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Ecology Basics for Landscapers and Designers

Webinar replay from September 17, 2013

Learn the basic principles of ecology and how they apply to gardening and landscaping. This webinar provides a framework for thinking about a garden as an ecological system. You create a living system with its own plant and animal communities, population dynamics and food webs. Energy, nutrients and water flow into and through a garden influenced by the surrounding landscape. Understanding ecological principles can help you create an environmentally friendly and beautiful landscape.

Sylvan Kaufman consults, writes and teaches on ecology, botany and restoration topics through her business, Sylvan Green Earth Consulting, located in Denton, MD and Santa Fe, NM. She has a B.A. in Biology from Vassar College and a Ph. D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rutgers University. Sylvan co-authored “Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species” first published by Stackpole Books in 2007. She teaches as an adjunct professor for George Washington University’s Sustainable Landscapes Program, serves on the board of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, and participates on the Maryland Invasive Species Council and Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. She has worked as a researcher on invasive plant and climate change projects at Harvard University and as the curator and land manager at Adkins Arboretum.

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