Credit Opportunities Archive

10/29/14 - Green School, Marlborough, MA

Holiday Inn 265 Lakeside Ave
Marlborough, MA 01752

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 through Thursday, December 11, 2014

8:45am to 3:30pm


Green School is a comprehensive certificate short course for Green Industry professionals held bi-annually and taught by UMass Extension specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty. This course is designed for horticultural practitioners such as landscapers, professional gardeners, lawn care specialists, and arborists wishing to gain an understanding of plant care fundamentals and strategies and their relation to environmental quality. Green School attendees learn about sustainable methods of plant selection, plant maintenance, and pest and nutrient management which lay the foundation for environmentally-appropriate decision-making. Through in-depth discussion of up-to-date techniques, participants develop an understanding of how proper management practices can minimize impact on precious natural resources such as soil and water. The Green School curriculum, which emphasizes a systems-based approach to plant care, is based on current research and focuses on environmen tal stewardship, Best Management Practices (BMPs) and integrated pest management (IPM).

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

10/19/14 - Wild Fruits, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods 
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA 01701 

 

Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Spring and summer flowers produce a bounty of wild fall fruits that we will discover in this hands-on workshop on fruit form, function, and diversity. We will study the significance of fruits in the flowering plant life cycle and then examine and dissect diverse fruit types, from capsules and follicles to pomes and drupes. Students will learn fruit terminology and practice constructing and using dichotomous keys to sort out the remarkable variety of fruits produced by flowering plants. We will look at seed-dispersal mechanisms and the connection between fruit and seed forms and strategies for seed dispersal. Participants are encouraged to bring fruit specimens from their own gardens for dissection and identification. Bring a bag lunch.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop


4 AOLCP credits

10/18/14 - Meadows Large or Small for the Home and Community Landscape, Middletown, CT

Middletown, CT

Saturday, October 18

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

Fall is a great time to plant meadows. Join Kathy Connolly for a two-hour discussion that will help demystify these ecologically valuable spaces and outline planting approaches. Kathy will explain what a meadow is, why native species are important, and what steps you can take right now to start planting a meadow. After the lecture, you can purchase seeds, books, and native seedlings grown especially for this event by New England Wild Flower Society’s Nasami Farm (cash or checks only; no credit cards). Coffee and tea are provided; feel free to bring munchies or a sandwich.

 

Details and Registration

 


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop.

2 AOLCP credits.

 

10/16/14 - Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, October 16 & 17, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm

 

The use of native woody plants in a horticultural setting will be the topic of this combination classroom and in-garden course for second-year students in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture. The course, on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day,  is open to all, subject to availability. 

During this, the final class in this two-year program, staff horticulturist Justin Nichols will introduce students to native trees, shrubs, and vines to use in different horticultural settings based on their habitat preferences in nature. Recommended species, cultivars and sources of materials will be covered. To see authentic examples of woody plants in natural and landscaped settings, Justin will take the class on short forays into the Gardens and locally.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/15/14 - Introduction to Wetland Identification, Basking Ridge, NJ

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm

 

 

Virtually all activities conducted in and around wetlands are regulated – from excavating underground storage tanks to soil compaction for paving a driveway or patio to pruning of overgrown vegetation – and violators are subject to hefty penalties and fines from the NJDEP.

 

Knowing if a wetland is on your property or a site on which you work is incredibly important! But how do you determine if a wetland is present?

 

Why not educate yourself? Take our class to get the basic tools you need to identify a wetland's presence. Once you make a determination, you will know if you need to go further and hire an environmental professional to evaluate the site and assist you with the permit process.

 

In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn:

  • Why wetlands are important
  • How they differ
  • What indicators are used for wetland identification
  • About the current regulations in New Jersey

You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You'll even get you a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day!

 

For those interested in advancing their wetland knowledge, this course will provide the essential background material needed for further study in the step-by-step regulatory and delineation techniques covered in the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/14/14 - Methodology for Delineating Wetlands, Basking Ridge, NJ

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

 

Tuesday, October 14 through Friday, October 17, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.

 

Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises.

 

Features of Wetland Indicators
> Vegetation: Analyze plant communities and identify dominant plants and indicators of hydrophytic vegetation
> Soils: Identify sandy and non-sandy hydric soils based on the National List of hydric soil field indicators
> Hydrology: Recognize direct and indirect indicators

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Vegetation Identification for Delineating Wetlands is required prior to attending this course.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/7/14 - Invasive Plant Symposium, Storrs, CT

University of Connecticut, Student Union, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3:00 AM to 4:30 PM

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) will present a symposium on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. The symposium will take place from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. The theme of the symposium is: Invasive Plants 2014: Where Are We Now? People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop.

4 AOLCP credits.

 

 

 

10/6/14 - Coastal Certificate - Sound Gardening, Madison, CT

Coastal Certificate - Sound Gardening; Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters

 

Mercy Center
167 Neck Road
Madison, CT

 

Monday, October 6, 6 - 9 PM

Wednesday, October 8, 6 - 9 PM

Sunday, October 19, Required Field Trip, TBA

Monday, October 20, 6 - 9 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 6 - 9 PM



The Coastal Certificate program is offered to those who wish to familiarize themselves with current environmental issues unique to our coastal waters and Long Island Sound, while learning ways to landscape more sustainably. In a time when climate change is taking on increasing significance, the program will address how and why the transition to sustainable landscapes is not just a good idea, but also a global environmental imperative.


The program is designed to generate ambassadors of alternatives to nutrient- and chemically-intensive landscaping practices for Connecticut coastal and watershed residents. The outreach component will be geared to spreading the word about sustainable landscaping through hands-on projects, educational materials and other creative ideas.


In addition to covering coastal environmental issues, the Coastal Certificate program will feature professionals who address exciting ways to reduce or rethink lawns, create native plant habitats that attract birds and pollinating insects, design for sustainability using native coastal plants, and share tools and resources for effective outreach.


Participants must attend all five classes and complete two approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate.  Reading resources will be provided. Optional text:  The Naturescape Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, Beth O’Donnell and Karen Bussolini, Timber Press 2013

 

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

10/3/14 - Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, & Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. In this two-day course, Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society,  will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits.  Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/3/14 - Native Plants – Native Brews – Native Talent, Framingham, MA

Friday , October 3, 2014

 

5:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway St  

Framingham, MA 01701

 

Garden in the Woods is the 45-acre botanical garden of New England Wild Flower Society, America’s oldest plant conservation organization, and boasts over 1,000 native plant species on display including 150 rare and endangered species.
Native plants are a riot of color in autumn and there is no better place to see them in a mature garden setting than at Garden in the Woods.
Join us for this unique opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage of native plants while reconnecting with native talent (colleagues) and sharing your favorite native brew. Bring a couple of your favorite native brews to this BYO & S (Bring Your Own and Swap) gathering for a twilight tour that is sure to sell out.
Native brew soft-drinks will be provided.

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP Credits


 

 

9/28/14 - Wild Mushroom Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 28, 2014
Choose from: 

9:00am to 1:00pm

or 

1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Learn to identify and differentiate safe and unsafe mushrooms and the proper conservation etiquette when collecting them.  We are likely to see numerous species that appear in early autumn.  This workshop will include some classroom instruction and much field work, followed by a wild mushroom tasting.

 

Details and registration

 

 

 

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/28/14 - Wild Edibles Talk & Walk, Boyleston, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

From the woods to the meadows to our gardens, wild edibles are all around us. Join Dan Jaffe for a comprehensive look at the wild plants that can fill your belly. This workshop will cover finding edibles in the wild as well as growing them in your own garden. Questions concerning conservation of rare edible species will also be addressed.

 

Details & registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits


9/27/14 - Field Identification of Late-Season Grasses, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 27, & Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm

 

This plant identification workshop focuses on identification and ecology of grasses (family Poaceae) that are detectable and identifiable in the field in late summer and early fall. The emphasis will be on the “warm-season” grasses, but we will also cover a number of other important grass species that are commonly encountered and are identifiable at this time of year. We will cover the basic features of grasses that distinguish them from other grass-like plants, the terminology used in identification manuals to describe and distinguish grass species, the characteristics of major groups, distinguishing warm-season from cool-season grasses, distinguishing invasive and other non-native species from native species, endangered grass species, wetland indicator values and other ecological affinities of various species.

 

The workshop is broken into two days:

o The first day that is largely devoted to introductory lecture and lab.

o The second day that is entirely devoted to travelling to representative habitats and their grasses at several sites.

 

Participants may register for one or both days. Grasses are a difficult group, and it is recommended that serious students who do not consider themselves advanced students register for both days. If you do not consider yourself an advanced student of grasses and can only attend one session, we recommend the first rather than the second day, as we will not be able to cover the basics again on the second day.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or for both days

 

9/25/14 - Sustainable Horticultural Practices, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, September 25 & 26, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Our landscape practices affect the balance of our ecosystem above and below the soil surface and the quality of our waters.  In this two-day intensive course at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, you will learn how to apply ecologically safe gardening practices to existing landscapes and garden beds.  Topics covered will include different methods of composting and other eco-friendly soil amendment techniques, alternatives to pesticides and herbicides, responsible acquisition of native plant materials and other techniques that follow low-impact practices to our natural surroundings.

 

Details & registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/23/14 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Boylston, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Dr
Boylston, MA 01505


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

1 AOLCP Credit


9/23/14 - Organic Lawns at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 

1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Rose Kennedy Greenway Intersection of Beach and Hudson Streets  

Boston, MA 02111

 


This is Boston’s only organically maintained Public Park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States. Children and pets can play freely and safely on our lawns without the worry of chemicals or pesticides, because the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks organically. “Our plants are healthier, more resilient, and better able to withstand the wear of public use.” The Conservancy’s practice of not using herbicides and toxins also ensures that run-off from the parks will not pollute Boston Harbor or harm the delicate marine life.

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP Credits

 

 

 


9/18/14 - Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation, Millville, NJ

Harold N. Peek Preserve
2100 Route 47 South
Millville, NJ 08332

 

Thursday, September 18 & Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors.

DAY ONE: SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN INTERIOR / DELAWARE BAY

Southern Coastal Plain Interior

  • Upland Forest
  • Palustrine Deciduous Hardwood Forest

Delaware Bay Tidal Communities

  • Freshwater/Brackish/Saline Marshes
  • Riverine Terrace/Dunes
  • Riverine Wetland Forests

DAY TWO: OUTER COASTAL PLAIN / NORTHERN PINE BARRENS

Outer Coastal Plain

  • Upland Forest
  • Reed Grass

Northern Pine Barrens

  • Pine Plains Pitch Pine-Oak Forest

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

9/11/14 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday & Friday, September 11 & 12, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm, each day

 

This Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class, part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants & Horticulture, is subtitled “Biological Interactions of Garden Plants and Environment.” In this class, which meets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12, you’ll delve into topics of how plants interact with their garden environment. Topics instructor Bill Cullina will cover include specific adaptations to environmental condition and interrelationships between garden plants and their surrounding biotic and abiotic influences. He’ll also discuss concepts such as competition, symbiosis, parasitism, pollination, and dispersal.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/8/14 - Wetland Construction: Planning & Functional Design, Bordentown, NJ

Rutgers University
Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

Monday, September 8 & Tuesday, September 9, 2014
8:30am to 5:30pm

 

As state and federal wetland mitigation standards evolve away from an acre-for-acre approach to a focus on replacing wetland functions, your understanding of the wetland's "wet part" has never been more critical.

Building on your understanding of wetland functions, this course will guide you on the many factors required to plan and design a functional wetland with an emphasis on two key components that drive success: DDT (depth, duration & timing) of site hydrology and the landscape position.

Through both classroom lessons and field training at a constructed wetland complex, you’ll learn "real world" applications, including:

  • Hydrogeomorphology: The importance of landscape position and where water is coming from

  • Water Budget Calculation: Water inputs/outputs and TR-55 runoff curves

  • The Thornthwaite Method: One method for calculating evapotranspiration

  • Hydrographs: Create useable hydrographs for presentation of your wetland design

  • And much more!

Although there are several critical factors affecting a wetland's functions (from soil parent material to climate to organisms), the two key design components stressed by our instructor are: addressing the landscape position (hydrogeomorphology) of the site and understanding the DDT (depth, duration & timing) of the site's hydrology. In fact, the single biggest mistake in botched wetland construction projects is failure to understand the amount and seasonal distribution of water over time. Attend this two-day program and learn about the DDT of water and how to calculate/anticipate hydrologic patterns before your wetland is constructed!

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/6/14 - Fall Wildflower Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:00pm - 3:00pm

 

Come learn to identify our local late summer/fall wildflowers! Primarily focusing on asters and goldenrods, we will explore the fields and woodlands of Aton Forest in search of these beautiful plants. This workshop will take place entirely in the field so please bring any outdoor necessities. Additionally, bringing a 10X magnification hand lens is recommended.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

8/23/14 - Introduction to Seed Saving, Whately, MA

New England Wildflower Association

 

Nasami Farm
129 North Street
Whately, MA 01373

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

10:00am to 2:00pm

 

Learn the basics of harvesting, processing, cleaning, and storing a variety of native plant seeds in this hands-on workshop. We’ll start with a discussion about the timing of collection, including plant identification, determining ripeness, harvesting methods, processing techniques, and proper storage to maintain seed viability. Then we’ll venture out into Nasami Farm Sanctuary for some botanizing and seed collection. Returning indoors, we’ll try our hands at cleaning and processing various types of seeds. Bring home the seeds that you clean, and learn first-hand the tremendous benefits that seed-saving brings to the willing gardener. Bring a bag lunch. NOTE:

This workshop complements BOT1067, What Makes a Seed Tick with Elizabeth Farnsworth on August 21. Sign up for both and get a discount ($72 [Members] / $90 [Nonmembers] for both classes together)

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/23/14 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in the Growing Season, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Come learn to identify woody invasive plants in the field! Late winter/early spring is prime season to touch up on your skills and get a jump on these pesky plants. This time of year is ideal for management but identification can be tricky. With the help of consulting field botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive woody plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, and distinguish them from those native plants with which they may be confused.


A brief introductory classroom session will be followed by visits to a number of field sites. In the event of weather too severe for field work, the workshop may be changed into a lab/classroom session using fresh collected specimens.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

8/21/14 - What Makes a Seed Tick? Biology & Adaptations of Seeds, Whately, MA

New England Wildflower Society

 

Nasami Farm
129 North Street
Whately, MA

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Plant seeds are little (and sometimes big) miracle packets of life; they contain everything a plant needs for a head-start. The adaptations of seeds for dispersal, dormancy, and germination are as endlessly fascinating as the incredible diversity of seed forms, and beautifully illustrate principles of evolution. A basic understanding of seed biology is useful for anyone saving or planting seeds. Join Elizabeth Farnsworth for a romp through the seed world with a colorful lecture, a seed quiz, and a chance to see many kinds of seeds up close. NOTE: This workshop complements HOR3205, Introduction to Seed Saving with Kate Stafford on August 23. Sign up for both and get a discount ($72 [Members] / $90 [Nonmembers] for both classes together).

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

8/20/14 - The Rain Garden at St. George's School, Middletown, RI

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

 

The Beautiful and Functional Rain Garden at St. George's School

 

St. George's School
372 Purgatory Road
Middletown, RI

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

This bio-retention rain garden was engineered and designed to capture all the rain water from the new Nathaniel P. Hill Library at St. George’s School. Completed in September 2011, St. George’s School attained L.E.E.D. Gold certification for the library and the landscaping.


This project combined a blend of engineering, science, and art.  Join us for a comprehensive look at this project and learn about the engineering involved,  plant material used in the project, the success and difficulties of having a 1600 sq. ft. rain garden, and the maintenance it requires.

 


Details and registration

 

 


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

8/19/14 - Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, August 19, 20, & 21, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm each day

 

Interested in gardening with Maine’s native plants? First, come and meet them in their wild habitats!  During this intensive three-day course with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ staff botanist, Melissa Cullina, students will learn how to recognize 50 (or more!) frequent coastal Maine plant species.  Beginning with an introduction to basic plant identification skills, terminology, and botanical names, Melissa will then lead you through the Gardens grounds and on forays around the region.  Bring a bag lunch, water, and a hand lens if you have one; and be prepared to walk on trails.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/18/14 - A Primer to Building a Farm-Scale Irrigation System

The Community Farm of Simsbury 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT

Monday, August 18, 2014

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Trevor Hardy of Hollis, NH's Brookdale Fruit Farm will demonstrate how to set up a farm irrigation system. He will discuss systems using commercial wells and systems utilizing surface water and movable pumps. He will discuss drip and overhead irrigation as well as a hybrid overhead option connected to drip line headers. Trevor will come with many irrigation parts and components demonstrating how they are assembled to create a functioning small farm system. He will also provide details of how "to do the math" for workshop individuals for their own farms.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP credits

8/13/14 - School and Municipal Turf/Grounds Workshop: A Minimum Risk Approach to IPM Practices, Newtown, CT.

School and Municipal Turf/Grounds Workshop: A Minimum Risk Approach to IPM Practices

 

Reed Elementary School

2 Trades Lane, Newtown, CT

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

7:30 am to 1:15 pm

 

The University of Connecticut and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are presenting a school IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Workshop. Topics include, but are not limited to,  "Sensible Compost Topdressing and Overseeding Strategies with Equipment Demonstrations", "Low Maintenance Native Shrub Alternative for Invasive Plants", and Managing Ornamental Pests and Invasive Plants".

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

8/12/14 - The Trouble with Earthworms, Framingham, MA

Co-sponsored Ecological Landscape Alliance and the New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Leaf collection, hauling, and disposal are a large annual cost to property owners and a waste of resources ecologically.  Across the industry, many have adopted the practice of mulch-in-place, which eliminates the expense of hauling leaves off site and purchasing mulch. Using leaf litter as mulch builds soil organic matter, and fosters a healthy soil food web. It is a sound horticultural practice with many benefits; but, it also may be encouraging localized populations of invasive earthworms, which in turn destroy soil structure, speed up nutrient cycles, and favor invasive plant growth.

 

Part of the confusion surrounding earthworms might be explained best by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ecologist Peter Groffman, who states that “Earthworms are not necessarily making the soil healthy, but they are attracted to a healthy soil.” Earthworms can improve the physical condition of certain soil such as heavy clay soil or soil compacted by heavy equipment. But if good soil management is being practiced, earthworms do not have a positive effect on aeration or the movement of water or air through the soil.

 

 

Details and registration

 

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

8/9/14 - Plants for Landscaping, Brooklyn, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
Watson Room 307
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 

Saturdays, August 9 through August 30, 2014
10:00am to 2:30pm

 

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place-selecting plants based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. Class goes outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/8/14 - Deer Resistant Plants for the Home Garden, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Friday, August 8, 2014
2:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Do deer like to visit and eat your garden plants? Worried there’s no possibility for unique and artistic design in your garden because of these four-legged beasts? Then come to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to hear Cornell horticulture professor and avid home gardener Dr. Mark Bridgen, who scientifically studies plants that deer prefer not to eat. Mark’s entertaining lecture will show various annuals and perennials, woody plants, and grasses, and the proper conditions for growing them. Don’t despair; there are many “deer resistant” species and cultivars that offer a variety of novel colors, textures, shapes and sizes for your garden!

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

8/7/14 - Creating Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects, Starksboro, VT

NOFA VT

 

Marijke's Perennial Gardens Plus
1299 Robert Young Road
Starksboro, VT 04387

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Discover how to beautify your landscape in a way that creates diverse habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.  Marijke Niles and Wendy Sue Harper, Ph. D., will host a tour and workshop in Marijke's stunning gardens, where you'll learn about myriad perennial, annual, and woody plants that attract a wide variety of the gardener's insect allies. 

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

8/7/14 - A Native Meadow: 40 Acres and Over 10 Years of Success

A Native Meadow: 40 Acres and Over 10 Years of Success

Salisbury, CT 06068

Thursday, August 7, 2014

1:00pm to 3:00 pm

 

More than a decade ago, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (LWLA) designed and installed 40 acres of native meadows and prepared management plans for extensive woodlands on this 400-acre estate in northwest Connecticut. A series of pocket landscapes were also created to highlight and enhance the property’s diverse array of existing micro-habitats.

In the ten years since installation, the introduced native plants have been dispersing seeds and invasive species have been carefully controlled. The property’s dynamic has now shifted to the point where native species dominate and are even proliferating into unplanted areas. Upkeep is consequently a fraction of that needed for comparably sized properties. Yet it is the raw beauty of this place and its evolution in concert with thoughtful management that is most compelling Savanna and shrub thicket in summer and uplifting: to experience it is to understand how humans  can engage in a dance with the land itself.

 

Details & Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP Credits

 

 

8/6/14 - Plant Science Day, Hamden, CT

CT Agricultural Experiment Station

 

Lockwood Farm
890 Evergreen Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Details

Registration at door

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/1/14 - Green Roof Tour, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA

Federal Reserve Bank
600 Atlantic Ave #100
Boston, MA 02210

 

Friday, August 1, 2014
11:00am to 12:30pm

 

The 18,000 square foot roof garden at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was installed in 1976 and is considered one of the oldest, still original roof gardens in the country. It was designed by Robert Fager, ASLA, who worked for the building architect, Hugh Stubbins and Associates. Frank W. Sellner was the landscape architect consultant for the project. He often told stories of interning for Beatrix Farrand and his work experience with Fletcher Steele!

 

The garden is on the fourth floor, 90’ above the ground floor with sweeping views toward Boston Harbor and the Seaport District. The garden is accessed through the fourth floor café and function rooms with large floor-to-ceiling windows providing ample views from within. The central plaza area is furnished with tables and chairs, popular with the lunch crowd on mild days as well as three clearly defined sitting areas, protected from breezes and furnished with comfortable chairs. The roof garden has many specimen trees including contorted European beech, weeping white pines, numerous low growing crab apples, Japanese white pines and includes a specimen Japanese thread leaf maple. Many organically grown edibles are incorporated into the seasonal plantings. The FRB property has over 200 trees and a 60’ roof top greenhouse all maintained by the Bank’s horticultural staff.

 

This tour will be lead by Paul Kelly, Supervisor of Landscaping at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 1985 and Landscape Institute faculty member, Marie Stella.

 

Registration fee: $35

For more information contact Marie Stella, 413-625-2009 or mariestellabeaverlodge.com

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

1.5 AOLCP credits

 


7/31/14 - Biological Controls: Putting it All Together for Success, Vernon, CT

Tolland County Extension Center
24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30)
Vernon, CT

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014
8:00am to 3:30pm

 

For greenhouse ornamentals and greenhouse vegetables.  Topics include:

  • Growing Greenhouse Plants with Water-Soluble Organic Fertilzers
  • Greenhouse Pest Control: A Systems Approach
  • Innovations in Greenhouse Pest Management
  • A "Softer" Approach to Managing Diseases in the Greenhouse
  • Biocontrol Programs in Greenhouse Vegetable Crops

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

7/31/14 - Landscape Plants: Grasses, Brooklyn, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014
2:00pm to 4:15pm OR 6:15pm to 8:30pm

 

Add depth and texture to the landscape with the careful selection and use of a variety of ornamental grasses. Be amazed by the wealth of opportunities to create height in the border from as little as 6 inches to 12 feet and more. Learn about design elements in the planning cycle, planting techniques, and long-term maintenance. Methods of managing pests, diseases, and weeds are discussed.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

7/31/14 - Found Well Farm: Native Plant Nursery with Permaculture Roots

Found Well Farm
730 Borough Road
Pembroke, NH 03275
United States

Thursday, July 31, 2014
4:00pm to 6:00pm


Found Well Farm (FWF) is a permaculture farm and nursery located in central NH that specializes in native landscape perennials and shrubs as well as certified organic vegetable seedlings. Located on one acre, Ayn Whytemare is constantly challenged to get the most out of each area. In 2005 FWF was the recipient of an Agricultural Innovation Grant providing technical assistance to launch the business. From that process the location, patterns, and future expansion areas were mapped out.
Currently the nursery area is on one corner of the property with the greenhouse, where plants are wintered over on-site with local materials as insulation. The greenhouse uses as much weather-available water as possible while heating with wood harvested from the property. Existing permaculture projects include wildflower meadows to enhance pollinator presence near production gardens, high-bush blueberry production from previously established wild plants, raised-bed gardens, brush clearing with goats, and plans for a shade propagation area once the over-whelming jewel weed is eradicated.
Join Ayn to learn more about this highly productive landscape and nursery.

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2 AOLCP Credits

7/29/14 - Identification of Turf-Damaging Diseases, Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst Turf Program

 

UMass Amherst Campus Center
University of Massachusetts
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:00am to 2:00pm

 

Accurate identification of turf-damaging pests is the first step toward effective, integrated management. Knowing the target pest is key to understanding the biology and life cycle, determining threshold levels for damage, and making informed and responsible control decisions. UMass Turf Pathologist Geunhwa Jung will lead this session focusing on the identification of turf disease pathogens common in the Northeast. Diseases covered will include patch diseases, root diseases, stress diseases, dollar spot, snow molds, anthracnose, red thread and rusts. Lecture material will be coupled with examination of turf in the field, and IPM considerations and resistance management will be highlighted.

 

Agenda

8:30-9:00

Attendee check-in

9:00-12:00

Turfgrass disease identification lecture and discussion, including microscopic identification (3 pesticide contact hours requested)

12:00-1:00

Lunch (provided for full-program registrants) and travel to UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, MA

1:00-2:00

Turfgrass identification field session at UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center (1 pesticide contact hour requested)

Registration

Two registration options are available for this program. Attendees may choose between:

  • Full-program option ($95): Registration for the full program including morning lecture, lunch and afternoon field session at the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield.
  • Lecture-only option ($75): Registration for the 9:00-12:00 lecture session only, does not include lunch or afternoon session.

All registrations include a parking permit (one permit per carpool). Online registrations are subject to an additional processing fee.

 

Details and registration

 

 AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for full day   /  3 AOLCP credits for lecture-only option

7/25/14 - Natural Communities of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Friday, July 25, 2014 & Saturday, July 26, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm, both days

 

A truly comprehensive understanding of native plant materials must necessarily include an understanding of how native plants behave in their natural habitats.  In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ two-day introduction to the natural communities of Maine on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, ecologist Ted Elliman will introduce students to several of Maine’s characteristic assemblages of plants, their defining physical environments, and the natural processes that affect them.  In the classroom and in the field, students will learn the differences between community types such as salt marshes, red maple swamps, northern hardwood forests, bogs, and floodplain forests.  Ted will also cover some of the common plants that occur in each natural community type, and what plant adaptations are a key to competing successfully in the various communities. 

The primary reference for this course will be Natural Landscapes of Maine: a Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems by Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko. Bring a lunch, sturdy shoes that can get wet, and your sense of adventure for this not-to-be missed learning experience.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credtis

 

7/25/14 - Tree Tour at UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst
Stockbridge Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Friday, July 25, 2014
8:30am to 11:00am

 

 

For most people who work with trees, Michael Dirr needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books on woody plants that have become staples on our desks, including his most celebrated The Manual of Woody Plants, Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs, Hydrangeas for American Gardens, and Viburnums: Flowering Shrubs for Every Season. We can proudly state he has UMass roots, as he earned his PhD with UMass in Plant and Soil Sciences.  His fingers are always on the pulse of the nursery industry, scouting for new introductions and he has himself introduced 15 trees into the nursery trade. He has established several arboreta, consults on tree selections and has penned tree guides for many campuses.  The green industry has benefited tremendously from his keen interest in evaluating trees and his enthusiasm to share it with us.

Join Dr. Dirr on a tree tour of the UMass Amherst campus and interact with him as he shows off the select trees of the campus’ Waugh Arboretum.  Preregistration required. Dress for the weather - the tour goes on rain or shine

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

7/24/14 - Down to Earth Summer Conference & Trade Show, Deerfield, MA

Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) & Mass Flower Growers Association

 

Savage Farms
128 Lower Road
Deerfield, MA

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014
8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Our Keynote Presentation…“The Future in Plant Materials” by Michael Dirr
Our featured Keynote speaker is the author of seven books, including Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses, a widely used and best-selling reference text.

Take advantage of the newest ideas and cutting edge information and education to put you ahead of your competition. Pesticide credits, speed educational sessions and tours are only a few of this years’ exciting program.

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association and the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association

 

Details and registration

 

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

7/21/14 - Landscape for Life, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Monday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 23, and Friday, July 25, 2014

9:00am to 12:00pm

 

This intensive, introductory course provides you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to work with nature in your garden. Conventional gardens often work against nature, damaging the environment’s ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth—including us. The good news is that even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life. Find out how to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment, while saving you time and money. Learn techniques for working with soil, water, energy and native plants which will help make your garden more earth-friendly and sustainable. Landscape For Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. Bring a bag lunch each day.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

7/21/14 - Project Native: Balance & Beauty of Natual Ecosystems, Great Barrington, MA

Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

Project Native
342 North Plain Road
Great Barrington, MA 01236

 

Monday, July 21, 2014
10:30am to 12:30pm

 

 

Located in picturesque Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Project Native is a non-profit, native plant nursery and wildlife sanctuary in western Massachusetts. In this diverse and beautiful natural ecosystem, Project Native inspires a love of nature that motivates visitors to create, restore, and maintain healthy landscapes. To accomplish their mission, Project Native grows and sells native plants, maintains a wildlife sanctuary, produces experiential education programs for all ages, and manages a native butterfly house. Tour features include:

 Project Native Seed Bank

 Restored Woodland

 Meadow

 Native Plant Nursery

 Native Butterfly House

 

There is no single plant that provides all a butterfly needs to breed and feed. Butterflies need a community of native plants, and different types of butterflies need different communities. Join Karen Lyness LeBlanc to learn more about this intricate web and to explore the balance and beauty associated with native plants in the landscape.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

7/15/14 - UCONN Turfgrass Field Day, Storrs, CT

Plant Science Research and Education Facility
Storrs, CT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
7:30am to 3:00pm

The 2014 Tufrgrass Field Day at the University of Connecticut offers exciting educational opportunities for turf-grass professionals of all levels.
The date of the Field Day has been selected in order to provide the best opportunity to view the research plots when they are under the greatest summer stress. Cutting edge research in the areas of lawn care, sports, and golf turf management will be presented.

 

Details and Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

7/15/14 - Enjoying the Present, Planning for the Future, Framingham, MA

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway
Framingham, MA

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods is a 45-acre botanical garden. With over 1,000 native plant species on display and 150 rare and endangered species, the Garden is a valuable resource promoting conservation of native New England plants and their habitats.

Today, Garden in the Woods must grapple with a future of uncertainty in the face of climate change. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the master plan recently completed by Andropogon Associates to envision the future and advance the sustainable operations of this botanical gem. Appropriate for professionals, this discussion will reveal the master planning process, which included in-depth site analysis, program analysis, and stakeholder involvement.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

7/12/14 - Natural Pest Control, Chesterfield, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Hilltown Tree & Garden
Pynchon Road
Chesterfield, MA 01012

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

11:00am to 1:00pm

 

Join certified arborist and horticulturalist Jim McSweeney and learn how to apply natural and organic techniques to control a variety of pests that plague edible and ornamental plants, including diseases, insects, rodents, deer, and weeds. Find out which methods work in the home orchard and which work in ornamental and vegetable gardens. Feel free to bring sample pests and lots of questions! Leave the workshop with information on how to protect your landscape from unwanted herbivores using the most environmentally sensitive and effective products available. This hands-on workshop will take place at Jim’s home/office, where he has many edible and ornamental plants.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

7/10/14 - Ants in Your Plants, Boothbay, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Borsage Family Education Center
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014
9:30am to 12:30pm

 

Ants are the little things that run the world, and are very important to the ecology of plants. Botanic gardens have a variety of native and exotic plants, both of which provide opportunities for learning about interactions between ants and plants. Yet we know little of the distribution of ants or the range of ecological interactions between ants and the wide range of plants grown in botanic gardens. 

 

Join two of the authors of the new Field Guide to the Ants of New England, Aaron Ellison and Elizabeth Farnsworth, for a morning of learning about ants in the cultivated and wild sections of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. We’ll explore the variety of plants and begin to uncover the diversity of ants in the Gardens. We will also learn how to catch ants using just our hands or with specialized equipment, and how to quickly identify both plants and ants in the field using only a hand lens.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credtis

 

 

7/9/14 - Landscape Plants: Annuals, Brooklyn, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 

Wednesday July 9, 2014
2:00pm to 4:00pm OR  6:15pm to 8:15pm

 

Become familiar with the identification, culture, and landscape use of annuals and select tender perennials. Review major groups of common as well as more unusual types. Learn how to choose low-maintenance plants, and review the scientific and common names and the identification of approximately 60 annuals.

Prerequisite:    Introduction to Plant Science

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

7/8/14 - Plants for Landscaping, Brooklyn, NY

The New York Botanical Garden
Watson Room 307
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 8 through July 31, 2014
6:15pm to 8:15pm

 

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place-selecting plants based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. Class goes outdoors. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

7/1/14 - Pest Walk for Green Industry Professionals, Pottstown, PA

Penn State Extension

 

Welkinweir
1368 Prizer Road
Pottstown, PA 19465

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
12:15pm to 3:00pm

 

Are your landscape scouting skills as good as your customers expect them to be? Join Penn State entomologist Greg Hoover and plant pathologist Gary Moorman as they lead us through Welkinweir's extensive collection of woody ornamentals. Learn to find, identify, and determine whether management is necessary for any insects and diseases we encounter. We will also discuss the identity and biology of beneficial organisms we find.

There are activities which are fundamental for an Integrated Pest Management program that minimizes unnecessary pesticide applications. So take this hands-on opportunity to learn from Penn State specialists and network with others in the landscape maintenance industry.

Rain or shine. Dress for the weather!  This is a hands-on workshop; come prepared to roll up your sleeves and scout. Bring a hand lens for close-up viewing.

 

Registration deadline June 30, 2014

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

Details and registration

 

3 AOLCP credits

6/26/14 - Native Plant Gardens for Beauty & Bounty, Amesbury, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

A tour of three gardens
Amesbury, MA

Thursday, June 26, 2014
10:00am to 12:30pm

 

Featuring native plants, natural garden design brings a taste of the wilderness to urban, suburban, and commercial settings by providing beauty for humans and bounty that attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. And once established, native plant gardens require fewer inputs (fertilizer or water) which benefit the environment while saving on maintenance costs. Join NOFA AOLCP Nanette Masi for this behind the scenes tour demonstrating the natural beauty of three of her designed gardens.

 

  •  Nanette’s private gardens: Though overrun with invasives when the property was purchased in 1994, Nanette was hooked by the natural setting; a freshwater tidal marsh, a stream, and overlooking the Merrimac River. The reclamation started with small foundation plantings in 1995, when native plants were scarce. Now there are small shade gardens, a sunny meadow-based garden, a vegetable garden with a grape-covered pergola, and a steep front hillside of clay where invasives continue to taunt.

 

  • 2nd Garden: Nanette’s first residential design was a narrow condo backyard project. The property was transformed from a struggling, uneven lawn to a pleasing garden with a bubbling stream, mini pond, and visiting frogs. Along with many native perennials, a dwarf, flowing Japanese maple was included in the design at the owners’ request. To add depth and a sense of enclosure, trellises were attached to the fences on either side. Over time the garden has evolved to fit the owners’ lifestyle and children.

 

  • 3rd Garden: A recent design, this property is carved out of a steep knoll with close to a 1:1 slope within 10 -15 feet off one side of the house. The rear of the property slopes down steeply to a series of granite terraces, and wide granite walkways with curves and beach stone ribs as spacers. Creative stonework was installed by the talented mason, Adam Bennett of Colonial Stoneworks, with input from
    the visionary property owner.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2.5 AOLCP credits

 

 

6/21/14 - Field Identification of Early Season Grasses, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 21 & Saturday, June 28, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm

 

This plant identification workshop focuses on identification and ecology of grasses (family Poaceae) that are detectable and identifiable in the field in late spring and early summer.  The emphasis will be on the “cool-season” grasses, but we will also cover a number of other important grass species that are commonly encountered and are identifiable at this time of year.  We will cover the basic features of grasses that distinguish them from other grass-like plants, the terminology used in identification manuals to describe and distinguish grass species, the characteristics of major groups, distinguishing warm-season from cool-season grasses, distinguishing invasive and other non-native species from native species, endangered grass species, wetland indicator values and other ecological affinities of various species.

 

The workshop is broken into two days: 

o   The first day that is largely devoted to introductory lecture and lab.

o   The second day that is entirely devoted to travelling to representative habitats and their grasses at several sites.

 

Participants may register for one or both days.  Grasses are a difficult group, and it is recommended that serious students who do not consider themselves advanced students register for both days.  If you do not consider yourself an advanced student of grasses and can only attend one session, we recommend the first rather than the second day, as we will not be able to cover the basics again on the second day.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or for both days

 

 

 

6/20/14 - Green Roofs and Permaculture, Shelburne Falls, MA

Beaver Lodge Environmental Learning Center
719 Barnes Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01379

 

Friday, June 20, 2014, 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Dormitory accomodations available at Beaver Lodge

 

Come to Shelburne Falls, MA for a two day ecological design-build intensive focused on native plant material. We will explore the many facets of Beaver Lodge, a LEED Platinum residence designed by Marie Stella. This hands-on laboratory will review the Sustainable Site Initiative, “its  guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design.” Our design process will culminate with the completion of a small green roof on a children’s playhouse, taking its horticultural requirements and regionally adapted plant palette into consideration. We will fully investigate the eco-roof, its periods of brown dormancy and question material choices—monoculture or biodiversity, mosses, bulbs, annuals and perennials. Do we want green technology—a quantifiable technical surface, or an art form?


The green roof is not the garden as we knew it. We must strive to understand its requirements and parameters. Vegetated roofs take on many forms, limited only by the imagination and capability of the designer.


Try your hand at green roofs, or a quick vertical, vegetated wall . Examine the issues of sustainability, water conservation and the novel use of plant material. Offsite visits to wetland and native plant nurseries round out the curriculum.


Friday, 3:00pm - 8:00pm, Wetland Plant Nursery, Dinner, Discussion

Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Breakfast, Green Roof Construction and Planting, Lunch, Native Plant Nursery


Bibliography for suggested study provided. Room and board not included in tuition. Detailed directions to Beaver Lodge in Shelburne Falls will be included in your course confirmation. Dormitory accommodations are available at Beaver Lodge. Communal meals will be served as indicated.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

6/20/14 - Growing for Pollinators, Boothbay, ME

Borsage Family Education Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Friday, June 20, 2014
10:00am to 3:00pm

 

Maine’s bird and insect pollinators are crucial to the life cycle of most flowering plants – in the wild, in our home gardens, and in agriculture. In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ 10th annual symposium, you’ll discover the intricate interdependencies between flowers and their butterfly, beetle, moth, bee, wasp and hummingbird pollinators.

You’ll learn the challenges facing them – and how you can help by making ecologically sound choices in your garden selections and tending methods.  You’ll hear about the scientific research striving to better understand Maine pollinators and their needs. Fascinating presentations by expert conservation and research biologists and horticulturists make this timely and information-packed symposium a must for all thoughtful gardeners.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/19/14 - Identifying Inland Wetland Soils, (Part 2 of series), Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

9:00am to 3:30pm

 

This workshop is Part 2 of 2 of the 2014 Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape series.  Participants should have taken Part I, Identifying Inland Wetland Plants, or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

 

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field — including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Part 1 of this series (Inland Wetland Plant Identification) or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

6/19/14 - Ferns & Fern Allies of New England, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 19, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Botanist John Burns will be teaching a class about the non-flowering species of plants of New England: ferns, clubmoss, and horsetails.  In the morning we will review the distinctive features of each of these groups used in identification and learn how their life cycles are different from the seed producing flowering plants.

 

Participants can expect to see fabulous slides of ferns, clubmosses, and horsetails as well as fresh and pressed specimens collected during the previous field season.  This will prepare us for our afternoon foray into Aton Forest’s fields and woodlands where we’ll be able to find numerous species and more clearly see the settings in which they grow.

 

 

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/18/14 - Soil Biology, Simsbury, CT


The Community Farm of Simsbury
73 Wolcott Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
5:30pm to 7:30 pm

 

In this workshop Todd Harrington, AOLCP, will review complete chemistry tests from CFS and discuss the findings and also give his recommendations how to correct their soil. The workshop will also include a walkabout of the CFS plots and examine their strengths, weakness and how they can be improved for a healthier yield and how to implement said improvements on your property. Todd will also do some sap testing in order to examine the brix (sugar) of the plants; high brix numbers help healthy plants build a resistance to insects and disease.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

6/17/14 - Innovations in Outdoor Maintenance, Brooklyn, NY

Co-sponsored by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Quiet Communities

 

Innovations in Outdoor Maintenance: Keeping Our Communities Clean, Green, Serene and Healthy

 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Room 125
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Join us to learn about:

  • Adverse impacts of gas-powered equipmentn on our health and environment
  • How new technologies can deliver great performance, eliminate pollution, reduce noise, improve sustainability... and save money!

Participate in a hands-on demo of a full line of innovative equipment and exciting prototypes - try them out!

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

6/17/14 - Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science, Pt. A1, Amherst, MA

UMass - Amherst
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
9:00am to 2:30pm


A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.


This workshop serves as Part A1 of the UMass Extension Invasive Plant Certification Program.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/14/14 - Discover the Berkeley Method of Composting, Kennett Square, PA

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9:00am to 12:00pm

 


Discover the “Berkeley Method” of making compost quickly and efficiently.

