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April 2018

Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am EDT - May 31 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Photo Courtesy of Penny Lewis Calling All Native Plant Enthusiasts Wherever You Live! Share your photos in ELA’s Spotlight on Natives Photo ContestWhether you’re in New England or the Southwest, we want you to share the beauty of native plants in your area. Send us your most inspiring photographs of individual native plants or of native plants in the garden setting. You’ll be entered to win a one-year ELA membership.The contest runs from March 15th through May 31st. ELA will…

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June 2018

Eco-tour: Ferns and Native Beauty at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

June 5 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081
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$20 - $30 15 tickets left

Starting with a 100 acre woodlot, Sanctuary founder and benefactor- Monson, Massachusetts native Arthur D. Norcross Jr. (1895-1969) - bought, bartered and traded to amass over 2,000 acres that he dubbed the Tupper Hill Sanctuary. Today, the Sanctuary is operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England, as Mr.…

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Eco-tour: Beneficial Bugs at Nasami Farm

June 10 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$26 - $32 11 tickets left

Tour the greenhouses at Nasami Farm; see how common pests are successfully managed with biological controls in lieu of pesticides. Biocontrols are intentionally released insects, mites, nematodes and microorganisms. Scout for some of these beneficial bugs and their prey. Learn about the grisly end of an aphid when met by a predatory wasp. Bring a hand lens and sun protection. Nasami Farm is the propagation nursery for the New England Wild Flower Society. Kate Stafford is Nursery Operations Manager and…

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Rain Garden Fundamentals

June 10 @ 1:30 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$20 - $24 19 tickets left

As more land is developed for building, badly needed space for storm water absorption and cleaning is rapidly disappearing. Rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas by cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff so that it doesn’t pollute water bodies. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create a low-tech and effective rain garden, and which durable natives you should plant there. Presented by Anna Fialkoff. Anna Fialkoff is an Ecological Horticulturist & Designer at…

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Eco-tour: Harvard Forest: Reflecting on the Past, Researching for the Future

June 14 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Harvard Forest, 324 N Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366
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$20 - $30 23 tickets left

Located in picturesque Petersham, Massachusetts, the Harvard Forest has served as Harvard University’s rural laboratory and classroom for ecology and conservation since 1907. The Forest is comprised of 3,750 acres of forests, ponds, streams, wetlands, and agricultural fields providing diverse natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes for study and enjoyment, and is one of the country’s oldest intensively researched landscapes. The Forest is protected from development and operates under a long-term management plan designating specific areas for active forest management, long-term…

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Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

June 23 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map
$10 118 tickets left

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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July 2018

Eco-tour: A Step Back in Time – The Gardens at Naumkeag

July 12 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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$25 - $35 35 tickets left

With its gracious “cottage”, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate located in the picturesque southern hills of the Berkshires. This lavish estate was the summer family home of Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney. The stunning gardens were created by Joseph Choates's daughter, Mabel Choate during a 30-year collaboration with famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. This Step Back in Time includes a glimpse – through the eyes of one family – into a brief and…

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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 17 tickets left

Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (August 7 and August 8) 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 Flower Society (NEWFS)…

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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 50 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

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 25 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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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 50 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

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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