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August 2019

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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This workshop is sold out. Please scroll down to add your name to the wait list. 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.…

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September 2019

Webinar: The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: Why Native Plants Matter to Songbirds and the Food They Eat

September 11 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Residential landscapes and gardening practices can have a positive (or negative) impact on wildlife. In this webinar, Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying plant and wildlife interactions. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and non-native plants to food webs by studying breeding birds in Washington D.C. suburban yards. In addition, she will talk about the relationships between plants and insects, why insects matter to birds, and steps you can take…

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Workshop: Reconnecting with Trees – A Path to Improved Health and Well Being

September 23 @ 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537
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A Collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Trees are essential for the health of our planet. They are akin to the lungs of the planet, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Trees provide beauty for humans as well as food and habitat for wildlife. Their shade keeps us cooler, and they provide ecosystem services which include intercepting ultraviolet light, absorbing rainfall, stabilizing soil, sequestering carbon, and reducing air pollution. Additionally, a growing body of research confirms that trees…

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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…

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Eco-Tour: Asters and Goldenrods Start to Finish

September 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081
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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…

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Webinar: The Art of Integrating Rainwater

September 26 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Brookside Gardens, an award-winning public parking garden, is a showcase for celebrating rainwater within a high-profile public space and to over a million visitors a year. The site design and green infrastructure were developed in tandem allowing for harmonious stormwater solutions within the overall site design. The design for the entry, parking garden, and associated plaza spaces solved numerous problems including pedestrian and vehicular access, flexible and beautiful gathering spaces, security, and expanded parking, while highlighting Brookside’s philosophy of sustainability…

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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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Completed Brooklyn Bridge Park. 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,…

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Webinar: Regional Effort on Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management

October 11 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Ecological landscaping with climate change to prevent future invasions and assist native migrations Bethany Bradley, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Species are adapted to tolerate a certain range of climate conditions. As a result, species around the world are shifting their ranges in response to climate change. But, many of these species – especially plants – won’t be able to keep up with the rapid pace of climate warming. Gardening with regionally native plants has the potential to expand…

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Webinar: Creating Beautiful Gardens While Rewilding the Landscape

October 15 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

There are several aspects of effective landscape designs that make them successful. Understanding the technology of specific plants and how they may integrate into any given landscape is the key to composing beautiful plantings. Designed space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies. In this presentation, we’ll look at how to utilize cool and warm season plant characteristics to stabilize soils and create desirable compositions. We’ll discuss the…

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Webinar: Plants with True Grit

October 23 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Both in the designed landscape and in the wild, plants thrive or die within a wide variety of conditions, often surprising us with either outcome. Our observations and experiments can help us choose which plants have a greater chance of tolerating the conditions we want to place on them. In this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions. Amy Nyman is landscape designer and owner of…

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Webinar: Climate Change and Its Effects on Trees and Their Relationship to Insects

October 29 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

National Park Service Photo After slowly cooling throughout the past millennium, Earth has substantially warmed over the last 40 years, and effects on trees and insects are already apparent. There is a strong scientific consensus that this warming is caused by human emission of greenhouse gases. There also is a substantial discrepancy between this scientific consensus and perceptions of the public regarding climate change. Dr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation;…

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November 2019

Conference: ELA Season’s End Summit 2019

November 7 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Community Harvest Project Barn, 37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States
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Taking Landscapes to the Next Level: Stepping Back and Thinking Big Regenerative landscapes consider the ecology of a site, draw upon the wisdom of natural systems, and enhance the surrounding environment for the benefit of humans and all other life in the ecosystem. With guidance from natural systems, designers can create thriving landscapes that protect our waters and soil, conserve resources, and provide healthy habitat. The resulting landscapes can be resilient, whole, and beautiful. As we reflect on the past…

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Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

November 11 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Of the seven species of hydrangeas sold in New England nurseries and garden centers, two of these species are native to the US. This presentation showcases many gorgeous new cultivars bred from these natives, which can be more adaptable to our climate & soil variations. Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas. Prepare to be dazzled! Andi Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified organic land-care professional, private garden…

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The Plant Pollinator Partnership

November 14 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
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Offered in collaboration with The Delaware Center for Horticulture As native bees struggle alongside European honey bees for survival, their reduced numbers put natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. And bees are not the only pollinators that are suffering. Beetles, butterflies, ants, birds, and bats all help with pollination and all are experiencing environmental stresses. In response, landscape professionals and concerned homeowners across the country are learning more about the habitat needs of all pollinators – and using that…

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December 2019

Webinar: Bell’s Woodland – Creating a Native Garden from Disturbed Woodland at Chanticleer

December 3 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Developing a native woodland garden, in suburban areas, comes with specific challenges such as soil degradations and erosion, abundance of invasive exotic plant species, and a need to manage stormwater runoff. In his presentation, Mr. Walczak will discuss soil restoration, evaluating the effectiveness of different methods for a variety of situations; invasive plant species removal eradication versus suppression; and Hugelculture both as a way of gardening and as a tool for restoring woodland soil by addressing surface runoff and creating…

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2019 Ecological Plant Conference

December 6 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225 United States
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is host to the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) fourth 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 11/16/19 - Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities. As environmental pressures mount, it is refreshing to take time from busy schedules to surround ourselves with beauty and learn lessons toward more resilient design solutions. Join us for a day…

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Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

December 9 @ 8:30 am EDT - December 13 @ 4:30 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Rescheduled class dates to be announced soon. 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…

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Webinar: The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands

December 10 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Constructed stormwater wetlands utilize a complex system of physical, chemical, and biological processes to address stormwater pollutants from impervious surfaces. They are one of many green infrastructure tools to manage and protect the quality of stormwater into nearby water bodies and beyond. Furthermore, as a stormwater asset, these practices are adaptable and can often capture and treat large volumes of runoff, allowing for a cost-effective opportunity for communities to address regulatory requirements, water quality goals, and climate resiliency. Beyond treatment,…

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January 2020

Webinar: Reconnecting Water, Soils, and Vegetation: Green Infrastructure in the Urban Environment

January 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) can restore healthy waterways and revitalize urban communities but requires a multi-disciplinary design approach informed by ecology, community, engineering, and long-term maintenance. This presentation will explore several case studies of successful GSI projects in Philadelphia, focusing on examples of community engagement and ecological restoration to successfully improve water quality and healthy neighborhoods. Philadelphia’s long-term stormwater and combined sewer overflow plan, Green Cities Clean Waters, is a national model for GSI implementation in economically challenged urban areas.…

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Webinar: The Role of Landscape in Our Global Environmental Crisis

January 23, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Many professionals in the green economy have environmentally noble goals but find it difficult to confirm that their work makes a measurable, positive impact on our global environmental crisis. In this presentation, Mr. Quinn will provide an overview of his company’s approach toward creating landscapes that positively influence the biosphere. He will discuss his company’s action-oriented, vertically-integrated approach by examining a series of projects which have been completed over the past five years. In addition to describing the science and…

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February 2020

Webinar: Conservation, Education, and Community Building through Prairie Restoration

February 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

The mission of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS is to cultivate transformative relationships between people and the land. Since the Arboretum’s establishment in 1981, a major outlet of its mission has been to display horticultural landscaping with examples of small prairie pocket gardens, using native plants that the public can see and emulate in their own home landscapes. In 2004, Dyck Arboretum expanded its educational outreach and started the process of developing a large seeded prairie…

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March 2020

Webinar: Protecting Pollinators

March 23, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent. Federal Highway Administration Pollinator Plantings This Protecting Pollinators presentation explores why…

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