Learn this high-temperature composting technique that kills plant pathogens and weed seeds. Produce high-quality compost in as little as 18 days. Venture out to evaluate areas that make the best sites.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

6/14/14 - Naturalistic Landscaping, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014
9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Many gardeners and land managers find themselves constantly fighting Nature to maintain the aesthetic appeal they desire. Another approach is to work with naturally occurring events and plants to achieve a landscape that is sensually, intellectually and emotionally satisfying. This workshop continues that discussion and demonstration of ecologically-based naturalistic landscaping and its benefits. There will be information presented for both those familiar with this form of wild landscaping and those new to it. With an understanding of natural processes you will learn how to work with the land to develop an attractive and healthy landscape. With weather permitting, most of the time will be spent walking the woods and fields of Aton Forest observing managed and natural habitats. There will also be time to talk about participants’ land management issues.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/11/14 - New Innovations in Outdoor Maintenance, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College and Quiet Communities

 

New Innovations in Outdoor Maintenance:  Keeping Our Campuses and Communities Clean, Green, and Serene

Wellesley College
Wang Center
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA


Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:30am to 1:30pm


Topics include:

  • The Burden of Gas-Powered Equipment
  • Landscape Maintenance in the Campus Setting
  • Sustainable Landscaping and Implications for Maintenance
  • The Promise of New Technologies in Landscape Maintenance Equipment
  • Equipment Demonstration

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

6/10/14 - Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop, Amherst, MA

French Hall, UMass
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their broadleaf weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

Pre-registration required; space is limited.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

6/10/14 - Innovations in Landscape Maintenance, Lincoln, MA

Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

 

Innovations in Landscape Maintenance: Keeping Our Communities Clean, Green, Healthy and Serene!

 

Pierce House
17 Weston Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:00pm to 7:00pm

 

Join us to learn about sustainable landscape equipment and outdoor maintenance practices from landscape professionals.

 

Details and registration

 


AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

6/9/14 - Shoemaker Green SITES Pilot Project, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

Shoemaker Green
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

Monday, June 9, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

The new 2.75 acre campus green serves as the main entrance and heart of the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) eastward expansion. The site is surrounded by two iconic athletic facilities and functions as the front doors to these historic structures, provides an area for passive recreation, serves as the staging area for graduation and other functions, and was designed to demonstrate how landscape performance can be maximized in an urban setting.

 

Chosen to be one of the Sustainable Sites Initiative’s (SITES™) Pilot Projects, Shoemaker Green will serve as a model for sustainable campus design. The design of Shoemaker Green has been optimized to capture and control storm water from the site and surrounding rooftops, provide viable native plant and animal habitat, minimize transportation of materials to and from the site, and serve as a starting point for the development of a sustainable maintenance strategy at Penn.


To test the effectiveness of this SITES™ project, a Shoemaker Green monitoring plan has been put in place. The monitoring program that tests the assumptions that the green infrastructure provides ecological, social, and economic benefits and to what degree, will be discussed.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

6/9/14 - New Innovations for Maintaining the Outdoor Urban Landscape, Medford, MA

Tufts University and Quiet Communities

 

New Innovations for Maintaining the Outdoor Urban Landscape
Cabot Intercultural Center
Room 703
170 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA

 

Monday, June 9, 2014
7:30am to 1:30pm

 

Topics include:

  • Gas Powered Equipment
  • Impact of Gas-Powered Maintenance on Urban Communities
  • Worker Health
  • The Promise of New Technologies in Landscape Maintenance Equipment
  • Equipment Demonstration

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/6/14 - Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, June 5 & 6th, Millersville, PA

Millersville University
1 S. George Street
Millersville, PA 17551

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:00am to 8:15pm
Friday, June 6, 2014, 7:30am to 5:30pm

 

Held on the campus of Millersville University in Millersville, PA, this conference essential information and networking for gardeners, teachers, and students, as well as landscape, nursery, botanic garden, and environmental professionals.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or for both days

6/5/14 - Inland Wetland Plant Identification, Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

 

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification begins with an overview of the major characteristics of woody and nonwoody vegetation used for identification in most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/laboratory setting to practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed.

Cost: $100.

Required Text: Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identifi cation, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr.

Cost: $25 additional for text.

 

Registration and details

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

6/3/14 - Rose Kennedy Greenway; Organic Practices, Beautiful Results, Boston, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston, MA

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (rain date Wednesday, June 4, 2014)
1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is Boston's only organically maintained public park and one of a handful of organically maintained urban parks in the United States.  Because of the Conservancy ground-up approach that encompasses all living things including soil, plants, and trees, children and pets can play freely and safely on our lawns without the worry of chemicals or pesticides. Our plants are healthier, more resilient, and better able to withstand the wear of public use.  The Conservancy's practice of not using herbicides and toxins also ensures that run-off from the parks will not pollute Boston Harbor or harm the delicate marine life.  This tour will include in-depth discussion of the Conservancy's organic horticultural practices.

 

Join tour guides and NOFA AOLCPs Stuart Shillaber and Anthony Ruggiero for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenway.  Learn how design and management work together to make the park a better environment for plants and people alike. 

Spanish translation will be provided for this tour.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

6/3/14 - Native Plants, Woodbury, CT

Native Plants at Earth Tones
212 Grassy Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798

 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Lisa and Kyle will walk attendees around Earth Tones to provide information on plants so AOLCPs or home gardeners can make great plant choices and look at plants available for purchase, with Lisa and Kyle available for questions. Lisa and Kyle will present on species identification and the best uses of natives in the landscape

 

Details and registration

 

1 AOLCP credit

5/30/14 - Green Roof Tutorial, Somerville, MA

Boston Architectural College

 

Green Roof Recovery
9 Olive Square
Somerville, MA 02143

 

May 30, 2014
10:30am to 12:30pm

 

This tutorial will meet at a specialty green roof company, Green Roof Recovery, in Somerville, MA. Gain insight into planting media, construction materials and products. Get answers to questions that have been perplexing you. Co-Founder, Mark Winterer will give a tour of his facility during the seminar at Fringe in Union Square.

 

For more information, contact pce@the-bac.edu


Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/29/14 - Weed Walkabout, Wellesley, MA

Presented by UMass Amherst

 

Elm Bank Reservation
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5:00pm to 7:00pm

 

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems of woody ornamental plantings. This workshop is held rain or shine.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/27/14 - Peonies at Cricket Hill Garden, Thomaston, CT

Cricket Hill Garden
670 Walnut Hill Road
Thomaston, CT 06787

 

Tuesday, May 27. 2014
4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Take a tour around Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT and learn about the many varieties of peonies from Dan Furman, AOLCP! We'll discuss peony culture and care, selecting the right peonies for the right location, and peony propagation. Dan and his family have started to grow fruit trees as well, so we will also view additional plants available at the nursery.  Support CT Grown nursery plants and AOLCP-owned businesses!

 

Details and registration

 

1 AOLCP credit

5/25/14 - Rain Gardens and More; Effective Uses of Rainwater, Acton, MA
Sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society

25 Half Moon Hill
Acton, MA

Sunday, May 25, 2014
1:00pm to 3:30 pm

You can help protect our precious water resources, while at the same time creating lush gardens with native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Rain gardens take advantage of our natural abundance of rainfall rather than wasting it as runoff – using water flowing from your roof, driveway, or lawn.

Visit a beautiful twenty-acre Cohousing Community of 24 homes in a rural setting, where a varied mostly-native plant landscape has been in place for 17 years. Enjoy site features that include rain garden terraces, rain barrels, retention basins and swales, and durable no-water organic lawns. We will also see slides that review rainwater design options and construction methods, and discuss strategies that solve runoff problems such as erosion, icy walkways, or wet basements.

Registration and details to follow

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

2.5 AOLCP credits
5/24/14 - Spring Wildflower Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, May 24, 2014
12:00pm - 3:00pm

 

Come learn to identify our local spring wildflowers!  Primarily focusing on spring ephemerals, we will explore the fields and woodlands of Aton Forest in search of these beautiful plants.  This workshop will take place entirely in the field so please bring any outdoor necessities.  Additionally, bringing a 10X magnification hand lens is recommended.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

5/21/14 - Exploring Native Trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Save the date to explore the native trees that thrive in Mount Auburn Cemetery’s beautiful 175 acre grounds. Join Dennis Collins for a walk through the landscape to see specimens that include evergreen, understory and canopy trees, including many beautiful spring-blooming species.

At Mount Auburn, many of the native trees are decades, if not centuries old. In addition to beauty, these veteran trees have very high conservation value. Veteran trees also play a vital role in providing air and water quality benefits and it can take 25 to 30 years before a newly planted tree develops the features that perform these ecosystem services. Choosing a native species better ensures both tree survival and ecosystem benefits.

We hope that you will join us to expand your native tree palette.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/16/14 - Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course, Hillsborough, NJ

Coach Barn at Dukes Farm
1112 Dukes Pkwy W
Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

 

NOFA-NJ and The Permaculture Project LLC are sponsoring the 2014 Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course that will be taught by Wayne Weiseman at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.  Wayne is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course, and he is certified as well by the American Institute of Architecture to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects.  Wayne Weiseman is the Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full service international consulting and educational business promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods.  This hands-on Certificate course works to build the eco-skills necessary in all areas of life.

 

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course will be offered over two long weekends (each 4 full days) in the spring of 2014.   The dates are Friday through Monday: May 16-19 and June 6-9, 2014.  This hands-on certificate course is very intensive and will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  All eight days must be completed for certification. The first four days will focus more on the planning components and the second four days will include some planning and implementation at a Duke Farms location.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

5/16/14 - Green Stormwater Solutions Bus Tour, North Abington, PA

Lackawanna State Park
1839 Abington Road
North Abington, PA 18414

 

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30am to 4:00pm

 

Join the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Penn State Extension for a day of discovery, learning and sharing as they visit six sites that are managing stormwater with green infrastructure. Anyone who is involved with design, management or maintenance of stormwater management systems and MS4 Communities should join this tour.

This one-day bus tour will demonstrate best management practices and ideas on how to manage stormwater through the use of cost-effective, green infrastructure. The tour will visit small to large scale installations that manage stormwater using low impact sustainable systems, helping to alleviate combined sewer overflows and non-point pollution that impacts our waterways. Participants will get to see practices such as residential rain gardens, commercial parking lot retrofits, bioswales, green roofs, rainwater capture & reuse systems, and institutional green infrastructure located throughout Lackawanna County. 

Register by May 2, 2014.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

5/14/14 - Where Our Children Play - Natural Lawn & Turf Strategies to Keep Play Areas Safe, Pawcatuck, CT

Where Our Children Play - Natural Lawn & Turf Strategies to Keep Play Areas Safe
For turf, playing field, and park managers. Lunch will be served. RSVP to reserve a space: 908-403-5062.

Stonington Police Services Building
173 South Broad Street
Pawcatuck, CT

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2 AOLCP credits

5/13/14 - Bartholomew's Cobble Restoration, Ashley Falls, MA

Bartholomew’s Cobble Restoration: The Future is Bright - ELA

 

Bartholomew's Cobble
105 Weatogue Road
Ashley Falls, MA 01257

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
10:00am to 12:00pm

 


Join tour guides Julie Richburg and Bridghe McCracken to learn the design and conservation considerations for the floodplain forest restoration at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) property.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/6/14 - The Mulch Matters, Hollister, MA

The Mulch Matters: Tips for Building Healthy Soil - ELA

 

Tree Specialists
140 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 


Join tour guide, Rolf Briggs as he shares important lessons about how different mulches affect soil organic matter, microbial activity, nutrient availability, and ultimately plant growth.

 

Details and registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

5/5/14 - Alewife Reservation Constructed Wetland, Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

Alewife Reservation Constructed Wetland and Invasive Plant Control
Alewife Station
Cambridge, MA

Monday, May 5, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00 pm

The 3.4-acre stormwater wetland constructed at Alewife Station is the result of years of planning.

 

Completed in the fall of 2013, the project began in 2001 as part of the plan to control combined sewer overflows to the Alewife Brook.  The wetland system was designed for stormwater separation and to meet the ecological and recreational objectives for the Alewife Brook.  The design and function of the stormwater wetland includes the following key features.:

 

A natural system to attenuate and treat stormwater before it discharges into the Little River

Recreational amenities: interconnected trails, boardwalks, scenic overlooks, and interpretive signage

Enhanced habiat through native plantings, breeding grounds islands, and stream improvement for fish

Outdoor educational opportunities: signage, earthwork amphitheater, trails and boardwalk system

Diverse habitat zones: marsh, meadow, floodplain, open water, and riparian woodland

Over 115,000 new wetland plants and over 4,000 upland plants were installed.

 

Constructed in an area previously known as the Great Swamp, the restoration of the wetland is a vital component to the long-term viability and health of the river corridor.  An integral component of the restoration included invasive plant management which includes an ongoing management plan.

 

Details & registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

4/23/14 - Scouting for Early-Season Landscape Pests & Problems, Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst
Holdsworth Hall
Amherst, MA

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4:30pm to 6:30pm

 

Kick off the 2014 growing season with hands-on scouting, identifying and even forecasting landscape pests and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals.

Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

4/22/14 - Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program, Part B, Milford, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

Part B of the 2014 Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

 

DoubleTree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

9:00am to 2:30pm

 

This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program. Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls.

This workshop is Part B of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program. In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

4/22/14 - Welcoming Pollinators to Your Gardens, Portsmouth, RI

Portsmouth Free Public Library
2658 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

Spring is on its way and flowers will be coming up.  Hear about promoting pollinators in your garden with Sanne Kure-Jensen who is an organic grower, beekeeper and horticultural writer in Portsmouth, RI where she has been promoting pollinator-friendly growing for many years. She is a regular contributor to “Country Folks Grower.” Sanne offers workshops on pollinators, beekeeping, ecological landscaping and home brewing. She also manages educational programs and outreach for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI).

This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  Please stop by or call the Library at 683-9457 to sign up.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

1 AOLCP credit

4/18/14 - Mycoremediation Workshop, Kennett Square, PA

Eastern PA Permaculture Guild & Permanent Future Institute

 

New Leaf Eco Center
776 Rosedale Roads
Kennet Square, PA 19348

 

Friday, April 18, 2014

10:00am to 2:00pm


Mycoremediation is a type of biological remediation using fungi to detoxify soils. This workshop will explore the practical application of mycoremediation techniques in regenerating land, which has been polluted. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role that mycelium play in healthy & productive soils, methods of testing soils for contaminants, the fungal species most viable for remediating agricultural contaminants, and the role of fungi in ecological restoration and water quality.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits.

4/10/14 - Native Plants in Your Yard; Selection, Planting, Maintenance, Haddam, CT

Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

This talk will begin with a short discussion on native plants--what they are and why they are important--but will mostly focus on how to use natives in home landscape design. Discussion will cover several planting designs, including meadows as well as more formal gardens. Useful lists of plants and resources will be provided. In addition, helpful books will be on sale (cash or check). Sponsored by the UConn Advanced Master Gardener program.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

4/8/14 - The Invasive Plant Issue & Invasive Plant ID, Part A3, Milford, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

Part A3 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

 

DoubleTree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

9:00am to 2:00pm

 

An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed.

This workshop is Part A3 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program. In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credtis

 

 

4/6/14 - Tick-Borne Disease: Awareness, Prevention, & Treatment, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

1:00pm to 3:30pm

 

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are increasing each year and expanding northward. People who work in and enjoy gardens and wild areas are at high risk for exposure, as are their families and pets. This panel discusses the latest research on changes in climate, habitat, and predators that affect the distribution of ticks and diseases; tick life cycles and disease hosts; infection-prevention methods such as improved landscape practices and personal protection. The panel will also cover what to do if bitten, including tick removal, disease symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and treatment options. It will explain the scope of the public health emergency: epidemiology; legal issues; and available resources. Attendees will come away empowered with preventative strategies and knowledge of treatment options. Please bring questions. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2.5 AOLCP credits

 

 

4/5/14 - Vernal Pool Identification & Ecology, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014
12:30pm - 4:30pm

 

 

This workshop will give participants the knowledge to identify our local amphibians as adults, larvae, and eggs in the field and in the classroom.  Identification of these animals will be based on physical characteristics as well as by calls.  Instruction on how to locate and identify vernal pools and collect data for inventories and monitoring will also be covered.

The workshop will consist of an introductory classroom session followed by a trip into the field to observe some vernal pools at Aton Forest.  This workshop is designed for people who are interested in amphibians and vernal pool protection, especially those interested in conducting inventories and monitoring vernal pools.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

4/3/14 - Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Ext Landscape Education Day, East Wareham, MA

UMass Cranberry Research Station
1 State Bog Road
East Wareham, MA

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

10:00am to 3:30pm

 

Every new year comes with its own challenges for successful maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes. These challenges include variable and unpredictable weather, insect pests, weeds and changing regulations. Join UMass Extension Educators at the UMass Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham for a day of learning about the latest research-based information to help you kick off a successful landscape management season. Topics include new nutrient regulations and BMPs for nutrient management, timely info on insect pests of landscape and urban trees, developing a landscape weed management program, principles of ecological landscaping, and finding the right plant for the right place.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/31/14 - The Changing Hydrology and Ecology of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
PHS & The Wagner Free Institute of Science

PHS, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SERIES
Land and Water:

The Changing Hydrology and Ecology of Philadelphia
Professor David Hewitt

LECTURES ARE HELD FROM 6:30 TO 7:30 PM
1.Monday, March 31, 2014 - Hydrology
How does water moves through ecosystems? How does urbanization affect hydrology?

2.Monday, April 7, 2014 - Soils
How do soils develop and degrade? How do urban soils differ from other soil types?

3.Monday, April 14, 2014 - Wetlands
What are wetlands and how they function? What are the effects of urbanization on wetlands?

4.Monday, April 21, 2014 - Historic Wetland Case Study
FDR Park and League Island

5.Monday, April 28, 2014 - Historic Waterway Case Study
Wingohocking Creek

6.Monday, May 5, 2014 - Changes
An overview of changes in hydrology and land use of Philadelphia from the 17th century to the present


There will be an optional field trip on a Saturday.

This course will provide a survey of the changing wetlands and waterways of Philadelphia, and how these have interacted with, effected changes in, and been affected by the flora, fauna, and human land use of the region. We will discuss the scientific background of these processes and through case studies gain an understanding of their impact on Philadelphia’s ecosystem.

THIS COURSE IS FULL.  YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME TO A WAITING LIST HERE
AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits
3/27/14 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants & Native Look-Alikes in Late Winter & Early Spring, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014
8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Come learn to identify woody invasive plants in the field!  Late winter/early spring is  prime season to touch up on your skills and get a jump on these pesky plants.  This time of year is ideal for management but identification can be tricky.  With the help of consulting field botanist Bill Moorhead you will learn to identify invasive woody plants in both terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, and distinguish them from those native plants with which they may be confused.


A brief introductory classroom session will be followed by visits to a number of field sites.  In the event of weather too severe for field work, the workshop may be changed into a lab/classroom session using fresh collected specimens.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

3/26/14 - Landscaping for Pollinators & Beneficial Predators, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
11:00am to 1:00pm

 

Pollinators and beneficial insects are only beginning to be appreciated for the vital role they play in pest control, environmental stability, and food production. Learn how minor changes in your property management can help to support and maintain populations of beneficial insects, who are rapidly losing the places and plants they need to survive. Learn tips for identifying the good—and the bad bad— bugs buzzing around your gardens, and welcome a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of gardening and nature.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

3/18/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Westminster, CO

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Springhill Suites by Marriott Westminster Denver North

6845 W 103rd Avenue

Westminster, CO

 

Tuesday, March 18  & Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by February 26, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/18/14 - State (MA) Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management: Part A2, Milford, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

This workshop is Part A2 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program.

 


DoubleTree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 

9:00am to 3:00pm

 


While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways.

This workshop is Part A2 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program. In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/13/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Oconomowoc, WI

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Hilton Garden Inn Oconomowoc

1443 Pabst Farm Circle

Oconomowoc, WI

 

Thursday, March 13  & Friday, March 14, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by February 17, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/13/14 - Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, Norfolk, CT

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014
12:30pm to 4:30pm

 

 

Come learn to identify trees and shrubs in the winter season!  The first part of this course will be indoors, focusing on botanical terminology, plant morphology, biology, and ecology.  The second section will be held outdoors with the goal of identifying plants in the field.  This workshop can serve as an excellent introduction for the March 27th Invasive Plant Identification course.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

3/13/14 - A Kitchen Garden Plan, New Canaan, CT

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840



Thursday, March 13, 2014
10:30am to 1:30pm

 

Create a new space in which to grow herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for cutting. View design options for inspiration in planning your own kitchen garden as well as some tried and true small trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants used in the best kitchen gardens. Explore annuals and perennials, herbs for tea and culinary uses, and great ways to include both classic and novelty vegetables.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

3/11/14 - Sustaining the Trees That Sustain Our Communities, Amherst, MA

Communiity Tree Conference: Sustaining the Trees That Sustain Our Communities

 

Bowker Auditorium
Stockbridge Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

 

This one-day conference is designed for managers and employees who work outdoors: arborists, tree wardens, municipal managers, DPW workers, city planners, surveyors, foresters and landscape architects. UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service sponsor this annual event.

Everyone who works outdoors - whether on the street, in a park or in a client’s backyard - is exposed to a variety of issues every day. This year’s conference will take a look at the benefits of trees, Greening Amherst: an update on urban forest management practices and policies, establishing trees: the ten-year plan, selling the care of mature trees, safe pesticide storage, handling and use, and the Asian longhorned beetle: a climber’s perspective. This conference is designed for everyone working outdoors with trees in New England.

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

3/9/14 - Pruning: How, When, and Where, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

10:00am to 2:30pm

 

In this one-day course, learn the elements of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs and how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners for a discussion of proper tool selection and maintenance. The afternoon is spent outdoors analyzing pruning techniques. Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.

 

Cost: $76

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/8/14 - Landscape Care & Maintenance, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

4 Saturdays, March 8 through April 5, 2014

No class Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Learn sustainable garden and landscape maintenance techniques, including planting methods, plant care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, lawn, and perennial gardens.  Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of IPM (Integrated Pest Management), organic gardening practices, and a calendar of landscape and garden activities.

*Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Gardening I

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

3/6/14 - Soil Health Workshop, Bloomfield, CT

Soil Health Workshop with Elaine Ingham and Todd Harrington

 

Harrington's Organic Land Care
70 Highland Park Drive  
Bloomfield, CT 06002

 

Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7, 2014

 

In this program "Optimizing Your Organic Approach" Elaine Ingham presents the Soil Foodweb and Todd Harrington presents Compost, Extracts & Teas.

 

Registration and details

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

3/5/14 - Designing Paradise: Creating Gardens with Hedges, Walls, & Fences, Cromwell, CT

Association of Professional Landscape Designers, CT Chapter

Marriot Courtyard Hotel Cromwell
4 Sebeth Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

The term "Paradise". from the ancient Persian pairi daeza, meaning walled enclosure, is the very notion of a garden's sense of enclosure and separation from the surrounding landscape.  Hedges, walls, and fences are but a few techniques that have been used to create and define paradise since gardens were first created.

Join us for this daylong seminar to see how current masters of design and material use these elements to creat "paradise" in the landscape.

Register by February 26, 2014

Details and registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print & bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits

3/5/14 - Organic Land Care Symposium, Oyster Bay, NY

Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP confirmation attendance form for printing and bringing to workshop(s)

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

3/4/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Lexington, KY

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

1780 Sharkey Way

Lexington, KY

 

Tuesday, March 4  & Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by February 10, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/27/14 - ELA Conference: Sustaining the Living Landscape, Springfield, MA

MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA

 

February 26 & 27, 2014

 

As we observe increasing pressures and changesin the landscape, it is ever more critical for us topreserve and protect our resources and help sustainlocal ecosystems. At this year’s ELA Conference,we will explore topics ranging from soil structureand biology to veteran tree health as we look forways to design, build, and maintain more resilientlandscapes.

Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscape

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or both days

2/26/14 - ELA Conference: Sustaining the Living Landscape, Springfield, MA

Mass Mutual Center

1277 Main Street

Springfield, MA

 

February 26 & 27, 2014

 

As we observe increasing pressures and changesin the landscape, it is ever more critical for us topreserve and protect our resources and help sustainlocal ecosystems. At this year’s ELA Conference,we will explore topics ranging from soil structureand biology to veteran tree health as we look forways to design, build, and maintain more resilientlandscapes.

Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscape

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for one day or both days

2/26/14 - The Native Bee and Native Plant Connection, Whately, MA

Co-sponsored by The New England Wild Flower Association & Hitchcock Center for the Environment

 

Nasami Farm
128 North Street
Whately, MA 01373

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

With the demise of the European honeybee, awareness of the pollination crisis is on the rise. But the most biodiverse pollinators in New England are native bees, who are four times more likely to be attracted to native plants. Learn the basic needs of native bees, their nesting strategies, and native flower resources that offer solutions for meeting the double-whammy of preserving our crop seed while ensuring pollinator diversity and terrestrial ecosystem health. Discover strategies for “bee-scaping”—attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by creating a beautiful, pesticide-free restored habitat.

 

Details and registration

 

2 AOLCP credits

2/24/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Independence, OH

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence

6001 Rockside Road

Independence, OH

 

Monday, February 24  & Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by February 3, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/22/14 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Oriskany, New York

Location to be announced

 

February 22, 2014 & February 23, 2014

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/20/14 - Frank Crandall’s GEM II Business Seminar - Rockfall, CT

Frank Crandall’s G.E.M. (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Seminars cover important, in-depth business topics including:

  • Estimating/Job Costing                     
  • Sales Techniques 
  • Leadership 
  • Marketing 
  • Mission/Vision 
  • Employees 
  • Social Media 
  • Contracts/Legal Agreements 
  • Management Tips 
  • Seasonal Cash Flow 
  • Business Loans 
  • Much More!

Early registration discount deadline is Wednesday, February 12 for GEM II

 

February 20 from 8am to 5pm


For details click here.

 

Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions

Connecticut Forest & Park Association

16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT 06481 

(Event location above)

 

 

4 AOLCP Credts

 

2/20/14 - Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science, Pt. A1, Milford, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

Part A1 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Management Certification Program

 

DoubleTree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

9:00am to 2:30pm

 

A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.

This workshop is Part A1 of the 2014 Invasive Plant Certification Program. In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

2/18/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Sturbridge, MA

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Sturbridge Host Hotel

366 Main Street

Sturbridge, MA

 

Tuesday, February 18  & Thursday, February 19, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by January 24, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/13/14 - New England Regional OLC Accreditation Course, 2/10 - 2/13, Norwich, CT

Three Rivers Community College
574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT

 

Monday, February 10 through Thursday, February 13, 2014

 

Current AOLCPs can earn 4 credits by attending one day of the course.  Register for one day here.

 

This 30-hour course for land care professionals and environmental educators provides a well-rounded curriculum for an understanding of organic land care principles, practices, design and maintenance. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to incorporate land care methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into their businesses or education programs.

 

The curriculum is based on NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes. These Standards, first published in 2001 and revised semi-annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live our daily lives and lands which we choose to steward.

 

Who should attend the course?

Landscapers - Designers - Landscape Architects - Garden Center employees - Municipal employees - Parks and Recreation employees - Land trust staff - Conservation property managers - Master gardeners Horticulturists - Horticulture and Landscape teachers - Entrepreneurs and new business owners

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/7/14 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

February 5-7, 2014

Main event page

Check website for specific approved workshops.

 

2/6/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Durham, NC

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Courtyard Durham Triangle Research Park

301 Residence Inn Boulevard

Durham, NC

 

Thursday, February 6  & Friday, February 7, 2014

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 


Early bird discount by January 12, 2014

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/3/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Largo, MD

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

9101 Basil Court

Largo, MD

 

Monday, February 3  and Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

Program Overview

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

Early bird discount by January 10, 2014.

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

2/2/14 - Soil & Nutrition Conference, Somerville, MA

NOFA / Mass and Bionutrientn Food Association present:

Soil and Nutrition Conference with Graeme Sait and Joel Williams

 

Anthonys
156 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

 

Sunday February 2, 2014 through Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. This three day event is a must-see for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with cutting edge strategies. You will learn to create healthy, disease-free soils and resilient, problem-free crops. In three action-packed days you will gain invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving peace and harmony in life.

Expect to gain:

  • Greater understanding of mineral balancing and trace mineral requirements in the soil, plant, animal, and human.
  • New strategies to balance, invigorate, and expand the hidden workforce of microorganisms for enhanced farm profitability, using specific organisms as problem solvers.
  • Deepened recognition of the power of foliar fertilizing, natural plant growth stimulants, leaf analysis, and in-field monitoring tools.
  • Profound realizations about the interrelationship between soil health, animal health, human health, and planetary health.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/30/14 - Selected Topics for Tree Care Professionals, Topsfield, MA

Presented by UMass Extension

 

Topsfield Fairgrounds
Bee Building
207 Boston St
Topsfield, MA 01983


Thursday, January 30, 2014

 

8:30am to 12:30pm

 

A continuing educational opportunity for tree care professionals and green industry specialists.

Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist, in Weed Management Topics for Arborists will explore topics that tree care professionals should understand about weeds and weed management, including the impact of turf and landscape herbicides on tree health and the role of invasive plants and related regulations.

Rick Harper, UMass Extension Assistant Professor, will present Recovering Our Urban Forests: Update on Invasive Pests (& Invasive Practices). According to a recently published study performed by the US Forest Service, America’s urban forests are declining at a rate of 4 million trees per year. Since it is well-documented that urban trees provide many environmental and economic benefits, the effects associated with this decline may be numerous and extensive. Rick will highlight research pertaining to important invasive pests (insects and diseases such as Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Dutch Elm Disease) their integrated management, as well as invasive practices commonly found impacting the health of our urban trees.

Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, will look at Armillaria Root and Butt Rot: Can Anything Be Done to Slow or Stop the Fungus? This fungus is one of the most destructive fungal pathogens of trees and shrubs in forest, landscape and urban settings. Potential management strategies will be discussed as well as management pitfalls that allow the fungus to thrive.

 

Details and registration

 

3 AOLCP credits

1/28/14 - Organic Turfgrass Management, New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University

102 Ryders Lane

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

 

January 28, 2014

 

8:30am to 3:15pm

 

 

Any successful organic turf management program must rely on sound, science-based turfgrass management principles and practices. This half-day program, led by Dr. James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Management, and Bradley S. Park, Sport Turf Education and Research Coordinator, will introduce you to the science underlying a proper long-term organic turf program. Topics include:

·        Soil health management

·        Selecting the proper plant species

·        Pest management strategies without synthetic pesticides

·        Organic turf care in practice

 

 

Cost: $195 before January 14, 2014; $210 after January 14, 2014

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

1/28/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Malibu, CA

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Malibu City Hall

23825 Stuart Ranch Road

Mailbu, CA

 

Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 

Program Overview

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

Early bird discount by January 5, 2014.

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/27/14 - Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

6 Mondays, January 27 through March 10, 2014 (no class February 17th)

10:30am to 1:30pm

 

Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings.  Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering.

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science (or approval of the Program Coordinator)

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/27/14 - Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles, New Canaan, CT

New Canaan Nature Center

144 Oenoke RIdge

New Canaan, CT 06840

 

6 Mondays, January 27 through March 10, 2014 (no class February 17th)

6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling production, root initiation, stem and leaf cuttings, and layering.

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Plant Science (or approval of the Program Coordinator)

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/27/14 - Organic Land Care Certificate Course, Bordentown, NJ

Rutgers EcoComplex

1200 Florence Columbus Road

Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

January 27, 28, 29, February 3, & 4, 2014

8:00am to 5:00 pm

 

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a 5 day class for landscapers and land care providers. The course focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

The course is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and Rutgers Master Gardeners. It is not intended for recreation and sports turf fields.

The certificate program requirements include:
-Attendance at the 5 day course
-Passing an optional exam based on course content

Participants that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion and be listed on the Rutgers organic land care program website.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for attending 1-5 days of this course

1/25/14 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

 

4 Saturdays, January 25, 2014 - February 22, 2014 (no class February 15, 2014)

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

 

 Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens examined in class are supplemented by forays around the Garden. Dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $295

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/22/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, State College, PA

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Holiday Inn Express State College at Williamsburg Square

1925 Waddle Road

State College, PA

 

Wednesday, January 22  & Thursday, January 23, 2014

 

Program Overview

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

Early bird discount by January 1, 2014.

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/22/14 - Reading & Estimating Construction Documents, Boston, MA

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014 (8 week course)

 

1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

This course will develop key areas of project management skills related to reading construction documents; the site construction process and site cost estimating. The student will learn the purposes of construction documentation; reading and bidding from construction documents as well as developing accurate quantity take- offs required to successfully bid a site development project. Course participants will examine a typical set of construction plans and identify graphic standards used by the construction industry in producing plans; elevations and sections. Students will also be introduced to the site construction process. Mathematical equations will introduce the students to finding quantity take offs required for project bidding.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/22/14 - Management and Professional Development Skills for Landscape Contractors, Boston, MA

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014 (8 week course)

 

9:30am to 12:30pm

 

This course provides project and people management skills for landscape contractors: crew leaders, owner and employees who are interested in increased responsibility. Participants will delve into managing the job process from A-Z, design vocabulary basics and sales, best installation and maintenance practices, creating landscape management plans and staying ahead of the environmental and market challenges

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/22/14 - Woody Plant Identification for Landscape Contractors, Boston, MA

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014 (8 week course)

 

5:30pm to 7:00pm

 

An introduction to plant identification for landscape contractors and professionals in the industry: review Carl Von Linne binomial system; learn Latin basics and useful information coded in the Latin name. Participants will review plant structure basics, guides for keying plants, design and cultural concerns, as well as online tools and smart phone applications that are useful resources on the jobsite.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/22/14 - Grading & Drainage Techniques & Materials, Boston, MA

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 2014 (8 week course)

 

1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

This course will review reading and utilizing topographic drawings, grading plans, recognizable contour “signatures”. Basic essential mathematic equations will be taught to determine slope, cut and fill calculations, and code compliance. Participants will review determining field elevations, reading grading plans. A survey of drainage structures and strategies will include the uses of detention and retention ponds, swales, permeable surfaces, walls and hydrostatic pressure. Students will examine local watersheds, define non-point source pollution, modes of erosion control and low impact development.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/19/14 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Shelburne, VT

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

 

January 19, 2014 & January 20, 2014

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/17/14 - Frank Crandall’s GEM I Business Seminar - Day 2 of 2 - Charlestown, RI

Frank Crandall’s G.E.M. (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Seminars cover important, in-depth business topics including:

  • Estimating/Job Costing                     
  • Sales Techniques 
  • Leadership 
  • Marketing 
  • Mission/Vision 
  • Employees 
  • Social Media 
  • Contracts/Legal Agreements 
  • Management Tips 
  • Seasonal Cash Flow
  • Business Loans
  • Much More!

Early registration discount deadline is Wednesday, January 8th for GEM I

 

For details click here.

 

January 16-17 from 8am to 5pm both days


Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions
Dowdell Engineering Building
3949 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 02813

 

4 AOLCP Credts

1/17/14 - Community Training in Ecological Design, Boscawen, NH

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
315 Daniel Webster Highway,
Boscawen, NH

 

January 17, 2014, 8:30am to 5:00pm
January 22, 2014, 1:00 pm to 5:30pm
January 29, 2014, 1:00pm to 5:30pm
February 12, 2014, 8:30am to 5:00pm

Join Steve Whitman, Lauren Chase-Rowell, Mary Tebo Davis and Stacey Doll as they lead you through a new and innovative training on Ecological Solutions for NH Communities. Developed from the full Permaculture Design Certification course curriculum, the training is geared toward town staff and community leaders and will provide you with the necessary tools to plan, design and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for your town’s infrastructure and economy while working in harmony with the natural world. Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, you will be led through a series of conversations, participatory activities, case study field trips, and a design charette to introduce the ecological design process. Participants will learn about appropriate technologies, scale,
biodiversity, integrated design, and stacking functions in an effort to develop skills as an ecological designer and permaculturist for your community. Each participant will leave the training with the tools to work through the planning and development process within their community, and on their own personal property, that provide solutions for a better tomorrow.

Who Should Attend: planning boards, energy committees, conservation commission, agricultural commissions, landscape architects, town engineers, road agents and town maintenance

Please register on-line as space is limited. You can pay by credit card, electronic check, or forward us a paper check.

 

Registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/16/14 - Maintaining Large-Scale Landscapes Sustainably, Wellesley, MA

Hosted by Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)


Wellesley College Science Center
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

8:30am to 5:00pm

 

Join ELA and Wellesley College for a symposium on the development and maintenance of large-scale landscapes that utilize fewer inputs, are designed and maintained with the environment in mind, and become more sustainable over time. Experts who work daily in successful, sustainable large-scale landscapes will lead four panel discussions.

Maintaining Large-Scale Landscapes
Topics: Landscapes Over Time, Soil Compaction, Invasive Plants, Recycling Organic Matter, and Sourcing Quality Compost
Panelists: Dennis Collins and Paul Kwiatkowski from Mount Auburn Cemetery, John Forti, Strawbery Banke Museum, Stuart Shillaber, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Large Lawns: Ecological Approaches
Topics: Mowing Frequency, Inputs, Pests, Disease, and Alternative Energy Mowers
Panelists: Richard Luff, Sagamore Golf, Fred Newcombe, PJC Ecological, Anthony Ruggiero, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Runoff as Resource: Large Scale Stormwater Solutions
Topics: Erosion to Irrigation, Collection Options, Dealing with Large Rain Events, Water Quality, Minimizing Demands of Potable Water
Panelists: Tom Benjamin, LA/Sustainable Designer, Brad Buscher, Groundwork Lawrence, Eden Dutcher, GroundView, Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island

Managing Semi-Wild Landscapes
Designating "Semi-Wild" areas, Identifying Invasive Plant Threats, Setting Management Priorities, Tackling What is Feasible (and Leaving the Rest)
Panelists: Tobias Wolf, Wolf/Lighthall, Heidi Kost-Gross, G/S Associates, Sandy Vorce, Mass Audubon

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/16/14 - New Directions in the American Landscape, Ambler, PA

Temple University Ambler Campus 580
Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014 & Friday, January 17, 2014

9:00am to 5:00pm

 

Practices that were new and innovative in 1990, when this conference series began, may be commonplace today...or even wrong. In this two-day program, influential practitioners, both established and emerging, will examine some of the dead ends and fruitful paths traveled by ecological design over the last 25 years, and the changes that these experiences suggest going forward.

 

Featured Speakers:
  • Travis Beck, Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in northern Delaware and author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design (Island Press, 2013).
  • Kurt Culbertson, FASLA is Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop, an international planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm.
  • Carol Franklin, FASLA, RLA is a founding principal of Andropogon Associates, Ltd. and a nationally recognized expert in the design and development of sustainable landscapes, with more than four decades of work nationally and internationally.
  • Darrell Morrison, FASLA, is a longtime advocate of native plants and native plant communities in landscape design and restoration.
  • Nigel Dunnett, Ph.D. is Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology and Director of The Green Roof Centre at Britain’s University of Sheffield. He is the co-author of noted books on green roofs, living walls, and rain gardens.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for a full single day or for both days

1/16/14 - RINLA Winter Meeting and Expo, Kingston, RI

Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association

 

Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

120 Flagg Road

Kingston, RI 02881

 

First Day sessions earning AOLCP credits:

Plant Responses to Climate Change - Past & Future"

Managing Trees for Wind Stability

Regional Update Panel

1.25 credits for each session; 4 credits for attending all of these 1st day sessions

 

Second Day sessions earning AOLCP credits:

Get Inspired by Your Neighbors

What to Do When a Landscape Staple Fails

1.25 credtis for each of these sessions; 2.5 credits for attending both

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for attending both days

1/16/14 - Frank Crandall’s GEM I Business Seminar - Day 1 of 2 - Charlestown, RI

Frank Crandall’s G.E.M. (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Seminars cover important, in-depth business topics including:

  • Estimating/Job Costing                     
  • Sales Techniques 
  • Leadership 
  • Marketing 
  • Mission/Vision 
  • Employees 
  • Social Media 
  • Contracts/Legal Agreements 
  • Management Tips 
  • Seasonal Cash Flow
  • Business Loans
  • Much More!

Early registration discount deadline is Wednesday, January 8th for GEM I

 

For details click here.

 

January 16-17 from 8am to 5pm both days


Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions
Dowdell Engineering Building
3949 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 02813

 

4 AOLCP Credts

1/15/14 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

5 Wednesdays, January 15 to February 19, 2014

10am to 1pm

 

This course combines class study and hands-on pruning, matching knowledge to practice. Topics include woody plant structure and physiology as they relate to pruning; correct pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing; and pruning as an integral part of plant health care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous plants is covered. Creation and maintenance of hedges is considered, along with authentic pollarding techniques. Come dressed for field work, and bring bypass pruners if you have them.

 

Cost: $348

 

Registration and details

 

 4 AOLCP credits

1/15/14 - CNLA Winter Symposium, Manchester, CT

Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association Winter Symposium

 

Manchester Community College
Great Path
Manchester, CT 06040

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for single day or for both days

1/13/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Elmwood Park, NJ

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

New Jersey Landscape Association

465 Boulevard

Elmwood Park, NJ

 

Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14, 2014

 

Program Overview

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

Early bird discount by December 20, 2013.  Special pricing available; contact Chip Osborne

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/12/14 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Boston, MA

Trephin Salon
25 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111

 

January 12, 2014 & March 23, 2014

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 For more host location details, contact Dee Blake at deeblake@gmail.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/11/14 - Organic Lawn & Turf Course, Worcester, MA

Organic Lawn & Turf Course at NOFA Mass Winter Conference: Changing the Landscape of Landscaping

 

Worcester State University

Ghosh Sci/Tech Center (Room 102)

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA

 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

9:00am to 5:00pm

 

Sessions include Opening Remarks & Goals for the Day; Updates on the Pesticide Reduction Mission - Industry Trends; Advanced Turfgrass Nutrition - Nutrient Potential of Various Composts;  Turfgrass Alternatives; Responding to a Client; Responding to a Municipality; Marketing an Organic Business - Experience the ROI; Realities of Organic Management; and a question and answer session.

