround them. David Seiter is design director and…

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Eco-tour: Groundcovers – Ecological Solutions in Place of Mulch

October 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$20 - $30 30 tickets left

The ecological garden is a richly layered plant community. At the base of the plant layer we find the herbaceous groundcovers, the plants that help to reduce garden maintenance. Growing in popularity, groundcover plants add beauty from leaf shapes, textures, and colors. As a bonus, they add valuable ecosystem services not offered by mulch alone – including the challenging areas such as the base of trees. Unlike the monotony of mulch, groundcovers offer seasonal interest in both flowers and foliage and…

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Webinar: Keeping Carbon in the Ground: A Scientific Exploration of Climate Change and Soil Health

October 31 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

Soils rich in carbon are healthy soils. However, climate change and poor management practices can degrade soil carbon stores and, consequently, the soil itself. Dr. DeAngelis will explain why keeping carbon in the ground is important, and how carbon sequestration factors into maintaining healthy soils. She will also discuss the changes that were observed over a 26-year period in a long-term climate change field experiment in which soils were heated 5 degrees C above ambient temperatures. Along with a look…

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November 2018

Season’s End Summit: The Sensory Garden – Elements to Enrich Every Landscape

November 5 @ 8:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Community Harvest Project Barn, 37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States
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$119 - $129 92 tickets left

As designers we aspire to create remarkable landscapes for our clients and for ourselves, landscapes primarily measured in terms of visual, ecological, and functional appeal. Yet all of our senses are engaged as we experience the space and weigh the merits of the landscapes we enter. With planning, a sensory garden can deliver elements that involve all of the senses and ultimately deepen our connections with the space. In a culture dominated by technology, landscape designers have a unique opportunity to…

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Webinar: Sustainable Landscape Applications, Applied Ecology, Ecological Services, and Biomimicry

November 8 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

When we typically look at the landscapes in our neighborhoods, city streets, malls and shopping centers, what do we see? Do we see landscapes that provide a trophic level of habitats, that cleans and processes our storm water, remediates pollutants, and brings a sense of place by reflecting the natural communities of the region? The answer is no. Our vision and sense of aesthetics for landscapes has been shaped by expectations toward sterile landscapes that are the single biggest consumer…

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ELA Mid-Atlantic Conference: Winterthur

November 15 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
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$119 - $129 250 tickets left

Click Here For Conference Sponsorships Examining Nature as Medicine:               Designing Landscapes that Improve Quality of Life and the Human Psyche This conference explores the intersection of ecological landscape design and its effect on human beings. Sometimes referred to as Social Landscape Design or Ecological Psychology, emerging research is taking a closer look at the interaction of people and landscapes. Join ELA on November 15th for leading-edge research, compelling case studies, and practical strategies to consider in your future designs. In both…

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Mid-Atlantic Conference Sponsorship

November 15 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
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$250 - $2000

Enable Ecological Education and InspirationSponsor Today! Examining Nature as Medicine: Designing Landscapes that Improve Quality of Life and the Human Psyche Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Winterthur, DE Enjoy a wide array of benefits when you become an ELA sponsor. You can choose from a variety of promotional opportunities that will fit your budget and your marketing message. Sponsor categories include: Conference Sustaining Sponsor, Lunch Sponsor, Speaker Session Sponsor, Patron Sponsor, Restoration Sponsor, and Conservation Sponsor. Review…

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December 2018

Webinar: Backyard Carbon Sequestration – How You Can Help

December 4 @ 1:30 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Free

Landscapers and gardeners have long known that soil is not simply the stuff that props up plants. But not everyone knows that organic and native plant gardening practices can help mitigate climate change by building and protecting soil health. In this webinar presentation, Adrian Ayres Fisher will review the characteristics of healthy soil, how plants and soil life work together to store carbon below ground, and how gardeners and landscapers can make a difference in the fight against climate change. Adrian…

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2018 Ecological Plant Conference

December 7 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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$119 - $139 225 tickets left

  Brooklyn Botanic Garden is host to the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) third annual Ecological Plant Conference at  Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York. - Click here for symposium schedule. - Click here for conference discount at NU Hotel in Brooklyn. - Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities. Join us as five plant masters discuss a few valuable plants at length, from native perennials to understory heroes to top performing trees. Cultivation, propagation, behavior, and ecological function will be highlighted, with…

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Webinar: Quest for Resilience: Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Plant Design

December 14 @ 1:30 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

What do changing weather patterns mean with regard to how we design the landscape? In this webinar, Laura Hansplant will examine the concept of resilience with regard to landscape design. Using a series of case studies and practical examples, she will discuss how we can replicate plant community dynamics and structure to foster robust and adaptable landscapes. She will also emphasize the importance of cultural expectations and their implications for ecologically-based planting design. Laura Hansplant is a landscape architect and co-owner…

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January 2019

Webinar: Farming on the Wild Side: Regenerative Production Practices Based on Multifunctional Perennial Plantings

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Free - $10

In this webinar, John Hayden will emphasize the ecology and the positive benefits of regenerative farming practices (carbon sequestration, water quality improvement, wildlife and pollinator habitat), and the plants that make for an economically viable system. Mr. Hayden will explain how his family’s farm has evolved over the years, how their edible landscape and conservation plant nursery fits into the model, and how they apply biodiversity in their farmscape to get the results that conventional growers attain using fertilizers and pesticides.…

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Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future

January 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Free - $10

This webinar begins to answer the question: What can we do in our own landscapes, right now, to respond to climate change? Predictions about future effects of climate change can range from mild to dire – but we're already seeing warmer winters, hotter summers, and more extreme storms. Proposed solutions often seem expensive and complex, and can leave us as individuals at a loss, wondering what, if anything, can be done. Sue Reed is a registered Landscape Architect with thirty…

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February 2019

Webinar: Fire in Landscape Management – Strategies for Living with It

February 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10

Fire is a natural process in almost all North American ecosystems. It creates and maintains habitat for a host of wildlife species, cycles nutrients, refreshes prairies and grasslands, is a necessity for many plant and animal species of special concern, enhances various recreational activities, and reduces fuels for the next fire. However, when it enters the human environment as a wildfire it can be disastrous.  Landscape management practices play a key role in reducing wildfire impacts. One important practice is…

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