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January 2019

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

Thu, 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.

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February 2019

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

Mon, February 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST
Free – $10

One important practice is designing and maintaining landscapes within the guidelines of defensible space which can improve a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.

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Finding Common Ground – In pursuit of “Sustainable Landscaping”

Wed, February 20, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

Most landscape professionals have similar goals: happy customers, beautiful plantings, and a healthy environment. This presentation seeks to broaden the dialog among landscape professionals who share these goals and to encourage all landscape professionals to work together to establish a new meaning for the term sustainable landscaping.

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March 2019

Webinar: Missouri and the New Tallgrass Prairie Economy

Thu, March 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT
Free – $10.00

At the time of statehood, at least 15 million acres of tallgrass prairie blanketed Missouri—about a third of the state. Midwest prairie was part of the North American prairie ecosystem that stretched from the East Coast to the Rockies, north into Canada, and south to Mexico.

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September 2019

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

Wed, September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Dr. Desiree Narango will speak about her research studying how residential landscapes and gardening practices influence wildlife. The talk will focus on her recent work comparing the contributions of native and nonnative 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 to improve habitat for wildlife. She will also share resources to find more information about nature-friendly gardening and participating in community-driven science.

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Webinar: The Art of Integrating Rainwater

Thu, September 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Thoughtful design considerations enhance the efficacy as well as the community enjoyment of landscapes designed to manage rainwater. Rain-harvesting landscapes focus on plant diversity, pollinators, habitat, texture, contextual themes, and seasonal interest.

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October 2019

Ecological Landscaping with Climate Change to Prevent Future Invasions and Assist Native Plant Migrations

Fri, October 11, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

This talk will explore the idea of supporting assisted migration through our landscaping and gardening. We will look at risk through the lens of invasion ecology to see what that field can tell us about species that pose a higher risk or ecosystems that might be particularly vulnerable.

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Webinar: Creating Beautiful Gardens While Rewilding the Landscape

Tue, October 15, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Designed space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies.

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Webinar: Plants with True Grit

Wed, October 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

In this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions.

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

Tue, October 29, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Dr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation; consider current and future impacts; and look at the implications for trees in urban and natural forests, especially their interactions with insects.

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December 2019

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

Tue, December 3, 2019 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this 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 specific conditions for plants.

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Webinar: The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands

Tue, December 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

This presentation will focus on three main topics: overview of constructed stormwater wetland design, case studies of construction projects implemented by the Horsley Witten Group in New England over the past five years, and lessons learned during the various phases of those projects.

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January 2020

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

Wed, January 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

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.

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Webinar: The Role of Landscape in Our Global Environmental Crisis

Thu, January 23, 2020 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this presentation, Mr. Quinn will use his company’s approach as an example for how you can have a positive impact by creating landscapes that positively influence the biosphere.

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February 2020

Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

Tue, February 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Landscape Designer, Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas.

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

Mon, February 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Join Brad Guhr for this informative webinar to learn more about this exciting prairie project at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.

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Webinar: Organic Lawn Care: Healthier Lawns for People, Pets, and Pollinators

Thu, February 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Steps and strategies for healthy lawns - safe for people, pets, and pollinators.

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March 2020

Class: A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Sat, March 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar.) This land care guide will address regenerative design, green infrastructure, resilient landscapes, adaptive strategies, and building your own toolbox and rule book.

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Webinar: Protecting Pollinators

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

This Protecting Pollinators presentation explores why the dwindling pollinator statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed.

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April 2020

Webinar: Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Native Plants

Wed, April 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: From unique flavors to hilarious names to the oddest survival strategies, there are strange and noteworthy plants right outside our back doors if we simply know where to look.

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Webinar: Pollinator Ecology

Wed, April 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: Take a garden walk to learn the basics of pollination ecology as well as how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators.

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Class: Tips and Techniques for Healthy Seedling Starts

Sat, April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar.) Learn basic yet critical propagation techniques for successful seedling starts.

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Webinar: Save the Pollinators! Save the Planet!

Wed, April 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series Beyond providing sustenance for our six legged friends, discover how your garden can play a substantial role in rebuilding the local ecosystem and helping create climate resilience.

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Class: Navigating Public Design, Part 2

Fri, April 24, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar.) In this half-day workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to navigate public designs.

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Webinar: Planting Design Considerations

Wed, April 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Series: As spring ramps up, we look at the garden with an eye to the plants. First, we will think about plants in terms of their form and function, and then learn some strategies to best lay out our planting plans.

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Class: Building the Green Industry

Thu, April 30, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar) You will learn opportunities, challenges, and strategies to guide your own projects in the green industry.

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May 2020

Art and Design Principles for Ecological Landscapes

Wed, May 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden Free Webinar Series: Ecological design is based on the same principles as landscape design, however, practitioners can become caught up in the arrangement of elements and materials and forget that the application of art and design principles are critical to evoke meaning, intent and order.

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Webinar: Tenacious Plants for Tough Places

Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Andi Pettis will present some of the toughest plants growing in these urban parks – both the cultivated species and some of the plants that grew wild, spontaneously, and without any care or thought from human beings.

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Class: Eco-restorative Garden Design

Fri, May 15, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar) Eco-restorative Garden Design: Topics cover everything from removing invasives to analyzing the site, conserving resources, and enhancing aesthetics and wildlife habitat.

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Class: Native Plant Design for Human Health

Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT

(Conducted as a live webinar) Learn the theories behind healing landscapes and elements of healing gardens that you can integrate into your own projects.