 

Presenters are Chip Osborne, Bernadette Giblin, Monique Allen, David Melevsky, and Brittany Phillips

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/9/14 - New Directions in the American Landscape, New London, CT

Connecticut College

270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014 & Friday, January 10, 2014

9:00am to 5:00pm

 

Practices that were new and innovative in 1990, when this conference series began, may be commonplace today...or even wrong. In this two-day program, influential practitioners, both established and emerging, will examine some of the dead ends and fruitful paths traveled by ecological design over the last 25 years, and the changes that these experiences suggest going forward.

 

Featured Speakers

James Hitchmough, Ph.D - "The Novel Ecosystem Approach: Meadows by the Sheffield School"

Carol Gracie - "Enabling Native Wildflowers to Succeed...Ecologically Speaking"

Nick Novick - "Boots on the Ground: Planting and Managing Indigenous Landscapes in the Real World"

Darrel Morrison, FASLA and Nancy Aten - "Natural Design Past, Present, and Future: Reflections by a Mentor and a Mentee"

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits for a full single day or for both days

1/8/14 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Wayne, PA

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Courtyard Philadelphia Devon

762 West Lancaster Avenue

Wayne, PA

 

Wednesday, January 8 and  Thursday, January 9, 2014

 

Program Overview

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

Early bird discount by December 12, 2013

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

1/7/14 - Irrigation Tips for Landscape Designers, Framingham, MA

Co-Sponsors: the Ecological Landscaping Association & the New England Wildflower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 (snow date January 8th)

 

10:00am to 12:00pm

 

The goal of most irrigation systems is to produce healthy landscapes while conserving water. For landscape designers to achieve this goal, irrigation systems need to be well designed. This panel discussion will help landscape designers understand the basics of irrigation systems in order to improve communication with irrigation contractors.


Panel discussion will include:

 

Communicating irrigation design needs and improving communications with irrigation specialist for optimum results

 

Specifying planting areas and types of plant material for irrigation


Specifying water requirements for each planting area (consideration of evaporation & transpiration) 


Determining soil type and moisture retention


Specifying microclimate conditions such as persistent wind, intense sun, deep shade


Understanding sprinklers (spray sprinklers, rotating sprinklers, bubblers and drip irrigation devices)


Understanding sprinkler placement and valve groups on the landscape plan (once installed below ground, design flaws are difficult to remedy)


Reviewing the final irrigation plan (used by installing contractor)


Understanding Irrigation Best Practices


New Products for Ecological Irrigation (Smart Irrigation, Low Flow Rotors, Temporary Systems, etc.)


Asking the Right Questions to Locate a Knowledgeable Irrigation Specialist

 

Details and registration

 

2 AOLCP credits

12/16/13 - Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management, Calverton, NY

Osborne Organics presents The Systems Approach to Natural Lawn & Turf Management

 

Holiday Inn Express East End

1707 Old Country Road

Calverton, NY

 

Monday, December 16 & Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

Program Overview  

• History of conventional management

• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?

• Understanding soil biology

• Choosing the right turf grass

• Managing soil fertility

• Cultural practices

• Understanding insects, weeds, disease, and control products

• Managing transition periods

• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

• Problem solving sessions

 

For more info contact Chip Osborne at co@osborneorganics.com or 781-631-2468

www.osborneorganics.com

 

4 AOLCP credits

12/9/13 - Natural Turf Management Training for Lawn & Turf Professionals, Millersville, MD

Arlington Echo Education Center

975 Indian Landing Road

Millersville, MD 21108

 

December 9, 2013

9:30am to 4:00pm

 

Led by Chip Osborne, this program will cover:

Introduction to the systems approach

Overview & history of conventional & natural turf management

Soil biology basics & soil testing

Compost, topdressing, & turfgrass nutrition

Fertilizers & soil amendments

Horticultural techniques & cultural practices

Mowing, irrigation, cultivation

Thatch management

Seeding/overseeding & choosing the right grass

Insects, weeds, disease & controls

 

Space is limited; please register by November 22nd.  Lunch provided.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

12/8/13 - Introduction to Winter Tree Identification, Boston, MA

Arnold Arboretum

Hunnewell Building

120 Arbor Way

Boston, MA 02130

 

Sunday, December 8 and Sunday December 15, 2013

9:00am to 12:30pm

 

Learn the basic information necessary to identify deciduous trees during their dormant season. Looking at specific character combinations, you will determine the genus and species of several types of trees in the Boston area. Class begins indoors with a discussion of basic classification techniques and continues outside to the Arboretum grounds to examine a variety of trees. This class is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both classroom and outdoor learning. A hand lens may be helpful, but is not necessary.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/21/13 - Trees in the Urban Landscape, Boyleston, MA

The 16th Annual Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

11 French Drive

Boyleston, MA 01505

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

9:00am to 3:15pm

 

Trees in city parks and open spaces throughout Massachusetts are suffering visible stress and injury due to neglect, insufficient knowledge of horticultural techniques and intensified use of urban spaces, in addition to an invasion of exotic pests such as the Asian Long Horn Beetle, recently discovered in Worcester. According to Ann Marie Pilch, Education Director at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, just about any downtown area in Massachusetts shows distressed, hazardous, inappropriately chosen or wrongly planted trees, shortening the lives of the trees, stunting their beauty and needlessly increasing the costs of tree maintenance. With such existing conditions, the urban forest is an easy target for exotic pests like the Asian Long Horn Beetle.

 

In collaboration with the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers an annual Urban Tree Symposium for persons working in the urban forest or the green industry generally. Through educational programs like these, it is our goal to provide the support necessary for thriving urban forests that improve city life and establish the foundation for a sustainable urban forest for years to come.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/16/13 - Pruning: How, When and Where, New Canaan, CT

New Canaan Nature Center

144 Oenoke Ridge

New Canaan, CT 06840

 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

10:00am to 2:30pm

 

In this one-day course, learn the elements of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs and how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners for a discussion of proper tool selection and maintenance. The afternoon is spent outdoors analyzing pruning techniques. Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.

 

Cost: $76

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/16/13 - Turning A New Leaf Conference, Shepherdstown, WV

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC)

 

National Conservation Training Center

Shepherd Grade Road

Shepherdstown, WV

 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

8:00am to 6:00pm

 

Preconference Dinner Friday, November 15, 2013

5:00pm to 8:00pm

 

This year, CCLC's fifth Turning a New Leaf Conference will be held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on Saturday, November 16th, with pre-registration and a networking dinner held on Friday evening.  This one-of-a-kind conference brings together professionals from the landscaping industries, horticulture, environmental nonprofits, and government agencies to discuss and learn about current trends, issues and technologies in conservation landscaping.  The theme of this conference is based on the keynote speaker, Dr. Douglas Tallamy's book Bringing Nature Home.  From soil to marketing techniques, this conference will focus on innovative practices to improve your business and the health of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Preregistration is REQUIRED.  Registration closes November 14, 2013

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/14/13 - Annual Soils Quality Conference, Bangor, ME

Bangor Motor Inn

701 Hogan Road

Bangor Maine

 

Thursday, November 14, Friday, November 15, & Saturday, November 16, 2013

Starts 8:00am Thursday; ends Saturday 4:00pm

 

Dr. Arden Anderson presents:
"Grow the Food the World Wants"
How Farmers Farm Determines How the Rest of the World Lives

At Dr. Andersen's information-dense presentations, participants learn how to stop that spiral of depletion, deficiency and weakness. It is a sophisticated, science-based look at the relationship between the life in our soils, the life of the plants that grow in those soils, and the life of the animals and humans that take nourishment from those plants.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/13/13 - Cutting Edge on Campus: 2013 UMass Landscape Education Day

UMass Amherst

Bowker Auditorium

100 Holdsworth Way

Amherst, MA 01003

 

Wedsnesday, November 13, 2013

 

8:30am to 3:00PM

 

The last several years have presented new and recurring hurdles for the maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes. Factors such as variable weather, novel pests, changing regulations, and tighter budgets have compelled changes in day to day approaches as well as modifications to longer-term management plans. Join UMass Extension educators at their home base – the UMass Amherst campus – for a detail-oriented day of learning about the latest techniques, management challenges, and pest problems. The special end of growing season time frame was selected in order to summarize take-aways from the 2013 season while also allowing sufficient time to utilize the latest research-based information in planning for next season and beyond. Don’t miss this unique and valuable educational opportunity!

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/12/13 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

5 Tuesdays, November 12, 2013 - December 10, 2013

10am to 1pm

 

This course combines class study and hands-on pruning, matching knowledge to practice. Topics include woody plant structure and physiology as they relate to pruning; correct pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing; and pruning as an integral part of plant health care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous plants is covered. Creation and maintenance of hedges is considered, along with authentic pollarding techniques. Come dressed for field work, and bring bypass pruners if you have them.

 

Cost: $348

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

11/9/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Wilmot, OH

Wholesome Valley Farm

927 US 62

Wilmot, OH 44689

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/9/13 - Know and Grow Native Plants, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013 (Rain date Sunday, November 10, 2013)

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Follow the journey of native plants from flower to seed maturation, and observe the pollination strategies that facilitate the process. Learn how to collect and store seed for many native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Along with promoting practical conservation techniques, this session includes a visit to NYBG's Native Plant Garden, in search of fall fruits. Native seeds will be provided to participants. Dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $57

 

Registration and details

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

11/7/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Cleveland, OH

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

750 East 88th Street

Cleveland, OH 44108

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/6/13 - The Ins & Outs of Biological Control, Sturbridge, MA

Co-sponsored by UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops & Floriculture Program & UConn Extension

 

Publick House

277 Main Street - Rt. 131

Sturbridge, MA

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

 

9:30am to 3:00pm

 

Program includes:

  • Banker Plants, Trap Plant & Habitat Planters
  • Conserving Natural Enemies & Pollinators in our Horticultural Businesses
  • It's a Bug Eat Bug World
  • Grower to Grower Panel

Cost: $40 per person

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

11/5/13 - ELA Season's-End Summit: The Natural Landscape, Stoneham, MA

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

 

Montvale Plaza

54 Montvale Avenue

Stoneham, MA 02180

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

 

8:30am to 4:30pm

 

Morning Offerings – Natural Landscapes: Success Stories and Insider Tips


• Nanette Masi, Back to Nature – Landscape Designer, Specializing in Wildlife Habitat
Some Natural Landscape Projects are Dream Jobs, And Others Nightmares: Two Case Studies

• Carolyn Summers, Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East
Native Landscapes that Hold Their Own in the Neighborhood

• Kim Eierman, Environmental Horticulturist and Educator
Ecological Landscapes are Not Just For Nature Preserves:
How to Educating and Inspire Clients

Afternoon Offerings – Panel Discussions to Strengthen Your Business

• Adding (or Expanding) Natural Landscape Services
Client Notions and Transitioning to Natural Landscapes
Panelists: Amanda Hardy Sloan, Carl Brodeur, Kim Eierman

• Native Plants
Expanding Plant Palate, Sourcing, and Native Cultivars/Hybrids
Panelists: Kate Pawling, Darryl Newman, Jeremy Dick

 

Cost: $75 ELA members; $95 non-members

 

Registration is limited.

 

Registration and details.

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/5/13 - Designing for Biodiversity, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

2 Tuesdays, November 5 and November 12, 2013

10:00am to 3:30pm

 

Explore the relationship between flora and fauna in the common habitats of the northeast to appreciate the complexity of a biologically diverse ecosystem.  Applying this knowledge in a field study of the Native Plant Garden meadow and woodland plants of the Thain Family Forest will clarify the importance of plant selection based on how species interact.  Students will create a conceptual landscape design using native plant species for a small site with the goal of providing and/or increasing habitat for birds, pollinators, and other species.   Please bring lunch and dress for the weather.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/3/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Thomas, WV

Thomas Education Center

3rd Street & Brown Street

Thomas, WV 26292

 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/2/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Morgantown, WV

Morgantown Church of the Brethren

464 Virginia Avenue

Morgantown, WV 26505

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/2/13 - Native Grasses: Providing Fall Splendor, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Native grasses are some of the most low maintenance plants in the garden and add a compelling element to landscape design. They come in many heights, textures, and colors, while seedheads and foliage provide fall and winter interest. Discover a variety of native grasses that can be used as groundcovers, specimen plants, vertical design elements, and also for erosion control. A tour of the Native Plant Garden is included. Please dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $57

 

Details and registration

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

11/2/13 - The Joy of Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden, New London, CT

Connecticut College Arboretum

270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320

Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

8:30am to 3:30pm

 

We often think in terms of planting an ornamental garden and a vegetable garden as two separate endeavors. It is possible, however, to create a garden that is both beautiful and bountiful. If you become a creative gardener, you may want to discover the joy of incorporating edible plants into your ornamental garden, making your combination garden a striking addition to your allover landscape plan. Your garden will overflow with both color and flavor, providing food for your body and beauty for your soul.

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/2/13 - Landscape Plants: Broadleaved Evergreens, Bronx, NY

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

4 Saturdays, November 2  through November 23, 2013 (no class November 30th)

10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Learn native and non-native broadleaved evergreens; become familiar with their cultural requirements, identification, features, and landscape uses.  Learn how to incorporate this important group of plants into both naturalistic and formal landscape settings.  Major plant groups include Ilex, Rhododendron, Buxus, and evergreen groundcovers.  Classroom lectures are reinforced with walks on the Garden's grounds.  Dress for the weather. 

*Prerequisite: Intro to Plant Science

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

11/1/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Hillsborough, NJ

Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Parkway West

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/31/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Brookhaven, NY

Post Morrow Foundation

Brookhaven, NY

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/31/13 - COMPOST TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights, New York
Wednesday October 30th 2013

Registration 8:00 AM

Workshop schedule; 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Cost per person; $165.00
Online registration coming soon. If you'd like to reserve a spot, please call us at (914) 837-2364
 

Workshop Description

Here is a unique opportunity to attend an intensive and informative full day organics workshop on organics!
 
People involved in turf grass management, landscaping, tree care, agriculture, ground management as well as those involved with sustainability initiatives will greatly benefit from this education. This workshop is being taught by Peter Schmidt, certified Soil Foodweb Advisor, Certified Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Landcare Professional.
 
Topics to be covered:
  • Soil Foodweb methodology
  • Soil health assessments
  • Soil and compost bio-assay interpretation
  • Managing the microbes in your soil
  • Compost Tea benefits
  • Compost Tea Brewer design
  • Compost Tea Sprayer design
  • Compost Tea Application rates
  • Organic soil amendments
  • High quality compost production
  • Sales and Marketing considerations
  • Microscopy and microbe identification
  • Compost Production and utilization  

Cost of each workshop is $165.00 per person. We cannot make refunds for no shows.  

For more informations click here.

4 credits for NOFA AOLCP's have been applied for.

10/27/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop, Westminster, MA

Westminster Public Safety Building

7 South Street

Westminster, MA 01473

 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/25/13 - Pest and Disease Management in the Landscape, Southbury, CT

Organized by UConn & APS Northeastern Division

 

Heritage Hotel

522 Heritage Road

Southbury, CT

 

Friday, October 25, 2013

 

8:00am to 12:30pm

 

Presentations include:

  • Diseases in the Landscape: Top Five in 2013
  • Insect Pests: choosing Appropriate Management Tools
  • Two Years Later - the CT Boxwood Blight Experience
  • Managing Some Common Landscape Weeds
  • Organic Control of Pests and Diseases in the Landscape

Cost: $60

 

Registration and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

10/25/13 - Tree Steward Training, Petersham, MA
Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013

9:00am to 4:30pm Friday, 8:00am to 3:30pm Saturday

Tree Steward Training is offered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Bureau of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program, the USDA Forest Service, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association and UMass Extension. It is an annual program designed for community tree board members, tree wardens, tree activists, planners, interested citizens, and other municipal staff and green professionals interested in the topics and issues of urban and community trees and forests. It will provide foundation training in tree physiology, tree assessment, municipal tree management, and other urban and community forestry issues with the aim of developing better tree stewardship in Massachusetts communities of all sizes.

The Training will include an overview of the following topics:
1.. Tree Biology, Benefits, and the Urban Environment
2.. Tree Identification (outdoors, extended session)
3.. Proper Tree Planting Techniques (indoors/outdoors)
4.. Trees and Pruning (outdoors)
5.. Preserving the Trees We Have: Trees and Construction
6.. Funding Urban and Community Forestry
7.. Working with Your Utility Arborist
8.. Tree Inventories and the i-Tree suite of software tools for urban forestry managers (indoor, plus outdoor field session)
9.. Roundtable discussion on working with trees and people in your community

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: available onsite

Cost: $55 training only; $110 training and Friday night accomodation

Registration and details

For more info, contact Molly Freilicher, at 413-577-2966 or molie.freilicher@state.ma.us or Rick Harper at rharper@eco.umass.edu

4 AOLCP credits
10/20/13 - Plants to Extend the Season

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1:30pm to 4:30 pm

 

Study a variety of late-season, flowering perennials and their textural effects at this time of year. Learn how to choose and manage perennials in your own garden to achieve fabulous displays through late November. This session will consider plants for different sites, their care, and ways to integrate them into the garden, using the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden as an example. Please dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $57

 

Details and registration

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

10/19/13 - The High Line: New York's Elevated Park

Sponsored by Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

 

The High Line

West 14th Street Passage

New York, New York 10011

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

 

9:00am to 11:00am

 

Join Tom Smarr, Director of Horticulture for the High Line, for an insider’s view of the High Line’s sustainable design elements such as the re-purposing of industrial infrastructure as public green space; the green roof design function that uses porous pathways to allow stormwater to irrigate adjacent planting beds; and the use of native plants to enhance habitat value and contribute to urban habitat corridors. Tom will explain the ecological management practices and will discuss High Line successes and challenges.

 

Cost: $20 ELA members, $25 non-members

 

Registration and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

10/18/13 - Perennial Plant Conference

Lang Performing Arts Center

Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue

Swarthmore, PA 19081

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

 

9:00am to 4:45pm

 

Conference includes:

  • Early risers tour of Scott Arboretum
  • "Learning from the Wild" - Learn to grow plants in the garden by learning how they grow in their native habitat
  • "Insect Pollinators: Beyond the Honeybee" -  Learn about a range of insects not commonly thought of as pollinators but which are involved in plant pollination.
  • Green roof tour
  • And more!

 

Cost - $99

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/18/13 - Trees & Shrubs with Late-Season Appeal

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

While autumn usually represents a time of harvest and putting the garden to rest, many landscapes are ablaze with color. This course offers practical information on how to incorporate woody plants that possess intriguing fall foliage, fruit, and bark into your garden. Plants ideally suited to the home landscape will be highlighted.


Cost: $57

 

Details and registration

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 

10/16/13 - Fall Flower Growers' Program

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program

 

Pioneer Gardens

198 Mill VIllage Road

Deerfield, MA

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

 

8:00am to 3:00pm

 

Pre-program tour of local greenhouses.  Program topics include How to Grow Calibrachoas, New Varieties of Perennials, The Best Energy Conservation Paybacks, Your Family Business: How to Survive with Your Family!, and the Economics of Using Biological Control for Greenhouse Ornamentals.

For more info contact Bob Luczai, MFGA at 781-275-4811 or Tina Smith, UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program, at 413-545-5306 or tsmith@umext.umass.edu

 

Cost: $35

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

10/12/13 - Invasive Plants: What Are They? And What Can Be Done?

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

 

Cold Spring Park

1200 Beacon Street

Newton, MA

 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

10:00am to 12:00pm

 

What are invasive plant species and what harm to they do to an ecosystem?  Join Newton native and ELA board member Bruce Wenning for a professionally guided walking tour of Cold Spring Park to learn how to identify several types of invasive plants and to learn what you can do in your own landscape to safely remove them.  Bruce will explain how different invasive plants spread and what removal methods are effective on each.  Bruce will also discuss the important topic of how to properly dispose of invasive plants once removed.

 

Space is limited.

 

Cost:  FREE

 

Registration and details.

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

10/12/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Byfield Community Arts Center

7 Central Street

Byfield, MA 01922

 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/11/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Old Frog Pond Farm

38 Eldredge Road

Harvard, MA 01451

 

Friday, October 11, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/9/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

One World Conservation Center

413 US Route 7S

Bennington, VT 05201

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/8/13 - Healthy Ecosystem Gardening

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

2 Tuesdays, October 8, 2013 & October 15, 2013

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Learn how to create beautiful, ecologically based landscapes that are naturally resistant to pests, diseases, and extreme weather events. You will learn to use native plant communities, soil and site analysis, environmentally conscious designs, and other techniques to create a balanced, thriving landscape. Visits to the Native Plant Garden will be included. Dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $145

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

10/6/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Sterling College

16 Sterling Drive

Craftsbury, VT 05827

 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/5/13 - Mushroom Foray and Feast

Aton Forest Headquarters

270 North Colebrook Road

Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

 

2:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Learn to identify and differentiate safe and unsafe mushrooms and the proper conservation etiquette when collecting them.  We are likely to see numerous species that appear in early autumn.  This workshop will include some classroom instruction and much field work, followed by a wild mushroom tasting.  Please dress appropriately for conditions.

Instructor Andrew Janjigian is an associate editor for Cook's Illustrated magazine, chef, organic chemist, and mycologist.

Workshop is limited to 15 participants.  Registration and payment required in advance.

 

Cost - $30

 

Registration and details or call 860-542-5125 or email contact@atonforest.org

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

10/5/13 - Invasive Plants: ID, Removal, & Replacement with Native Alternatives

Sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

 

Cold Spring Park

1200 Beacon Street

Newton, MA

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

 

10:00am to 12:00pm

 

This Eco-tour will help you to cope with invasive plants.  During this walking tour, Bruce Wenning will provide information to help you:

  • Learn how to identify several invasive plants that threaten properties in the area
  • Understand techniques to remove the invasive plants on your property
  • Learn the names & growing characteristics of native plants to use after invasives removal
  • Learn growing tips on plants that you might want to consider for your own landscape

This will be a slow-paced walk, with more time spent discussing plants than walking.

 

This event is free but please book your place as numbers are limited.

 

Cost: FREE

 

Registrations and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

10/4/13 - Native Flora in Autumn

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

4 Fridays, October 4, 2013 - October 25, 2013

10am to 1pm

 

Learn to identify native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and weeds, including the common but easy-to confuse goldenrods and asters. Lectures are conducted both in the classroom and on the Garden grounds. Dress for the weather.

 

Cost: $298

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/4/13 - Plants for Landscaping

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

6 Fridays, October 4, 2013 - November 15, 2013

10:00am to 12:40pm

 

 

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place-selecting plants based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. Class goes outdoors. Please wear comfortable shoes.

 

Cost: $370

 

 

Registration and details

 

 

4 AOLCP credits 

 

 

 

10/3/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

The Resilience Hub

224 Anderson Street

Portland, ME 04101

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

10/3/13 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

6 Thursdays, October 3, 2013 - November 7, 2013

2pm to 5 pm

 

Soil is a dynamic, living organism and the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of different soils and the dynamic relationship that exists among soil, water, and plants. Learn irrigation and drainage techniques and explore the importance of soil organic matter and microbiology in relationship to plant health and soil conservation.

 

Cost: $437

 

Details and registration

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/3/13 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx, NY 10458

 

6 Thursdays, October 3, 2013 - November 7, 2013

6:15pm to 8:55pm

 

Learn how to nurture the soil so it can sustain your plants. Gain an understanding of the cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its effects on nutrient availability to plants and the ionic exchange capacities of soil. Macronutrient cycles in the soil will be studied with emphasis on the complex Nitrogen cycle and its importance to environmental and horticultural sustainability. Explore the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers and composted soil amendments. Students will perform an analysis of their own soil sample in class. In addition, study commercial soil tests and plant tissue tests as important tools in monitoring plant nutrition and health.

Prerequisite: Soil Science I.

 

Cost: $392

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/3/13 - Green Roof Design Workshop

New York Botanical Garden

Midtown Center

 

4 Thursdays, October 3, 2013 - October 24, 2013

6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Green roofing continues as a hot trend in urban landscaping, providing myriad positive environmental benefits as well as aesthetic appeal. Explore the fundamental aspects of green roof design and construction in New York City using case studies and independent field research of publicly accessible green roofs. In-class design charettes will be coupled with installation and maintenance strategies to produce a small green roof design.

 

Cost; $190

 

Registrations and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

10/1/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County

121 Second Street

Oriskany, NY 13424

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/28/13 - High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Ryder Farm

400 Starr Ridge Road

Brewster, NY 10509

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

 

9:30am to 4:30pm

 

For the fourth year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting a series of workshops for the coming growing season.  Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Led by Dan Kittredge, the participation-based workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

 

Cost: $150 ($125 for returning students).  Scholarships available.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/27/13 - Native Plant Symposium: Native Plants and the Long Island Landscape, Riverhead, NY

Native Plant Symposium: Native Plants and the Long Island Landscape

Friday, September 27, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY

A symposium in support of the burgeoning industry of using native plants in the landscape. Speakers are nationally recognized leaders in the fields of native plant propagation, nursery management, applications and design.

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits

9/25/13 - Scouting for Disease & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals, Hathorne, MA

Scouting for Disease & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals

Event date/time:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Place:

Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, Hathorne, MA

 

To maintain landscapes sustainably, regular monitoring and use of IPM practices is essential. Join Extension specialists for a diagnostic walkabout through the landscape. Updates on new pests, diagnostic techniques and IPM strategies will be emphasized for a true hands-on learning experience. Workshop held rain or shine.

 

Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist and Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist will lead this up-close look at insect and disease problems of woody ornamentals.

Details HERE

1 AOLCP credit

9/25/13 - Field Identification of Late-Season Grasses

Aton Forest Headquarters

270 North Colebrook Road

Norfolk, CT

 

Wednesday, September 25 & Wednesday October 2, 2013

 

8:30am to 5:00pm

 

This workshop focuses on identification and ecology of grasses (family Poaceae) that are detectable and identifiable in the field in late summer and early fall.  The emphasis will be on the "warm-season" grasses, but we will also cover a number of other important grass species that are commonly encountered and are identifiable at this time of year.  We will cover the basic features of grasses that distinguish them from other grass-like plants, the terminology used in identification manuals to describe and distinguish grass species, the characteristics of major groups, distinguishing warm-season from cool-season grasses, distinguishing invasive and othe non-native species from native species, endangered grass species, wetland indicator values and other ecological affinities of various species.

 

The workshop is broken into two days:

  • The first day (9/25) that is largely devoted to introductory lecture and lab
  • The second day (10/2) that is entirely devoted to field identification of grasses in several representative habitats in the region (to which we will travel via car pool)

Participants may register for one or both days. Please see website for important information regarding workshop details and registration.

Please contact instructor Bill Moorhead at whmoorhead@optonline.net or 860-567-4920 if you have any questions about the level and content of the workshop, particularly as they relate to decisions about taking only one day versus both days of the workshop.

Workshop limited to 15 participants.  Registration and payment are required in advance.

 

Cost - $95 per day

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

9/24/13 - Rose Kennedy Greenway - Community Resource, Ecological Mandate

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Rose Kennedy Greenway

China Town Gate

Boston, MA 02111

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

10:00am to 12:00pm

 

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks, supplements them with new plantings, and builds entire new landscapes within the Greenway. The Conservancy’s horticulture staff is attuned to the behavior of people in parks as well as to the behavior of plants in the city. They have learned which plants are adapted to the particular demands and stresses of Boston’s urban environment, and they apply those lessons to each new planting

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The Conservancy is also an innovator in the ecological management of urban landscapes, and this tour will include in depth discussion of the Conservancy’s organic horticultural practices.


Join tour guides Conservancy Superintendent of Horticulture, Stuart Shillaber and Horticulture Foreman, Anthony Ruggiero for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenway. Learn how design and management work together to make the parks a better environment for plants and people alike, and to make Boston a more livable city.

 

$20 ELA Member - $25 non-member

 

Registration and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

9/19/13 - CT Green Infrastructure Symposium

CLEAR (UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research) &  CT DEEP

 

Courtyard By Marriott - Cromwell

4 Sebethe Drive

Cromwell, CT 06416

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

 

9:00am to 3:30pm

 

Please join us at the Connecticut Green Infrastructure Symposium. Hear from researchers, municipal land use and public works professionals, and private sector engineers about the regulation, design, operation, and maintenance of Green Infrastructure practices. Overcome obstacles and create opportunities to use Green Infrastructure in your town.

 

Cost - $25

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

9/18/13 - Selected Topics for Tree Care Professionals

Hosted by UMass Extension

 

Hancock Shaker Village

Leander Community Room

1843 West Housatonic Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 

8:30am to 12:30pm

 

This program is a continuing educational opportunity designed for tree care professionals and green industry specialists.

The day starts with WEED MANAGEMENT TOPICS FOR ARBORISTS, where Randy Prostak will explore what tree care professionals and growers should understand about weeds and weed management. The impact of turf and landscape herbicides on tree health will be discussed, as well as the role of invasive plants and related regulations. Landscape and turf professionals will benefit from understanding their potential impact on trees in the landscape. The day continues with THE STATE OF THE URBAN FOREST, where Rick Harper will highlight a recently published study performed by the US Forest Service outlining the alarming decline of America's urban forests. Underlying causes and possible solutions will be outlined, including proper cultural practices relating to the care of trees.

 

Cost - $75

 

Registration and details or call 403-545-2685 or email Ellen Weeks at eweeks@umext.umass.edu

 

3 AOLCP credits

9/16/13 - Native Plants for the Home and Community Landscape

Middlesex County Extension Center

1066 Saybrook Road

Haddam, CT 06438

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

 

6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

As home and community gardeners, we make planting choices all the time. Why should native plants be prominent among our selections? And what is a native plant? In this two-hour seminar, landscape designer Kathy Connolly will offer a definition of "native" and discuss the important role of native plants in supporting birds and pollinators. The seminar will cover approaches in a managed landscape, as well as resources for identifying and buying native trees, shrubs and perennials. Handouts will include several original plant and resource lists. Useful books will be available for purchase on the night of the seminar (cash or check).

 

Registration deadline: September 9, 2013

 

Cost: $50 non-Master Gardener / $40 Master Gardener

 

Registration and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/14/13 - Landscape and Forest Tree and Shrub Disease Workshop

Hosted by UMass Extension

 

UMass Fernald Hall

270 Stockbridge Road

Amherst, MA 01003

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

 

9:00am to 3:30pm

 

Participants will gain hands-on experience with Extension Plant Pathologist Nick Brazee on 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 many of the pathogens seen earlier in the day.

 

Cost - $100

 

Waiting list only at this point - call 403-545-0895 or email eweeks@umext.umass.edu

 

Registration and details

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

9/14/13 - Mushroom Foray and Feast

Aton Forest Headquarters

270 North Colebrook Road

Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

 

2:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Learn to identify and differentiate safe and unsafe mushrooms and the proper conservation etiquette when collecting them.  We are likely to see numerous species that appear in early autumn.  This workshop will include some classroom instruction and much field work, followed by a wild mushroom tasting.  Please dress appropriately for conditions.

Instructor Andrew Janjigian is an associate editor for Cook's Illustrated magazine, chef, organic chemist, and mycologist.

Workshop is limited to 15 participants.  Registration and payment required in advance.

The same workshop is also offered on Saturday October 5, 2013.  Please choose the date that works best for your schedule.

 

Cost - $30

 

Registration and details or call 860-542-5125 or email contact@atonforest.org

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

9/12/13 - Oyster Shell Park Restoration

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Oyster Shell Park

125 East Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06851

Thursday, September 12, 2013

10:30am to 12:30pm

 

Located along the Norwalk River waterfront, Oyster Shell Park is part of the State Heritage Park system and is one of the Pilot Projects for the SITES Initiative. SITES Pilot Projects are the first projects in the United States and abroad to demonstrate the application of The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks. This new park is a reclaimed landfill located in a highly visible area and in close proximity to other educational resources, Oyster Shell Park is positioned to bring a large body of knowledge to the public about the importance of preserving and restoring our environment and about the value of parklands. Three key design principles guided the planning process: Art, Education, and Environmental Stewardship.

 

 

$20 ELA Member - $25 Non-member


Registration and details

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

 

9/7/13 - Fall Wildflowers

Aton Forest Headquarters

270 North Colebrook Road

Norfolk, CT 06058

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

 

9:00am to 1:00pm

 

Come learn about our local late summer/early fall wildflowers with naturalist John Anderson.  Primarily focusing on asters and goldenrods, we will explore the fields and woodlands of Aton Forest in search of these beautiful plants.  The workshop will be entirely in the field and will focus on the identification, ecology, and natural history of these special flowers.  Bringing a 10X magnification hand lens is recommended.  Please dress appropriately for field work.  Workshop will be followed by a light lunch.

 

John Anderson is the Executive Director of Aton Forest and has worked with plants in the region for over 30 years.  He has vast knowledge of the species withiin the preserve as well as a strong connection with the land and history of Aton Forest.

Workshop is limited to 15 participants.  Registration and payment is required in advance.

 

Cost - $10

 

Registration and details  or call 860 542-5125 or email contact@atonforest.org

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

 

 


8/29/13 - Healthy Soils in Action

Sponsored by the Eastern CT Resource Conservation & Development Area (RC&D) and USDA-NRCS

 

Woodstock Orchards

Quasset Hill Road

Woodstock, CT

 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

 

8:00am to 3:30pm

 

Registration is limited and registration is due NO LATER than August 22nd, 2013. The entire workshop will be held outdoors – please dress appropriately. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided.

 

8:00 AM - Registration (Continental Breakfast)
8:45 AM - Welcome - John Guszkowski, Eastern CT RC&D
9:00 AM - Amendments, Cover Crops & Nutrient Cycling in Soils - Tom Morris, UConn
10:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - Cover Crops for Healthy Soils - Tom Akin, NRCS (MA)
11:30 AM - Lunch (Catered)
12:30 PM - Rain Fall Demo - Raymond Covino / Lisa Krall NRCS, (CT)
1:00 PM - Field Demonstrations
                  Main Tent / Pavilion – Rainfall Demonstration
                  Cover Crop Demo on Degraded (Conventional) Soils / Soil Tests
                  Cover Crop Demonstration on Naturalized Soils
3:30 PM Adjourn

 

$20 per person

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

 

8/24/13 - Creating and Sustaining Meadows

New England Wildflower Society & RI Wild Plant Society

 

Tiverton Four Corners

Tiverton, RI

Saturday, August 24, 2013

10:30am to 1:30pm

Grasslands are plant communities that can create wonderful spatial interest in a landscape, especially in more natural settings. But they are challenging to sustain, and without regular maintenance, will succumb to successional dynamics. In this workshop, review the history and ecology of New England grasslands, consider the different demands of cool and warm season species, and discuss a range of management practices for sustaining grassy spaces. Wildflower species that can survive the rigors of grassland stewardship are also discussed. Following the classroom program, the discussion continues in the field where the instructor has experimented with meadow ecology for 25 years.

$46 - member / $56 - nonmember

Details and registration

3 AOLCP credits

8/15/13 - Best Management Practices for Pesticide-Free Athletic Field Management

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut

 

Nathan Hale Ray Middle School

73 Clark Gates Road

East Haddam, CT

 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

7:30am to 1:15pm

 

Sessions include:

Overview of Pesticide Laws; Demonstration of Grub Control with Nematode Applications; Overview of Athletic Field Management at Nathan Hale Ray Middle School; Nutrient Management Concerns and Calibration for Compost Applications and Equipment Demonstrations; Best Management Practices for Pesticide-Free Turf Care; Panel - Reivew of the Day and Ask the Experts

 

$30 per person by August 12th / $35 per person after August 12th

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

8/13/13 - 2013 Turfgrass Selection and Identification Workshop

UMass Amherst Turf Program

 

French Hall

230 Stockbridge Road

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

8:30am to 3:00pm

 

The ultimate performance of a stand of turf depends on matchiing turfgrass species and varieties with site characteristics and intended use and maintenance level, and knowing what you have is key to knowing how to manage it.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to identify and recognize the principal cool season turfgrasses and how to select cutlivars for specific characteristics such as disease resistance, drought tolerance, wear tolerance, and vigor.

An optional session is available for participants to view NTEP trials at Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, MA.

 

$100, pre-registration required, lunch included, and space is limited. Registration deadline is August 9, 2013.

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

8/12/13 - Twilight Meeting for the Green Industry

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut and USDA RMA

 

Lebanon Firehouse Safety Complex

23 Goshen Hill Road

Lebanon, CT

 

and

 

Pride's Corner Nursery

122 Waterman Road

Lebanon, CT

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

 

3:00pm* to 7:00pm

 

Welcome by Vickie Wallace, UConn Extension Educator, CT Risk Management Team, "Crop Insurance for Nursery Producers"


Presentations:

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Charlie Hall, Professor & Ellison Chair of International Floriculture, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University,  "Competing in Today's Hypercompetitive Marketplace"

 

Jessica Lubell, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science, UConn, "Native plants: The New Expansion Area for Nurseries"

 

Ben Campbell, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Resource Economics, UConn, "Working with UConn Extension and Different Technologies to Improve Your Business"


5:45 - Pride's Corner Nursery

Panel of Discussion with Charlie Hall, Jessica Lubbell, Ben Campbell, and Mark Sellew

Dinner / Networking / Visit PCF Arboretum

 

*Optional tour of Pride's Corner at 2:00pm

 

Registration and details

$20 per person

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

8/9/13 - NOFA Summer Conference

August 9-11, 2013

Amherst, MA

 

The NOFA Summer Conference features over 200 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more, plus exciting keynotes, activities for kids, and entertainment for the whole family!  Click here to learn more!

 

45 workshops will receive AOLCP credit at 1.5 credits per workshop. Stay tuned - the list of qualifying workshops is coming soon!

8/7/13 - Plant Science Day

Plant Science Day

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

9:30am - 4:00pm

Lockwood Farm
890 Evergreen Avemue
Hamden, CT

Sponsored by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

 

Presentations on Research & Technical Demonstration

10:00 a.m.
TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION TENT
Mark Creighton, Apiary Inspector, Department of Entomology
Beekeeping Basics

10:15 a.m.
MAIN TENT
Dr. Jason C. White, Analytical Chemist, Department of Analytical Chemistry
Food Safety Research in the Department of Analytical Chemistry: Surveillance of Fresh and Manufactured Foods for Chemical Contamination



10:45 a.m.
MAIN TENT 
Dr. Robert E. Marra, Forest Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology
Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Superstorms: Their Impact and Influence on Tree Diseases


10:45 a.m.
TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION TENT
Gregory J. Bugbee, Soil Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences
Soil Testing to Improve Plant Growth


1:30 p.m.
 MAIN TENT
Dr. Abigail A. Maynard, Horticulturist, Department of Forestry and Horticulture
The New Crops Program: Helping Connecticut’s Vegetable Growers


2:00 p.m.
MAIN TENT
Dr. Richard S. Cowles, Entomologist, Valley Laboratory
Spotted Wing Drosophila Biology and Management


 2:45 p.m.
TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION TENT
Mark H. Creighton, Apiary Inspector, Department of Entomology
Beekeeping Basics


3:10 p.m.
TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION TENT
Gregory J. Bugbee, Soil Scientist, Department of Environmental
Soil Testing to Improve Plant Growth


Details here

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

8/5/13 - Plant Disease Management

Plant Disease Management

CT NOFA & the Community Farm of Simsbury

 

Community Farm of Simsbury

73 Wolcott Road

Simsbury, CT

Monday, August 5, 2013

5:00pm to 7:00pm

 

Joan Allen is a Diagnostician at UConn's Home and Garden Education Center out of the UConn cooperative extension system.  Joan will be teaching about pest and disease identification in the late summer months.  

$20 CT NOFA members / $30 non-members

Registration here

2 AOLCP credits

8/1/13 - August 1, 2013, UMass Turf Research Field Day

UMass Amherst

UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center

23 River Road

South Deerfield,  Massachusetts  01373
Thursday, August 1, 2013
8:00am to 1:30PM

Research Field Day is our 'open house', when we invite turf managers and their associates to visit the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with UMass Turf Program staff and to view research projects underway. Current turf research includes studies on the biology and integrated management of turf-damaging disease and insects, short- and long-term weed management, fertility, wear tolerance and drought management, as well as a range of National Turfgrass Evaluation Program fine turf trials. Field Day will also feature displays and demonstrations from turf industry exhibitors. Continental breakfast and a hearty barbecue lunch is included with registration.

Registration and details

1 AOLCP credit
7/27/13 - July 27, 2013, Brooklyn Bridge Park Horticultural Hurricane Aftermath & Restoration

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman Street

New York, NY 11201

Saturday, July 27, 2013

1:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park's landscape encompasses a sophisticated collection of seven interconnected and diverse ecosystems that contain many plants native to the region. The park’s lawns, meadows, hedgerows, wetlands, salt marshes, and trees are managed organically, with minimal input and environmentally-conscious practices. Park organic matter is composted, rainwater is captured and recirculated for irrigation, and integrated pest management is practiced. This beautifully designed and expertly managed park was completely inundated with saltwater for hours during Hurricane Sandy.

In this tour, we’ll look at the damage sustained by the park’s turf, plants, and trees, which species died and which species thrived, and the management of replanting. We’ll explore the dramatic effects of salt on soil biology and turf health, what steps are critical immediately following flooding, and which are superfluous and expensive.

 

$20 ELA Member - $25 Non-member

Registration and details

2 AOLCP credits

7/26/13 - Lawn Certificate Course - Waterbury,CT

July 26, 2013
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Pkwy  Waterbury, CT 06708


Learn more & Register

4 AOLCP Credits for the whole day

7/25/13 - July 25, 2013, MNLA/MFGA Summer Conference

MA Nursery & Landscape Association / MA Flower Growers Association

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

8:30am to 2:30pm

 

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association and the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association will again hold a joint Summer Conference and Trade Show in 2013.

