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September 2018

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 29 tickets left

Co-sponsored by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens NOTE: Coastal Maine Botanical Garden Members, please see instructions below for discount registration. 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…

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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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Class: Sustainable Site Design Basics

October 18 @ 9:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$106 - $128 8 tickets left

Delve into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design. This course will provide an overview exploration into the fundamentals of landscape design that integrates buildings sustainably into their landscapes and with a view to reducing maintenance needs. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food systems. Topics include: design principles and process, native plant community restoration and maintenance.  Students complete a short design assignment. Tom Benjamin is an independent registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional…

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Advanced Design Workshop with Roy Diblik

October 18 @ 9:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive PO Box 598
Boylston, MA 01505
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Free - $160 Sold out

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Scroll down to add your name to wait list. 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 beauty of self-discovery in coming to…

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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 21 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 7 @ 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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$95 - $125 89 tickets left

Early registration discounts through 9/30/18. 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…

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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, and shopping centers, what do we see? Do we see landscapes that provide a trophic level of habitat which processes our storm water and remediates pollutants? Do these landscapes bring 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 marketed expectations toward sterile landscapes that are the single biggest…

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Class: RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN

November 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - December 13 @ 4:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$231 - $272 6 tickets left

Five-Session Class - November 8, 15, 29, December 6, and 13. This multi-session course tackles the different aspects of the landscape design process. Workshop sessions focus on design methods using site analysis techniques and schematic design tools. Participants consult with the instructor and work on projects of their own choosing. Discussions about plants and habitats are interspersed with lectures on design principles, including criteria for making plant choices and determining placement in the landscape. Instructor: Cheryl Salatino is a Landscape…

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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 - $139 242 tickets left

Lunch Sponsor Click Here For Sponsor Opportunities  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…

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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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Class: Low Maintenance Gardening

November 28 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$26 - $32 8 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 EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$80 - $96 10 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

Eco-tour: Urban Horticulture, Squared

December 1 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Logan Square Cafe, 200 N 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$22 - $32 29 tickets left

Postponed Until December - Date TBD Join us for an early evening tour of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic landscapes! Put yourself in William Penn’s shoes as we explore 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. We’ll visit three of the five squares—Rittenhouse, Logan,…

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Free 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 - $139 213 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 conference schedule. - Click here for conference discount at NU Hotel in Brooklyn. Lunch Sponsor - 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. Cultivation, propagation, behavior, and ecological function will be highlighted,…

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

December 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Nasami Farm, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01038
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$40 - $48 8 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 EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$26 - $32 8 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 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

Class: DIVERSIFY YOUR LAWN

January 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$20 - $24 10 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 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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Webinar: 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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Class: UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING SOILS

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
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 EDT - March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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 EDT - March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$50 - $2000 217 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 EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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 EDT - 8:30 pm EDT
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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