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11/20/15 - Ecological Synergies - Understanding Performance-based Resilient Landscapes - Kennett Square, PA

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Drive
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, November 20, 2015

9AM to 5PM

Join ELA for a unique and in-depth look at plants. During interactive sessions, you’ll consider the ecological role and specific natural requirements of plants in particular landscapes, the part plants can play in remediating contaminated sites, and the role of morphology in determining plant performance.

Plant Ecology for Creators
Presented by Noel Kingsbury
Join international plantsman, Dr. Noel Kingsbury for an interactive exploration of plant morphology. By learning more about the inner workings of plants, creators of designed plantings can make informed plant choices. Design that emphasizes an ecological focus considers how plants fit into the environment and what that means for their performance in the landscape.

This approach considers the requirements that a plant needs to live, reproduce, and compete in order to survive. Understanding that plants are part of a constantly changing environment helps the creator of designed plantings to predict how they are likely to perform in the years to come.

Noel will share his insights to help attendees:
Learn the process of succession and its relationship to the management of designed plantings.
Understand that plants have different survival strategies and the relevance this has to plant selection and management for different environmental conditions.
Recognize the various aspects of plant long-term performance, and that this will vary for both wild-origin native species and commercial cultivars.

The Meadow Garden Expansion: An Ecological Review
Presented by Tom Brightman
Completed in June of 2014, the expanded meadow at Longwood Gardens now spans 86 acres and includes an elaborate trail network, bridges, and an interpretive display that includes an 1800-era farm house. The Meadow Garden features the best practices in ecological garden design. A wide variety of native plants fill the Meadow Garden for increased biodiversity not only in plant species, but in the animal populations with which they are connected.
One year after the meadow completion, Tom Brightman reflects on the ecology of the meadow. What design elements have been successful and what aspects of the meadow need to be revisited?

Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants!
Presented by Kate Kennen
Phytoremediation landscape design specialist, Kate Kennen will present real world experiences and a fresh perspective of phytotechnology applications. Plants can help to remediate a site’s contaminants and Kate will review newly developing, science-based techniques being used in the field. Cost-effective phytoremediation plantings can be effective in mitigating on-site pollutants, but these interactions can be complicated. Kate’s presentation will provide a clearer understanding of horticultural limitations and implications for future integration in design and planting. When do they work and when don’t they?

With careful research and planning, integrating newer technologies into a design can result in huge financial and environmental benefits.

Learning Objectives:
Offshoots-PHYTO- Sample Land Use Contaminate and Solution DiagramsIncrease understanding of Phytotechnology applications, including current scientific case studies. Review history of phytoremediation and best current resources for information.
Learn about PhytoForensics, a newly developing set of techniques where data gathered from trees is utilized to pinpoint subsurface contaminates.
Understand horticultural limitations of Phytotechnologies, and implications for future integration in design and planning.

Plant Morphology: Guide to Predicting Plant Performance
Presented by Noel Kingsbury
How long will certain plants survive? Will they spread? How will the new border design look in five years? As a follow-up to this mornings introduction to plant morphology and ways to predict long-term plant performance, this interactive demonstration considers plant morphology in the light of what is known about growth through the year. Using live plant material, Noel Kingsbury will provide a practical, plant morphology demonstration with valuable take­ away insights.

Through examples, attendees ​are encouraged ​to think about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connection can inform the way we use them in our gardens.

​This is a rare opportunity to learn a new way of thinking from a world­ renowned expert in perennial plants and landscape design.

Learning Objectives:
Learn to make informed estimates of plant longevity.
Understand the rates and patterns of plant spread and level of plant competitiveness.
Discover how to select long-term plant combinations based on assessments of growth rate, size, and competitiveness.

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11/14/15 - SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today) Seminar: KILL YOUR LAWN, New London, CT

Connecticut College Arboretum  

270 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320


Saturday, Novermber 14th, 2015

8:30am to 3:30pm


The SALT seminar encourages homeowners to consider alternatives to the ubiquitous American lawn. Emphasis is on how to instead grow gardens with environmentally friendly native plantings. The day-long seminar will consist of 4 presentations:
Kill Your Lawn
Design without Lawn: Paths, Woodlands, Meadows and Water
A Myriad of Meadows
Novel Native Shrubs


4 AOLCP credits

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11/5/15 - ELA Season's End Summit - Digging Into the Layered Landscape, North Grafton, MA

Brigham Hill Community Barn 37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536

Thursday, November 5, 2015

8AM to 4:30PM

Landscapes are a delightful blending of form and function. An ecological landscape is that and more. Join us for the 6th annual ELA Season’s End Summit to explore the many layers of the landscape with our distinguished lineup of presenters. On November 5th, we will reconnect with colleagues, reflect on the past growing season, and get inspired for the next.

Reviving the Naturalistic Garden
Presented by: Mark Richardson
Will Curtis, founder of Garden in the Woods, entrusted New England Wild Flower Society with his life’s work in 1965. Today, thanks to the generosity of the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation, the Society is working with W. Gary Smith to revive the historic core of the Garden by redesigning the planting plan for the Curtis Woodland Garden. Although they often appear effortless, the layers in naturalistic gardens are challenging to envision and among the most challenging to maintain. Learn about the exciting layers in this project and see the progress to date from Mark Richardson, Horticulture Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.

Exploring the Rich Layers in the Meadow
Linden Land Meadow in AutumnPresented by: Rebecca Lindenmeyr
There is no such thing as a native meadow in our area (it’s a stage of succession) but Rebecca Lindenmeyr plants meadows that contain native plants in residential landscapes in an effort to capture a feeling of openness and freedom, and to replace traditional lawns. Meadows remind us of the great migration west through the Plains, through vast oceans of grasses and flowers that moved in rhythm with the wind. Meadows are romanticized, but they are also practical – a meadow can replace the time-consuming and input-dependent lawn with a low-maintenance, rich tapestry that is beneficial to all life. Meadows can be beautiful, aesthetic features of a landscape and can also provide breeding habitat and critical sources of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and moths as well as habitat for birds and mammals. Rebecca has been taking a close look at the complex layers in her meadows and shares her findings through fascinating descriptions and stunning photographs.