Take advantage of the newest ideas and cutting edge information and education to put you ahead of your competition.  Speed educational sessions and tours are only a few of the offerings on this year's exciting program.  Join us for keynote speaker, Dr. Bethany Bradley, UMass, Amherst for an eye opening look at climate change and how it will affect the horticulture industry in the very near future.


Making Sense of Soil Tests for Landscapes, Nurseries and Greenhouses - Dr. John Spargo, Director, UMass Soil & Tissue Testing Laboratory

Bringing Back the Bees - Conserving Pollinators in our Horticulture Businesses - Dr. Anne Averill, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Underutilized Perennials Tour - Joann Vieira, Horticulture Director, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Resistant Hemlocks - Dr. Rick Harper, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation and UMass Extension

Fertilizers: BMPs and Pending Regulations - Mary Owen, UMass Extension

Edible Landscapes Tour - Dawn Davies, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) and what it means for your business - Beth Card, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Resource Protection; Duane LeVangie, Chief of the Water Management Program, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management and MassDEP

IPM Walk About: Insects, Diseases and Weeds - UMass Extention Specialists

Climate Change and Implications for Massachusetts Horticulture - Dr. Bethany Bradley, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation

 

$75 members / $95 non-members

 

Registration and details

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

7/19/13 - The Edible Landscape Oasis: Permaculture in Practice, Holyoke, MA

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Eric Toensmeier Permaculture Farm
145 Brown Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040

Friday, July 19, 2013

10:00am to 12:00pm

Using permaculture and polyculture techniques, Eric has transformed what was once a construction dirt lot into a veritable farmers market of organically grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Like any well-designed polyculture, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates have packed a lot of productivity into their one-tenth of an acre urban farm. After a few years as colleague plantsmen, Eric and Jonathan set out to create a multi-storied, forest garden on this winter-challenged, urban lot. More than eight-years, and a lot of hard work later, Eric invites us to tour his urban oasis to witness the successful food production and to learn how it was achieved by overcoming the challenges of a tiny urban lot, the shade of mature Norway Maples, nutrient-deficient soil, heavy compaction, clay, lead, and urban prejudice against chickens.

$20 ELA Member $25 Nonmember

Registration and details2 AOLCP credits
7/18/13 - Bug Hill Farm: Edible Landscape with Permaculture Roots, Ashfield, MA

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Bug Hill Farm
502 Bug Hill Rd
Ashfield, MA 01330

Thursday, July 18, 2013

1:00 to 3:00PM


At Bug Hill Farm, Kate Kerivan cultivates a wide variety of crops including raspberries, gooseberries, currants, wild and cultivated high-bush blueberries, alpine strawberries, native elderberry and elderflower, native Aronia, and honeyberries. From the berry crops, wild harvested flowers, and locally produced raw honey and maple syrup, Kate crafts non-alcoholic cordials, shrubs (drinking vinegars), sauces, and spreads. Growing fields and an additional 38 acres of forest are managed for the health and well-being of native wildlife and plant communities, with particular emphasis on providing habitat for native pollinator insects.
This season, Bug Hill Farm is embarking on a research project that will employ techniques of agroforestry and permaculture to expand berry production into marginal, forested areas of the property while managing these areas for the overall health of local forest ecosystems. The research will include small, experimental plantings of perennial woody berry plants that are common in transitional ecosystems into early-successional forestland in order to determine which cultivation methods will produce the best balance between environmental sustainability and cost of production. The project’s main research objective is to examine changes in soil quality as a direct effect of experimental land management and cultivation techniques, namely maintaining land in an essentially arrested state of early-successional woodland and utilizing the high-carbon waste produced by such management practices in the construction of Hugelkultur beds.

$20.00 ELA Member $25 Non-Member

Registration and details

2 AOLCP credits

 

7/10/13 - Stormwater Solutions at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10:00am to 12:00pm

Uncontrolled storm water, drought, and fire are major issues we must address in the face of global climate change. Habitat is more at risk than ever. Environmental stresses lead to habitat degradation and water quality concerns, especially in species reproductive habitat. Efforts must be implemented to preserve and protect wherever we can. Effectively dealing with nonpoint source pollution associated with sediment-laden runoff is a key aspect to an effective stormwater management plan. In the past few years, Mount Auburn Cemetery has completed several projects to address habitat preservation and water quality in their water bodies.
Join Paul Kwiatkowski for a professionally guided tour of these stormwater solutions:
• Erosion control on steep hillsides
• Pre-treatment solutions for runoff into ponds
• Bio-filtration project to improve water quality

Paul will address site considerations, challenges faced and addressed during the projects, and maintenance issues related to the projects.

 

$20.00 ELA or NOFA Member $25 Non-Member

Registration and details

2 AOLCP credits

7/10/13 - 7/10/13 & 7/11/13, Sedge Field Identification

Aton Forest, Inc.

270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 & Thursday, July 11, 2013

9:00am to 5:00pm

This plant identification workshop focuses on field identification, ecology, and indicator value of genus Carex, i.e. the “sedges”, the most diverse genus of vascular plants in Connecticut. Considered by many a “cryptic” (i.e., hard-to-identify) group, the sedges are actually a well-behaved taxonomic group with relatively little hybridization. The majority of sedges are in fact identifiable in the field with no more than 10X magnification, and many Carex species have high value as indicators of hydrologic regime, fertility regime, and natural community types of special biodiversity significance. The workshop will emphasize development of field identification skills, as opposed to collection and keying out of specimens in the lab. If/when weather is severe, we will work inside with collected specimens. For the information of those who have attended our earlier Carex workshops, we will cover several of the same habitats and most of the same species as in previous years, but we also visit some new sites and habitats, and will cover some species not covered in previous years. Also, there will be new, improved editions of the class handouts available.

In addition to the field sessions there will be an optional lab session offered on July 10th after a dinner break.

Each participant should bring: a good quality hand lens with at least 10X magnification; fine-pointed forceps that can be carried in the field; a centimeter/millimeter ruler; hip or chest waders; his/her choice of insect repellent, sun protection, etc. The waders are not absolutely essential, but participants should in any case be prepared be in thigh-deep water/muck some of the time. A waterproof field notebook and collecting bags are highly recommended.

$150

Registration and details

4 AOLCP credits

6/29/13 - Pond Renovation, Watertown, MA

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Watertown, MA

Course Code: hdt1043

Instructor: Sonia Baerhuk, Lead Groundsperson, Perkins School for the Blind

Fee: $36 (Member) / $42 (Nonmember)

Limit: 20   Credit: Field-HD/Adv.HD

Cosponsor: Ecological Landscaping Association

Online Registration HERE

Considering a pond renovation or construction project? Benefit from the experience of the staff of Perkins School for the Blind, who undertook a major pond renovation project beginning in 2006. Hear about the ongoing process six years in, which has involved invasive plant removal, dredging to increase pond area and depth, landscaping plans to include natives, a fountain, a bridge and a natural walkway for students to enjoy. We begin with a powerpoint presentation documenting the process, and follow with a walk around the pond and over the new bridge. Bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy afterwards, with an optional tour of the greenhouses.

 

3 AOLCP credits

 

6/26/13 - Spicket River Greenway, Lawrence, MA

Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA)

Spicket River Greenway -
Manchester Street Park
75 Manchester Street
Lawrence, MA 01841

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Spicket River Greenway is a three-mile long "emerald bracelet" of green spaces and walking paths connecting parks and open space through multiple neighborhoods and encompasses riverfront restoration and neighborhood revitalization. The Greenway has been a multi-year, collaborative effort involving municipal agencies, community organizations, and neighborhood stakeholders. Four anchor sites along the Greenway have recently been rehabilitated or built.

Registration and details.

2 AOLCP credits

6/25/13 - NOFA COURSE: Advanced Workshop with Michael Phillips

June 25, 2013

10:00am - 4:00pm

Morning Session:
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Afternoon Session:
Hidden Brook Gardens
551 Colonel Ledyard Hwy
Ledyard, CT 06339

Instructor: Michael Phillips of Lost Nation Orchard, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard. Hidden Brook Gardens has converted Allyn Orchards to organic production, making it the only organic orchard in the state of Connecticut.

 

6/11/13 - Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program (B), Milford, MA

Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program (B)

Event date/time:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Place:

DoubleTree Hotel, Milford, MA

 

This session will help participants develop and implement an invasive plant management program.  Management tips and strategies will be discussed including herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies and ways to avoid common program pitfalls.

 

This workshop is Part B of the 2013 Invasive Plant Certification Program.

 

Details HERE

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

6/6/13 - Scouting for Insect, Disease & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals, Amherst, MA

Scouting for Insect, Disease & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals

Event date/time:

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Place:

Stockbridge Hall - UMass Amherst

 

To maintain landscapes sustainably, regular monitoring and use of IPM practices is essential. Join Extension specialists for a diagnostic walkabout through the landscape. Updates on new pests, diagnostic techniques and IPM strategies will be emphasized for a true hands-on learning experience. Workshop held rain or shine.

 

Extension Entomologist Bob Childs, Extension Weed Specialist Randy Prostak, and Extension Plant Pathologist Nick Brazee will lead this up-close look at insect and disease problems of woody ornamentals.

Details HERE

1 AOLCP credit

 

6/4/13 - Scouting for Insect & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals, Worcester, MA

Scouting for Insect & Weed Problems of Woody Ornamentals

Event date/time:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Place:

College of the Holy Cross

 

To maintain landscapes sustainably, regular monitoring and use of IPM practices is essential. Join Extension specialists for a diagnostic walkabout through the landscape. Updates on new pests, diagnostic techniques and IPM strategies will be emphasized for a true hands-on learning experience. Workshop held rain or shine.

 

 

Bob Childs, Extension Entomologist, and Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, will lead this up-close look at insect and disease problems of woody ornamentals.

Details HERE

1 AOLCP credit

6/4/13 - Native Shrub Heroes

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
$40 ELA and New England Wild Flower Society Member
$48 Nonmember
Learn about plants that offer color and form to our landscapes, but
also provide nourishment and habitat for birds, mammals, and insects.
Find out which shrubs can replace any non-native invasive shrubs
lingering in a back corner of your garden--burning bush anyone?
Discover the reasons for going native in your plant selection, as
Robin Wilkerson introduces you to a choice collection of beautiful
and “well behaved” indigenous plants. Following a lecture and
slide program, walk the Garden to see these shrubs in their early
summer glory. Learn more here.
This workshop is worth 3 AOLCP credits.
5/29/13 - Identifying Inland Wetland Soils, Amherst, MA

Identifying Inland Wetland Soils

Event date/time:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Place:

French Hall, UMass Amherst, MA

 

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field — including soil texture, color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Part 1 of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits

 

5/22/13 - Inland Wetland Plant Identification, Amherst, MA

Inland Wetland Plant Identification

Event date/time:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Place:

French Hall, UMass Amherst, MA

 

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification begins with an overview of the major characteristics of woody and non-woody vegetation used for identification in most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/ laboratory setting to practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed.

 

Required Text: Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identification, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr. Cost: $25 for text. (When registering please indicate, if you need to purchase a copy of this field guide.)

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits

 

5/14/13 - The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification (A3), Milford, MA

The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification (A3)

Event date/time:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Place:

DoubleTree Hotel, Milford, MA

 

An overview of the topic of invasive plants, focusing on why we should be concerned about them and enhancing your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. The work of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, including its strategies, recommendations, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document, will be discussed.

 

This workshop is Part A3 of the 2013 Invasive Plant Certification Program..

 

Details HERE

 

4 AOLCP credits

 

5/1/13 - State Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management (A2), Milford, MA

State Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management (A2)

Event date/time:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Place:

DoubleTree Hotel, Milford, MA

 

While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. This session covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways.

 

 

This workshop is Part A2 of the 2013 Invasive Plant Certification Program

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits

4/30/13 - Mycorrhizal Symbioses and the Functioning of Terrestrial Ecosystems, Boston, MA

Mycorrhizal Symbioses and the Functioning of Terrestrial Ecosystems,

Date: Tuesday, Tuesday, April 30     

Time: 10:00am to 12:00 pm

Location of program/event: Arnold Arboretum

Weld Hill Research Building

 

Address: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA


Mycorrhizal symbioses are mutualistic associations between plant roots and a small group of soil fungi. These symbioses are very common - found in the vast majority of terrestrial plants. Plants benefit from increased nutrient and water uptake, and also from increased protection from root pathogens. Recent research has also shown that the symbiosis also promotes higher diversity and productivity within plant communities. This presentation will discuss the structure and functioning of mycorrhizal symbioses and the potential for their application and management.

 

Details and registration HERE

 

2 AOLCP credits

 

4/27/13 - Composting, Vermiculture, and Compost Tea

April 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Warwick, RI

 

Reinhard Sidor will lead a hands-on demonstration of hot composting, worm composting (Vermiculture) and making actively aerated compost tea for foliar and soil application. Reinhard will explain the benefits of making and using your own compost from yard and kitchen waste. Compost can be used in container gardening, food and ornamental gardens as mulch and fertilizer, to improve soil quality. Compost increases plant vitality, disease resistance and can reduce pest damage. Use of shredded oak leaves as a landscape mulch will be shown. Also discussed will be the mulching of oak leaves into the lawn rather than composting or bagging them.

 

If you bring an empty 1-gallon container you can bring home a a gallon of compost tea. Workshop fee is $40. Register via email. For questions, call Sanne Kure-Jensen at (401) 369-3303. Learn more about the workshop here.

4/23/13 - Healthy Soils Workshops, Hampton, CT

Healthy Soils Workshops

Monday, April 22 & Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 EastConn
376 Hartford Tpke
Hampton, CT

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

This two day workshop is going to focus on the Economics of Soil Health, as well as Cover Cropping. 

Day 1: An exciting day of presentations from some of the leading minds on soil health in the country.

 

Day 2: Field Trip to tillage and cover crop demonstrations where we will perform in field learning - so please bring appropriate field clothes! 

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits per day

4/22/13 - Healthy Soils: The Economics of Healthy Soils and Cover Crops

April 22-23, 2013
8:00am - 4:30pm
Eastconn
376 Hartford Tpke
Hampton, CT

 This Conference is worth 4 AOLCP credits.  For more information, contact Raymond Corvino (860.799.0557 x102) or Lisa Krall (860.871.4051).

 

 

4/18/13 - Permaculture For Professionals

New Morning Natural Food Store
North Main Street
Woodbury, CT
This training is for Professional Planners, Architects, Engineers and Landscape Architects, and others who want to understand and incorporate the principles and techniques of Permaculture Design into their practice.  Understand PC history, ethics, principles and language.  Identify connections between social, cultural, environmental, and political challenges.  Recognize and analyze patterns found in society and the natural world.  Apply whole systems thinking to problem solving through design.  This course is worth 4 AOLCP credits.

Instructor:  Lisa DePiano is a Professional Planner and Certified Permaculture Designer/Teacher.

Cost: $85;      

Contact: Cynthia Rabinowitz, Cynthia@hgconnsoil.com   www.connsoil.com

4/18/13 - PermaCulture for Professionals, Bethlehem, CT

PermaCulture for Professionals

Thursday, April 18, 2013

10:00am - 4:00pm

Registration Fee: $85.00

Registration deadline:  April 15, 2013

 

 This training is for professional Planners, Architects, Engineers and Landscape Architects and Designers who want to understand and incorporate the principles and techniques of Permaculture Design into their practice.

Details HERE

4 AOLCP credits

 

4/3/13 - Invasive Pests Update, Sturbridge, MA

Invasive Pests Update

Event date/time:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Place:

Publick House,  Sturbridge, MA

 

 

For professional landscapers, garden center employees, horticulture retailers, roadside stands, master gardeners and other horticultural professionals. Massachusetts has a long and storied history of invasive insects, dating back to the 1860s with gypsy moth. Get on top of the latest and anticipated arrivals! This is a refresher on recognizing exotic weeds, insects and diseases found in landscapes in Massachusetts, how these exotic and invasive pests are regulated, and how these regulations affect you and your business.

Details HERE

2 AOLCP credits


4/1/13 - Sound Gardening: Sustainable Landscaping for Clean Waters

2013 Advanced Master Gardener Coastal Certificate

Dates:
Mon, April 1, 6 - 9 pm
Tues, April 2, 6 – 9 pm
Mon, April 15, 6 – 9 pm
Tues, April 16, 6 –9 pm
Saturday fieldtrip April 6, 10:00 – 1:00 (rain date Sat April 13)

Location:
Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT
(860) 345-4511
Class on Saturday, April 6 will meet at the Extension Center to carpool. Participants must attend all classes and complete two approved outreach activities to receive the Coastal Certificate. Master Gardeners will receive 2 AMG credits and 4 AOLCP credits upon completion.

$75.00 Non-Master Gardener
$65.00 Master Gardener

To Register:
http://www.ctmga.org/#/advancedmgpgm/4516967556

For more Information contact:
Judy Preston
CT Outreach Coordinator
Long Island Sound Study
CT Sea Grant UConn office
860-395-0465 or 860-405-9303
Judy.Preston@uconn.edu

3/23/13 - A Modern Approach To Soil Science

March 23 & 24, 2013 - Pottersville, NJ
Limited to 18 Registrants

An in depth two day soil workshop for horticulture professionals, landscape architects,and designers, covering soil texture, chemistry, and biology. The course work will focus on collecting samples, interpreting data, and making accurate field assessment and diagnosis, in order to make successful organic soil remediation under a variety of different environmental circumstances.

This seminar is worth 4 AOLCP credits. Learn more at http://f2environmentaldesign.com/e_v1.html

3/22/13 - UConn Garden Conference

March 22, 2013
8:00am - 4:30pm
Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

This conference offers exciting educational opportunities for home gardeners at all interest levels - from the casual gardener to the garden enthusiast to the Advanced Master Gardener. It also gives you an opportunity to hear and talk to nationally renowned authorities on various aspects of garden design, maintenance, and plant selection. Attend this conference for the full day to receive 4 AOLCP credits
http://www.2013garden.uconn.edu/

3/21/13 - Safe Parks and Playing Fields: An Introduction to Reducing Turf Care Chemicals in your Town
March 21, 2013Holiday Inn, 2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, NH8:30 am – 2:15 pm$65 NOFA-NH Members and AOLCP's/ $75 non membersHealthy lunch included4 AOLCP credits availableJoin several local and nationally known organic turf care experts for a simplified, yet scientific, approach to beginning the process of transitioning from conventional to organic turf care. Register on line at www.nofanh.org
3/21/13 - UConn Perennial Plant Conference

8:00am-4:00pm
Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

This conference offers exciting educational opportunities for professional landscapers and designers, nursery and greenhouse producers, and retail garden center operators. It also gives you an opportunity to hear and talk to nationally renowned authorities on various aspects of design, plant selection, marketing and retail. Receive 4 AOLCP Credits for attending the full day.
http://www.2013perennial.uconn.edu/

3/13/13 - NHLA/UNHCE Spring Conference

8:00am-3:00pm
New Hampshire Technical Institute
Concord's Community College
Concord, NH

Attend for the full day to receive 4 AOLCP credits.

3/9/13 - Bionutrient Rich Crop Production - Session 1

Plymouth, MA
March 9, 2013
http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops

For the third year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting another series of workshops for the coming growing season. Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Participation-based with questions and answers, the workshop series is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

3/4/13 - What is Permaculture?, Concord, NH

What is Permaculture?

Concord High School
170 Warren St
Concord, NH

March 4, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 pm

This is an introduction to what Permaculture is all about. Learn some of the many practices of permaculture and possibly adapt some of the concepts in your lifestyle.

Click HERE for registration information.

And HERE for additional talks and classes.

2 AOLCP credits

3/2/13 - CT NOFA Winter Conference

4 AOLCP Credits
March 2, 2013
Wilton High School, Wilton, CT

The Organic Land Care Track will include multiple workshops in each timeslot (the titles will be up soon!) There will be sign-in sheets in each of the rooms of workshops, you will have to sign your name to receive credit! View the entire workshop list here.

The 2013 Winter Conference brings into focus the challenges of adjusting to climate change for farmers, gardeners and consumers.  Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming and celebrate local food.

In between workshops, attendees can visit with over 50 vendors and exhibitors with local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives.  There will be a silent auction with garden supplies and other Connecticut grown and crafted items and services.  Families are invited to participate in children’s activities and workshops scheduled throughout the day.

EARLY REGISTRATION - BEFORE 2/16/13TOTALnon member$55plus $15 lunch$70member$45plus $15 lunch$60student/senior$30plus $15 lunch$45Kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch$8volunteer -$10 off           

REGISTRATION - AFTER 2/16/13

  non member$60plus $15 lunch$75member$50plus $15 lunch$65student/senior$35plus $15 lunch$50Kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch$8volunteer -$10 off 

 

3/2/13 - PHS Flower Show

March 2-10, 2013
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.

Attend one or more days for 4 AOLCP credits. NOFA members and AOLCPs save $2 on tickets to the show!  Use promo code NOFA2013 when printing your ticket. For more information, visit theflowershow.com.

3/1/13 - NOFA NH Winter Conference

March 1-2, 2013
Laconia Middle School
Laconia, NH
The following workshops qualify for one credit each:

-S-A8: Mycological Landscaping
-S-A9: Reading the Forested Landscape
-S-B9: Reading the Forested Landscape Hiking Component
-S-C9: Sustainable Landscape Design

Learn more at http://nofanh.org/education-events/winter-conference/

2/28/13 - ELA Conference - Springfield, MA

ELA Conference
Springfield, MA
Confererence website and registration details

February 28, 2013 AOLCP Credit approved workshops

9:00 - 10:30 am Microbial Sequestration - 1.5 credits
9:00 - 10:30 am What's happening in ecological turf? - 1.5 credits
11:00 - 1:00 pm Drought? Nutrient Deficiency? - 1.5 credits
11:00 - 1:00 pm Whatcha gonna do? Plant busters! - 1.5 credits
2:00 - 3:30 pm Nibbling on natives - 1.5 credits
2:00 - 3:30 pm The managed meadow- 1.5 credits
4:00 - 5:30 pm Water management technologies - 1.5 credits
4:00 - 5:30 pm Connecting corridors - 1.5 credits
6:30 - 8:30 pm Brooklyn Bridge Park keynote - 1.5 credits

2/27/13 - ELA Conference - Springfield, MA

ELA Conference
Springfield, MA
Confererence website and registration details

February 27, 2013 AOLCP Credit approved workshops

9:00 - 10:30 am Soil the underlying factor - 1.5 credits
9:00 - 10:30 am Design choices for a productive landscape - 1.5 credits
11:00 - 1:00 pm Water floes & woes - 2.0 credits
11:00 - 1:00 pm Evolution of an edible garden through time - 2.0 credits
2:00 - 4:30 pm Suburbia to superb habitat - 1.5 credits
2:00 - 4:30 pm creating a healthy ecosystem for growing fruit - 2.5 credits
6:00 - 8:00 pm How plants eat - 2 credits

 

2/21/13 - GEM II Horticultural Business Seminar, Worcester, MA

GEM II (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Horticultural Business Seminar

Thursday February 21, 2013

Broad Meadow Brook, Mass Audubon

Worcester, MA

 

Topics:

 

Develop and Refine Your Company’s Mission and Vision, Discover Your Most Effective Leadership Style, Establish a Plan for Seasonal Cash Flow and a Profit Goal for 2013, Adapting an Estimate, Pricing and Job Costing System to Your Business, Create a Marketing Plan for 2013 Using Social Media, Make Your Plan for Success in 2013!

 

Cost: $295/person; discounts for AOLCPs, MNLA and RINLA members. To register: email FrankCrandall3@gmail.com or (401) 742-7619.


CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/12/13 - Reducing Pesticide Inputs and Exploring Organic Options for Sports Turf, New Brunswick, NJ

Reducing Pesticide Inputs and Exploring Organic Options for Sports Turf

February 12, 2013

8:00am –12:30pm

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Turf managers are increasingly asked to reduce or even eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides applications. When faced with the prospect of reducing traditional inputs, AND maintaining acceptable turf quality, managers know that 'going green' is easier said than done. This half- day course will provide strategies to manage sports turf either organically or with fewer pesticide inputs.

Topics will include:
* Organic sports field management - What is it?
* The importance of soil management and turfgrass selection in an organic program.
* Low-impact pesticide options.
* Management of sports fields and
turfgrass sites in Central Park, New York City.
 $175 on or before January 29, 2013; $190 after

For more information:
http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/at0504ca.html

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

2/11/13 - Best Native Woody Plants for New Hampshire, Concord, NH

Best Native Woody Plants for New Hampshire

Concord High School
170 Warren St
Concord, NH

February 11, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Learn about native trees and shrubs that function best in NH and add the structure in our landscapes.

Click HERE for registration information.

And HERE for additional talks and classes.

2 AOLCP credits

2/8/13 - Natural Turf and Lawn Management Workshop, Pawcatuck, CT

Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care and Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management
Community Room
Dept. of Police Services Building
173 South Broad Street
Pawcatuck, CT

February 8, 2013
9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 4:00 pm

With Chip Osborne. Details and registration HERE.

 

3 AOLCP credits for each session or 4 for the day.

2/8/13 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England Grows, Boston, MA
February 6-8, 2013

Event registration and details HERE

All approved AOLCP credit opportunities are listed HERE

2/7/13 - Natural Turf and Lawn Management Workshop, Pawcatuck, CT

Natural Turf and Lawn Management: An Overview
Community Room
Dept. of Police Services Building
173 South Broad Street
Pawcatuck, CT

February 7, 2013
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

With Chip Osborne. Details and registration HERE.

4 AOLCP credits

2/7/13 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England Grows, Boston, MA
February 6-8, 2013

Event registration and details HERE

All approved AOLCP credit opportunities are listed HERE

2/6/13 - New England Grows, Boston, MA

New England Grows, Boston, MA
February 6-8, 2013

Event registration and details HERE

All approved AOLCP credit opportunities are listed HERE

2/4/13 - Best Native Herbaceous Plants for New Hampshire, Concord, NH

Best Native Herbaceous Plants for New Hampshire

Concord High School
170 Warren St
Concord, NH

February 4, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Learn about the best native herbaceous plants for your gardens that will enhance both biodiversity and beauty.

Click HERE for registration information.

And HERE for additional talks and classes.

2 AOLCP credits

2/1/13 - Today's Horticulture Symposium - Kennett Square, PA

This daylong symposium hosted by the Professional Gardener Alumni Association of Longwood Gardens and is sponsored by Longwood Gardens, the Chanticleer Foundation, and the Mt. Cuba Center. The symposium boasts a diverse lineup of speakers and features a plant sale with an eclectic offering of plants, books, and tools. Symposium registrants will also gain access to the Gardens and will be treated to a warm buffet lunch.

Download the 2013 conference brochure and registration form.

Register online.

4 AOLCP Credits

1/29/13 - Organic Turfgrass Management, New Brunswick, NJ

Organic Turfgrass Management

January 29, 2013

9:00am - 4:00pm

102 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Any successful and sustainable Organic Turf Management program must be based on sound, science-based Turgrass Management principles and practices. This half-day program, led by Dr. James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Management, and Brad Park, Sport Turf Education and Research Coordinator, will introduce and explain the science underlying a sound, long-term organic turf program.


$195 on or before January 15, 2013; $ 210 after.

For more information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/at0406cc.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/28/13 - Composting, Concord, NH

Composting

Concord High School
170 Warren St
Concord, NH

January 28, 2013

6:00 to 8:00 pm

The best compost you can put in your own gardens are your own. Learn how to compost properly and the many benefits it provides for your soil.

Click HERE for registration information.

And HERE for additional talks and classes.

2 AOLCP credits

1/23/13 - 2013 Winter Lawn Care Conference, Sturbridge, MA

2013 Winter Lawn Care Conference
Sturbridge Host Hotel
Sturbridge, MA

January 23, 2013
7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Details HERE

Talk #1 - Woody Plant Pests: Learning from 2012, Preparing for 2013
Robert Childs, UMass

Talk #2 - Impacting Pest Occurrence through Turfgrass Selection
Mary Owen, UMass

Talk #4 -Strange and Unusual Fungi in the Landscape
Dr. Nick Brazee, UMass

Talk #6 - Environmental Considerations: Nutrient Management
Mary Owen, UMass

1 AOLCP CREDIT EACH

1/17/13 - Critical Interactions: Ecological Research into Landscape Design, Haverford, PA

Critical Interactions: Ecological Research into Landscape Design

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to January 18, 2013

To design and manage landscapes successfully is to create symbiotic relationships between people and living systems. While these systems are highly complex, research into their interactions, patterns, and processes is robust. This conference, the 24th annual New Directions in the American Landscape symposium, will explore the connections between science and design and the potential for these connections to profoundly alter how we create and manage small and large scale landscapes. See the downloadable program brochure HERE for more information.

4 AOLCP credits

1/17/13 - RINLA Winter Meeting & Expo, Kingston, RI

University of Rhode Island

Center for Biological and Life Sciences Building (CBLS)
120 Flagg Road Kingston, Rhode Island 02881

"Expanding Ecosystem Service Markets for Plants" 2:30 to 3:30pm

 

"URI Pest Update" 2:30 to 3:30 pm

 

Website for more information or to register:  www.rinla.org

1 AOLCP credit each

1/16/13 - RINLA Winter Meeting & Expo, Kingston, RI

University of Rhode Island

Center for Biological and Life Sciences Building (CBLS)
120 Flagg Road Kingston, Rhode Island 02881

"Native Pollinators and Farm Bill programs" 1:00 to 2:00pm

"We're not killing the bees, are we?" 2:30 to 3:30 pm

"What's Wrong with that Tree?..And What do I do about it?" 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Website for more information or to register:  www.rinla.org

1 AOLCP credit each

 

 

1/15/13 - Landscape Integrated Pest Management (IPM), New Brunswick, NJ

Landscape Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

 

January 15-17, 2013

9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:30am)

$395 before December 18, 2013; 10% late fee after.

$195 (Single Day - January 15 only) 

 

This long-running class has been revamped to cover both ornamentals and turf. Take Day 1 only to learn IPM philosophy, monitoring, and implementing strategies - or take the full three days for a comprehensive study featuring degree day models; improving soil health; insect and disease ID; creative ways of removing unwanted pests and more! This is a core class in three certificate programs.
http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/al0401ca.html


CEU 4 AOLCP credits

 

1/12/13 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worchester, Mass.

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference
Worchester State University
Worchester, Mass.

The following NOFA/Mass Winter Conference workshops qualify for re-accreditation credits for NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs):

 All workshops qualify for 1.5 credits.

Precious resource; Using and Conserving Water on the Land 

(Intermediate)

Jono Neiger

 

Stewardship for the Cultivated Landscape 

(All levels) 

Monique Allen

 

Gardening in Small Spaces 

(Beginner) 

Carolyn Edsell-Vetter

 

Growing Health with Restoration Agriculture 

(Beginner, Intermediate) 

Brandon Angrisani

 

Beyond Nitrates… Understanding Anions in Soil Fertility in the Northeast

(All levels) 

Derek Christianson

 

Pollinator-friendly Landscaping

(All levels) 

Ellen Sousa

 

Attracting native pollinators and bees to your crops and gardens

(Beginner, Intermediate) 

Sanne Kure-Jensen

 

Click HERE for details

1/11/13 - Organic Lawn & Turf Day, Boylston, MA

Organic Lawn & Turf Day

January 11, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pmTower Hill Botanic GardenBoylston, MACost: $95 NOFA members and AOLCPs; $105 non-members

The NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care Program is pleased to present this one-day intensive workshop on organic turf management. Organic lawn care is the fastest-growing sector of the green industry-and the NOFA Organic Land Care Program has been a pioneer in sustainable, chemical free land management for over a decade.  Learn more and register here.

4 AOLPC Credits

1/10/13 - Critical Interactions: Ecological Research into Landscape Design, New London, CT

Critical Interactions: Ecological Research into Landscape Design
Connecticut College Arboretum

270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT

Thursday, January 10, 2013 to January 11, 2013

To design and manage landscapes successfully is to create symbiotic relationships between people and living systems. While these systems are highly complex, research into their interactions, patterns, and processes is robust. This conference, the 24th annual New Directions in the American Landscape symposium, will explore the connections between science and design and the potential for these connections to profoundly alter how we create and manage small and large scale landscapes. See the downloadable program brochure HERE for more information.

4 AOLCP credits

 

 

1/9/13 - 10th GEM Business Seminar, Westerly, RI

10th GEM (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Business Seminar

January 9 & 10, 2013

Westerly/Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce

1 Chamber Way, Westerly, RI 02891

401-596-7761

 

Day 1

 

Introduction and Ten Steps to Increase Sales, Helpful Measurements Used in Horticulture, Fundamentals of Estimating and Job Costing, Sample Landscape Estimate based on Landscape Plan Provided, Resources and Your Business, Financial Planning in 2013.

 

 Day 2

How to Attract, Hire, Retain...and Fire Employees, Legal Contracts, Non-Compete, and Confidentiality Agreements, Company Finances: Budgets, Projections, P&L’s and Balance Sheets, Using Cost Effective Social Media to Market Your Business, Advice for Business Loan Applications, Management Tips for Success.

 

 

 

 

 Tuition for GEM I is $395 per person. Discounts for NOFA AOLCPs, MNLA and RINLA members. Checks should be made payable to Frank Crandall, GEM and mailed to: PO Box 451, Wakefield, RI 02880.

 

For more information or to register, contact Frank Crandall at FrankCrandall3@gmail.com or (401) 742-7619.

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

 

12/21/12 - Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certification Course, East Brunswick, NJ

Tuesday, January 10 through January 18, 2013
Middlesex County 4-H Center

645 Cranbury Rd

East Brunswick NJ

 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is holding a 4 day organic land care certification program for landscapers and land care providers. The program will focus on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted run-off from managed landscapes.

 

The program is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and master gardeners. This program is not intended for recreation and sports turf fields.

 

Certification is attained by passing an optional exam at the end of the program. Participants that pass the exam will be considered certified organic land care providers and will be listed as a certified organic business on the Rutgers website.

 

Program participants will also earn NJ Department of Environmental Protection pesticide re-certification credits and the NJDEP Natural Turf and Landscape Management Certificate.

Program and registration HERE

Approved  for 4 AOLCP credits for each individual day, with a total of 4 credits available with all 4 days.

12/19/12 - Bionutrient Rich Crop Production - Session 1

Wednesday December 19, 2012
http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops

For the third year running, the Real Food Campaign, a project of the Bionutrient Food Association, will be presenting another series of workshops for the coming growing season. Our goal is to engage and build on what you already know and are doing, and to find ways to increase the bionutrient level of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability.

Participation-based with questions and answers, the workshop series is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

The Food Project
Dorchester Office & West Cottage Fields
555 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 442-1322
http://thefoodproject.org/ 

12/5/12 - NOFA Annual Gathering, Sturbridge, MA
The 2012 Annual Gathering

"Success with the Organic Land Care Market"

December 5, 2012
The Sturbridge Host Hotel
Sturbridge, MA


6 AOLCP Credits

The 2012 Annual Gathering, “Success with the Organic Land Care Market,” continues to offer AOLCPs cutting-edge education leading towards business success and a reduction in synthetic pesticide and fertilizer usage to benefit us all. Join NOFA Organic Land Care for the Day! Come learn about the Organic Land Care program and hear from the leaders of the movement. Accredited professionals are invited to come and catch up with old friends and visit the 20 sponsors and exhibitors during lunch and during breaks. The event will be held on December 5, 2012 with December 6thas the snow date.

Details and registration HERE.

11/15/12 - ELA Season' s End Summit: Taking Stock and Looking Forward, Ashland, MA

Thursday, November 15, 2012

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Ashland, MA

Join us at the 3rd Annual Season's End Summit to reconnect with colleagues, reflect on this season, and get inspired for next season! The event features leading experts in the industry discussing projects that demonstrate: landscapes based on ecological principles with maximum aesthetic appeal; balancing site challenges and ecological ideals to meet and exceed client expectations; lessons learned when things do not proceed according to plan; and business models that help to grow and differentiate a business.
 Learn more.   Register today.

 Contact ELA for more information (617-436-5838) or email: ela.info@comcast.net


CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

11/15/12 - 15th Annual Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium, Boylston, MA

15th Annual Symposium
Time: 9am-3pm
Location:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, Massachusetts

Fee $10, Reserved Box Lunch $10


Symposium Schedule

9-9:30am Registration; Coffee and pastries

9:30-9:45am Welcome and Announcements

Morning Session

9:45-10:45am State of the Nation's Urban Forests
Richard Harper, Extension Assistant Professor of Urban & Community Forestry - University of Massachusetts


11am-Noon Looking at Community Tree Inventories: Purpose, Tools and Process
David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., Project Director, USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute - Amherst, MA


Lunch Break

Noon-1pm

Afternoon Session

1-1:50pm Emerald Ash Borer and other Forest Health Concerns
Ken Gooch, DCR Forest Health Program Supervisor


2-3pm Fruit Trees in the Urban Landscape
Benjamin Crouch, Proprietor, Land of Plenty

Registration details HERE


CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/9/12 - Business Essentials: Pricing and Marketing your Landscaping Services for Success, Rockfall, CT

Business Essentials: Pricing and Marketing your Landscaping Services for Success

Friday November 9, 2012 • 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

CT Forest and Park Association, Rockfall, CT

Join Frank Crandall and Anne DiFrancesco for a half-day advanced workshop that will teach you to create, plan, and advertise a strong brand to your target audience, and track your impact along the way. This workshop concludes with a business panel featuring Frank, Anne, and Laurence Coronis of Coronis Consulting, and provides a packet of templates and forms that can be used in your own business. The packet is a $95 value that is included with the registration fee.

Topics Include

  • Pricing organic -vs- conventional land care services
  • Organizing your business for profitability
  • Branding and why you need it
  • Defining your target audience
  • Implementing print and web advertising

Details Here

4 AOLCP credits

11/7/12 - Free Organic Lawn Course in Middletown, CT

Overview of Natural Turf Management
Wednesday November 7, 2012
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Middlesex Community College
Chapman Hall, Rm 808, 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT
All day workshop with nationally-recognized
organic landcare expert, Chip Osborne!
FREE!
Thanks to generous support* we are offering
this course at no cost! (normally $150)
Option to purchase lunch in advance for $10, or BYO.
(no other food options on campus)

To register: contact Kim O'Rourke at 860?344?3526
or kim.orourke@middletownct.gov

Who Should Attend?
Municipal staff * Grounds crews * Parks & Recreation personnel * 
Public Works staff * Policy makers:

Commission members * Elected officials * Municipal Service Providers 
* Local lawn care companies

Management companies * Businesses in Middlesex County responsible for 
large parcels of land

Middlesex County towns and their service providers will be given 
first priority for this event.

However, we hope to have room for all who wish to attend.

This program is brought to you by Middletown Project Green Lawn

4 AOLC Credit

11/6/12 - The Soil Food Web-Healthy Soils for Healthy Trees, Farmington, CT

The Soil Food Web—Healthy Soils for Healthy Trees
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Farmington Club, Farmington, CT
Featuring: Dr. Elaine Ingham, Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute

The purpose of this workshop is to provide arborists, tree wardens, nursery owners, other landscape professionals, and anyone interested in maintaining healthy trees an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the soil food web. The workshop will discuss how this community of diverse organisms contributes to healthy soils and in turn effectively support tree growth and protect air and water quality. A healthy soil food web assists with disease suppression, nutrient retention, nutrient recycling, decomposition of plant residues and potentially toxic compounds, and creating a well-structured soil—all of which are important for healthy trees.

 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Goals and objectives, Education Committee

8:40 – 10:00 a.m. Introduction to the Soil Foodweb

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 –12:00 noon Fundamentals of the Soil Foodweb and Trees—Part 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Fundamentals of the Soil Foodweb and Trees—Part 2

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session

4:00 p.m. Adjourn (Distribute CEUs and Credits)

Dr. Elaine Ingham, Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute, is a world-renowned soil biologist who studies the microbial life of the soil and how organic “works.” Dr. Ingham founded Soil Foodweb, Inc. in 1996 helping farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil. She is an affiliate professor atMaharishi University of Management in Iowa and has served in academia for two decades.

Cost - $90 for pre-registered members. $115 for all others, including walk-in members. To ensure your reservation, register by October 30th. If you have questions, call Rita Smith at 888-919-2872 or 203-484-2512.

Please mail payment to the CTPA office (PO Box 356, Northford, CT 06472-0356)

CEU's: CT DEEP (Arborist, Private Applicator, 2, 3A) - 6.0. ISA Arborist - 6.0. Tree Wardens credits pending.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

 

11/3/12 - Landscape Design Clinic, Stockbridge, MA

Landscape Design Clinic

Saturday, November 3, 2012

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

This fast-paced, information saturated clinic and field trip will introduce design students, homeowners and others to opportunities to problem-solve the design process. It will lead to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. All attendees will participate in the process of observing and designing. Students will come away with coherent examples of how design happens. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. A step-by-step PowerPoint presentation will focus the discussion later in the afternoon. The field trip is held rain or shine.
To have your landscape project considered for the field study trip, call 413-298-3926 ext. 15 for details.

Cost: $125
For more information: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/index.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/3/12 - Gardening in a Changing Environment, New London, CT

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Olin Science Center Auditorium
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

The 10th annual SALT seminar will be on Sat., Nov. 3, 2012. Is there anything homeowners can do to fortify their home grounds to prepare for any environmental changes that may take place in the future? Experts in the field will share with you what they are doing now to maintain the sustainability of their land and what they have done when disaster has struck. They will show you how to make the best of a bad (or good) situation, and how to create lawns that will better withstand assaults from nature. Download the brochure.

