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November 2018

Class: Low Maintenance Gardening

November 28 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$26 - $32 3 tickets left

While native plants are said to be well-adapted to New England, that doesn’t mean just any native will do. Though trilliums and lady slippers are beautiful, they rarely thrive in built landscapes without considerable care. The good news for landscape designers and gardeners is that there is a long list of native plants that are strong performers in a designed landscape and perform well. Choosing certain species can produce built landscapes that require little care after they've been established. Join…

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Class: Meadows 1-2-3

November 30 @ 10:00 am EST - 4:00 pm EST
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$80 - $96 7 tickets left

No one can grow an instant meadow, but in this one-day seminar you can quickly increase your understanding of what it takes to create one. The topics covered include: what a meadow is; what makes a good meadow site; how you can prepare for planting, select plant species, and find seeds or plugs; how to plant; and what to expect from your meadow in years one, two, and three. Class taught by Kathy Connolly, Landscape Designer at Speaking of Landscapes,…

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December 2018

Free Webinar: Backyard Carbon Sequestration – How You Can Help

December 4 @ 1:30 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST
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 EST - 5:00 pm EST
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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$85 - $149 110 tickets left

The Round House                         Sustaining Sponsor 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 conference schedule. - Click here for conference discount at NU Hotel in Brooklyn. Hotel discount through 11/16/18. - Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities. Join us as five plant masters discuss a few valuable plants at length, from native perennials to under-story heroes to top performing trees. Lunch…

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Class: PROPAGATING NATIVE PLANTS FROM SEED: PART 1 – DORMANCY AND SOWING TECHNIQUES

December 8 @ 1:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$40 - $48 6 tickets left

Learn to propagate native plants from seed in this two-part, hands-on workshop that focuses on practical methods for small-scale propagation. This workshop is appropriate for beginners and propagators with some experience. Take one or both classes. Part 1 explores seed biology, overcoming dormancy, and sowing techniques. Instructor: Kate Stafford, is a horticulturalist and Nursery Operations Manager and Propagator at Nasami Farm. Working at New England Wild Flower Society’s Nasami Farm in Whately, MA, Kate Stafford focuses on growing the region’s…

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Class: DESIGN-LESS GARDENING

December 14 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$26 - $32 7 tickets left

Traditional gardening methods can result in lovely landscapes but come with a high price in terms of maintenance. In this class, Dan Jaffe invites us to rethink the old rules of gardening so we can spend less time working and more time enjoying our gardens. How many inches of bark mulch is needed between plants? Are there alternatives to bark mulch? Should weeds be pulled or are there other management strategies? Is it necessary to clean the garden every fall…

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

December 14 @ 1:30 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST
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

Class: DIVERSIFY YOUR LAWN

January 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$20 - $24 8 tickets left

According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate and most of us (and the environment) would be better off reducing or eliminating them altogether. Who says lawns need to be monocultures or only made of grasses? Enrich the traditional lawn with other complementary plants that bloom at different times and add intrigue. Learn how…

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

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST
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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February 2019

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

February 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST
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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Class: UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING SOILS

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am EST - 4:00 pm EST
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$92 - $109 8 tickets left

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plant communities and is necessary for plants to thrive. Join us for this in-depth, full-day workshop to learn how to manage healthy soil. This intensive class explores the biotic and abiotic components that create native soils and explains how these factors inform local flora. The class takes a closer look at soil structure and soil biology in miniature lab experiments. Alexis Doshas is a graduate of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University…

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March 2019

Eco-Marketplace Exhibitor Registration

March 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am EST - March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EST
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$30 - $2000

Reserve Your Exhibit Space for 2019! Excellent Floor Plan with Prime Booth Locations! The 25th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace takes place at UMass Amherst on March 6 & 7, 2019. The ELA Conference brings together landscape professionals who care deeply about the health and well-being of the landscape. Make your company part of their success stories and  become a key player in the future of sustainable landscapes. Coming soon 2019 Exhibitor Brochure! Click here for Conference Sponsorship Levels! Scroll down for sponsor…

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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2019 Exhibitor Registration

March 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am EST - March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EST
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$50 - $2000 212 tickets left

Reserve Your Exhibit Space for 2019! Excellent Floor Plan with Prime Booth Locations! The 25th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace takes place at UMass Amherst on March 6 & 7, 2019. The ELA Conference brings together landscape professionals who care deeply about the health and well-being of the landscape. Make your company part of their success stories and  become a key player in the future of sustainable landscapes. Review Exhibitor Brochure for details. Reserve Your Space Below! OR: Contact Trevor Smith: Email: trevscape@comcast.net Call: 617-308-7063…

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Class: Current Trends in Horticulture: Adapting to a Changing Climate

March 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$26 - $32 75 tickets left

The horticulture field is constantly evolving to reflect changing tastes in and expectations for the built landscape. Hear from several experts in the field about topics ranging from pollinators to stormwater, and learn how the field is adapting to a changing climate.   Instructor: Moderator: Mark Richardson oversees the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm, in Whately, Massachusetts. Mark studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island and…

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Class: RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE: INTRODUCTION TO CHOOSING NATIVE PLANTS

March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$26 - $32 8 tickets left

Join plant specialist, Alexis Doshas, for an information-packed discussion of native plant selection, site assessment, and methods for choosing the right plant for the right place. Native plants offer a higher rate of success, as these plants are well-suited for the Northeastern climate, soil conditions, and environment. They require less maintenance and fertilizer, and permit more time to enjoy the garden. Native plants also support a healthy ecosystem, including pollinators and birds. Instructor: Alexis Doshas, Fee: $26 (Member)/$32 (Nonmember) Limit:…

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