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Webinar: Spring Ephemerals

Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Join Darrah Cole on a virtual walk along The Greenway in April and May to discover the surprising delights of spring ephemeral and bulbs.

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Webinar: Built from the Forest: Timber Frame Education Center and Native Plant Garden

Wed, May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Join Marc Wolf for an inspiring visit to the Mountain Top Arboretum forest - from whence came the Arboretum’s new timber frame Education Center.

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Class: Our Future with Water: Stormwater Management Strategies

Fri, May 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Based on decades of experience, this stormwater management guide will address rain harvesting, permeable pavements, green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens, and tree planting.

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Class: Landscape Design for Changing Site Conditions

Sat, May 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

This advanced design session includes a set of hands-on exercises to challenge our perspectives and to instill flexibility in our approach.

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June 2020

Webinar: Let Them Eat Flowers: The Gardens of Paris

Wed, June 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Over the past two hundred years, designers have created a uniquely Parisian look to the gardens, as they have become a cultural way of life. This presentation will take us on a virtual walk through many of the spectacular gardens of Paris.

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Webinar: Landscaping with a Purpose – What’s Diversity Got To Do with It?

Wed, June 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Landscaping with purpose and following guidelines for diversity does not require a large space, but it does require creative vision. Randi Eckel will explain the strategies.

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Webinar: Spring to Summer: Native Plants that Bridge the Seasonal Divide

Wed, June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Ian Caton will discuss flowering native plants that bridge that seasonal gap from spring to summer.

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Webinar: GARDEN WAYS: Professional Tips on Design and Plant Selection

Wed, June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden: Karen Howard will share some techniques she uses to create a garden space, and structure a landscape design. 

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Floodplain Management 101

Tue, June 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This course will provide an overview on NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) and current Pennsylvania floodplain regulations. Best practices and resources will be highlighted.

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July 2020

Webinar: Specialist Bees

Wed, July 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Walk in the Garden, Heather will highlight many of these native plant-bee specializations as well as the overlapping habitat requirements of the bees and plants.

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Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Thu, July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.

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Class: Soil: The Solution Beneath Our Feet

Thu, July 16, 2020 @ 10:30 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

Conducted online: Learn soil basics, then expand your understanding. Find out how soil affects plants’ health, supports sustainability, and combats climate change.

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Class: Structural Plant Combinations

Sat, July 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Conducted online: Structural shrubs and trees are essential elements in memorable gardens, providing both ambiance and organizing principles in the landscape.

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August 2020

Eco-Tour: Beauty in Flight: A Virtual Tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Butterfly House

Thu, August 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With native plants and nectar aplenty, the Butterfly House at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) is a magical world of color, fragrance, and motion. Join this virtual tour to enjoy the magic.

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Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Sat, August 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Conducted online: Create lush and vibrant shady gardens by learning how to infuse more color, adventure, and intrigue into those sometimes difficult spaces.

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September 2020

Webinar: Mimicking Nature to Manage Water On-Site – A virtual tour at Stroud Water Research Center

Wed, September 9, 2020 @ 11:30 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar will describe the Stroud Water Research Center water management system - a project to manage water on the site in a way that mimics nature — leaving a smaller overall environmental footprint, better protecting the White Clay Creek, and acting as both a teaching vehicle and a replicable model for others to follow.

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Webinar: Why Rain Gardens Fail and Tools for Success

Wed, September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With appropriate planning, design, construction, and maintenance, rain gardens, bio-swales, and other stormwater treatment workhorses can be an artistic part of our landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, and public spaces.

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Webinar: Field Notes – A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Mon, September 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

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October 2020

Webinar: Designing with Ferns – The Dependable and the Divisive

Wed, October 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Discover the important ecological role of ferns in the landscape and how they are affected by mammal populations and soil conditions.

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Class: Propagation – Native Seeds

Sat, October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am EDT - 2:00 pm EDT

Learn how to grow native plants from seed and why the skill is relevant in a horticultural context.

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Webinar: Meadows – If You Build It They Will Come

Wed, October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This presentation offers a glimpse into the rich species diversity that comes from establishing a meadow and making the right choices from design through maintenance.

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November 2020

Webinar: A Stick in the Spokes – Meaningful Interventions in Landscape Systems

Mon, November 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

How do we embrace principles of regenerative design on private land parcels where functional needs preclude true rewilding? What happens when we invite and then interrupt the feedback loop in some aspects of a place, but not in others? Join this webinar to learn more.

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Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Mon, November 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

The 8th Season of A Focus on Sustainability webinar series beings with a look at native groundcovers. Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

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Webinar: The Challenges and Complexities of Ecological Gardens – A 5-year Journal of Discoveries

Tue, November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Ms. Silvia will share the process, challenges, and discoveries she has made while managing concept, design, installation, plants, and daily maintenance of the landscape.

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Webinar: Evaluating Soil Health

Wed, November 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

This webinar will explore quantifying soil health through laboratory analyses included in the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH) and will address management strategies for improving and maintaining soil health under different cropping systems.

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December 2020

Webinar: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Mon, December 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

With rich, inspiring images from around the world, author, educator, and landscape designer Nancy Striniste explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

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January 2021

Webinar: The Challenges of Restoring Urban Native Habitat

Wed, January 13 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Patches of native habitat in urban and other degraded areas provide important ecological services. Focusing on Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Orange County Great Park in California, where complex habitat was integrated with civic needs, Dr. Handel explores strategies for restoring connections between fragmented and degraded remnant habitats.

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