4 CEU Credits for AOLCPs

10/30/12 - Cape Cod Natural Turf Training, Hyannis, MA

 

RSVP for GreenCAPE'S

Municipal Natural Land Management: A Systems Approach

 Tuesday, October 30th, 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Barnstable Town Hall - Hearing Room (2nd Floor)

367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (behind the Post Office)

Hosted by Osborne Organics, GreenCAPE, and Toxics Action Center

 

 

This is a one-day course, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration and coffee from 8:00 am - 8:30 am). The premise of the course is that a healthy organically maintained turf is more resilient, more drought-tolerant and more resistant to pest infestations than chemically maintained lawns. Our instructor, Chip Osborne, will discuss in detail how to measure, develop and maintain healthy soil biology, how to maintain proper fertilization levels for optimum growth and plant health, how cultural practices should be altered for organic turf, and how to address specific pest problems using least-toxic pesticides. This will be taught so that attendees will gain a full understanding of the basic concepts of organic turf management and how these practices integrate with people and the environment here on the Cape.

 

RSVP and details HERE

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

 

10/27/12 - Autumn Beauties: Habitat Gardens in Acton, MA

Fall offers a long season of changing colors in the garden. Join this tour of several gardens designed primarily with native plants to please birds and butterflies, as well as her clients. Visit unique and colorful habitats including mature rain gardens; native prairie meadows; a sunny streetside gardenscape where delightful native plantings have replaced lawn; and a lush backyard, featuring a creative fieldstone patio enjoyed by the family and a fountain that attracts birds daily. You are welcome to tour the Acton Arboretum before or after the garden tour.

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Location: Acton, MA
Course Code: hdt1024
Instructor: Dori Smith, M.Ed., owner, Gardens for Life, Acton, MA
Fee: $30 (Member) / $34 (Nonmember)
Limit: 20   Credit: Field-HD or Adv. HD

 

Register online at newfs.org/learn/adult
or contact Lana Reed, Registrar, 508-877-7630 x3303 or lreed@newenglandwild.org, M-F, 9 am-5pm.


CEU 2 AOLCP credits

10/25/12 - Getting Real About Invasive Plants, Storrs, CT

Getting Real About Invasive Plants: Prioritize, Strategize, Mobilize

Thursday, October 25, 2012

8:00 A.M. - 4:20 P.M.

Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

This conference will address the development of practical solutions and methods for invasive plant management and detail the actions needed to promote native species, improve natural areas, and benefit wildlife.
Breakout Sessions Descriptions:

Session 1:  1:00 – 2:15 Native wildflowers, replanting after invasive plant control, and experiences with restoration projects.

Session 2:  1:00 – 2:15  An introduction to invasive plants, concerns about them, Connecticut regulations, identifying invasives, and control options. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations.

Session 3:  1:00 – 2:15  Prioritizing and strategizing invasive plant efforts in lakes and ponds, and the importance of public involvement in preventing spread through clean boating practices.

Session 4:  2:30 – 3:45   Invasive species present land owners and managers with many challenges. Learn how to assess project feasibility to maximize limited resources.

Session 5:   2:30 – 3:45   Utilities and Urban Forestry. A discussion about the economic effects of invasives plants, with representatives from CT DOT, CL&P, and other groups.

Session 6:   2:30 – 3:45   What are locally native plants, why you should use them, and three approaches to growing and marketing them. Q&A to follow – bring a question.

See website for more information: www.hort.uconn.edu/cipwg

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/20/12 - Native Meadows from the Ground Up, Kennett Square, PA

Native Meadows from the Ground Up

Saturday, October 20, 2012

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Longwood Gardens
Acer Room
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA

Meadows are a diverse component of our natural landscape, but their planting and management require some basic knowledge, thought, and planning. Come to Longwood Gardens and look more closely at our meadows and learn the real diversity of the space. Through a step by step look at specific projects this lecture and walk covers the why, how, with what, when, and where of what it takes to turn an area of turf grass into an aesthetically rich, environmentally functional, thriving native plant community. You will take all of this information and move on to a focused look at seed collection. Topics covered will include knowing the species, keeping records, interpreting visual changes in the seeds, collection and post-collection handling. You’ll collect seeds in our meadow to be ready for next year!

$63 Garden pass member;  $70 non-member.  Lunch included

For more information:
http://www.longwoodgardens.org/docs/EDUCATION/2012ConEdCatalog.pdf

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

10/12/12 - Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology, Boothbay, ME

 

Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology

Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2012

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bosarge Family Education Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
 Boothbay, ME

Co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society

Introduction to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits.  Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy cloths to go afield for short forays.

$100 members, $120 non-members (pre-registration required)
For additional information:
http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/certificate-program

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/9/12 - The Value of Fire as a Land Management Tool, Mashpee, MA

Tuesday, October 9, 2012                  

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Multiple sites, Mashpee, MA   

 

Though wildland fire is commonly viewed as a threat to life and property; prescribed burning is a fire ignited by management actions to meet specific objectives that can be used to maintain scenic and cultural landscapes, improve forest timber production, benefit wildlife habitat, maintain rare and threatened natural communities, and reduce the threat of wildfire by removing fuels.

When properly managed, fire can rejuvenate open areas to create lush and healthy grasslands and provide beneficial habitat value to many open-land wildlife species. Burning also retards the growth of brush and trees, which can overtake open areas and crowd out some animal and plant species.

Join tour guide, Joel Carlson from Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC for a unique opportunity to visit two sites where prescribed burns have been used successfully to meet land management goals and objectives. The first site is a grassland consisting of several hundred acres located at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) on Cape Cod. Located nearby, the second tour destination is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge and consists of two parcels of land (one owned by the Town of Mashpee and the other owned by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe). Prescribed fire and mechanical treatments at this site is being used to meet wildfire hazard reductions and ecological management goals and objectives.

 

Website for more info or to register:   www.ecolandscaping.org or ela.info@comcast.net


CEU 3 AOLCP credits

10/8/12 - Plant Science: Understanding Plants, Kennett Square, PA

Plant Science: Understanding Plants 

Mondays, October 8 – November 12, 2012  6 sessions

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM*

  OR

Mondays, October 8 – November 12, 2012 6 sessions

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM*

Longwood Gardens
Visitor Center Auditorium
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA

This class has two main topics of discussion: plant morphology and plant nomenclature. The first part of the class will focus on the outward structure, or morphology, of plants during the growing season and look in detail at the methods and terminology of plant identification through a diverse study of leaves, stems, flowers and fruits. The second part deals with understanding the botanical system of plant names and how the plant kingdom is organized. This is important “groundwork” for anyone hoping to become a successful gardener.
Students will become familiar with living organisms’ two-name system and the often confusing additionalplant names used for cultivars and subspecies.

$170 Garden pass member; $188 non-member

For more information:
http://www.longwoodgardens.org/docs/EDUCATION/2012ConEdCatalog.pdf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

10/5/12 - Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II, New York, NY

Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II: Stewardship of Central Park’s Woodlands

Friday, October 5, 2012

8am-5pm

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

During this one-day conference, engage with experts across the field of landscape architecture and environmental design to discuss the nature and culture of Central Park's Woodlands.
This conference is focused on New York's Central Park's woodlands, which appears feral but like the rest of the park is an historic designed landscape. Two panel discussions featuring officials from New York and San Francisco and private practitioners from around the country will examine design, management and stewardship examples and how their lessons can be applied to Central Park's woodlands. The conference is co-sponsored by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Central Park Conservancy, and follows up on last year's sold-out conference at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, New York, about bridging the nature and culture divide.

Conference - $150
For more information:  http://tclf.org/event/bridging-natureculture-divide-ii

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

9/29/12 - Notable Trees Tour, West Hartford, CT

Notable Trees Tour

Magnificent & Unusual Trees of Greater Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, September 29, 2012

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

University of Connecticut
Parking lot on Troutbrook Drive
West Hartford, CT

(Meeting and parking details will be emailed with your reservation.)

The Hartford Cooperative Extension Council hosts the trees tours.

The tour offers participants the chance to witness and learn about magnificent and notable trees of the Greater Hartford area. The morning tour includes a visit to a private residence in East Hartford and historic trees at the Cheney Brothers Great Lawn in Manchester.

The guides area Ed Richardson and John Kehoe.  Ed Richardson is a tree historian and has spent many decades travelling around Connecticut, tirelessly identifying and measuring special trees. Former Hartford City Parks/Forester John Kehoe is an arborist for the University of CT.

For more information, contact:  Kathleen Biederman  biederk@comcast.net for a registration form.

 CEU 2 AOLCP

9/29/12 - At the Root: Understanding and Managing Healthy Soils, Framingham, MA

At the Root: Understanding and Managing Healthy Soils

Saturday, September 29, 2012

8:30 am - 3:30 pm Lunch Included 

Garden in the Woods 
Education Center 
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plant communities - join us for this in-depth, full-day workshop with instructors Dawn Pettinelli, Manager of the Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory at the University of Connecticut and Peter Schmidt, Certified Arborist and Certified Soil Foodweb Advisor. This workshop will include microscope work and additional soil demonstrations in the gardens.

$75.00 members; $90.00 non-members
https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1009610

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/29/12 - Woody Native and Invasive Plant Identification Walk, Concord, NH

Woody Native and Invasive Plant Identification Walk

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
New Hampshire Technical Institute
Public Information Office
Concord, NH

Why are invasive plant species detrimental to the environment?  Why are native plants so important to our ecosystems?  What can we do to eradicate invasive species from New Hampshire?  Learn the key identifying features of both native and invasive species commonly found in NH and how you can identify them.

This is an outdoor, hands-on workshop and a fair amount of walking is involved.  Comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing is required. Please bring clipboard, writing utensil, water and a bag lunch.  Fee $30 for NOFA members, $35 non-members.

For more information contact Paula Kovecses at 603-529-9634 or pakovecses@twigthewayitgrows.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/28/12 - What Are Mushrooms?, Rowe, MA

What Are Mushrooms?

September 28 – 30, 2012

Rowe Camp & Conference Center
22 Kings Highway
Rowe, MA 01367

This intensive workshop will cover the identification, cultivation, and medicinal properties of mushrooms. We'll encounter mushrooms of mystery and then de-mystify them. We will combine talks with forays into the woods, where we'll identify edible, poisonous, and medicinal mushrooms.
We will delve into the art of making mycological landscapes and mycelial membranes for generating mushroom gardens while helping heal ecosystems using mycoremediation methods.
As we descend into the Sixth Major Extinction on Earth, our biosphere is eroding the life-support systems that have allowed mammals to prosper. Unless we cause a course correction, diversity will continue to plummet. What can we do? Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions that can be practiced now. Fungi offer unique opportunities that benefit from mycelium's inherent adaptability. Habitats have immune systems, just like people, and our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and better health.


We want to empower you with mycological tools and knowledge so that you can join in this upswelling of interest at a time critical for our planet and our descendants. This workshop will help you on this path.

For more information: http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=110

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

9/27/12 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

 

Horticultural Ecology: Biological Interactions of Gardens Plants and Environment


Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28, 2012

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bosarge Family Education Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
 Boothbay, ME

Topics include specific adaptations to environmental condition and inter-relationships between garden plants and their surrounding biotic and abiotic influences.  Concepts such as competition, symbiosis, parasitism, pollination, and dispersal will be introduced.

$120 members, $150 non-members (pre-registration required)
For additional information:
http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/certificate-program

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/27/12 - Autumn Can be Another 'Wow' Season in Your Garden, Wellesley, MA

 

Autumn Can be Another 'Wow' Season in Your Garden

Thursday, September 27,  2012

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street (Rt.16)
Wellesley, MA

The gardening season doesn't end when the leaves begin to change. Choose the right plants, and September starts an entire new season of color and enjoyment. You'll leave this talk with both terrific ideas and a shopping list to make autumn a special season to be in the garden.
$12 for members and $15 for non-members

For more information:
http://www.masshort.org/component/option,com_events/task,view_detail/agid,648/year,2012/month,09/day,27/Itemid,1000010/catids,24|19|30/

 

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

9/27/12 - At the Root: Air Tools Workshop, Framingham, MA

At the Root: Air Tools Workshop

Thursday, September 27, 2012

8:30 am - 3:30 pm Lunch Included 
(Rain Date September 28)

Garden in the Woods 
Education Center 
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA

Sponsored by Ecological Landscaping Association.
Join this all-day workshop to explore how quickly and effectively you can use air tools to access the roots to identify and successfully address problems. The air tools demonstrations will feature:

* Addressing soil compaction
* Trenching for utility work, fencing, and more
* Proper planting of ball & burlap and container nursery stock
* Bare root tree transplanting
* Locating roots to establish tree protection zones prior to construction

$75.00 members, $90.00 non-members
https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1009609

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/27/12 - IPM for Landscape Professionals, Stockbridge, MA

IPM for Landscape Professionals

Thursday, September 27, 2012

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

Acclaimed author and educator, Ron Kujawski, Ph.D., a Horticultural Consultant, will provide accurate advice and up-to-date information so that landscapers can adjust their pest management protocols. Dr. Kujawski, former Landscape and Nursery Specialist for UMass Cooperative Extension, is a garden writer, educator and researcher in IPM, plant nutrition and soil science.
Dr. Kujawski will focus on the importance of setting up a management plan to minimize the chemical effects on ecosystems, identifying pests and understanding the benefits of non-toxic alternatives. In addition, he will discuss the economic threshold of implementing a plan and proper record keeping—important aspects for moving your landscaping business in a more eco-friendly direction while diverting inappropriate costs.

For more information:   http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/index.html

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

9/22/12 - Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees, Stockbridge, MA

Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees

Saturday September 22, 2012

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

Autumn is a great time to assess your woody plants for shape and structure. This demonstration/workshop will focus on pruning, including when, why and how to shape, renovate, train or rejuvenate your woody plants. Learn about pruning tools, timing and specific techniques available to the home gardener. Pruning techniques specifically for both evergreen and deciduous hedges will be covered.
Ken Gooch is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management’s Forest Health Specialist for Berkshire County. He is an educator and lectures widely on a variety of topics including forest health, pruning and arboriculture.
Members $30; non-members $35.

For more information: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/index.html

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

9/21/12 - 'Lawn Substitutes' and Organic Lawns, Weare, NH

'Lawn Substitutes' and Organic Lawns

Friday, September 21, 2012

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moody Pond Marketplace
3 George Moody Road
Weare, NH

A presentation on  'Lawn Substitutes'  and Organic Lawns - Why we should talk about decreasing the size of our lawn, and what they can be replaced with that is sustainable and beautiful.

For more information:
http://nhlandscapedesigner.com/index.php/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/09/21/85/32|33

 

 CEU 2 AOLCP credits for each session

9/19/12 - Deciduous Trees, Kennett Square, PA

Deciduous Trees

Wednesdays, September 19, 2012 – October 24, 6 sessions

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Longwood Gardens
Visitor Center Auditorium
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA

Deciduous trees are typically the most long-lasting plants in a landscape and when mature can be the most valuable structures on the property. They provide framework to your garden and many species provide significant habitat for wildlife.
Deciduous trees offer essential shade in the landscape and can even lower your energy bill if placed correctly. This course will cover the identification and landscape uses of deciduous trees found in this region.

$170 Garden pass member; $188 non-member

For more information:   http://www.longwoodgardens.org/docs/EDUCATION/2012ConEdCatalog.pdf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

9/18/12 - Sustainable Gardening, Concord, NH

Sustainable Gardening

Tuesday September 18, 2012 - October 23, 2012 (six weeks)
 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Concord High School
170 Warren Street
Concord, NH

Offered by the Community Education, Concord High School.

This is a basic introductory garden/landscape design course for the gardener who wants to keep the biodiversity on their property using native plant material and organic methods. This is a six-week course, two hours a week, that will involve the following methods of giving back to the earth what we take away.


Introduction: What is sustainability and why is it important for our ecosystems?
Organic vs. pesticides.
Starting with soil – Composting basics – organic soil preparation.
Rain Gardens – learning how to conserve water and deal with runoff.
Meadows/organic lawns/lawn substitutes.
Plant material.
Design elements.

Working with our land and not against it is the main focus for the students to get a sense of place on their own property.
Cost $124.00

Instructor: Paula Kovecses NOFA AOLCP
https://www.classesforlife.com/product_info.php?products_id=870

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/18/12 - Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut—What Green Professionals Need to Know

Tuesday, 18 Sept 2012
6:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Jones Auditorium, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT

CEU: 1 Credit

This seminar promises to be a well-worthwhile investment for all who work with ash trees, whether you are a commercial arborist, tree warden, landscaper, or nursery grower.  Topics to be covered include the federal and state perspectives on the forms and permits needed to move wood and wood products between states and within Connecticut, as well as guidelines for preserving trees in the presence of EAB.  Speakers are Kate Aitkenhead and Eric Chamberlain (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) and Drs. Kirby Stafford and Rich Cowles (CAES).  The session will end with a question and answer period.

There is no charge for this workshop and CEUs will be offered to both licensed arborists and forest practitioners.  Although pre-registration is not required, it would be helpful if you can let CTPA know by email (Cmdonnelly@aol.com) if you plan to attend.

Program:

6:00 pm- 6:45 pm

The Federal Perspective: Forms and permits needed to move wood and wood products between states.  Kate Aitkenhead and Eric Chamberlain, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, PPQ Officers, Wallingford, CT

 

6:45 pm-7:30 pm

The State Perspective: Clarification of forms and permits to move wood and wood products within CT.  Dr. Kirby Stafford, State Entomologist, CAES, New Haven 

7:30 pm-8:15 pm

Guidelines for preserving trees in the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer.   Dr. Richard Cowles, Entomologist, CAES Valley Lab

8:15 pm-8:30 pm

Questions and Answers

 

9/16/12 - Understanding Botanical and Horticultural Names, Framingham, MA

Understanding Botanical and Horticultural Names

Sunday, September 16, 2012

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

During this workshop on plant nomenclature, students have the opportunity to sort out the confusion often associated with plant names. Discuss common names, binomial scientific names, and the history of nomenclature since Linnaeus. Review the current rules of nomenclature and see why and how plant names sometimes change. Practice looking at a variety of plant names and deducing clues to the plant characteristics. Attention is also given to the names of species and hybrids in cultivation and the meaning of cultivar names. This course is equivalent to “Introduction to Plant Systematics” – module one of the five-part series in plant systematics.
$44 (Member) / $53 (Nonmember)

For more information:
http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/bot2205

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

9/15/12 - Identifying Rhode Island Goldenrods of Field and Forest, Westerly, RI

Identifying Rhode Island Goldenrods of Field and Forest

Saturday, September 15, 2012.  Rain Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012

10:00am - 2:00pm: one hour classroom session followed by a field trip

Grills Preserve
Westerly, RI

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

The goldenrod species of Rhode Island comprise a substantial proportion of the late-summer and fall herbaceous flora of the state. Nearly all are native to the region, and many are showy. Though some species are common, and considered "weeds", a few are quite rare, and deserve protection, lest they disappear. While some goldenrod species are so similar they can be difficult to distinguish, most are fairly easy to recognize. This workshop will focus on identifying the most common species, as well as a select few of the more reclusive ones. A trip to a field with a variety of habitats will follow a brief indoor presentation. Bring a bag lunch, hand lens and sturdy hiking boots.
Leader: Arieh Tal, renowned Goldenrod authority and NEWFS lecturer

Fee: $40 RIWPS and NEWFS members; $50 non-members.  Minimum: 6, Maximum: 14
For more information:  http://www.riwps.org/programs.htm#2012-09-15

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/13/12 - Very Fine Vines, Boston, MA

 

Very Fine Vines

 

Thursday September 13, 2012


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Hunnewell Building
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Whether twining, clinging, or scrambling, vines know how to get around. Take a walk through the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden to learn more about how vines grow and climb. See vines with the best ornamental features, as well as those that provide tasty fruit. You’ll also learn about a few vines that you won’t want to plant!.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.
http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

9/13/12 - Saving Connecticut’s Trees, New Haven, CT

Saving Connecticut’s Trees:  Current Threats, Large and Small

Thursday September 13, 2012

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

New Haven Experiment Station
Jones Auditorium
123 Huntington Street
New Haven, CT

Sponsored by The CT Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in cooperation with Experiment Station Association.

Participants will be able to specify appropriate trees for use in Connecticut’s public ways considering current disease and insect threats, physical constraints (such as power line maintenance easements) and social behaviors impacting tree health so as to maximize the potential success of public investments in the landscape.
Schedule:
8:00 - 8:30 Registration / snack
8:30   Introduction
8:45   Who’s Eating our Trees?
          Claire Rutledge, CAES Entomology Research Scientist
9:45   Managing Public Trees and Community Forests
          Glenn D. Dreyer, Director of the Connecticut College Arboretum
10:45 Break
11:15  Dr. Magnarelli, Director CAES Update
11:30 Constraints and Opportunities When Planting in the Urban Environment
          Colleen Murphy-Dunning , Director of the Urban Resources Initiative (URI),Yale School     of Forestry & Environmental Studies. 
12:30 Program ends


CTASLA, AIA or ESA Member: $40 Non Member: $60
For more information: CTASLA.org

 CEU 4 AOLCP

9/13/12 - Landscape Restoration, Brookline, MA

Landscape Restoration

Thursday September 13th, 2012

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hall’s Pond
Churchill St. & Chilton St.
Brookline, MA

Join Conservation Administrator, Tom Brady and Landscape Designer, Ellen Forester for a tour of Hall’s Pond, an urban oasis/sanctuary, to learn about the restoration efforts that have transformed Hall’s Pond and created the thriving habitat, improved water quality, and beautiful native plant gardens.
The sanctuary saw extensive improvements in 2002, featuring restoration in the uplands to remove invasive plant species and replant with native species. Additional restoration projects included the existing wetlands, creation of new wetlands, stormwater improvements, new fencing, a new boardwalk, and installation of commemorative granite piers. Restoration projects were completed on Amory Woods in 2005.
 
$20.00 ELA Member or $25 Non-Member
For information: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Halls-Pond-Eco-...

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

9/12/12 - Invasive Plant Certification Program, Milford, MA.

Invasive Plant Certification Program

This 4‐day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business.

PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS OF WEED SCIENCE

March 7, 2012,

9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room,
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75.

STATE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT

April 4, 2012,
9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75

THE INVASIVE PLANT ISSUE AND INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION

August 14, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA.

Cost: $75.

DEVELOPING AN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

September 12, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA

Cost: $75.

For more information or a registration form, go to www.umassgreeninfo.org or
contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545‐0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

www.umassgreeninfo.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

9/12/12 - Permaculture, Nottingham, NH

Permaculture: An Ecological and Sustainable Landscape Practice Advanced CEU Workshop

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012.  Rain Sept 13, 2012

12 noon to 5:00 pm

Dalton’s Pasture Permaculture Farmstead
156 Stevens Hill Road
Nottingham, NH

I.Permaculture Design:
A. An overview of the Goals Articulation, Base Mapping and Layers, Assessment and Analysis Summary, and Design Concepts.
B. A farmstead tour highlighting permaculture systems and systems-thinking design concepts.
C. The permaculture zones (0-5) of use.
 
II. Permaculture Implementation:
The following practices will be discussed, demonstrated, or seen in the field.  Participants will experience newly implemented, as well as time tested, practices and methods:
A.     Planting Bed Preparation
1.The benefits of no till
2. Sheet mulching
3. On-site resources
4. Smothering and its effects
5. ‘Borrowing’ fertility and why it isn’t sustainable
 
B.     Planting:
1.  Planting through sheet mulch
2. Maintaining sheet mulch
3. Enlarging the bed to accommodate the plants
4. Editing existing vegetation including canopy strategies and how to select keepers
5. Nitrogen fixers and dynamic, deep root, and bio-diversity accumulators
6.  Tricks of the trade- patch planting, sizes, numbers
7.  Why natives and GC (genetically correct) plantings are important
 
III. Care and Maintenance:
A.     Mulching- assessing the value and quality of on-site mulches
B.     Edging- how, when, why, and where
C.     Allowing/Altering succession
D.    Weeds- strategies for moving soil from weedy to less weedy
E.     Creating ‘permanent’ fertility- pipe dream or slow solution?
F.      Increasing bio-diversity- natural checks and balances
 
NOFA members $70; Non members $85; Limited to 20 participants; Includes organic lunch
 
Contact Paula Kovecses at twigthewayitgrows@gmail.com , or 603 529-9634 for registration information

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/12/12 - Native Plant Alternatives to Turf, Valhalla, NY

Native Plant Alternatives to Turf

Wednesday September 12 & 19, 2012

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Native Plant Center - at Westchester Comm. College
75 Grasslands Rd.
Valhalla, NY

Learn how to vastly improve the ecology of residential or commercial landscapes by replacing "green deserts" (aka lawns or turf) with native alternatives. Learn how to analyze a site, prepare a site, and determine what native plant choices are appropriate for particular conditions. Suitable native grasses, groundcovers, meadows, and mixed plantings will be discussed.

Fee $95.
For more information:  http://www.nativeplantcenter.org/events.htm

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

9/11/12 - Invasive Woodland Plants, Westmoreland, NH

Invasive Woodland Plants

Tuesday September 11, 2012

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Maplewood Nursing Home
Conference Room
201 River Road
Westmoreland, NH

Join us for an informative presentation on identifying invasive woodland plants, discussion on the challenges and the benefits of controlling them and how to address the problems associated with them. Bring a bag lunch and come prepared to venture out!
•    Maplewood Nursing Home Conference Room, 201 River Rd., Westmoreland, NH, 03467
•    Sharlene Beaudry at 603-756-2988 x 115 or email.

http://extension.unh.edu/events/index.cfm?e=app.event&event_id=25639

 CEU 4 AOLCP

9/8/12 - Creating Nutrient Dense Soil, Boylston, MA

Creating Nutrient Dense Soil

Saturdays, August 25 and September 8, 2012

9:00 am - 11:00am

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA

Wouldn't you like to grow the tastiest and most nutrient dense foods possible in your garden? Start with the soil! Your health depends on it. Unfortunately, most soils are depleted and lacking in key minerals for good nutrition. Learn principles of soil amending and nutrient balancing as a strategy for gardening that over time reduces damage from pests and diseases. Bring a soil sample to the first class from your fruit or vegetable garden. In the second session, we'll learn to interpret your soil test results and plan a soil amending program for late fall. The results of this work will be evident in next year's garden!
Member $35, Nonmember $40, plus $40 for soil testing, payable to the instructor at the first class.

https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXREPHIL/EventDetail.asp?cguid=C7E2C131-A...

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

9/8/12 - The Wonderful World of Lichens, Litchfield, CT

The Wonderful World of Lichens

 

Saturday September 8, 2012

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

White Memorial Conservation Center
A.B. Cedar Room
80 Whitehall Rd.
Litchfield, CT

Learn to recognize different lichen forms and structures, their ecology, habitat requirements ancient and modern uses of lichens. Lichens are curious plants that are part fungus and part alga or cyanobacteria existing in a symbiotic relationship. They color our trees, rocks, boulders and soil and form the dominant vegetation over 8% of the earth’s terrestrial surface.  Lichens are often the first to settle in places lacking soil and help to build up sufficient organic matter that eventually allows vascular plants to establish themselves. Lichens have been used to produce natural dyes, as food sources, potential antibiotics, and most recently as bio-indicators of air quality. They have quite a different appearance when viewed under a hand lens where one can observe beautiful pixie cups, disks and coral-like shrubs. Several specimens will be available for viewing through a stereo-microscope. An optional walk follows the program. This presentation is appropriate for ages 6 through adult.


Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

For more information: http://www.whitememorialcc.org/calendar.html

 CEU 1 AOLCP

9/7/12 - The Making of an Edible Forest, Wellesley, MA

The Making of an Edible Forest

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA

Join "Edible Forest Gardens" author Dave Jacke and co-designer, Keith Zaltzberg for a tour of the Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden at Wellesley College followed by a lecture on the design, installation, and management plan. As part of this tour and talk, David and Keith will discuss forest garden theory, design, and practice. Now in the second growing season, they will also explain the progress that has been made and challenges faced thus far in the gardens.


Members - $20.00; non-member $25.00
For more information, please visit our website at www.ecolandscaping.org

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

 

9/5/12 - Arboriculture 101, North Haven, CT

Arboriculture 101

September 5, 2012 (Thirteen Wednesday evenings.)

 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

American Legion
Murray Reynolds Post #76
20 Church Street
North Haven, CT

Sponsored by The Connecticut Tree Protective Association with the assistance of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Tree Biology (9/5/12)
Tree Identification (9/12/12)
Tree-Soil Relationships (9/19/12)
Non-Parasitic Conditions of Trees (9/26/12)
Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (10/3/12)
Insects that Feed on Trees (10/10/12)
Safety Requirements Relating to Tree Care (10/17/12)
Diseases of Trees (10/24/12)
Tree Conditions Lab (10/31/12)
Tree Law, Tree Regulations and Pesticide Safety (11/7/12)
Implementing an IPM Program (11/14/12)
Pruning, Cabling and Bracing (11/28/12)
Review Night (12/5/12)

Fee $350.
For more information:  http://www.ctpa.org/

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

9/4/12 - Native New England Shrubs, Framingham, MA

Native New England Shrubs

Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 2012
6:30-8:45 p.m.;

Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 2012
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods and field sites
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

The many species of native New England shrubs display a wide variation in size, shape, color, and in characteristics of their bark, flowers, and fruits. This course introduces students to about 50 species growing in this region. We emphasize identification and become familiar with family characteristics and historic uses. Bring a hand lens to each session. Field sessions held in locations off-site with directions provided during the first class.

For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot3300

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/25/12 - Creating Nutrient Dense Soil, Boylston, MA

Creating Nutrient Dense Soil

Saturdays, August 25 and September 8, 2012

9:00 am - 11:00am

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA

Wouldn't you like to grow the tastiest and most nutrient dense foods possible in your garden? Start with the soil! Your health depends on it. Unfortunately, most soils are depleted and lacking in key minerals for good nutrition. Learn principles of soil amending and nutrient balancing as a strategy for gardening that over time reduces damage from pests and diseases. Bring a soil sample to the first class from your fruit or vegetable garden. In the second session, we'll learn to interpret your soil test results and plan a soil amending program for late fall. The results of this work will be evident in next year's garden!
Member $35, Nonmember $40, plus $40 for soil testing, payable to the instructor at the first class.

https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXREPHIL/EventDetail.asp?cguid=C7E2C131-A...

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

8/23/12 - Grassy Weed Identification Workshop, Amherst, MA

Grassy Weed Identification Workshop: An In-Depth Look

Thursday, August 23, 2012

9:00am - 3:00pm

154 Hicks Way
French Hall - UMass
Amherst, MA

Sponsored by UMass Extension

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

Cost $95/person; $86/person for three of more registrations from the same
company (10% discount). Pre-registration required, as space is limited.

For additional information:   http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events/2012-07

 CEU 4 AOLCP credits for each session

8/23/12 - Re-Mineralizing the Landscape, Lynnfield, MA

Re-Mineralizing the Landscape: An Organic Gardening and Landscaping Workshop

Thursday, August 23, 2012

7:00 pm - 8:30pm

Old Meeting House
617 Main Street
Lynnfield, MA

Presented by the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass)

Go beyond compost for vibrant, long-lasting, resilient landscapes that resist disease, pests and weeds. One-hour workshop followed by a half hour of questions and discussion.
Successive generations of land use have depleted Northeast soils of minerals essential to plant health. As a result, landscapes are at a heightened susceptibility to pests, disease, and weeds. Compost, organic fertilizers, and biological inoculants are inadequate to correct these deficits-- however, when applied to soil with a restored mineral profile, their effectiveness can be maximized. In this workshop, soil fertility expert Dan Kittredge will explain the scientific principles of soil re-mineralization, plant health, and resilience in landscape ecosystems; he will also suggest some ways to identify and address deficits for healthier organic landscapes and gardens.
Open to the Public. Suggested Donation: $15 general public, $12 NOFA Members and AOLCPs

http://www.nofamass.org/programs/landcare/index.php

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

8/18/12 - Edible Forest Garden Caretake and Harvest, Rochester, NY

 

Edible Forest Garden Caretake and Harvest

Saturday, August 18-19, 2012

All classes will be held in Rochester, NY. 
Because this workshop is being held at a private residence, full location details (including address) will be provided upon registration and payment.

Join us as we caretake and install new polycultures of multi-purpose plants at the Rochester Permaculture Center, a local urban/suburban space.
Beginners and experienced forest gardeners and permaculture practitioners will all benefit from this experience. This dynamic, hands-on class will meet 9-5 on Saturday and 9-5 on Sunday.   Class size is limited. Sliding scale $150-200 does not include potluck meals or lodging though we will be offering potluck contributions from our garden for your enjoyment.

To register: Send a check payable to Rochester Permaculture Center, PO Box 18212, Rochester, NY 14618 by August 3, 2012.
For more information:
http://rochesterpermacultureinstitute.org/events/efg/efgimmersion/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

8/15/12 - Adjusting to Pesticide Ban Legislation, Hebron, CT

Adjusting to Pesticide Ban Legislation:  K-8 School Grounds Landscape Management Outdoor Workshop


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gilead Hill School
580 Gilead Street
Hebron, CT

Sponsored by University of Connecticut

Attendees will be divided into groups to tour the school grounds and visit with experts to discuss the specific landscape management situations and topics as listed below:
Controlling Weeds in Landscapes
 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Ornamental Plant Pests and
Common Invasive Plants on School Grounds
   
Plant Health and Maintenance
   
Sustainable, Low Maintenance Plants
   
9:10–9:50 a.m. Educational Demonstrations I
10:30–11:20 a.m. Educational Demonstrations II
12:15 p.m.–12:20 p.m.New Landscape Planting Assessment Tool; What do you Think?
12:25–1:05 p.m. Educational Demonstrations III 
1:15 p.m. Adjourn

For more information:http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/  or call  860-486-6448, or donna.ellis@uconn.edu

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/15/12 - Minimizing Pesticide Use through Proper Cultural Practices, Newtown, CT

Minimizing Pesticide Use through Proper Cultural Practices including Plant I.D. and Yard Tour

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

 2:00 – 4:00

Planterschoice
140 Huntingtown Rd.
Newtown, CT

Join  Darryl Newman and Mark Kokinchak for an informative talk on the proper siting, planting, fertilizing,  pruning and general after-care of our perennials and shrubs - all of which, if done properly, will minimize pesticide use. Includes a yard tour with plant I.D.
The workshop will be presented by Darryl Newman, who holds a B.S. in Landscape management- University of  Maryland.  He is a CT accredited nursery professional, Certified landscape technician, is also the Director of CT Nursery and Landscape Association, and has 20 years experience in nursery / landscape operations.

No fee.
For more information, call 203-426-4037

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

8/14/12 - Invasive Plant Certification Program, Milford, MA.

Invasive Plant Certification Program

This 4‐day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business.

PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS OF WEED SCIENCE

March 7, 2012,

9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room,
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75.

STATE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT

April 4, 2012,
9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75

THE INVASIVE PLANT ISSUE AND INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION

August 14, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA.

Cost: $75.

DEVELOPING AN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

September 12, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA

Cost: $75.

For more information or a registration form, go to www.umassgreeninfo.org or
contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545‐0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

www.umassgreeninfo.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/14/12 - A Plant’s Family Tree: Relationships within the Plant Kingdom, Boothbay, ME

A Plant’s Family Tree: Relationships within the Plant Kingdom

 

Tuesday-Thursday, August 14, 15, 16, 2012

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bosarge Family Education Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
 Boothbay, ME

Out on the Gardens grounds and in the classroom, you will learn how a fern fundamentally differs from a moss, how a pine differs from a rose, and so on.  You’ll learn to recognize the major groups of plants, and will gain perspective on how they have evolved over time. Cullina will introduce students to the system by which biologists categorize plants and will explain the conventions and meanings behind botanical names.  The second class in the Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture certificate program, it is also open to other interested adult students who have had some prior exposure to basic botany.
$120 members, $150 non-members (pre-registration required)


For additional information:
http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/certificate-program

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

8/14/12 - Meadow Gardens, Framingham, MA

Meadow Gardens

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

An expanse of meadow, large or small, can be an exhilarating addition to your landscape. The changing array of colors and textures is much more fun than a plain lawn, and can support a much wider range of wildlife including butterflies, bobolinks, and meadowlarks. Meadow gardens also require much less maintenance than a traditional lawn, benefitting from a yearly mowing rather than a weekly one. In this class we will see examples of many meadows and learn how to design and care for one.
$36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember)
For more information: http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor4301

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

8/14/12 - Native Plant Gardens = Natural Beauty, Amesbury, MA

 Native Plant Gardens = Natural Beauty

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Address provided after registration
Amesbury, MA
 
Featuring native plants, natural garden design brings a taste of the wilderness to urban, suburban, and commercial settings by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Join Nanette Masi for this behind the scenes tour demonstrating the natural beauty of three of her designed gardens.

https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1009647

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credit

8/10/12 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA

NOFA Summer Conference

August 10 – 12, 2012

UMass Campus
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
2:00-3:30 PM

Organic Land Care vs. Conventional Lawn Care  CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 904-08
Compare an organic land care vs. conventional lawn care program and explore such topics as the  return on investment, carbon footprint, and ecological & social costs associated with the two approaches. Learn to make a case to clients, organizations, and governing bodies on organic land care’s advantages.

Basemapping for Landscape Planning & Permaculture Design   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Worcester Dinning Commons -- Congregate at the northwest end of the concrete terrace on the west side of the building. Come learn several simple ways to capture the information you need in this hands-on, practical workshop. We will be mapping a future permaculture garden site using triangulation, extension with offsets, and optical surveying.

Permaculture Fundamentals  CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 174-76
Permaculture uses ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology, and community resilience. We‘ll cover definitions, history, ethics, and some principles & techniques. You will walk away with a framework for understanding the connections between social and ecological health and a method for designing solutions.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
4:00 PM- 5:30 PM
Site Analysis and Assessment for Permaculture Design   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Worcester Dinning Commons
Ecological farming and landscape design begins with a deep understanding of the site.  Join our team of permaculture designers for a hands-on workshop in site analysis and assessment.  Study and evaluate the landform, water, plants, sun patterns, etc on the site of the next UMass.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Soil Health   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 811-15
Using the local ecosystem and nature’s processes as a starting place, I’ll teach the most important aspects of soil health: what it is, where it comes from and how to achieve it. I’ll focus especially on the role of leaves in building a healthy soil.

Stewardship for the Cultivated Landscape    CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 805-09
Learn strategies for assessing and caring for designed landscapes over time. We’ll cover site analysis, designed layout, water use & conservation, plant species & health, and ecological succession. Gain tools for analyzing and managing landscape systems and cycles as they mature – focusing on 10+ year old landscapes.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Composting: Theory and Practice   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 101
The how and the why of composting, everything from designing an enclosure to what to add (and what not to add) to what can go wrong (and how to right it). How to know when compost is ready and how to make best use of compost once you’ve made it.

Hows and Whys of Building Soil Biology   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center Reading Room
This workshop will cover from basic through more advanced principles of soil microbiology, and the multiple benefits of  building soil microbiology for growers and turf care professionals.  We will cover the methods for measuring and increasing soil biology (the soil food web) from bio-stimulation to bio-supplementation.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fruit for Small Spaces     CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 101
A small garden is no impediment to fruit growing. Lowbush blueberries, currants, gooseberries, and super dwarf apples are among fruits that fit well into small gardens. I’ll present the fruits and techniques needed to reap delectable rewards from spaces as small as a balcony to as “large” as a small, suburban yard.

Organic Lawn and Land Care: A System’s Approach   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 165-69
Organic means different things to different people.  In this workshop we will discuss different ways of looking at and creating protocols and programs to manage different aspects of the landscape with chemical free strategies.

Sustainable Home and Landscape   CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
TOUR: Beaver Lodge
Visit a LEED Platinum house and investigate its sustainable landscape with rainwater harvesting, natural pool with regeneration area, and edible landscape. Ongoing projects include small green roof, vertical garden, and water circulation.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12,2012
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Water-Greywater-Rainwater in the Landscape     CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 101
Promotes water conservation and organic landcare methods through design consulting.
This workshop is an interactive session geared towards helping landscape designers, gardeners, landscapers, AOLCPs, etc., understand how to balance water and landscape requirements in an environmentally beneficial manner discussing alternative sources – greywater/rainwater for irrigation, estimating water usage/needs, programming/scheduling, maintenance & repair tips and tricks, sensors, and SMART watering systems.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12,
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ethics and Purpose in Organic Landcare      CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits
Campus Center 903
Mike Nadeau: Plant hugging soil worshiper, sharing and learning from fellow worshipers.
As people who have chosen to care for plants ethically, we assume a deep responsibility. The gift of life itself is in our custody. I’ll explore the spiritual boundaries of what we do and why, and facilitate a lively discussion. Aimed at AOLCPs grappling with how to do the right thing and make a living.

For  more information: www.nofasummerconference.org

8/9/12 - Compost Tea and Air Spading, NOFA workshop, Rye, NY

Compost Tea and Air Spading: Complimentary Practices for your Organic Management Plan

Thursday August 9, 2012 
  
8:30am - 4:30pm

Rye Country Day School
Cedar St.
Rye, NY 10580

Michael Almstead will lead a NOFA Advanced Workshop on Compost Tea and Air Spading which will include both classroom training and hands-on practical applications.
Workshop Includes
•    Creating an organic program for your business or institution
•    Benefits and costs of compost tea brewing and applications
•    Soil overview and how to review a soil food web test
•    Compost tea brewing demonstration
•    Tea Applications on turf and tree
•    Air spading demonstration

Cost of Workshop - includes light breakfast and lunch
Regular Registration: $175,Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and NOFA Members: $160

For more information: http://www.organiclandcare.net/education/advanced-workshops or call 203-888-5146

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/8/12 - Bird and Pollinator–Friendly Gardening, Boylston, MA

Bird and Pollinator–Friendly Gardening

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA

Learn to create a backyard haven for songbirds and at-risk pollinator species. Discover the best plants to attract pollinating birds and insects, and how with just a few changes in landscaping practices, anyone can provide food, shelter and nesting sites for the winged wonders who'll bring activity into any garden. After a short presentation indoors, the class will tour the gardens and wildlife pond for a firsthand look at some of the best plants to attract pollinators. Please wear comfortable shoes, long pants and bring bug spray!
Member $20, Nonmember $25

https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXREPHIL/EventDetail.asp?cguid=C7E2C131-A...