Optimizing Ecological Value in the Layered Landscape
Presented by: Lauren Chase Rowell
Ecological principles inherent in natural systems serve as both a framework and a justification for mimicking nature in our landscaping practices. These integrated principles and processes are interdependent and by supporting one, you support the other. Through the understanding and use of a shared strategic check-list, landscape integrity and beauty are not only possible, but essential. Lauren designs landscapes that optimize ecological value and creates gardens that bring beauty and quietude to the lives of her clients while enriching the land. In this presentation, Lauren will share techniques for replicating this process.

Creating Beauty in Every Layer
Presented by: Julie Moir Messervy
In this inspiring presentation, award-winning landscape designer and author Julie Moir Messervy demystifies the art and practice of landscape design. Emphasizing sustainable projects and using beautiful images, together with helpful tips, case studies, before-and-after photos, diagrams, and plans, Julie will discuss the process of turning any property into the “home outside” your clients have always dreamed of. Focusing on key design concepts, Julie presents breathtaking plans for the various landscape layers including captivating gardens, entertainment areas, contemplative retreats, as well as innovative ways to create a better flow between the landscape and house. Julie highlights many of the ideas introduced in her book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love.


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10/31/15 - Longwood Gardens Course 2015 Courses, PA

Please see the Longwood Garden's Course Catalog for AOLCP Credit Opportunities

Various Credits Available

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10/28/15 - Arborist Short Course, Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Horticultural Society

100 N. 20th st.  
Phila. , PA 19103

Wednesday, October 28th through Thrusday, November 5th, 2015

8am to 4 pm


Today agencies and home-owners understand the best tree care comes from trained and knowledgeable arborists. The Green Industry responded to this demand for trained professionals by creating certify-cation programs. Presently the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certifies thousands of arborists and Landscape & Nursery Associations certify horticulturalists. These numbers grow each year.

The Arborist Short Course has competent instructors presenting topics designed to increase your working tree knowledge, professional skills, and to prepare you for the ISA Certified Arborist exam. You can expect
Disease and insect diagnosis
Nutrition and fertilization
Selection, installation and establishment of trees and shrubs
Soil and water interaction and management
Plant identification
Assessment and risk management
Construction impacts and management
Safety and climbing


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4 AOLCP credits

10/17/15 - Natural Landscape Design: Meadows to Woods, Katonah, NY

Bylane Farm 35 Todd Rd.
Katonah, NY 10598

Saturday, October 17, 2015

10AM to 4PM

Native plants are increasingly popular yet many people remain unsure how to establish and manage these plants within self-regulating communities. This two-part course explores how meadows, woods, and the continuum of habitat types in between—from old fields to shrublands to woodland edges—can be replicated in gardens and natural areas of all sizes.

The course’s morning session—The Sunlit Landscape—explores design, establishment, and management techniques for native meadows, old fields, and shrublands.

The afternoon session—The Shaded Landscape—delves into designing, establishing, and managing native woodlands, woodland edges, and hedgerows.

Each session covers key ecological concepts, important design considerations, and practical establishment and management techniques. Often overlooked aspects like self-proliferation, natural recruitment, and succession will also be discussed.

The learning objectives for "The Sunlit Landscape" are:

Examine the ecology of native meadows, old fields, and shrublands.
Learn techniques for designing and installing plantings based on these habitat types.
Understand how to manage open landscapes at all developmental stages and how to preserve these landscapes in select successional states.

The learning objectives for "The Shaded Landscape" are:

Become familiar with the ecology of native woodlands, woodland edges, and hedgerows.
Acquire effective techniques for creating and managing plantings based on these habitat types.
Learn how to work with existing woodlands to maximize species diversity and minimize invasive weeds.



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10/6/15 - Compost Tea and Aerated Static Pile Composting, Cambridge, MA

Mt. Auburn Cemetary

Cambridge, MA 02138


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - Wednesday October 7, 2015

8:00AM to 4:30PM


Learn how to convert liabilities into valuable assets from highly experienced professionals with direct experience in organic land management and compost production. There will be compost tea brewers and sprayers, compost top dressing equipment for an onsite demonstration. There will also be a tour of the composting facility and Aerated Static Pile composting system at Mt Auburn.


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10/3/15 - Landscape and Forest, Tree and Shrub Disease Workshop, Amherst, MA

Fernald Hall 270 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9am to 3:30pm


Join Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, for this workshop where participants will gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest diseases of trees and shrubs. The UMass-Amherst campus offers a wide variety of ornamental and forest trees and shrubs of all ages. Selected diseases will range from leaf spots, needle casts, root rot, stem cankers, rusts, anthracnose and more. An introductory lecture will review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a walking tour of campus. The day will end with a laboratory session using microscopy to view prepared slides.


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10/1/15 - New England Wildflower Society 2015 Events, MA

New England Wildflower Society Spring and Summer programs.

Winter 2015 through Summer 2015

New England Wildflower Society is offering programs and educational opportunities in every New England State. 

Click HERE for calendar  and course listings of New England Wildflower Society programs

1-4 AOLCP credits available

10/1/15 - Sustainable Site Design Basics, Framingham, MA

New England Wildflower Society

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:30 am to 4:30pm

This course is an exploration into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design with particular focus on integrating both existing and new buildings sustainably into their landscapes. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites, as exemplified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and forthcoming SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) system.


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