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

8/6/12 - Shade Perennials, Kennett Square, PA

Shade Perennials

Mondays, August 6 – September 24, 2012   6 sessions

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    OR
Mondays, August 6 – September 24 6 sessions

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


No class: August 27 and September 3

Longwood Gardens
Visitor Center Auditorium
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA

Woodland and shade gardens create peaceful and dramatic areas in a landscape. Shade perennials allow the gardener to add creativity to the garden with form, texture, and color. This course will concentrate on identification, size and habit, ornamental characteristics, advantages, and potential problems of over 60+ familiar favorites as well as many of the newest and best cultivars.

FEE: $170 Garden pass member; $188 non-member

For additional information:

http://www.longwoodgardens.org/docs/EDUCATION/2012ConEdCatalog.pdf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

8/3/12 - Grassy Weed Identification Workshop: An In-Depth Look , Amherst, MA

Grassy Weed Identification Workshop: An In-Depth Look

Friday, August 3, 2012

9:00am - 3:00pm

UMass Amherst
230 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

Cost $95/person; $86/person for three of more registrations from the same company (10% discount). Pre-registration required, as space is limited.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/2/12 - Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation, Framingham, MA

Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation

Thursday, August 2, and Friday, August 3, 2012

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

This two-day introductory course is for environmental consultants, conservation officers and commissioners, and anyone seeking to understand interpretation and conservation of wetlands.  It provides a foundation in the principal elements of wetland identification -- wetland hydrology, hydric soils, and hydrophytic plants. Participants can directly participate in field identification and the placement of a delineation line, as well as utilize web resources for preparation.  For the NH session, subtle differences in delineation criteria in NH, MA and for Federal jurisdiction will be very briefly discussed.  Recommended gear: field/work clothes, clip board/field notebook, plant field guides, soil color charts and auger (if you already own), bug repellent, sunscreen, and rain gear. Both days, bring a bag lunch. Extensive handouts provided and some pre-class reading required.
$169 (Member) / $203 (Nonmember)

For more information:  http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/wet2010

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/2/12 - Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training For Lawn Care Professionals, Swarthmore, PA

Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training For Lawn Care Professionals

August 2 – 3, 2012

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA

We will begin with brief introduction to natural turf management and how it differs from a conventional approach. Discussion of the importance of organic matter and its role in a healthy turf system including soil biomass and the concept of soil health. Chip Osborne is the instructor.

Soil tests, managing soil fertility, and fertilizers
Soil testing procedures will be outlined and how to interpret report results. We will look at nutrient, textural, and biomass reports of different soils and what problems or strengths might be present. Soil fertility and natural fertilizers will be discussed, including rates and calculations.

Liming, soil amendments, and product rates and calculations
The discussion on soil amendments will include lime and appropriate liming techniques a well as other amendments that improve soil health.

Insects and fungal diseases of turf and control products
This section will deal with turf insects, including scouting, identification, life cycles, and control measures. We will discuss product that is accepted in a natural system, EPA registered and those that are exempt. The identification of fungal diseases of turf and the conditions that foster their
growth will be discussed, as well as preventative strategies. The discussion of product will emphasize that just because something is considered “organic” it cannot be used indiscriminately. All products have associated risks.

Turf weeds and control products and strategies
This section will discuss the common broadleaf and grassy weeds of turf and the limited product available to mitigate them. Preventative strategies built into the Systems Approachare the real tools of the natural turf professional.

Choosing the right grass
An overview of grass species and their use in different situations. Endophytes will be discussed and their benefit to the natural turf manager.

Cultural practices-mowing, cultivation, irrigation
A discussion of cultural practices and their role in creating the proper system in which to grow healthy turf grass. The focus will be on mowing practices, cultivation for the relief of compaction, and irrigation techniques.

For additional information: http://www.scottarboretum.org/calendar/2012-08.html#turf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

8/2/12 - Biological control of invasive pests in New England landscapes, Wellesley, MA

 

Biological control of invasive pests in New England landscapes

Thursday  August 02,  2012

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street (Rt.16)
Wellesley, MA

Our forests, landscapes, and gardens seem to be constantly assaulted by new invasive weed and insect pests. Lily leaf beetle, winter moth, Japanese knotweed, hemlock woolly adelgid, garlic mustard, mile-a-minute vine, and even kudzu are already well-established in southern New England and the emerald ash borer has its sights on us. Ironically, in many cases, the best opportunity to manage these pests involves introducing additional non-native species - generally insects - that regulated them in their native homeland. Dr. Casagrande will discuss current programs, opportunities and limitations for biological control of landscape pests of particular importance in our region. He will also answer questions and offer practical advice to homeowners interested in controlling (or enhancing) insects in their homes and yards.

$12 for members and $15 for non-members
       
For additional information: http://www.masshort.org/component/option,com_events/task,view_detail/agid,640/year,2012/month,08/day,02/Itemid,1000177/catids,24|19|30/

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

8/2/12 - Urban Restoration, Mattapan, MA

 

Urban Restoration

Thursday, August 2, 2012

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Boston Nature Center 
500 Walk Hill Street 
Mattapan, MA

Join ELA for a professionally guided tour of Audubon’s Boston Nature Center to learn about the urban restoration that created a 67-acre oasis of open space and natural habitats plus the greenest municipal building in Boston.

ELA or Audubon Members $20.00; Non Members $25.00

For more information, you may visit our website at www.ecolandscaping.org

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

8/1/12 - Plant Science Day, Hamden, CT

 Plant Science Day

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

9:30 a.m.- 4:00p.m.

Lockwood Farm
890 Evergreen Ave.
Hamden, CT

Sponsored by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Honey bees and pesticides: recent research on Toxicity and routes of exposure.
Honey bees are an essential part of our agricultural system, pollinating crops worth billions of dollars.  One of the threats to honey bees is the use, or, misuse of pesticides.  Questions persist about how honey bees get exposed to pesticides, and, how toxic are the pesticides at the levels of exposure typically encountered by a honey bee.  This talk will discuss some of the recent research in these areas both at CAES and as reported in the scientific literature.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.  New disease threats for our trees.
Three new diseases are moving in our direction.  Oak Wilt, Bacterial Leaf Scorch, and Thousand Cankers Disease are now in nearby states and we are watching for symptoms to keep them from becoming a problem here.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m - Biological control of mile-a-minute weed.
Mile-a-minute weed (MAM), Persicaria perfoliatum, an invasive, annual vining species from Asia, poses a serious threat to native vegetation diversity and forest regeneration.  The plant is difficult and costly to control due to its prolific seed production and rampant growth.
A tiny host specific weevil, Rhinoncomimus latipes, was collected from MAM in central China and first introduced into Connecticut in 2009 as part of the national program for MAM biological control. The implementation and progress of this program in Connecticut will be presented

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -Running bamboo in CT.
Running bamboos (Phyllostachys spp.) are 15-30 foot tall perennials with canes ranging in color from golden yellow to green to almost black.  Properly planted with deep root barriers they can form a gracefully elegant garden focal point or living hedge that is resistant to deer browse.  
We began an experiment this year on our three experimental farms to examine the rate of spread and effectiveness of control options for selected Phyllostachys cultivars in Connecticut.

For more information: http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2824&q=505662

CEU 0.5 AOLCP credit for each session.

 

7/31/12 - YouthBuildBoston, Roxbury, MA

YouthBuildBoston 

Roxbury, MA

We are looking for professionals who have experience or interest in helping to develop hands-on training curriculum for each one of the training dates. The training information will be based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care. 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

July 23, 9:00 – 3:00, Sustainable design and site solutions
Understanding the site through existing site conditions and features (Soil Basics, Plant communities, wind, drainage, orientation, Hardiness Zones, etc.)  2 credits

July 24, 9:00 - 3:00,  Plants and Maintenance and Tool Use, Technique and Safety.
Understanding basic plant types, growing conditions, uses and care. (Native plants, Invasive plants, pest management, plant communities, basic lawn care, etc.)

July 30, 9:00 – 3:00, Fundamental Landscape Design Concepts/Basic Business. 
Practices (Garden Types, materials, right plant right place, business types, estimating, basic business practices) 

July 31, 9:00 – 3:00  - Service Project and Certification.
Training Sites: Franklin Park or The Shirley- Eustis House, Roxbury, MA. (TBA for each training)  

For additional information: http://www.youthbuildboston.org/  or Peter Hinrichs, phinrichs@ybboston.org

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/30/12 - YouthBuildBoston, Roxbury, MA

YouthBuildBoston 

Roxbury, MA

We are looking for professionals who have experience or interest in helping to develop hands-on training curriculum for each one of the training dates. The training information will be based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care. 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

July 23, 9:00 – 3:00, Sustainable design and site solutions
Understanding the site through existing site conditions and features (Soil Basics, Plant communities, wind, drainage, orientation, Hardiness Zones, etc.)  2 credits

July 24, 9:00 - 3:00,  Plants and Maintenance and Tool Use, Technique and Safety.
Understanding basic plant types, growing conditions, uses and care. (Native plants, Invasive plants, pest management, plant communities, basic lawn care, etc.)

July 30, 9:00 – 3:00, Fundamental Landscape Design Concepts/Basic Business. 
Practices (Garden Types, materials, right plant right place, business types, estimating, basic business practices) 

July 31, 9:00 – 3:00  - Service Project and Certification.
Training Sites: Franklin Park or The Shirley- Eustis House, Roxbury, MA. (TBA for each training)  

For additional information: http://www.youthbuildboston.org/  or Peter Hinrichs, phinrichs@ybboston.org

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/28/12 - Saving Seeds from Your Garden Vegetables, Boylston, MA

Saving Seeds from Your Garden Vegetables

Saturday, July 28, 2012

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Dr.
Boylston, MA

The workshop will instruct gardeners on how to save the seeds of common open-pollinated varieties of garden vegetables, including biennials such as carrots and beets. Topics to be covered will include selecting vegetables for seed saving, pollination, isolation techniques, determining seed ripeness, harvesting and preserving seeds. The advantages of seed saving will be emphasized: maintaining heirloom and family favorites, selecting for characteristics such as early fruiting and insect and disease resistance, and the pleasures of learning more about plant life cycles.  

For additional information:
http://www.towerhillbg.org/index.php/learn/adult-education/adult-classes...

 CEU 2 AOLCP credits for each session

7/26/12 - Summer Conference & Trade Show, Wellesley, MA

Summer Conference & Trade Show

July 26, 2012

Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Elm Bank Horticulture Center
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association and the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association will again hold a joint Summer Conference and Trade Show in 2012.

9:00  – 10:00 Composts: Evaluation & Use in Production and in the Landscape

Compost materials are an important tool for modern, sustainable plant production and      landscape management. Attendees will learn about the qualities of compost and how the quality can impact weed, disease and insect management, how to understand a compost analysis, when and where to use composts effectively.

10:30 – 11:30 Impacts of the Asian Longhorn Beetle on Energy Use in Cities
An infestation of the Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALB) initiated an extensive tree removal program in Worcester. About 30,000 trees have been removed providing a natural, controlled experiment to quantify the energy use impact of trees in a real world setting. Ben will talk about their research findings and how this has impacted energy use with recommendations for the future plantings.

10:30 – 11:30 Alternative Planting Methods for Trees in the Nursery and What Buyers Should Know
Cathy and Dan will discuss findings from their three year research project to evaluate the economics of alternative nursery production methods. Their research project included comparisons of three production methods and the implications for landscape planting for field grown (B&B or bare root trees); pot-in-pot; and in-ground fabric containers plus planting cost differences and survey results.

1:00 – 2:00 Strategic Marketing of Green Industry Products
This presentation will take a look the economic conditions for understanding the business cycle. Why some firms are out of business, but yet others seem to thrive through the recession.
He will also highlight marketing trends and strategies for profitability in the green industry.

2:30 – 3:30 Case Studies of Landscape Designs in Massachusetts
Three incredible designers and plant people will share secrets of their designs and the plant material that was used in those designs. Here what designers have to say about the plants they love and those they don’t.

Member $45.00/Non-Member $65.00

For additional information:  http://www.mnla.com

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each session

7/25/12 - Wetland Plant Identification, Framingham, MA

 

Wetland Plant Identification

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA, and field site

In this workshop we focus on a variety of wetland community types, their ecology, and common indicator species. Following a short introductory lecture, we visit wetland habitats, including a red-maple swamp, a flood-plain marsh, and a pond. While in the field, take advantage of the season by exploring ferns, sedges, and various aquatic species, as well as shrubs and trees. Bring a hand lens, lunch, and come prepared for wet feet in the field.
$66 (Member) / $80 (Nonmember)
For more information:    http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/wet1000

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/24/12 - YouthBuildBoston, Roxbury, MA

YouthBuildBoston 

Roxbury, MA

We are looking for professionals who have experience or interest in helping to develop hands-on training curriculum for each one of the training dates. The training information will be based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care. 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

July 23, 9:00 – 3:00, Sustainable design and site solutions
Understanding the site through existing site conditions and features (Soil Basics, Plant communities, wind, drainage, orientation, Hardiness Zones, etc.)  2 credits

July 24, 9:00 - 3:00,  Plants and Maintenance and Tool Use, Technique and Safety.
Understanding basic plant types, growing conditions, uses and care. (Native plants, Invasive plants, pest management, plant communities, basic lawn care, etc.)

July 30, 9:00 – 3:00, Fundamental Landscape Design Concepts/Basic Business. 
Practices (Garden Types, materials, right plant right place, business types, estimating, basic business practices) 

July 31, 9:00 – 3:00  - Service Project and Certification.
Training Sites: Franklin Park or The Shirley- Eustis House, Roxbury, MA. (TBA for each training)  

For additional information: http://www.youthbuildboston.org/  or Peter Hinrichs, phinrichs@ybboston.org

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/23/12 - NYS IPM In-Depth, Ithaca, NY

 

NYS IPM In-Depth

July 23, 2012

11:00  am –  5:00 pm

Cornell Campus
Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY

Offered by Cornell University.

Topics being covered: Root rots, using compost and other bio-active amendments, and basic biocontrol.  There will be a diagnostic session for growers to get answers on their pest issues as well as the hands-on sessions. 
Cost: $55 (lunch included)
For more information, check the website at http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/ or contact Betsy Lamb at 607 254-8800 or eml38@cornell.edu.  Registration: http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/23/12 - YouthBuildBoston, Roxbury, MA

YouthBuildBoston 

Roxbury, MA

We are looking for professionals who have experience or interest in helping to develop hands-on training curriculum for each one of the training dates. The training information will be based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care. 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

July 23, 9:00 – 3:00, Sustainable design and site solutions
Understanding the site through existing site conditions and features (Soil Basics, Plant communities, wind, drainage, orientation, Hardiness Zones, etc.)  2 credits

July 24, 9:00 - 3:00,  Plants and Maintenance and Tool Use, Technique and Safety.
Understanding basic plant types, growing conditions, uses and care. (Native plants, Invasive plants, pest management, plant communities, basic lawn care, etc.)

July 30, 9:00 – 3:00, Fundamental Landscape Design Concepts/Basic Business. 
Practices (Garden Types, materials, right plant right place, business types, estimating, basic business practices) 

July 31, 9:00 – 3:00  - Service Project and Certification.
Training Sites: Franklin Park or The Shirley- Eustis House, Roxbury, MA. (TBA for each training)  

For additional information: http://www.youthbuildboston.org/  or Peter Hinrichs, phinrichs@ybboston.org

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/23/12 - IPM In-Depth, Hands-on Workshop, Ithaca, N.Y.

2012 IPM In-Depth, Hands-on Workshop

July 23, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cornell Campus
Ithaca, N.Y.

Root Rots Revealed
In this session, we'll go below the surface of growing media to seewhat causes wilting, stem rot and root decay of bedding plants and perennials. Participants will look at the roots and examine the fungi that are responsible for root rots such as Pythium and Black Root Rot through compound microscopes. We'll review how these diseases can get started and discuss techniques to control them, including newer treatments and traditional fungicides.

Good Bugs for Bad Bugs
Using beneficial insects and mites against greenhouse insect and mite pests is becoming a more common method of insect/mite pest management. But it's important to get answers to some basic questions in order to learn how to use these biological controls. What do these beneficial insects look like? Which ones are used against whichpests? How do you use them? How can I know if they're working? Can I use them along with pesticides? In this workshop, we'll take a very close look at these beneficial bugs and provide some answers to these and other questions

Media Myth Busters
So many substrate products and amendments are currently available on the market. How do you sort out what works and what doesn't? Through hands on exercises, this session will cover: microbial inoculants used for disease suppression and nutrient availability, the interaction of growing media and pesticides, common organic substrates and fertilizers, alternative ingredients to peat, and how to test your own compost. Participants will leave with how media choices can affect insects such as fungus gnats and strategies for testing products and substrate components in their own operations.

Registration questions - Contact Tracey Sherwood: (607) 255-7734 or tbs46@cornell.edu

CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each session

7/21/12 - Ferns: Identification and Ecology, Hampton , CT

 Ferns: Identification and Ecology

Saturday, July 21, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

James L. Goodwin State Forest
Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
23 Potter Road
Hampton , CT

Sponsored by the CT Forest & Park Association

Interpretive Walk--The Fantastic World of Ferns: Identification and Ecology

Questions and to register, call (860) 455-9534.

CEU 2 AOLCP credit

 

7/20/12 - Rain Gardens, Weare, NH

Rain Gardens

Friday, July 20, 2012

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Moody Pond Marketplace
3 George Moody Road
Weare, NH

TWIG will present ways to capture rain water and lessen your need to use irrigation.  Learn how to conserve water and prevent storm water run off to make our water systems healthy.  Simple installation, sustainable plant materials, and design elements will be touched upon. 
$5 fee 

For more information:
http://www.nhlandscapedesigner.com/index.php/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/07/20/86/32|33|34/moody-pond-market-place-rain-gardens

 CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each session

7/19/12 - The Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course, Hillsborough, NJ

The Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course

July 19-22 and August 9-12, 2012

8 am—6 pm

Duke Farms
80 US Highway 206  
Hillsborough, NJ

Co-Sponsored by NOFA-NJ &The Permaculture Project at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ

Permaculture design concepts are applicable to urban as well as rural settings, and are appropriate for single households as well as whole farms and villages.  From households to bioregional planning, Permaculture is about whole systems, not about separate components.  Because each element in a landscape or the built environment affects every other element at a site, a complete, comprehensive assessment is tantamount to develop healthy, productive, energy efficient relationships between elements for the benefit of everyone and everything involved in day to day operations and life. By paying attention to all details: topography, climate, water, wind, sun, activity nodes and corridors, buildings, machinery and tools, the waste stream, plants and animals, it enables us to make best use of what is already on the ground, and what we intend to put there. With a dynamic interaction of elements in process, and an assessment of both spatial and temporal attributes, organized around sound ecological principles,we can maximize yields and balance the landscape.

The cost of the course is $1,300 per person, $1,200 for NOFA-NJ members.  Discounts are offered for early registration and for multiple family member/farm registrations.  For more information about lodging, meals and services and to register for this course, go online to:  NOFA-NJ |Permaculture Program  or you can call the NOFA-NJ office at 908-371-1111.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

7/19/12 - Summer Meeting CT Tree Protective Association, Farmington, CT

 

Summer Meeting CT Tree Protective Association

 

Thursday July 19, 2012

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Farmington Club
806 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT

Tree Hazard Mitigation Research at the University of Connecticut - 9:00-10:15 a.m.; repeated at 1:00-2:15 p. m.
By Mark Rudnicki Ph.D., Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut. Mark will review the basics regarding tree stability and will also discuss recent experiments relating to how pruning trees affects stability, including an experiment being conducted on the UConn forest on tree stability at forest edges adjacent to power lines and how to harden edges to protect electrical infrastructure.

Diagnosing Tree Problems—the Art of Guessing - 10:30-11:45 a.m.; repeated at 2:30-3:45 p.m.
By Tom Rathier, Emeritus CAES Soil Scientist. Tree problems are not always caused by biological agents like diseases and insects. To solve many tree problems, diagnosticians must rely on their knowledge of soils, tree health, weather, and the level of care provided. A well-informed, educated guess is sometimes the best they can do. Tom is recently retired from the CAES Valley Lab,where he was the plant problem diagnostician.

Tree Climbing - Methods of Ascending - 10:30-11:45 a.m.; repeated at 2:30-3:45 p.m.
By Pat Flynn, Bartlett Tree Experts and Ken Palmer, ArborMaster Training. During this session, various methods of ascending trees will be discussed, including the secured foot lock, single rope techniques and the use of motorized devices such as the Wraptor. The session will emphasize equipment technique, technique and safety. This session will be held out of doors, with each of the techniques demonstrated on one of the trees on the grounds.

Members $65.00, Non-members $85.00

For additional information: http://www.ctpa.org/

 CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each session

7/15/12 - More Native N.E. Shrubs, Framingham, MA

 

More Native N.E. Shrubs

Sunday, July 15, 2012

10:00 am -2:30 pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

This course begins where the core course “Native New England Shrubs” leaves off. Using Garden in the Woods as our field site, we learn about 15 shrubs not covered in the core course, including Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush), Prunus maritime (beach plum), Vaccinium macrocarpon (large cranberry), and spicebush (Lindera benzoin). Course emphasizes both identification and natural history. Collect leaf samples for further reference. Prerequisite: Native New England Shrubs or equivalent.
$54 (Member) / $65 (Nonmember)
For more information:  http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/bot3320

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

7/15/12 - Flame Thrower Demonstration, Rockfall, CT

Flame Thrower Demonstration

Sunday, July 15, 2012

9:00am – 1:00 pm

Highlawn Forest
16 Meriden Rd
Rockfall, CT

Join CFPA and the Haddam Land Trust as we team up to demonstrate the safe and effective use of backpack flame torches for use in trail maintenance and controlling invasive species.
Hands-on participants must wear 100% natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, flax/linen) or “nomex” fire resistant clothing, canvas or leather gloves and leather footwear. No exceptions, we’ll be checking labels. Observers are strongly encourage to dress similarly. Bring water and a snack.
No fee.  For additional information:   http://ctwoodlands.org/node/656

CEU 4 AOLCP credit

7/15/12 - Garden Dialogues: Redding, CT

Garden Dialogues: Connecticut

Get exclusive access to private gardens in Connecticut and hear directly from the landscape architects and their patrons about the design process.
How do patrons and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

Sunday July 15, 2012
2:00 pm - 4:00pm
Diamond Hill Gardens  - Redding, CT  
This eight-acre estate garden features native meadows, a sunken garden, woodland walks, sculpture and beautiful water features. The garden artfully balances rustic and sophisticated through the use of local stone and salvaged barn wood.

For more information:  http://tclf.org/event/garden-dialogues-connecticut

CEU 1 AOLCP credit

7/14/12 - Garden Dialogues: various locations CT

Garden Dialogues: Connecticut

Get exclusive access to private gardens in Connecticut and hear directly from the landscape architects and their patrons about the design process.
How do patrons and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

Saturday July 14, 2012
1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Manatuck Farm - Stonington, CT  
This landscape begins with a bucolic, low-key driveway leading to an elegant contemporary home, set amidst a working farm with old stone walls, paddocks, pastures, ponds, and views to Long Island Sound in the distance

Saturday July 14, 2012  
2:00 – 4:00
Twin Maples Farm – Salisbury, CT   
This 450-acre northwest Connecticut estate features dramatic vistas, more than 40-acres of seeded meadow and shrubland, and an environmentally sensitive integration with the surrounding woodlands.

Sunday July 15, 2012
2:00 pm - 4:00pm
Diamond Hill Gardens  - Redding, CT  
This eight-acre estate garden features native meadows, a sunken garden, woodland walks, sculpture and beautiful water features. The garden artfully balances rustic and sophisticated through the use of local stone and salvaged barn wood.

For more information:  http://tclf.org/event/garden-dialogues-connecticut

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each session

7/14/12 - Birdland: A Riverine Restoration, Maynard, MA

Birdland: A Riverine Restoration 

Saturday, July 14, 2012   

1 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Maynard, MA

Explore a wide riverfront property with a tumbling waterfall, large rain gardens, a wildlife pond, a young native tree forest, a wildflower meadow, and berry gardens. The water gardens entice birds from the wide Assabet River flyway. Learn about this rain garden construction, which utilizes all the rainwater from the house roof. Discuss the process of working within conservation commission requirements for wetland and riverbank protection and native plant buffers. Come a little early with your bag lunch if you like.
$27 (Member) / $31 (Nonmember)

For more information: 508-877-7630 x3303, lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hdt1041

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

7/13/12 - 8th Annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence, Middleborough, MA

8th Annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence!
July 13th – 15th,2012

Soule Homestead and Education Center
46 Soule Street
Middleborough, MA  02346

Saturday July 14th
9:00am – 9:00pm

Relocalizing our Food Supply:Food Forests   -- 2 hr 30 min  CEU  2credits
Discussion on techniques for repairing damaged soils.

 
Eden Arising: The Inner Landscape of Ecological Culture Design --1 hr 15 min   CEU 1 credit
How can the practice of ecological design teach us how to see, how to act, and how to be in our New Eden? Let’s explore these questions together, and learn how to regenerate the Earth, our culture, and ourselves from the inside out.

Introduction to Native Bee and their habitat needs -- 2hr 30 min   CEU 2 credits
Pollinator habitat is critical to bringing large numbers of fruits and seeds to fruition. The trick is keeping native bees and other beneficial insects happy working for us. Tending to the needs of a wide variety of native bees will be the focus of this talk.

Polyculture Design  --2 hr 30 min   CEU 2 credits
Share guidelines for designing effective perennial polycultures. This workshop will present examples of working polycultures, and break participants into small groups to do and present designs.

An Introduction to Permaculuture  --1 hr 15 min    CEU 1 credit
Come and learn what Permaculture is all about, and why it is important to you! What could it mean to your community? How does Permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainability?

Edible Forest Gardening -- What It Is and How to Get Started  1 hr 15 min   CEU 1 credit
Come explore edible forest gardening, from design to planting and maintenance. We'll discover together how to create a garden which mimics the architecture of natural ecosystems, nourishing both humans and the environment.

For further information:  http://2012neconvergence.eventbrite.com

7/11/12 - CNLA’s Summer Field Day, Hamden, CT

CNLA’s Summer Field Day

Saturday July 11, 2012

Lockwood Farm
890 Evergreen Ave.
Hamden, CT

Chestnut Research at the Station   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credits
9:00 – 9:30

What Connecticut Consumers Think of You & Your Plants – Second Round of Focus Groups   CEU 1 AOLCP credits
10:00 -11:00
Market research expert Patricia Sabena returns with the results of CNLA’s latest consumer attitudes towards plants studies, conducted in June.

Fall is For Planting – and Selling   CEU 1 AOLCP credits
1:00 – 2:00 
Consumers tell us they would buy more plants in the fall if you prodded them. Learn how from a panel of professionals.

Update on Boxwood Blight   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credits
2:00 – 2:30
There are constantly new developments on this fungus. Listen to Station scientist Sharon Douglas.

Update on the Experiment Station’s Work    CEU 1 AOLCP credits
3:00  - 3:30
By TDirector Louis Magnarelli     

For more information:  http://www.flowersplantsinct.com/cnla_summer_field_day.htm

 

7/10/12 - Design Inspirations from New England’s Wild Landscapes, Framingham, MA

Design Inspirations from New England’s Wild Landscapes

Tuesday July 10, 2012

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Sponsored by Ecological Landscaping Assn. and New England Wild Flower Society
Recapture the flavor of your favorite part of New England by designing a native plant
community into your garden. The lecture will include several examples of
local naturalistic landscapes, some wild sites that "just grew", some
managed natural landscapes, and some that were designed as a recreation of
a woodland, seacoast, or meadow location.
For more information: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/events/

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

7/10/12 - Botanical Latin, New York, NY

Botanical Latin

Tuesdays July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 07, 2012

06:15 pm to 08:15 pm

NY Botanical Garden
Midtown Education Center (MDTN)
20 West 44th Street
New York, New York

Botanical nomenclature can add a new dimension to your gardening by helping you identify and know plants better. For example, we can infer from the name Portulaca that plants of this genus carry a milky sap, because portu- means carry (as in portable) and -laca refers to milk (as in lactose). Review rules of nomenclature and pronunciation and learn about the history of the binomial system in use today.

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:131GAR36...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

7/10/12 - Plants for Landscaping, Bronx, NY

Plants for Landscaping 

07/10/12  to  08/02/12

06:15 pm to 08:15 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on selecting plants based on design criteria, maintenance characteristics, and selecting the right plant for the right place. Learn aspects of special landscape value, such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Slides illustrate trees, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. Class goes outside. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Non-Member $370.00, Member $340.00

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:131HRT35...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

7/10/12 - Schoolyard Restoration: Landscapes for Learning, Milton and Jamaica Plain, MA

Schoolyard Restoration: Landscapes for Learning

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 (Rain Date July 17th)

11:15 AM – 2:00 PM

Milton and Jamaica Plain, MA

“Children need “learningful” landscapes in which they can investigate, manage, and restore natural process. The schoolyard that is devoted to habitat and problem-solving becomes an engaging and language-rich environment for children and teachers alike. It serves all aspects of curriculum, conveys the message of caring for nature and children, restores attention, and allows for play, inquiry, and reflection.”

The Glover Elementary School courtyard has been re-configured to function as a field laboratory for the School Community. It is both a beautiful garden and a reference work for learning and research. The structure illustrates the ecology of native plant communities and provides valuable wildlife habitat. Through a combination of formal lessons and informal learning (self guided exploration), students will develop incrementally an understanding of how the natural world works.

The Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain features rain water collection among many other elements. Rain water from the downspout is captured in two linked rain barrels. Overflow travels through a "rumble strip" in the pavement, painted to celebrate the water's downhill path across the existing asphalt, into the sand and garden play area. It brings children the opportunity to explore and wonder about the weather... water... gravity... time... and so much more.

$20.00 ELA Member or $25 Non-Member

For more information:   ela.info@comcast.net or (617) 436-5838

 

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

7/9/12 - Landscape Design Summer Intensive, Bronx, NY

Landscape Design Summer Intensive

5 days a week, Monday-Friday, July 9-Aug. 10, 2012

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

In just five weeks you can earn almost half the total hours needed for a Certificate in Landscape Design. Interactive classes, taught by professional landscape architects and designers, cover each step of the design process, from site analysis to design development. Other subjects include landscape design history, graphics, and site detailing. Guest lecturers present their own work and discuss design philosophies, professional issues, and presentation strategies.

$3,950/$3,910 (Member).  A $1,320 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=calendar&df5=upc...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

7/4/12 - Perennial Plant Symposium, Boston, MA

Perennial Plant Symposium

July 4-10, 2012

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA

Wednesday, July 4
“The Green and The Old” Boston Now and Then    CEU 4 AOLCP credit
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Thursday, July 5
Home Outside – Creating the Landscape You Love  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
8:30 – 9:30 am

Good Enough To Eat: Designing Edible Landscapes    CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:15 – 12:15

Bringing Your Perennials Up Right  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:15 – 5:00  pm

Friday Morning, July 6
Surviving the Unexpected: A Tornado Flattens our Nursery in New Hampshire, and How We Fought Back  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
3:30 pm – 4:30

Bringing Up Baby: Handling Unrooted Cuttings and Stage III Tissue Culture  Timing is Everything: Scheduling Perennials for Optimum Profits   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:15 pm – 5:00

Timing is Everything: Scheduling Perennials for Optimum Profits   CEU 1 AOLCP credit
5:00 pm – 6:00

Designing With An Eye For Sustainability  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday Morning, July 8
The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Applying Natural Color Theories to Enhance Design  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
8:45 am – 9:30

Biological Controls – A Greener Solution  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
10:15 – 11:00 am

Gardening on the Edge of The Continent – Testing New And Unusual Perennials at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
4:50 pm – 5:50

For more information:  www.perennialplant.org

6/29/12 - Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop, Amherst, MA

Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop (Plus a Few Grassy Weeds)

Friday June 29, 2012

9:00am - 3:00pm

French Hall - UMass
Amherst, MA

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

For more information:
http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/29/12 - Symposium: “So You Think You Can’t Garden in Coastal Maine?, Boothbay ME

Symposium:  “So You Think You Can’t Garden in Coastal Maine? Challenging Assumptions and Finding Solutions for Your Coastal Garden”

June 29, 2012

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens
Boothbay ME 04537

Gardening on the Edge of the Continent with William Cullina
Despite what many people “from away” might think, coastal Maine can be a great place to garden.  Our northern latitude and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean combine to create a climate that is unlike anywhere else in the eastern U.S.  After detailing just what is so different about our region and discussing how to interpret winter hardiness, heat stress, and precipitation maps, Bill will explore the surprising variety of plants that thrive at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Managing Coastal Soils with Dr. Lois Berg Stack
Maine’s gorgeous, iconic rocky coastline represents perhaps the greatest inherent challenge to creating lush gardens here. Our characteristic granitic ledge and outcrops weather to acidic, nutrient poor and often shallow soils along much of our coastal region.  Luckily, all is not lost!  Dr. Lois Berg Stack of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has years of experience helping Maine homeowners cope with our native soils.She will provide several solutions, including how you can embrace local conditions through plant selection and garden design and improve conditions using imported soils and amendments.  She will also address problems to be wary of when using imported soils and amendments so you can be a more prepared and ecologically responsible Maine gardener.

Responding to Maine’s Climate:  Secrets from the Asticou Azalea Garden
The Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve’s famed Asticou Azalea Garden exemplifies a beautiful, successful, and thriving garden in an island setting.  How do they do it? With 22 years of experience overseeing this stunning space, Garden Manager Mary Roper can tell us.  Sharing tricks and techniques in plant selection and horticultural practices garnered over the years, and treating us to many images of this lovely garden, Mary will share her hands-on knowledge of gardening on Maine’s coast.

$75 members, $90 non-members (pre-registration required)       
http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/symposium-so-you-think-you-cant-gar....

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/28/12 - Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation, Newbury, NH

Basic Wetland Identification and Delineation

 

Thursday, June 28, Friday, June 29, 2012  

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Fells
456 Route 103A
Newbury, NH

This two-day introductory course is for environmental consultants, conservation officers and commissioners, and anyone seeking to understand interpretation and conservation of wetlands.  It provides a foundation in the principal elements of wetland identification -- wetland hydrology, hydric soils, and hydrophytic plants. Participants can directly participate in field identification and the placement of a delineation line, as well as utilize web resources for preparation.  For the NH session, subtle differences in delineation criteria in NH, MA and for Federal jurisdiction will be very briefly discussed.  Recommended gear: field/work clothes, clip board/field notebook, plant field guides, soil color charts and auger (if you already own), bug repellent, sunscreen, and rain gear. Both days, bring a bag lunch. Extensive handouts provided and some pre-class reading required.

For more information:  508-877-7630 x3303, lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/wet2009

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/26/12 - Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop, Jamaica Plain, MA

Broadleaf Weed Identification Workshop

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

9:00am - 3:00pm

Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Using a classroom presentation, potted weed herbarium and weed walk, UMass Extension Specialist Randy Prostak will help participants enhance their weed identification skills. Feel free to bring a weed or two to identify. Workshop held rain or shine (lunch not provided).

http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/26/12 - Naturalistic Planting Design, Bronx, NY

 

Naturalistic Planting Design  

Tuesday June 26, 2012

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Free-flowing, naturalistic plantings artfully express patterns found in nature. Learn about the ecological rules governing natural communities and how they inform planting design. Examine the work of practitioners of naturalistic design both past and present. Learn how to express these designs on paper and how to lay them out in the field. Go outdoors to explore recent large-scale plantings at the Garden designed by leaders in the profession. Dress for the weather and bring a camera, sketchbook, and drawing supplies.
Non-Member $74.00, Member $66.00
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124LAN33...

CEU 3 AOLCP credits for all sessions

6/23/12 - Inviting Honeybees and Pollinators into Your Garden, Newport, RI

Inviting Honeybees and Pollinators into Your Garden

Saturday June 23, 2012

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rosecliff Mansion
548 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI

Part of the Newport Flower Show.

Why would anyone want to attract bees and native insects to their yard – on purpose? Some people keep honeybees because they love to eat honey; some wish to improve their health. Others desire increased vegetable or fruit yields and improved local food security.

Beekeeping and landscaping with native plants are great choices for
people who love nature and want to welcome a variety of pollinators. As
much as 70% of foods raised around the globe require insect or animal
pollination. Wild and managed honeybees and many native pollinators are
threatened by shrinking habitats, diseases and routine landscape
chemical use.

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a regular contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower, bringing regional and national attention to RI agriculture. She has written for Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), RI Beekeepers Association RI Beekeepers Association, RI Nursery & Landscapers Association (RINLA) and RI Tree Council newsletters. Many of Sanne’s recent pieces are available at her Sustainable Living page at Examiner.com.

For more information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

6/23/12 - Vertical Gardening , Newport, RI

Vertical Gardening

Saturday June 23, 2012

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Rosecliff Mansion
548 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI

Part of the Newport Flower Show.
     
Derek Fell, former director of the National Gardening Bureau and prolific author with more than 100 gardening books totaling 2.5 million in print, will share his garden magic with us.
 
Fell will share with us the skills of growing up, literally, with vertical gardening. Whether for an urban garden or to maximize use of space, his approach to vertical gardening will appeal to everyone as it results in both beauty and bounty.
You have the option of enjoying an elegant luncheon with Mario by choosing a Luncheon & Lecture ticket, or purchasing a Lecture Only ticket.  Both include one-day Show admission


For more information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/21/12 - Wildflower Propagation I, Whately, MA

Wildflower Propagation I: Transplanting Seedlings and Rooting Cuttings

 

Thursday, June 21, 2012   

11 a.m. -  4 p.m.

Nasami Farm
128 North Street
Whately, MA

This lecture/workshop covers propagation from cuttings, container growing, and transplantation. We begin with a discussion of basic plant physiology and anatomy, cutting techniques, container design, soil mixes and fertilization. Participants then have an opportunity for guided practice taking cuttings and transplanting seedlings of various wildflowers to take home. Bring a bag lunch and a sharp pair of scissors or pruners. Pots, soil, and a variety of plant materials provided.

For more info or to register: http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor3102

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/21/12 - Survey of Grasses of the Northeast, Framingham, MA

Survey of Grasses of the Northeast

Thursday, June 21, 2012

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Learn how to identify the common grasses in this workshop, designed for both amateurs and professionals.  Starting with a review of the morphology of reproductive parts, we’ll focus on characteristics necessary to learn the differences among the numerous grass tribes as well as genera within each tribe.  In an afternoon field session, we learn some shortcuts for recognizing groups.  Handouts provided.  Bring a 10x hand lens and a bag lunch.
$72 (Member) / $87 (Nonmember)

For more information:  http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/bot3516

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/20/12 - Gardening for Wildlife: Ecosystem Gardening, Boothbay ME

Gardening for Wildlife: Ecosystem Gardening

Wednesday, Thursday, June 20 and 21, 2012

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens
Boothbay ME 04537

Conservation biologist Carole Sevilla Browne, will teach you why gardening for wildlife is as important as it is rewarding. She will explain how, by incorporating certain native plants and gardening practices, you can create welcoming habitat in your garden to attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife, conserve natural resources, and encourage biodiversity. In the classroom and in the gardens, Carole will provide examples for creating a lively (and lived-in!) garden habitat.

Price: $120 members, $150 non-members (pre-registration required)

For more information:  http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/gardening-for-wildlife-ecosystem-ga...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

6/19/12 - Native Plant Materials for Professionals, Framingham, MA

Native Plant Materials for Professionals  

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 19, 20, 2012

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Join Dan Jaffe for an intensive two-day seminar on the best native plant materials available today. This course covers a variety of herbaceous and woody temperate North American plants that are becoming important for use in the design and landscape trades. Explore native plants from a variety of aspects, including solution plants for tough spots and specialty plants for specific habitats. Emphasis is on identifying plants that reflect the ambient native plant communities, and which lend well to ecologically-informed designs. Whether you’ve taken “Plants for Professionals” in previous seasons, or if this is your first visit to the class, this session provides new information for all.
$198 (Member) / $238 (Nonmember)
For more information: http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor1200
 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/19/12 - Woody Vines for the Garden, Jamaica Plain, MA

Woody Vines for the Garden

Tuesday June 19, 2012

6:00–8:00pm

Dana Greenhouse
Arnold Arboretum
1050 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA

Offered by The Arnold Arboretum.

Effective landscape design includes creative development of vertical space, and vines should be considered from the outset. While touring the Leventritt Garden of Shrubs and Vines, horticulturist Jen Kettell will introduce you to an array of woody vines. She will explain their various growth habits and attachment mechanisms which determine how they are best used in the garden. Focusing on floral, foliar, and fruiting characteristics, she’ll recommend vines for a variety of situations.
Fee $20 member, $25 nonmember

http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/19/12 - Designing with Shrubs: The Backbone of the Garden, Bronx, NY

 

Designing with Shrubs: The Backbone of the Garden

Tuesday June 19, 2012

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Transform your garden into a low-maintenance, colorful space year-round by adding tried-and-true shrubs as well as new cultivars to your borders. Through visuals and discussion, see some of the latest introductions, those with colorful foliage, winter interest, flowers, and reblooming capacity and in smaller sizes. Weather permitting, the class will go outdoors on the Garden grounds to examine how shrubs are used in overall garden design.
Non-Member $47.00, Member $42.00
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124GAR22...

CEU 3 AOLCP credits for all sessions

6/16/12 - Whole Systems Research Farm Tour, Moretown, VT

Whole Systems Research Farm Tour

 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

66 Dean’s Mountain
Moretown, VT

 Tour highlights will include:
• Swale, terrace, pond and paddy systems which slow, spread and infiltrate stormwater flows to keep soil and nutrients on-site, reducing watershed flooding while fueling plant growth and reducing drought vulnerability
• Rapid topsoil creation from subsoil using perennials via grazing, coppicing and fertigation
• Biodiversity enhancements in plant, animals and fungi systems that provide both wildlife and human values
• Nutrient-dense plant and fungi cropping
• Fuelwood hedges for rapid biomass production, soil-building, fencing and microclimate enhancement
• Developing agro-forestry systems with integrated nitrogen fixing perennials
• Managing ecosystem restoration in combination with agriculture

$25.00 ELA Member or $30 Non-Member
For  more information:  www.ecolandscaping.org

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/14/12 - A Green Roof and Green Wall Case Study, Burlington, VT

 

A Green Roof and Green Wall Case Study

Thursday, June 14, 2012

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Burlington International Airport Parking Garage
Burlington, VT

Join ELA member Rebecca Lindenmeyr (Linden L.A.N.D. Group, www.lindenlandgroup.com, Certified LiveRoof Installer) and Michael Lawrence (Michael Lawrence Associates, www.mclasla.com) for a tour of the LiveRoof on top of the Burlington International Airport. Michael Lawrence designed the green roof and Linden L.A.N.D. Group installed the modules in 2011. Michael Lawrence also designed the live stake green wall across the street from the airport which serves to reduce noise pollution. Come learn first-hand about the design and installation of modular green roofs and green walls, their challenges and benefits, (as well as costs) in lovely Burlington, VT.

$20.00 ELA Member or $25 Non-Member

For more information: ela.info@comcast.net or (617) 436-5838

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for all sessions

6/12/12 - Bio-Filtration Success at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Bio-Filtration Success at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA

Water quality is a growing concern throughout the region. Join project leader, Scott Fisher (New England Environmental) and Paul Kwiatkowski (Mount Auburn Cemetery) for a professionally guided tour of Willow Pond, the site of the recent bio-filtration project to improve water quality. This bio-filtration system installed by New England Environmental captures and filters stormwater before it enters the pond. The project included the installation of more than 2,000 individual plants (aquatic-emergent species). This bio-filtration system has successfully improved both the water quality and the esthetics of Willow Pond.
Scott and Paul will address site considerations, challenges faced and addressed during the project, and maintenance issues related to bio-filtration projects.
$20.00 ELA Member or $25 Non-Member

For more information email ela.info@comcast.net or Call (617) 436-5838

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/12/12 - Master Composter Certification Program, Norwich and Vernon, CT

Master Composter Certification Program

Tuesday, June 12, 6 – 9 pm ; Thursday, June 14, 6 – 9 pm;  Saturday, June 23, 11 am – 3 pm;  Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 9 pm;  Thursday, June 28, 6 – 9 pm

Tuesday and Thursday evening classes will be held at:
New London County Cooperative Extension Office
562 New London Turnpike,
Norwich, CT

Class on Saturday, June 23 will be held:
Tolland County Ext. Office,
24 Hyde Avenue,
Vernon, CT

Offered by, UConn  Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Program

Topics covered:  Introduction/Basic Principles of Composting, History and Basic Science of Composting, Composting Structures, Composting Structures,  Beneficial and Harmful Earthworms, and their impact on the ecosystem, Vermicomposting, Worm Bin Building Workshop, Other Types of Composting, Commercial, Municipal & Farm Composting, Designing a Compost Recipe & Using Compost Calculators.

For more information:  http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/9/12 - Nativelicious: Gardening with Edible Native Plants, Valhalla, NY

Nativelicious: Gardening with Edible Native Plants

Saturday June 9, 2012

10:00 am-1:00 pm

Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY

Learn how to garden with ornamental native plants which add beauty to your garden while providing edible fruits, nuts, and berries.You’ll learn how to select and grow these attractive plants which have the added benefit of improving your backyard ecosystem. The class will cover cultural practices to ensure best results and a discussion of the insects and
wildlife that these plants support.

http://www.sunywcc.edu/continuing_ed/courses/summer12/Summer%202012%20CE...

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

6/7/12 - New England Plant Communities, Framingham, MA

New England Plant Communities

Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 2012,
6:30-8:30 p.m.

and Saturdays, June 9, 16, 2012
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

The diversity of plant communities in New England is truly astounding, including several forest types, freshwater wetlands, coastal dunes, grasslands, heathlands, tidal marshes, and montane communities.  Understanding the dominant canopy species, indicator species, and range helps us to interpret our own landscape’s ecological identity.  Lectures cover effects of soils, topography, moisture, geological conditions, and glaciation.  Field trips to study the composition and structure of some distinctive plant communities complement the lectures.  Extensive handouts included.
Fee: $227 (Member) / $267 (Nonmember)

For more information: http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/bot4000

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/6/12 - Terrace Gardening, NY, NY

Terrace Gardening    124 GAR310 A

 

Wednesdays June 06, June 13, June 20, June 27, 2012

06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

NY Botanical Garden
Midtown Education Center (MDTN)
20 West 44th Street
New York, New York

Terrace gardening presents a unique set of challenges and requires a unique set of gardening skills. Learn about choosing containers and the plants that thrive in them (trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, tropicals, and vines), light weight soil mixes, harsh growing conditions, and navigating the unusual perils of city gardening.

Non-Member $190.00, Member $171.00
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124GAR31...

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/6/12 - Introduction to Landscape Design, NY, NY

Introduction to Landscape Design         124 LAN100 D

 

Wednesdays June 06, June 13, June 20, 2012

06:15 pm to 09:15 pm

NY Botanical Garden
Midtown Education Center (MDTN)
20 West 44th Street
New York, New York

Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic design principles relating to the shaping of landscape space. Compositional ideas, abstract and concrete, are explored and expressed through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design.

Non-Member $140.00, Member $126.00

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124LAN10...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/5/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY

Soil Science I: Physical Properties      124 HRT301 B

 

Tuesday June 05, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, 2012

02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Soil is the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. Learn about the physical properties of soils and gain an understanding of the complexity of soil and the dynamic relationship that exists between soils, water, and plants. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of soils. Irrigation and drainage techniques and the importance of soil organic matter and microbiology in relationship to plant health and soil conservation are also explored.

Non-Member $437.00, Member $407.00
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124HRT30...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/5/12 - The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany, Boothbay, ME

The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany

 

Tuesday-Thursday, June 5, 6, 7, 2012

9 a.m.-2 p.m

Bosarge Family Education Center
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME

Explore the biology of a flowering plant through its life, from seed germination and seedling establishment through fruiting and dispersal.  Along the way, we’ll review the parts of the plant and see how they work together to sustain the plant through processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake.

$120 members, $150 non-members (pre-registration required)

For additional information:
http://www.mainegardens.org/calendar/certificate-program

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/5/12 - Woodland Gardening -- Two Approaches, Newbury, NH

Woodland Gardening -- Two Approaches

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Fells
456 Route 103A
Newbury, NH

Visit two private gardens, and in each garden discuss how different areas of each were created. The advantages and disadvantages of "total advance soil preparation" or "bit-by-bit and elimination and augmentation of plant material" will become obvious, and may help you determine how to approach your own project. Subtleties of how the varying amounts of shade and the orientation of paths affect various species will be illustrated and emphasized. Bring a bag lunch.

$35 (Member) / $40 (Nonmember)

For more information:  http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor4034

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/5/12 - Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils for the Built Environment Workshop, Brattleboro, VT

Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils for the Built Environment Workshop

Tuesday June 5, 2012

1 Anna Marsh Lane
Brattleboro, VT

Offered by the ISA International Society of Arboriculture

A one-day workshop highlighting the principles of soil science and their use in facilitating the growth of healthy trees and developing water-efficient landscapes.

Soil Science and Tree Biology: This session reviews the relationships among trees, soil, and water. Soil aspects discussed include Physical Properties, Chemical Properties, Biological Properties, Interrelationships, and Tree/Soil Relationships.

Urban Soil Analysis: When working with urban soils, field assessments of soil conditions are often necessary. Topics covered in this session include Traditional Analysis Tools, Non-Traditional Analysis Tools, and Reading the Landscape.

Field Walk and Soil Assessment: Attendees will walk to several sites where they will be introduced to the use of soil augers and other soil-assessment tools. Session topics include Soil Profiles and Augers, Soil Bulk Density, Soil Color and Odor, Soil by Feel, and Reading the Landscape to Make Soil Determinations.

Practical Soil Applications: Suggestions to restore or improve soil functions will be discussed, including Drainage, pH, Soil Biology, Soil Fertility, Clay and Fine-grained Soils, Compaction, and Salt.
For more information:
http://www.isa-arbor.com/events/workshopsAndSymposia/upByRoots.aspx

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/3/12 - Identifying the 25 Most Common Trees in Boston, Boston, MA

Identifying the 25 Most Common Trees in Boston

Sunday June 3, 2012

9:00am–1:00pm

Hunnewell Building (HB)
at the Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway,
Boston, MA

Offered by The Arnold Arboretum.

In just a few hours you can learn to identify 90 percent of the trees growing in Boston, both native and nonnative. Beginning in the classroom, you will briefly review the characteristics of the 25 most common trees and learn the botanical terminology necessary to describe them. You will then walk the grounds of the Arboretum to look at mature specimens of these trees.
Fee $45 member, $60 nonmember

http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

6/1/12 - Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Spring Perennials, Bronx, NY

Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Spring Perennials     124 HRT336 B

 

Friday June 01, June 08, June 15, June 22, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Horticulturists who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials learn identification, classification, and landscape use of perennials in this course. Spring and summer plants are explored separately. Learn the scientific names, common names, and identification of approximately 120 plants. Please dress appropriately for outdoors.

Non-Member $213.00, Member $191.00

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124HRT33...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

6/1/12 - Dendrology: Woody Plant Identification, Bronx, NY

Dendrology: Woody Plant Identification

Fridays 06/01/12 to 07/13/12

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

The native plant communities of eastern North America form a forest from towering tulip trees to creeping partridge berries. Learn how to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by means of vegetative characters focusing on native and naturalized species, as well as some of the species most commonly planted in New York City. Scientific and common names are used. Class meets outdoors, rain or shine, on the Garden grounds. Please bring a hand lens 10x or greater.

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124BOT37...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/31/12 - Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape, Amherst, MA

Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape

PART I: INLAND WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION

Thursday, May 24, 2012  and May 31


9:00am - 3:30pm

UMass
French Hall
300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification will begin with an overview of
the major characteristics of woody and non-woody vegetation used for identification in
most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/ laboratory setting to
practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon
field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a
natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the
concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed. Required Text: Field Guide
to Nontidal Wetland Identification, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr. (Cost of $25 for text not
included in registration fee. Please indicate when registering if you wish to purchase a
copy of this field guide.)

PART II: IDENTIFYING INLAND WETLAND SOILS

Thursday, May 31, 2012

9:00am - 3:30pm


UMass
French Hall
300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field -- including soil texture,color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/ nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Training Session I of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).
Cost $100 per session; $190 if registering for both sessions. Pre-registration required, as space is limited

http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events/2012-01

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each session

5/31/12 - What's in a name? Latin for Gardeners , Vernon, CT

S12/08 What's in a name? Latin for Gardeners 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Tolland County Extension Center
24 Hyde Road
Vernon, CT

Confused and intimidated by the scientific names of plants? In this class we
will review the system of binomial nomenclature that allows botanists,
horticulturalists and backyard gardeners to communicate effectively.

 

DEADLINE: May 24, 2012
FEE: $50.00 Non-Master Gardener
$40.00 Master Gardener

For more information:  http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for both days

5/31/12 - Hardworking Herbs in the Garden, Pocantico Hills, NY

Hardworking Herbs in the Garden  

Thursday, 05/31/12

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Rd.
Pocantico Hills, NY

Offered by  NY Botanical Garden
Reduce garden maintenance chores by planting herbs, many of which encourage the development of sustainable natural communities by attracting beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife. Learn which herbs energize and revitalize the garden and improve the quality of surrounding plants.

Non-Member $47.00, Member $42.00

https://conted.nybg.org:8443/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124GAR2...

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

5/31/12 - The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Thursday, May 31, 2012

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Rose Kennedy Greenway
250 Fresh Pond Parkway 
Boston, MA

The Greenway builds on Boston’s legacy of beautiful parks within the active center of the city. Its gardens, lawns, and fountains have made it a gathering place that unifies neighborhoods once divided by the elevated highway. It has brought a unique mix of tranquil green spaces and vibrant urban streetscapes to downtown Boston.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy manages the parks, supplements them with new plantings, and builds entire new landscapes within the Greenway. The Conservancy’s horticulture staff is attuned to the behavior of people in parks as well as to the behavior of plants in the city. They have learned which plants are adapted to the particular demands and stresses of Boston’s urban environment, and they apply those lessons to each new planting.
The Conservancy is also an innovator in the ecological management of urban landscapes, and this tour will include in depth discussion of the Conservancy’s horticultural practices.
Join tour guides Conservancy Superintendent of Horticulture, Stuart Shillaber and landscape architect Tobias Wolf for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenway. Learn how design and management work together to make the parks a better environment for plants and people alike, and to make Boston a more liveable city.

$20.00 ELA Member or $25 Non-Member

For more information: ela.info@comcast.net or (617) 436-5838

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

5/30/12 - Native New England Shrubs, Framingham, MA

Native New England Shrubs 

Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 2012
6:30-8:45 p.m.

Saturdays, June 2, 9, 2012
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.   

Garden in the Woods and field sites
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

The many species of native New England shrubs display a wide variation in size, shape, color, and in characteristics of their bark, flowers, and fruits. This course introduces students to about 50 species growing in this region. We emphasize identification and become familiar with family characteristics and historic uses. Bring a hand lens to each session. Field sessions held in locations off-site with directions provided during the first class.

For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot3300

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for all sessions

5/24/12 - Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape, Amherst, MA

Identifying Freshwater Wetlands in the Landscape

PART I: INLAND WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION

Thursday, May 24, 2012


9:00am - 3:30pm

UMass
French Hall
300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification will begin with an overview of
the major characteristics of woody and non-woody vegetation used for identification in
most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/ laboratory setting to
practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon
field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a
natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the
concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed. Required Text: Field Guide
to Nontidal Wetland Identification, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr. (Cost of $25 for text not
included in registration fee. Please indicate when registering if you wish to purchase a
copy of this field guide.)

PART II: IDENTIFYING INLAND WETLAND SOILS

Thursday, May 31, 2012

9:00am - 3:30pm


UMass
French Hall
300 Massachusetts Ave
Amherst, MA

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field -- including soil texture,color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/ nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Training Session I of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).
Cost $100 per session; $190 if registering for both sessions. Pre-registration required, as space is limited

http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events/2012-01

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each session

5/23/12 - Edible & Ornamental Native Plants, Pocantico Hills, NY

Edible & Ornamental Native Plants

Wednesday May 23, 2012

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, NY


Learn how to garden using ornamental native plants that add beauty to your garden while providing edible fruits, nuts, and berries. Discover how to select and grow these attractive plants, which have the added benefit of improving your backyard ecosystem. The class will cover cultural practices to ensure best results and a discussion of the insects and wildlife that these plants support. Sample plants will be available for view.


For more information, contact the NY Botanical Garden:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124GAR22...

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

5/23/12 - Beech Bark Disease: Biology, Ecology, and Forest Responses, New Haven, CT

Beech Bark Disease:  Biology, Ecology, and Forest Responses

Wednesday May 23, 2012

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Jones Auditorium
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington St.
New Haven, CT

Lecture by Dr. David Houston, principal plant pathologist (retired) USDA Forest Service.

For more information: 203-974-8500, or:
http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/pdio/documents/misc_postings/houston_loc...

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/23/12 - Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Spring Perennials, Bronx, NY

Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Spring Perennials     

Wednesdays,  05/23/2012 - 06/20/2012

06:15 pm to 09:15 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Horticulturists who are familiar with the basic culture of perennials learn identification, classification, and landscape use of perennials in this course. Spring and summer plants are explored separately. Learn the scientific names, common names, and identification of approximately 120 plants. Please dress appropriately for outdoors.

Non-Member $213.00, Member $191.00

https://conted.nybg.org:8443/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124HRT3...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/22/12 - Gardening with Native Plants: A Primer, Framingham, MA

Gardening with Native Plants: A Primer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Native plants can be rewarding additions to your landscape since they are already adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. Become acquainted with an array of beautiful and easily grown natives, including perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees. Learn which plants work well in the conditions of your garden and how gardening with natives makes a positive difference in our environment. Then walk the Garden to see these plants in place.
$30 (Member) / $36 (Nonmember)
http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor1537

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

5/21/12 - Defining Gardens: A Global View, Wellesley, MA

Defining Gardens: A Global View

Monday May 21, 2012

2:30-4:00pm

Wellesley College Botanical Gardens 
Wellesley, MA

From meadows and forests to desert or barren glacial till, how do cultures in different environments satisfy their need for gardens? Is the focus on planned order or wild nature, on plants or manmade structures? Are there favorite plants or flowers? How do the residents interact with their gardens? We are the beneficiaries of Professor Emerita Mary Coyne's extensive travels to many lands and gardens. With her as our guide, we'll armchair-wander to the Arctic, Europe, Asia, South and North America and Africa to take a peek at gardens old and new.
Fee $10 member, $15 nonmember

For more information:
https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1#April

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/20/12 - Audubon At Home (AAH) Habitat Recognition, Greenwich, CT

Audubon At Home (AAH) Habitat Recognition program

Sunday, May 20, 2012

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Audubon Greenwich Center
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT

Audubon Connecticut is recruiting volunteers for our Audubon At Home (AAH) Habitat Recognition program. AAH engages public and private property owners to create wildlife friendly spaces by using native plants, adopting organic landcare practices, and instituting water conservation measures.   As part of the newly launched "Audubon At Home Ambassadors" you will be invited to participate in habitat assessments for our schoolyard habitat program and homeowner assessments.

We are looking for people with an interest and knowledge in gardening, birds, and other wildlife.

For more information please contact Taralynn Reynolds, Audubon At Home Coordinator at (203) 869-5272 x 236 or by email, treynolds@audubon.orgtreynolds@audubon.org>
You MUST RSVP to Taralynn Reynolds to attend this training.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/19/12 - Beautiful Native Plants for the Bird Garden, Framingham, MA

Beautiful Native Plants for the Bird Garden

Saturday May 19, 2012

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Bring birds into your garden with ornamental native plants—berries and seeds for food, evergreens for cover, and insect- and hummingbird-attracting bloomers. We'll focus on plants that provide beauty year-round, and particularly those that feed birds during migrations and winter scarcity. Garden designer Dori Smith starts with an illustrated introduction in the classroom, and then moves outside to view some premier plants for bird habitat.

Fee: $30 (Member) / $36 (Nonmember)

For more information:  http://newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor4234

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

5/19/12 - Landscape Design for the Natural Garden, Norwich, VT

Landscape Design for the Natural Garden

Saturday, May 19, 2012

11 a.m.-12 noon

Montshire Museum
One Montshire Road,
Norwich, VT

Gardening sensitively with native plants that suit the local landscape has many benefits, both environmental and ecological. Join landscape designer Liz Krieg to explore gardens that utilize indigenous and non-invasive perennials and grasses.  These beautiful gardens function as low maintenance, water conserving, and erosion controlling communities.
$15 (Member) / $18 (Nonmember)

http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor3995

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/17/12 - More Ticks in More Places, Boston, MA

More Ticks in More Places: How the ever-changing ecology of tick-borne diseases in the Northeastern US affects you!

Thursday May 17, 2012

6:30-8:00pm

Hunnewell Building (HB)
at the Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway,
Boston, MA


Offered by the Arnold Arboretum.

Occurrences of Lyme disease and related tick-transmitted illnesses are predicted to increase by 20% this year in New England. Learn simple measures for  protecting yourself and your pets while enjoying the outdoors. Dr. Thomas Mather will discuss current trends in tick encounter risk as well as his efforts to help individuals and communities prevent tick bites and Lyme disease.

Free, but registration requested
For more information:  http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

 

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

5/17/12 - Soil First, Aberdeen, MD

Soil First  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Ripken Stadium
873 Long Drive
Aberdeen, MD

Conducted by Joel Simmons; owner of Soil First Consulting, the Soil First Academy is an interactive program devoted to the principles of soil science, balanced chemistry and agronomic integrity. Incorporating the philosophies of Dr. William Albrecht, Mr. Simmons, former instructor of soils at Rutgers University, will offer you the opportunity to “get back to soil basics” and explore the strategies for amending soil based on consistent soil testing, identifying issues such as pH, longevity of fertility programs and efficacy of pesticides as they relate to your soils.

For more information: Jack Roxbrough 703-624-3101,or  jroxbrough@fisherandson.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/16/12 - Insect Laboratory Hands-on Identification and Management Strategies, Milford, MA

Insect Laboratory Hands-on Identification and Management Strategies

May 16, 2012

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
11 Beaver St
Milford, MA

Participants will examine actual specimens in a teaching lab with the use of microscopes. Such pests as scale insects, gall formers, spider mites, leaf miners, and much more will be examined closely with different species and life stages being identified. Also, displays of preserved insect
specimens such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Winter Moth will be examined in order to teach the participant how to identify and discern the important pest species in the Massachusetts landscape and nursery. This is an opportunity to hone your IPM monitoring skills and to become a better IPM and Plant Health Care


For more information:  http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/education/educational-events/2012-01

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/16/12 - Herbaceous Plant Identification , Bronx, NY

Herbaceous Plant Identification

Wednesdays, 05/16/12 to 06/20/12

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY

Herbaceous plants occupy prairies, wetlands, forest understories, and many other habitats on earth. The identifying characteristics of this diverse group of plants are often quite different from those of woody plants. Learn the fundamental herbaceous plant identification characteristics as well as some specialized ones for select native and cultivated species. Focus will be on broad-leaved plants rather than grasses, sedges, and rushes.

Non-Member $348.00, Member $318.00

https://conted.nybg.org:8443/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout:124BOT3...

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

5/15/12 - Go Botany!, Boston, MA

Go Botany!

Tuesday May 15, 2012

6:00 pm - 7:30pm

Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

New England Wild Flower Society's Go Botany web tool is a fun way to learn about plants in the city and beyond. Elizabeth Farnsworth will guide you through this innovative technology to learn how to identify ore than 1200 of the most common native and naturalized plant species in New England. Bring your laptop computer or tablet and start identifying our fabulous flora!

http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

5/14/12 - Deer Resistant Gardening, Milford, CT

Deer Resistant Gardening

Monday, May 14, 2012

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Milford Public Library
57 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT

Henry Eggert,  farmer, professional horticulturist from University of Connecticut, Member of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association, and Perennial Manager at Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in North Branford, Connecticut. These day’s deer are everywhere, but they needn’t be eating up your garden. Planting the right annuals and perennials that deer hate such as Candy Mountain, hellebore and bleeding heart and where you plant them, can dramatically save your fruit and vegetable plants for the humans. Deer dislike strong fragrances and irritating textures and there are many flowers and herbs with both, that are a must in every garden. Learn all about them and bring your deer and critter questions for Henry.
For more information, call Nancy at 783-3307 or Linda at 783-3280x8.   All lectures are free.

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/12/12 - A Westford Oasis , Westford, MA

A Westford Oasis 

Saturday, May 12, 2012   

10 a.m. - 12 noon

O’Brien Farm
Westford, MA

The owner of the O’Brien Farm, a 25-acre oasis in Westford, MA, received a grant for sustainable forestry and was inspired to create a young forest/scrubland that would provide habitat for species in greatest need of conservation. Join Charlie McColough, whose family has owned the property for 125 years, and Denise Pegrum, the landscape designer, to gain knowledge about enhancing wildlife habitats, supporting pollinators, and gardening with native plants. Learn about the farm’s history, landscaping progress, and plans for the future. Enjoy the hummingbird and butterfly garden, an entrance garden and a bed of heritage plants and native shrubs.

For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hdt1040

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

5/12/12 - Native Gardening for Beneficial Insects, Scarsdale, NY

Native Gardening for Beneficial Insects

Saturday May 12, 2012

10:00 am -11:30am

Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Rd.
Scarsdale, NY

Discover how to attract and support beneficial insects in the garden using the best native plants for our region.   These “good bugs”  provide many benefits including natural suppression of pests (the “bad bugs”) and pollination services.  This class will discuss: assassin bugs, wheel bugs, tachinid flies, lady beetles, praying mantids, lace wings, dragonflies, native bees, and many other beneficial insects.  You will learn how to identify these insects, provide them with habitat, and support them with host plants and other native plants they need during their life cycle.

For further information:  http://greenburghnaturecenter.org/programs-adult.html

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/12/12 - Plant Identification in the Field, Valhalla, NY

Plant Identification in the Field     CE-GRDN 2023, 1

 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10:00 am-12:00 noon

Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Rd,
Valhalla, NY

What is the name of that plant? This practical course will take you outside the classroom to show you how to identify plants using a taxonomic identification key. The outdoor session will use the Native Plant Center’s demonstration gardens and other parts of the college campus in Valhalla.  CLA-100, $45.   For more information: http://www.nativeplantcenter.org/events.htm

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

5/6/12 - Glorious World of Roses, South Kingstown, RI

Glorious World of Roses

Sunday, May 6, 2012

11am & 2:00pm

The Farmer’s Daughter
138 between URI and Route 1
716 Mooresfield Rd.
South Kingstown, RI

Includes proper planting, pruning, feeding, and maintenance techniques for success with your roses.
Free lecture.   For more information:   http://www.thefarmersdaughterri.com/events.htm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

5/5/12 - Perennials for Long Season Interest, South Kingstown, RI

Perennials for Long Season Interest

Saturday, May 5, 2012

11am & 2:00pm

The Farmer’s Daughter
138 between URI and Route 1
716 Mooresfield Rd.
South Kingstown, RI

Plants that will just keep giving! We will explore a palate of plants that have fabulous blooms, foliage and texture that will excite the garden all season long.
Free lecture.
For more information:   http://www.thefarmersdaughterri.com/events.htm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

4/28/12 - Low Maintenance Design with Native Plants, Whately, MA

Low Maintenance Design with Native Plants 

Saturday, April 28, 2012  

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Nasami Farm
128 North Street
Whately, MA

Lower your garden maintenance by using native plants and designing carefully. Learn how to design a unique garden space with strong connections to our spectacular New England landscape. In this interactive format, you are encouraged to bring your ideas, along with photographs, plans, or sketches of your own property. Landscape designer Owen Wormser helps you create enjoyable, low maintenance, and sustainable garden spaces while discovering important functional and aesthetic aspects of native plants.


For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor4045

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

4/28/12 - Composting: Easy, Cheap, Nutrient Rich, Brookline, MA.

Part IV: Composting:  Easy, Cheap, Nutrient Rich

Saturday, April 28, 2012

2:00pm-3:30pm

Brookline High School
115 Greenough St
Brookline, MA

Sponsored by NOFA MA

This workshop explores a variety of compost methods, including: efficient Microbes, vermiculture, tumblers, barrels, and plain old piles. Presenter Allison Fastman will talk about what methods are best for different situations, what can and cannot be composted with each system, rat and pest control, Nitrogen and Carbon balance, and how to collect and use compost tea.  Allison will also go over how to make a composter for each method, how to find excellent free materials, and how to use compost to enrich soils.

Cost: $15 BHS Students and Faculty, $25 Brookline Community and NOFA/Mass members, $30 non-members.

For more information:
www.nofamass.org    drew@nofamass.org  

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

4/28/12 - Designing on your Feet, Framingham, MA

Designing on your Feet

Saturday, April 28, 2012

9:30am -12:30pm

Garden in the Woods 
Education Center 
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA

Sponsored by Ecological Landscaping Assn. and New England Wild Flower Society
The ability to make observations is fundamental to success as a landscape designer. Like the statue hidden within a block of marble, a landscape design will emerge through your observations of client and site. Every observation should lead you to a conclusion. If done well, there should be no need for ‘selling’. Everything should fit. Fit the client and fit the site. This on-site seminar introduces you to the skill of observation through a walking analysis of two ‘properties in progress’ in the vicinity of The Garden in the Woods.


For more information:  http://www.ecolandscaping.org/

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

4/28/12 - Introduction to Willow Identification, Framingham, MA

Introduction to Willow Identification

Saturday April 28, 2012

9:30am-3:00pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road 
Framingham, MA

Willows are considered challenging for identification: variation within each species is so high that often at first glance plants belonging to different species resemble each other more than those of the same species. However, some characters remain constant and reliable, and with practice, willows become much more approachable. We will concentrate on the characters helpful for identification, using mostly common native and non-native species from Massachusetts as examples. In the classroom we will have herbarium specimens, freshly cut branches, some forced branches for those species that flower later in spring, and also some potted plants to examine and compare. Bring a hand lens, if you have one. After lunch, we will carpool to a site a short distance away from Garden in the Woods for a walk. Boots are required, as the area is flooded during the spring time. Bring a lunch and beverage. (Note: Irina Kadis is Curatorial Assistant at the Arnold Arboretum’s Dana Greenhouses.)


Fee $66 member, $80 nonmember
Co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society

For more information:
https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1#April

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

4/28/12 - Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees, Stockbridge, MA

Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

Learn by doing in this hands-on, shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multi-stem shrub and planting a small tree. Learn how to successfully transplant shrubs including timing, placement, and techniques designed to create minimal disturbance and ensure smooth transition to a new site. Consider the differences between bare-root, container- grown, or balled-and-burlapped trees and understand the importance of siting.
For more information
http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/index.html

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

4/26/12 - Women in the Dirt , Bridgeport, CT

Women in the Dirt

Thursday April 26, 2012

4:00 - 8:30 pm

Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 
      
5:05 – 6:15  Feature film, Women in the Dirt
6:30 – 7:30  Panel discussion
   Objectives:
Understand the breadth of the profession of landscape architecture through the case studies of seven women landscape architects who practice in California.
Understand how cultural elements can be blended with the natural elements to create human places to live, work and play.
Understand how personal vision becomes the foundation of practice.
Understand how to integrate personal vision with the vision of the client and end user to create successful outdoor places.

For more information:   http://www.ctasla.org/

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

4/24/12 - Spring Tree Steward Course, North Providence, RI

Spring Tree Steward Course

April 24th -May 29th


6:30 - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

Saturday Workshop, May 12th, 9:00 a.m. 

399 Fruit Hill Ave.
North Providence, RI

Sponsored by, Rhode Island Tree Council
Learn plant structure and function, soil management, and how to maintain healthy plants.  Principles and practices behind  proper planting, proper plant selection and pruning will be emphasized. 
 
Registration is $95.00 includes lecture, manual and the Saturday workshop with lunch.  Seats are limited to 35 persons.  Registration can be made online at ritree@ritree.org or by calling the office.


Please call the office at 401-764-5885, or  http://www.ritree.org/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

4/20/12 - Edible Forest Garden Installation and Caretake, Rochester, NY

Edible Forest Garden Installation and Caretake

April 20-22, 2012

6-9 pm on Friday,
9-9 on Saturday,
 and 9-1 on Sunday
1 pm Sunday, April 22, 2012

163 Helen Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Offered by Rochester Permaculture Institute

Join us as we begin installing and caretaking polycultures of multi-purpose plants at the RochesterPermacultureCenter, a local urban/suburban space. Using EdibleForestGardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier as a guide, we will discuss and experience methods and practices to design, plant, and maintain a food forest. Beginners and experienced forest gardeners and permaculture practitioners will all benefit from this experience.

For more information: 585.506.6505, patty@barefootpermaculture.com
http://rochesterpermacultureinstitute.org/events/efg/efgimmersion/

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

4/18/12 - Landscape Design Primer, Stamford, CT

S12/18 Landscape Design Primer 

Wednesdays, April 18 & 25, May 2, 2012
7:00—9:30 PM

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
151 Brookdale Rd 
Stamford, CT

 

The instructor will present practical guidelines, exercises, and inspirations for creating landscapes with a more polished look. After receiving a design kit, you will learn to analyze garden sites, decide on pathways, structures and plantings for season long interest. The instructor will use PowerPoint presentations, lectures and handouts to help you create designs that are uniquely your own. Although plant knowledge is helpful for this course, no drawing experience is required.

 

Session 1: Site Analysis and Goal Setting

This session will cover analyzing a site for existing conditions and needs: including different
methods for measuring, using plot plans, plant inventories, and calculating soil, water and sun levels. Discussion will include the criteria for making choices of hardscapes, plantings, and colors to set a particular mood, and fulfill specific functions.

 

Session 2: Prepared Case Studies and Exercises

Students will be presented with various landscape design scenarios, and will help create solutions to maximize each site. Potential inspirations from history, art, and found objects will be discussed. Design exercises will follow, using existing site analysis, set goals, and rated plants as a guide.

 

Session 3: Personal Case Studies and Exercises

Students will be invited to bring in their own landscape design situations for suggestions from the teacher and class. Work on additional case studies and design exercises will continue through this session taking into account different site conditions. Students will leave the class with detailed handouts to help them go forward with their own designs.

 

(Materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor at the start of class.)

DEADLINE: April 11, 2012

FEE: $185.00 Non-Master Gardener
$150.00 Master Gardener

For more information: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for both days

4/17/12 - A Natural History of Spring Wildflowers, Valhalla, NY

A Natural History of Spring Wildflowers

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1 - 2:00 p.m.

Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY

Some of our best known and loved spring wildflowers have fascinating life histories that few people are aware of. Join us at this lecture which will help provide an understanding of the intricate relationships that exist between wildflowers and other organisms in the environment around us.

For more information:   http://www.nativeplantcenter.org

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

4/14/12 - Recovering from Construction: A Case Study , Watertown, MA

Recovering from Construction: A Case Study

Saturday, April 14, 2012

10 a.m. -  2 p.m

Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, MA

Perkins School for the Blind broke ground for two large new buildings in the fall of 2009, involving the removal and replanting of over 100 trees. Two years later, the new trees are in, the new design is done, but at what cost to the trees, the soil, the other plantings and the environment? Tour the site to see firsthand how issues like tree protection, soil compaction and remediation actually worked out. Visit the state-of the art greenhouse and the other new buildings on this beautiful and historic campus.

For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hdt1038

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

4/14/12 - The Ninth Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, Manchester Village, VT

The Ninth Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

April 13 & 14, 2012


The Equinox Resort
3567 Main Street Route 7A
Manchester Village, VT

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
Welcome and Organic Solutions for the Garden and Home.


SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Bodacious New Perennials!

Great Natives for the Northeast.

The Wow! Factor - Moving From Inspiration to Installation.

The Top Twenty-Five.

Going Organic at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

$98 per person For more information:  http://www.pyours.com/symposium

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each session

4/14/12 - Pruning Fundamentals, Chesterfield, MA

Pruning Fundamentals

Saturday, April 14, 2012

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chesterfield, MA  (exact location provided after registration)

Instructor James McSweeney teaches pruning basics that will benefit both the novice and advanced gardener. Proper pruning improves both the health and structure of woody plants, and allows the gardener to influence the aesthetic qualities of trees and shrubs. This workshop covers pruning methods for new and established plantings in the home landscape. Learn how to select basic tools, make a proper cut, determine which branches to cut, and the correct time to prune for different species. Bring hand pruners and a saw and leave the workshop with skills to take on most basic pruning issues in the home landscape.
Fee: $36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember).


Cosponsored by New England Wild Flower Society and Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Preregistration required, contact the Registrar at 508-877-7630, ext. 3303

 

CEU 3 AOLCP credit for each

4/13/12 - The Ninth Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, Manchester Village, VT

The Ninth Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

April 13 & 14, 2012


The Equinox Resort
3567 Main Street Route 7A
Manchester Village, VT

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
Welcome and Organic Solutions for the Garden and Home.


SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Bodacious New Perennials!

Great Natives for the Northeast.

The Wow! Factor - Moving From Inspiration to Installation.

The Top Twenty-Five.

Going Organic at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

$98 per person For more information:  http://www.pyours.com/symposium

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each session

4/13/12 - Asian Longhorned Beetle & Emerald Ash Borer Compliance Training Workshop, Elmsford, NY

Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) & Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Compliance Training Workshop

Friday April 13, 2012

8:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Rd.
Elmsford, NY

A free morning compliance training pertaining to operating within the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Quarantine in NYC. This program is scheduled to take place from and will also offer certification for contractors operating in the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Quarantine. 
Featured speakers/trainers will include NYS Department of Ag & Markets staff and attendees will qualify for continuing educational credits for ISA Certified arborists and NYS Pesticide Applicators.  This training will also facilitate bidding on NYC and NYS contracts and is strongly recommended by NYS regulation authorities if you are operating in the NYC Quarantined area.
 Pre-registration for this program is required.  For more information, or to sign up, contact Michael Singho, NYS Depart. of Ag. & Markets at: michael.singho@agriculture.ny.gov

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

4/12/12 - Pruning, Stamford, CT

S12/17 Pruning

Thursday, April 12, 2012

10 AM – 12:30 PM

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
151 Brookdale Rd 
Stamford, CT

Jon will discuss the selection of proper pruning tools as well as care and use of these tools. He will demonstrate good pruning practices and proper cuts. Students will observe and may get to make cuts as well. (This will depend on the size of the class.) Dress for the weather. One quarter of class time will be indoors for discussion, receiving handouts and general questions. The remaining three quarters of the time will take place outdoors for specific demonstrations and specific questions. Students should bring their pruners so they can verify specifics about their own pruners and whether they should invest in new ones.

DEADLINE: April 5, 2012
FEE: $45.00 Non-Master Gardener
$40.00 Master Gardener

For more information:  http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

4/12/12 - Community Stormwater Conference, Worcester, MA

Community Stormwater Conference

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street 
Worcester, MA

Stormwater is caused by the entire community and everyone can reduce runoff to heal damages to vital waters. The meeting will feature workshops about low-cost runoff remedies, aquatic ecosystems, stormwater utilities, erosion control, porous paving, BMP performance ratings, how to disconnect streets from streams, and more. Expert speakers will supply practical guidance for municipal officials, watershed groups, lake associations, highway departments, home builders, engineers and concerned citizens, which can help to renew the health of cherished waters.
For more information:
http://www.commonwaters.org/events/community-stormwater-conference

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

4/7/12 - Pruning for Fruit Production Pome and Stone Fruit Trees and Small Fruits, Sheffield, MA

Pruning for Fruit Production Pome and Stone Fruit Trees and Small Fruits

Saturday April 7, 2012

10 am - 3 pm

This is an off-site class held in Sheffield, MA. Directions available: call 413-298-3926.

Learn the principles of pruning for shape, size, and fruit production of stone and pome fruit trees and some small fruits, including cane fruits and ribes. Instructor Steve McKay, Grape and Small Fruit Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension in eastern New York State, will give a structural pruning demonstration on newly planted fruit trees.  
Members: $55; Nonmembers $65

For additional information:  http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/education/index.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

4/4/12 - Invasive Plant Certification Program, Amherst, MA

Invasive Plant Certification Program

This 4‐day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business.

PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS OF WEED SCIENCE

March 7, 2012,

9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room,
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75.

STATE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT

April 4, 2012,
9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75

THE INVASIVE PLANT ISSUE AND INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION

August 14, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA.

Cost: $75.

DEVELOPING AN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

September 12, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA

Cost: $75.

For more information or a registration form, go to www.umassgreeninfo.org or
contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545‐0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

www.umassgreeninfo.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

4/1/12 - Creating Stunning English Gardens with Yankee Practicality, Boylston, MA

Creating Stunning English Gardens with Yankee Practicality 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Sunday, April 1, 2012

1pm- 2:30pm

1 French Drive
Boylston, MA

Learn great design tips and plant combinations from the gardens of Adrian Bloom, an award-winning garden designer and author from Dis, England. This instructional PowerPoint features a collection of inspiring photographs taken while I stayed at Bressingham Manor, a B & B in the heart of Adrian's magnificent seven acres of gardens. The lecture focuses on perennials, shrubs, bulbs, grasses, conifers and annuals hardy for the Northeast, as well as design concepts.

Members $18, Non-Members $22.  For more information:  http://www.towerhillbg.org

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credit

4/1/12 - Tips for Jump-Starting Your Gardens , Boylston, MA

Tips for Jump-Starting Your Gardens

Sunday, April 1, 2012

3pm - 4:30pm

1 French Drive
Boylston, MA

Ramp up your garden's performance this summer with these proven spring primers. I'll cover key steps to do in April, May, and June that will reap magnificent, lower-maintenance gardens. A Q & A session will provide a chance to ask about flowers you may be considering (are they really hardy for our area?) and to address nagging gardening questions before another season begins.


Members $18, Non-Members $22

For more information:  http://www.towerhillbg.org

CEU 1 AOLCP credit

3/29/12 - Vital Spaces, Vibrant Lives, Boston, MA

Vital Spaces, Vibrant Lives:  a New Vision for Symphony Park

Thursday, March 29, 2012

5:30 - 7:30pm

Church Park Apartments PENTHOUSE
221 Mass. Ave.
Boston, MA

Join COGdesign for a panel discussion about the collaboration with Marie Fukuda, FCA; COG designer Jon Pate; Paul Sutton, BPD; moderated by Heather Heimarck, director, Landscape Institute.

The Fenway Civic Association, COGdesign, and the Boston Parks Department joined forces to create a new and dynamic design concept for Symphony Park in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. The new design transforms a 1960s urban renewal leftover into a space that welcomes Berklee students, neighboring elderly, and local residents to play, exercise, and recreate together.
For more information:  mbcgregory@aol.com  or   http://www.cogdesign.org/


CEU 1 AOLCP credits

3/28/12 - Design and Plant a Native Perennial Garden in the Spring , Cambridge, MA

Design and Plant a Native Perennial Garden in the Spring

Cambridge Center for Adult Education,
42 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5:45-7:45 p.m.

Early spring is the perfect time to begin or enhance a perennial border or woodland edge garden. Landscape designer Laura Eisener discusses how to design a perennial garden taking color, shape, texture, and plant growth characteristics into account. She suggests plants, including many North American native species, and offers low-maintenance tips to ensure success for your new garden. The daytime session at Garden in the Woods includes a walk through the landscaped collection.

$24 (Member) / $29 (Nonmember)

For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/adult/by-month/mar/

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

3/28/12 - The Life of Soil, Philadelphia, PA

The Life of Soil

March 28, 2012

9am-4pm

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

In this day-long seminar Dr. Elaine Ingham will review the soil food web and the role that each organism plays in healthy soil. Participants will gain knowledge of the important role bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi play in soil chemistry and you will learn how compost and compost teas can be used to improve our soils and the health of the plants that grow in them. Dr. Ingham is a soil biology researcher, founder of Soil Food Web, Inc., and the author of the USDA's Soil Biology Primer. She is recognized as a world leader in soil microbiology.

$135.00 ea.
For more information: http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ed_classes.shtml

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/26/12 - Wetland Restoration: Planting and Design , Bronx, NY

Wetland Restoration: Planting and Design       123 HRT348

Monday, March 26, 2012

10:00 am to 02:30 pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:00 am to 02:30 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn to use an array of wetland plants and discover native plants that thrive in wet to dry environments and increase biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Learn to create bio-retention rain gardens and constructed wetlands that improve water quality and visual aesthetics while conserving our natural resources.

For further information: 
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/24/12 - Bark: Get to Know Your Trees, Boylston, MA

Bark: Get to Know Your Trees


Saturday, March 24, 2012
1-4pm

 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA

The traits typically used to describe trees-leaves, twigs, and buds-are often not clearly visible or seasonally absent. Join Michael for an indoor/outdoor exploration of bark, which is always visible, in any season. You will learn about a system for distinguishing bark characteristics and discover clues to bark ecology.

Member $30, Nonmember $35
For more information:
http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/THBG/adult.lasso?-SkipRecords=40&-token...

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

3/24/12 - Pruning Shrubs with the Pros, Framingham, MA

Pruning Shrubs with the Pros

Saturday, March 24, 2012

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Offered by NE Wild Flower Society

Early spring is an excellent time to prune many woody plants. In this hands-on workshop, participants work in small groups for guided practice on woody members of the Garden’s shrub collection. Discover ways to enhance a plant’s vigor, health, and appearance and learn which tools to use, when to prune, and how the plant responds. Bring hand-pruners and dress for working outdoors, rain, snow, or shine.

$36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember)
For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/adult/by-month/mar/

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

3/24/12 - "Exploring Diversity in Garden Design", Manchester, CT

CT Master Gardeners Symposium  2012 Annual Symposium:
"Exploring Diversity in Garden Design"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Symposium 9-4:00

Manchester Community College
60 Bidwell Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Natural Companions; the Garden Lovers’ Guide to Planting Combinations -  9:25 – 10:25 


Listening to the Landscape: Using Nature’s Clues to Design a Garden that Works -  3:00 – 4:00    

Healing our Home Turf: Landscaping with Native Plants -

Getting the Most from your Perennials

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up

 Weedless Gardening

Lots of Pots: Designing Container Plantings

Woody Plants for the Four-Season Garden

Day-long symposium is $65 for members and MG students, $85 non-members
For registration and information: www.ctmga.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/22/12 - Distinguishing Invasive Plants and Native Look-A-Likes In Late Winter and Early Spring,Norfolk, CT .

Distinguishing Invasive Plants and Native Look-A-Likes In Late Winter and Early Spring.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The rain date - Wednesday, March 28.

8:30 AM - 5:00PM

Aton Forest
270 North Colebrook Road
Norfolk, CT

This workshop focuses on field identification of terrestrial invasive plants in late winter/early spring, prime season for pulling invasives but a difficult time to identify many plants using guides and manuals, as many are somewhere between dormant and leaf-on state. The emphasis will be on distinguishing invasives from native species with which they co-occur and may be potentially confused, especially when in young/immature state. The workshop will emphasize development and reinforcement of field identification skills in situ - it is planned that most of the day will be spent in the field, after a brief introductory classroom session. The workshop is designed for people who are already interested in and/or involved in hands-on invasive plant control, including land managers associated with land trusts, professionals looking to brush up on their skills, and private land owners managing their properties as natural areas.

Tuition is $95.00

(860) 542-5125, Email <contact@atonforest.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/19/12 - Intro to Wetland Restoration Management , Bronx, NY

 

Intro to Wetland Restoration Management     123 HRT347

Monday, March 19, 2012

10:00 am to 03:30 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Lakes, streams, brooks, ponds, bogs, and vernal pools are a vital part of a living ecosystem. In all sites, from management of storm water runoff to riparian buffers, proper wetland management is important for improving and maintaining water quality and for preserving the natural beauty. Explore the ways you can work with engineers, architects, and planning boards to improve your land ethic and sustainability practices.

For further information:

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=location&df5=NYBG

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/18/12 - Part II: Restoring Health to Compromised Soils, Brookline, MA

Part II: Restoring Health to Compromised Soils

Sunday, March 18, 2012

12:30pm-3:30pm

Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA

Soil health plays a critical role in both the quality and quantity of the food we produce.  Unfortunately, many of us are faced with the reality of toxins in our soil, which limit our soil's health and expose gardeners and consumers to risk. In this workshop, participants will learn about the possible contaminants gardeners face (from lead to residual herbicides and pesticides) and how to accurately test soil to assess potential risks. Cost: $15 BHS Students and Faculty, $25 Brookline Community and NOFA/Mass members, $30 non-members.

For more information: http://www.nofamass.org , or drew@nofamass.org

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

3/16/12 - 2012 Garden Conference, Storrs, CT

2012 Garden Conference

March 16, 2012

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Embrace Change as an Opportunity for More Beautiful Gardens.   CEU 1 AOLCP credit

Why We Should Use Native Plants   CEU 1 AOLCP credit

Eat Your Yard: Discover How to Grow an Edible Landscape in Your Yard  CEU 0.5 credit AOLCP credit

Herbs, the New Ornamentals   CEU 1 AOLCP credit

Annuals: Old and New for 2012     CEU 1 AOLCP credit

For more information: http://www.2012garden.uconn.edu/

3/15/12 - Leaf Mulching Landscaper Workshop , Bedford Hills, NY

Leaf Mulching Landscaper Workshop 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

9 – 11 a.m. workshop & demo

Bedford Hills Community House
74 Main St.
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

A simple change in leaf mulching and mowing has proven to make a big difference to landscapers in their spring and fall clean-ups. Local landscapers will demonstrate a small equipment change that can save you hours of labor on every property.

Free
For more information:  www.leaveleavesalone.org

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

3/15/12 - Perennial Plant Conference, Storrs, CT

The Ornamental Plant Extension Team presents the Perennial Plant Conference A Conference for the Professional Horticulturist

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lewis B. Rome Commons
University of Connecticut
626 Gilbert Road Extension
Storrs, CT

 

Session A:

Change: The Passage of Time in the Garden   11:30 am

 

Permaculture/Edible Landscaping    1:45pm


Maintaining Curb Appeal with Native Plants   3:00 pm

 

Session B:

Developing Ecologically Responsible Weed Management Programs  9:10 am

 

New and Exciting Perennials  10:10 am

 

What’s New in the World of Irises?  3:00 pm

 

Early registration: $80 per person, postmarked on or before March 8, 2012
Late registration or walk-ins: $90 per person (postmarked  after March 8, 2012 or paid at the door)            

For more information:  www.2012perennial.uconn.edu

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each

3/15/12 - Compost Tea Workshop, Brooklyn, New York

Compost Tea Workshop

March 15th, 2012

Full day

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave 
Brooklyn, New York

Offered by Compostwerks

The application of Actively Aerated Compost Tea is becoming a widely accepted practice in
managing soil nutrition and increasing plant vigor.

Compost Tea Workshop includes instruction on:

• Logistics in producing compost tea
• Making high quality compost
• Handling and application of compost tea
• Detailed discussion on biology
• Soil Foodweb methodology
Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of;
• Plant and soil relationship dynamics
• Nutrient cycling and sequestration
• Reduction of pesticides and fertilizers
• Brewing and application equipment
• Value of direct microscopy


To register:  www.bbg.org/learn/class_registration/

For additional information:  peter@compostwerks.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/14/12 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers, Bronx, NY

Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers     123 HRT333 S

6 Wednesday, February 01, 2012, Exam -  Wednesday, March 14, 2012

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of ornamental conifers. Major plant groups studied include Chamaecyparis, Picea, Pinus, and other genera which may be grown in the northeastern United States. Gain a working knowledge of the best species and cultivars of conifers for landscaping. Come prepared to go outdoors rain or shine.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/14/12 - Landscape Care and Maintenance, Bronx, NY

Landscape Care and Maintenance     123 GAR440

4 Wednesdays,  March 14, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn traditional and cutting-edge techniques in garden and landscape maintenance, including planting methods, care, and maintenance regimens for trees, shrubs, turf, and perennial gardens. Discuss site analysis and plant selection, principles of IPM (Integrated Pest Management), organic gardening practices, and a calendar of landscape and garden activities. While this class has no prerequisite, it presumes basic knowledge of gardening.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/14/12 - Spring Conference for Landscapers, Concord, NH

 

Spring Conference for Landscapers

March 14, 2012


8am - 3pm

Sweeny Hall Auditorium
New Hampshire Technical Institute 
Concord, NH

 

University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension

 

Track 1   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credits each

Part 1  Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations General Overview

Part 2  Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations General Overview

Protection for your Business: Helping the Bottom Line


Track 2  CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

Introduction to Permaculture: A Framework for Ecological Design

New England Climate Trends

Pollinator-Friendly Landscaping

Invasive Insects of Concern for New Hampshire

For more information:
http://www.nhlaonline.org/news-events/SringConference.cfm

 

3/13/12 - Nutrient Management for Turf and Gardens, Nantucket, MA

Nutrient Management for Turf and Gardens An Interactive Workshop

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

9 a.m. to 4 p.m

Public Safety Facility
4 Fairgrounds Road
Nantucket, MA

The Nantucket Land Council will present “Nutrient Management for Turf and Gardens: An Interactive Workshop”.


Leading the workshop will be Dr. Thomas F. Morris, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Connecticut. Joining Dr. Morris in leading the workshop will be colleagues from the Department of Plant Science.


The class will discuss both organic and synthetic fertilizers and management since they both can cause nutrient leaching problems.

The NLC workshop is open to the public, but island landscapers, gardeners and land care professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.
 
Admission, $15.
For more information: call 508-228-2818, or www.nantucketlandcouncil.org/Contact.html

CEU 4 AOLCP

3/13/12 - GEM II Horticultural Business Seminar, Worcester, MA

 

GEM II Horticultural Business Seminar  (Growth, Effectiveness, Management)

Tuesday,  March 13, 2012

Mass Audubon
Broad Meadow Brook
Worcester, MA

Develop and Refine Your Company’s Mission and Vision:  8:30 - 9:50 
Create a new mission or refine an existing one, articulate the elements of your business and personal vision, and organize components of your business plan for 2012 and beyond.

Discover Your Most Effective Leadership Style:  10:00 - 11:00  
Find your leadership style by taking a survey, learn the critical qualities of a successful leader, the advantages of a Serving Leader and the value of using Integrity as your compass.

Establish a Plan for Seasonal Cash Flow and a Profit Goal for 2012:   11:00 - 12:00 
Determine your company’s overhead, set a profit margin for 2012, design a cash flow plan to ensure winter income and incorporate these into your budget.

Adapting an Estimate, Pricing and Job Costing System to Your Business:   1:00 - 2:50   
Review the estimating fundamentals, using provided templates, adapt an estimating system to your company and complete a sample estimate based on an actual landscape plan.

Create a Marketing Plan for 2012 Using Social Media:  3:00 - 4:00
Choose social media components (Facebook, Constant Contact or Linkedin) to work with, learn about the advantages of each form and ask specific questions to implement your social media marketing plan for 2012. April Heavens-Woodcock, touching Clients

Make Your Plan for Success in 2012! 4:00 - 5:00
Management techniques and skills will be shared including ways to motivate employees, valuable persuasion skills, steps to reduce stress, problem resolution techniques and how to use daily and weekly priorities to achieve your long term goals! 

Cost: $275/person; $250 for NOFA/RINLA/MNLA/ELA members, or for two or more employees from the same company.

Contact Frank at FrankCrandall3@gmail.com or (401) 742-7619.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/13/12 - Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training, Sturbridge, MA

Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training for Lawn Care Professionals

and Municipal Officials

 

March 12 & 13, 2012

Full day

Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA                           

Topic to be covered:

History of conventional management
What is a systems approach to turf care?
Understanding soil biology
Choosing the right turf grass
Managing soil fertility
Cultural practices
Understanding insects, weeds, disease and control products
Managing transition periods
Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

$350    Pre-registration required:  $175 non-refundable deposit.

Contact Osborne Organics for more information at:  781-631-2468, or info@osborneorganics.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/13/12 - 2012 Community Tree Conference, Amherst, MA

2012 Community Tree Conference

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

9:00am - 4:00pm

UMass Amherst
Stockbridge Hall
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Everyone who works outdoors - whether on the street, in a park or in a client’s backyard - is exposed to a variety of potential issues every day. This year’s conference is designed to help attendees learn to identify potential problems and to avoid being injured on the job. This year’s conference will cover the new arboricultural safety standard and the insects and diseases that we expect to see during 2012.  We will also cover the latest in arboricultural research that is taking place right here in New England.

Cost is $65 for first registration, $40/person for each additional registration from the same company.

Contact Ellen Weeks at 413-545-2685; eweeks@umext.umass.edu

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/12/12 - Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training, Sturbridge, MA

Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training for Lawn Care Professionals

and Municipal Officials

 

March 12 & 13, 2012

Full day

Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA                           

Topic to be covered:

History of conventional management
What is a systems approach to turf care?
Understanding soil biology
Choosing the right turf grass
Managing soil fertility
Cultural practices
Understanding insects, weeds, disease and control products
Managing transition periods
Practical strategies for customer satisfaction

$350    Pre-registration required:  $175 non-refundable deposit.

Contact Osborne Organics for more information at:  781-631-2468, or info@osborneorganics.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/12/12 - Designing for Stormwater Management and Erosion Control, Valhalla, NY

Designing for Stormwater Management and Erosion Control

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Native Plant Center
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY

Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure Planning, Construction and Compliance – Part 1 and 2    9:15 A.M.Part I;     10:30 A.M.Part II

I Never Met a Raingarden I Didn’t Like    1:00 P.M. - 2

Practical Hints for Successful Soil Bio-engineering Projects    2:15 P.M. – 3:15

For more information:  www.nativeplantcenter.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/9/12 - Growing Fruit in a Healthy Orchard Ecosystem , Rockfall, CT

Growing Fruit in a Healthy Orchard Ecosystem

NOFA OLC  Advanced Workshop

March, 9th, 2012

9:00am - 4:30pm

Class:   16 Meriden Road
             Rockfall, CT

Training in the Field:   High Hill Orchard
                                     170 Fleming Road
                                     Meriden, CT


Topics will include:
•    Forest edge ecology
•    How to embrace the right biology in your yard or orchard
•    Roots cycles which suggest a particular timing of tasks
This full-day program with Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard, will inspire you to recognize the paramount priorities in your own home or community fruit planting.


A morning and early afternoon session will be held in a classroom, with a hearty lunch served in between.


Workshop cost: $155
$15 Discount for AOLCPs or NOFA Members - Use Coupon Code MARCH9(1)
$15 Discount for Early Registration - Use Coupon Code MARCH9(2)
$30 Discount for Early AOLCP/Member Registration - Use Coupon Code MARCH9(3)
For more information  go to:   http://www.organiclandcare.net/education/advanced-workshops  or call 203-888-5146

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

3/8/12 - 18th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace, Springfield, MA

18th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, 2012

MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA

 

 

Thursday March 8th, 2012
Morning Sessions 9:00 – 10:30

Coming Full Circle: Restoration of Wellesley College Alumnae Valley

Ecological Pest Management in Turf

Water Neutral Gardens: The Greywater Component

Above CEU 1 AOLCP credits each


Morning Sessions  11:00 – 12:30

Native Plant System Design to Increase Habitat Diversity

Knowing the “Enemy”: Practical Solutions for Deer and Other Pests

Above CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

 

Afternoon Sessions  2:00 – 3:30

Designs that Feed Us

Going to Extremes: How Climate Change Could Impact Invasive Species

Our Neighbors Down Under: Microbes in the Soil

Above CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

 

Afternoon Sessions  4:00 – 5:30

Going Up and Out: Green Roofs and Living Walls

Above CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

For more information and pricing, go to:
http://www.ecolandscaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2012-ELA-Confer...

3/7/12 - 18th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace, Springfield, MA

18th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, 2012

MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Bringing Life to Urban Landscapes: New Ideas in Urban Design Seeing Green: Designing the Urban Landscape

Creating an Urban Edible Forest: A Case Study

Native Plant Communities Suited to Urban Sites

Verticulture: Taking Gardens to New Heights

Water-Centric Sustainable Communities: Planning, Retrofitting, and Building
the Next Urban Environment

Bringing the “Wild” into the Urban Landscape

Above CEU 1 AOLCP credits each



“Pro”active Protection of Wetlands: Conservation and Landscape Professionals Collaborate Conservation and Landscape Professionals 

Working Together In Ecologically Sensitive Areas - 2 credits each

Protecting Water Resources: Beyond Silt Fencing and Hay Bales - 1 credit
 
Landscaping on the Edge: Creating Habitat Gardens  - 1credit

For more information and pricing, go to:
http://www.ecolandscaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2012-ELA-Confer...

3/7/12 - Invasive Plant Certification Program, Amherst, MA

Invasive Plant Certification Program

This 4‐day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business.

PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS OF WEED SCIENCE

March 7, 2012,

9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room,
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75.

STATE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT

April 4, 2012,
9 am to 3:30 pm

Campus Center Reading Room
UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA

Cost: $75

THE INVASIVE PLANT ISSUE AND INVASIVE PLANT IDENTIFICATION

August 14, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA.

Cost: $75.

DEVELOPING AN INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

September 12, 2012

9 am to 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel
Milford, MA

Cost: $75.

For more information or a registration form, go to www.umassgreeninfo.org or
contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545‐0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

www.umassgreeninfo.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

3/6/12 - Naturescape Your Yard, Bethel, CT

Naturescape Your Yard

March 6, 2012

6:30 pm 

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801

Gives the tools and understanding of how we can restore fragmented habitats in our own yards.  More time is spent talking about organic gardening and biodiversity, growing your own food, analyzing the site to determine what wants to be there and how we want to use it, creating habitat for both wildlife and people, conserving water and other resources, composting, reusing and recycling materials, reducing lawns, reducing maintenance by using selective and sustainable practices.


For more information:   kbgarden@charter.net 

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

3/3/12 - CT NOFA Winter Conference , Manchester, CT

CT NOFA Winter Conference        

Saturday, March 3, 2012

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Manchester Community College
Great Path
Manchester, CT

Wild Bees and Pollination
Honey bees are important pollinators, but the 420+ other species of bees we have in CT are important, too! This workshop will introduce many of these species; their role in pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables; and what flowers and nest sites they need to thrive.

Science and Principles of Soil Microbiology
This workshop focuses on the importance of microbes (and building the soil food web) in turf, tree and plant health. It will cover how to use microbiology to reduce fertilizers and pesticides. You will learn to go green while lowering costs and increasing the health and quality of your products.

Growing Nuts in Connecticut
Several kinds of edible nuts can be grown  in Connecticut, and provide an interesting hobby and a little something extra for the table.  Species needs, growing conditions, care, and harvest will be discussed, and some cookbooks recommended.

Worm Composting Simplified
This presentation consisting of a PowerPoint Presentation, a questions and answers period, is designed to teach the participants the re-discovering of worm-composting. What kind of worms to use, how to build a conventional compost bin without spending money, and a detailed hands-on approach on how to turn a plastic container into a wormery, plus added  information that will benefit organic gardeners and farmers of all facets.

 

Regenerative Hillside Farming & Gardening
Our illustrated talk will cover terrace building, infiltration swales, vegetation dams, and more. Hillside farming in the Northeast comes with unique challenges. Come explore strategies and techniques for creating vibrant farm systems that prevent erosion, build soil, create wildlife habitat while producing food, fodder, and other useful materials on the hillside.

 

Lead in Soils – Concerns and Corrections
Soil lead screening by the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory indicates that around 16 % of soil samples analyzed for edible crops contain elevated lead levels. Learn about the soil lead levels in Connecticut, why this is a problem, and strategies for dealing with these soils.

 

Climate Change In Connecticut: What Can We Expect and Do
What is climate change; what are the climate change impacts in CT; what is expected and can be expected to occur.  She will cover what is being done on the state level and the rest of the session will be an interactive brainstorming session on what should be considered and what could and should be done by individuals, farmers, gardeners, etc.  You do not need to be a climate expert, just come ready to learn and put your “climate lenses” on so you can share what you think given your own interests, experience and expertise.

Before 2/18/12 NOFA Members $45; Non-Members$55; Students/Seniors $30
After 2/18/12 NOFA Members $50;  Non-Members  $60;  Students/Seniors  $35
Volunteer for 2 hours and receive $10 off the registration price!

Go to this website for more information:  http://ctnofa.org/events/CAOC/2012/2012_Winter_Conference.html

CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each

3/3/12 - Seeing Green Real Changes Symposium, Falls Village, CT

Seeing Green Real Changes Symposium

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Housatonic Valley Regional HS
246 Warren Turnpike Rd
Falls Village, CT

Sponsored by Mad Gardeners & Agricultural Education Dept. HVRHS

The Bees & Some Birds Do It – And Humans Can Help – Gardening for Pollinators    9:10-10:20

Green Roof Design for Ecosystem Services -  10:55-12:05

Gardening for Tomorrow -  1:30 – 2:40

$70 for members; $80 non-members

For information: www.madgardeners.com

 

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

3/3/12 - NOFA – NH Winter Conference, Kingston, NH

NOFA – NH Winter Conference, Kingston, NH

Saturday, March 3, 2012    
  
 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sanborn Regional High School Campus
17 Danville Road
Kingston, NH 03848

A‐3 Intro to Organic Sustainable Landscaping - Session A ‐ 10:45am ‐ 12:00noon

A‐4 "Building abundance through soil health:  Carbon banking on a New England Farm"

A‐7 Organic Vegetable & Berry Growing ‐ Q&A

B‐3 Organic Turfcare: A Five Principle Approach - Session B ‐ 1:00‐2:15 pm

B‐9 Pollinator Support


C‐3 Lawn Care Panel Discussion - Session C ‐ 2:45‐4:00pm

C‐12 Principles of Permaculture

$78.95 (adult); $68.95 (seniors); $58.95 (Volunteer) $38.95 (student with ID)

http://www.nofanhwc.org/workshop-sessions.html
www.regonline.com.

CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each session

3/2/12 - Adjusting to Pesticide Ban Legislation Workshop, West Hartford, CT

Adjusting to Pesticide Ban Legislation: 
K-8 School Grounds Ornamental Plant Management Workshop

Friday, March 2, 2012

8:15 – 2:30

UCONN Hartford County Extension Center
Zachs Room, School of Social Work
1800 Asylum Avenue,
West Hartford, CT

Legislation – What Can Be Applied to Control Pests?    8:30 - 9:00    

Landscape Sustainability on School Grounds    9:00 - 9:30

The Right Plant in the Right Place:  What Works and What Doesn’t Work  9:30 - 10:10 

Controlling Weeds without Herbicides  10:30 - 11:10

Soils and Fertility  11:10 - 11:40   

Plant Health and Maintenance  11:40 - 12:15

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Ornamental Plant Pests/Common Invasive Plants on School Grounds  1:00 - 1:40    

Early registration $25.00  or   $30.00 after 2/24/12

http://www.cgka.org/images/UCONNK8Workshop.pdf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/29/12 - The Blended Garden: Weaving Edibles Into your Ornamental Gardens, West Hartford, CT

The Blended Garden: Weaving Edibles Into your Ornamental Gardens

 

February 29, 2012 

 

7:00 pm

Pond House
Elizabeth Park
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks Horticultural Center and gardening book author.   The Blended Garden: Weaving Edibles Into your Ornamental Gardens   Learn how to incorporate all sorts of delicious edibles right into your existing borders, flower gardens and containers. Explore the ornamental qualities of vegetable, herbs, salad greens, and small fruits. You will make your garden much more practical and exciting in 2012.

Admission $10

For more information: (860) 231-9443   www.elizabethpark.org

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

2/27/12 - Bones of the Garden: Strengthening the Design , Framingham, MA

Bones of the Garden: Strengthening the Design

Monday, February 27, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Every memorable landscape has one thing in common – strong “bones.” The placement of trees and shrubs creates form, directs movement, and organizes the garden space. Learn to select, situate, and integrate these stately elements into the cultivated landscape. Explore the concepts of creating space, the impact of plant growth over time in locating structural elements, and review a selection of native plant varieties that are well-suited for New England sites. Using your new knowledge, develop your own site-specific design. Receive feedback on designs and plant combinations, and, during the final session, inspect the “bones” of Garden in the Woods with a late winter walk.   $108 (Member) / $130 (Nonmember)

For more information:  508-877-7630 x3303,  lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor4223

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/27/12 - 2012 RI Compost Conference and Trade Show, Pawtucket RI

2012 RI Compost Conference and Trade Show

Monday, February 27, 2012 

Hope Artiste Village 
999 Main St.
Pawtucket RI

Organized by the Environment Council of Rhode Island

Morning Speakers: The big picture. 

Heat Capture & Transfer from Aerobic Composting.

Environmental Products and Services of Vermont.

Worms.

Preparing Johnson and Wales U. for composting.

What’s Going On.

For more information:
http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/reg/compost2012.php

CEU 2 AOLCP credits if attend all workshops

2/22/12 - Compost Tea Workshop , Yorktown Heights, NY

Compost Tea Workshop

February 22nd, 2012

(Snow Date is Thursday, February 23rd)

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Hilltop Hanover Farm
1271 Hanover Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Offered by Compostwerks

The application of Actively Aerated Compost Tea is becoming a widely accepted practice in
managing soil nutrition and increasing plant vigor.

Compost Tea Workshop includes instruction on:

• Logistics in producing compost tea
• Making high quality compost
• Handling and application of compost tea
• Detailed discussion on biology
• Soil Foodweb methodology
Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of;
• Plant and soil relationship dynamics
• Nutrient cycling and sequestration
• Reduction of pesticides and fertilizers
• Brewing and application equipment
• Value of direct microscopy

Cost: $150.00

Compostwerks LLC 487 East Main Street Suite 160 Mt. Kisco, New York 10549 Tel; (914) 837-2364 peter@compostwerks.com
www.compostwerks.com

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/22/12 - Compost Tea Workshop , Athol, MA

Compost Tea Workshop


Thursday, March 1st,  2012

 

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Snow Date is Friday, March 2nd. 2012

Town Hall
584 Main St. (basement)
Athol, MA 01331


Offered by Compostwerks

The application of Actively Aerated Compost Tea is becoming a widely accepted practice in
managing soil nutrition and increasing plant vigor.

Compost Tea Workshop includes instruction on:

• Logistics in producing compost tea
• Making high quality compost
• Handling and application of compost tea
• Detailed discussion on biology
• Soil Foodweb methodology
Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of;
• Plant and soil relationship dynamics
• Nutrient cycling and sequestration
• Reduction of pesticides and fertilizers
• Brewing and application equipment
• Value of direct microscopy

Cost: $150.00

Compostwerks LLC 487 East Main Street Suite 160 Mt. Kisco, New York 10549 Tel; (914) 837-2364 peter@compostwerks.com
http://www.compostwerks.com/Massachusetts-Compost-tea-Workshop.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/21/12 - Reducing Pesticide Inputs and Exploring Organic Options for Sports Turf, New Brunswick, NJ

Reducing Pesticide Inputs and Exploring Organic Options for Sports Turf

February 21, 2012

8:00am –12:00pm

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Turf managers are increasingly asked to reduce or even eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides applications. When faced with the prospect of reducing traditional inputs, AND maintaining acceptable turf quality, managers know that 'going green' is easier said than done. This half- day course will provide strategies to manage sports turf either organically or with fewer pesticide inputs.

Topics will include:
* Organic sports field management - What is it?
* The importance of soil management and turfgrass selection in an organic program.
* Low-impact pesticide options.
* Management of sports fields and
turfgrass sites in Central Park, New York City.
 $175 before February 7, 2012; $195 after

For more information:
http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/at0504ca.html

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

2/15/12 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY

Pruning Techniques    123 GAR420 C

4 Wednesdays, February 15, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Improve the value and appearance of your property by learning techniques for pruning small ornamental trees, evergreens, and deciduous shrubs. Discover when and how to rejuvenate old plantings, encourage new vigorous growth, and how to keep them under control. Lectures are enhanced with slides, demonstrations, and hands-on experience outside. Please bring lunch for classes meeting all day. Dress for the weather.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/11/12 - Winter Botany, Whately, MA

 Winter Botany

 

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012   

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Nasami Farm
128 North Street
Whately, MA

This course includes a classroom lecture on the taxonomic characteristics of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous and evergreen plants in winter, including hands-on identification of twig and plant specimens, followed by a walk around the site to put your classroom knowledge to work. Learn the significance of macro and micro characteristics including growth habit, bud morphology, phyllotaxy, leaf and bundle scars, floral patterns and fruits. Acquire experience with an extensive array of classroom specimens and field identification of woody plants. Gain confidence using a key to identify unknown specimens, whether you are a beginning or experienced botanist. The program provides lecture notes and twig samples to take home. Bring a hand lens and bag lunch and dress for the weather.

 

$82 (Member) / $98 (Nonmember)

For more information:  508-877-7630 x3303,   lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot33176

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/11/12 - Hardworking Native Perennials, Amherst, MA

Hardworking Native Perennials

Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(Snow date: Sunday, February 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Hitchcock Center
525 S. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA

Winter is the perfect time to plan for adding a punch to our spring, summer and fall gardens.
Discover which native plants can be counted on to grow vigorously, bloom generously,
and provide a strong backbone to your garden. Learn about their growing conditions, their habit, and ways to provide for striking color and foliage combinations. After the presentation, an informal roundtable discussion will allow for questions and answers and instructor suggestions.

$36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember)

For more information:  508-877-7630 x3303,  lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor1509

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

2/11/12 - Grafting Techniques for Ornamental Trees, Boston, MA

Grafting Techniques for Ornamental Trees

Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:00am–4:00pm

Arnold Arboretum
Dana Greenhouse
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Grafting is the technique of joining parts of plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one plant. It is a practical propagation method for the hobbyist, since it does not require special conditions or equipment. You will learn methods of grafting and practice making graft unions, using both deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. (Simple aftercare will be required until planting out in late spring.) If you own pruning shears or a grafting knife, bring them to class. You must sign an assumption-of-risk-and-release form in order to practice the techniques taught in class.

$90 member, $120 nonmember

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Login.aspx

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/11/12 - NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, Burlington, VT

NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

February 10 -12, 2012

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Biological Indicators of Soil Health

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2:15pm - 3:30pm (Workshop Session II)

In this workshop, you will examine critical ecological functions in soil, observe soil microorganisms under a microscope, learn about microinvertebrates as indicators of soil quality and identify resources available to participants.  Join the majestic, microscopic world in this session for intermediate to advanced growers.  Deb lives in Burlington and is employed as Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at University of Vermont.

For more information:
http://nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/workshops/biological-i...

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

2/10/12 - Edible Forest Garden Design and Theory, Rochester, NY

Edible Forest Garden Design and Theory

 

February 10-12, 2012

Friday, 10 - 6-9 pm
Saturday, 11 - 9-9
Sunday, 12 -  9-1

Rochester Permaculture Institute
163 Helen Road
Rochester, NY  14623

 

Would you like to learn how to garden like the forest even in urban/suburban spaces?  Using EdibleForestGardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier as a guide, we will explore the rationale for using these methods to produce a food forest.  We will also explore the design process to create conceptual and detailed designs for the RochesterPermacultureCenter.  Beginners and experienced forest gardeners and permaculture practitioners will all benefit from this experience. 

For more information:  585.506.6505,  patty@barefootpermaculture.com
http://rochesterpermacultureinstitute.org/events/efg/efgimmersion/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/10/12 - Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference, Northampton, MA

Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference

NOFA Mass Chapter and Real Food Campaign

February 9-11, 2012

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

First Churches
129 Main St.
Northampton, MA

Friday, February 10,  Collaborative Symposium with Regional Experts on Managing Soils for Quality.
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

- Derek Christianson, CSA farmer, Brix Bounty Farm in Darmouth, MA
- Doug Flack, diversified grass and vegetable farmer in Enosburg Falls, VT
- Dan Holmes, diversified livestock farmer enhancing pasture fertility, Peterborough, NH
- Dan Kittredge, director, Bionutrient Food Association, North Brookfield, MA

For more information:  http://www.nofamass.org/seminars/winterseminar.php  or  contact: Ben Grosscup, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org, 413-658-5374

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

2/9/12 - Soil and Nutrition, Northampton, MA

Soil and Nutrition:  An Education and Coalition-Building Conference
NOFA Mass


Thursday, February 9, 2012

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

First Churches
129 Main St.
Northampton, MA

Seminar with John Kempf, National and international speaker on soil fertility, farmer consultant, and proprietor of Advancing Eco-Agriculture.  John speaks in clear practical language about scientific understandings of plant eco-systems and how the health of people is connected to healthy land and quality produce. He will explain three stages of plant health, and how by reaching each stage we can grow plants that are not only nutritious, but resistant to soil-borne and airborne fungal disease and insect damage. He will present practices and principles that we can take to the field - practical applications of what this information means for us as farmers and how we can generate disease and insect resistance with nutrition.
Registration Cost

The registration cost for the seminar is $90 for Thursday, February 9.

Registration info and more details at: http://www.nofamass.org/seminars/winterseminar.php

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/9/12 - Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference, Northampton, MA

Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference

NOFA Mass Chapter and Real Food Campaign

February 9-11, 2012

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

First Churches
129 Main St.
Northampton, MA

Thursday, February 9,  Seminar with John Kempf
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

National and international speaker on soil fertility, farmer consultant, and proprietor of Advancing Eco-Agriculture.
John speaks in clear practical language about scientific understandings of plant eco-systems and how the health of people is connected to healthy land and quality produce. He will explain three stages of plant health, and how by reaching each stage we can grow plants that are not only nutritious, but resistant to soil-borne and airborne fungal disease and insect damage. He will present practices and principles that we can take to the field - practical applications of what this information means for us as farmers and how we can generate disease and insect resistance with nutrition.

Friday, February 10,  Collaborative Symposium with Regional Experts on Managing Soils for Quality.
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

- Derek Christianson, CSA farmer, Brix Bounty Farm in Darmouth, MA
- Doug Flack, diversified grass and vegetable farmer in Enosburg Falls, VT
- Dan Holmes, diversified livestock farmer enhancing pasture fertility, Peterborough, NH
- Dan Kittredge, director, Bionutrient Food Association, North Brookfield, MA

For more information:  http://www.nofamass.org/seminars/winterseminar.php  or  contact: Ben Grosscup, ben.grosscup@nofamass.org, 413-658-5374

CEU 3 AOLCP credits each session

2/9/12 - Naturescape Your Yard, Newington, CT

 

Naturescape Your Yard

February 9, 2012

1:00 pm

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library
95 Cedar Street
Newington, CT 06111

Gives the tools and understanding of how we can restore fragmented habitats in our own yards.  More time is spent talking about organic gardening and biodiversity, growing your own food, analyzing the site to determine what wants to be there and how we want to use it, creating habitat for both wildlife and people, conserving water and other resources, composting, reusing and recycling materials, reducing lawns, reducing maintenance by using selective and sustainable practices.


For more information:   kbgarden@charter.net  ,  (860) 665-8700  - library

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

2/8/12 - Design-less Gardening: A Naturalistic Approach, Framingham, MA

Design-less Gardening: A Naturalistic Approach

Wednesday, February 8, 2012  

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Disregard traditional design rules and adopt a new approach to garden design. Look to nature for your inspiration. What clues can you take from your landscape to help you provide the right plant for the right place? Learn to evaluate sunlight, moisture, soil and other factors to encourage a successful garden that does not require many inputs in the way of watering, fertilizing, extra coddling on your part. Create a low maintenance garden that actively supports the environment and provides beauty for all-- people and pollinators alike.
$24 (NEWFS Member) / $29 (Nonmember)


508-877-7630 x3303    Email Address:  lreed@newenglandwild.org
 http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor4023

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

2/8/12 - Sustainable Residential Landscaping, West Hartford, CT

Sustainable Residential Landscaping

February  8, 2012

 

7:00 pm

Pond House
Elizabeth Park
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Amy Sampson, owner of AES Landscape Design; Lecturer, Certified Horticulturist and CT Accredited Nursery Professional. Sustainable Residential Landscaping Your foundation and outlying plantings can be both beautiful and thrive with minimal care. Come learn about micro-climates and plants appropriate for different exposures. Amy will highlight six major Sustainable Landscape Goals and present shrubs and trees that are ideal for residential landscapes.

Admission $10

For more information: (860) 231-9443   www.elizabethpark.org

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

2/7/12 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY

Pruning Principles and Practices  123 HRT321 S

5 Tuesday, February 07, 2012; Exam – Tuesday, March 13, 2012

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

This course combines class study and hands-on pruning, matching knowledge to practice. Topics include woody plant structure and physiology as it relates to pruning; correct pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing; and pruning as an integral part of plant health care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous plants are covered. Creation and maintenance of hedges is considered, along with authentic pollarding techniques. Come dressed for field work, and bring bypass pruners if you have them.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/5/12 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers, Bronx, NY

Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers       123 HRT333 A

6 Sunday, February 05, 2012, Exam – Sunday,March 25, 2012

11:00 am to 01:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of ornamental conifers. Major plant groups studied include Chamaecyparis, Picea, Pinus, and other genera which may be grown in the northeastern United States. Gain a working knowledge of the best species and cultivars of conifers for landscaping. Come prepared to go outdoors rain or shine.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/4/12 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY

Pruning Principles and Practices  123 HRT321 B

5 Saturday, February 04, 2012;  Exam - Saturday, March 24, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

This course combines class study and hands-on pruning, matching knowledge to practice. Topics include woody plant structure and physiology as it relates to pruning; correct pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing; and pruning as an integral part of plant health care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous plants are covered. Creation and maintenance of hedges is considered, along with authentic pollarding techniques. Come dressed for field work, and bring bypass pruners if you have them.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/4/12 - Pruning in Winter, Boston, MA

Pruning in Winter

Saturday, Jan 28 or Feb 4, 2012

9:00 am–12:00 noon

Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist, will explain the reasons for pruning and what to consider when pruning dormant trees, shrubs, and vines. She will demonstrate techniques, give guidelines for determining which plants benefit from winter pruning, and explain how plants heal from pruning wounds. Note: this workshop teaches ornamental pruning techniques; it does not provide information on pruning for fruit production.

Fee $35 member, $48 nonmember

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1


 

 

 

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

2/3/12 - New England Grows 2012, Boston, MA

New England Grows 2012

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 1 - 3rd, 2012

Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210

The following courses have been approved for 1 AOLCP credit each:

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2012

How Does Your Garden Age? 
The Plight of the Honey Bee: An Awakening
Grass You Select  =  Diseases it Will Get
Up By Roots: Healthy Soil & Trees in the Built Environment  - 1.5 credits
Vertical Landscaping: Living Walls
Where the Wild Things Are: Designing with Native Plants
Arboriculture: Past, Present & Future 

THURSDAY, February 2, 2012

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A New Invasive Insect 
Applying Principals of Natural Plant Communities to Stormwater Management 
What’s Wrong with that Tree?
The Fight Against Ticks & Lyme Disease Continues
Advanced Pruning Techniques for New England Trees
Growing Your Business: Four Strategies to Implement Immediately

FRIDAY, February 3, 2012

Everything Old is New Again: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs
Cultivating Lifestyle: Creating Outdoor Rooms  - 1.5 credits
Three Seasons of Outrageous Color: Designing with Perennials 
WINNING THE PRICE WARS: How to sell value & win in the new economy
Right Tree, Right Place: Selecting Utility Trees 
How to Meet the Demand for Healthy, Organically Grown Plants

 

Visit NEG's web site for more information:

http://www.newenglandgrows.org/attendee/register.php


2/2/12 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY

Native Flora in Winter

Four Thursday, February 02, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens are examined in class and supplemented by forays around the Garden. Dress for the weather.
(Includes a $15 Materials Fee)

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout&df3=&df4...

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

2/2/12 - New England Grows 2012, Boston, MA

New England Grows 2012

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 1 - 3rd, 2012

Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210

The following courses have been approved for 1 AOLCP credit each:

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2012

How Does Your Garden Age? 
The Plight of the Honey Bee: An Awakening
Grass You Select  =  Diseases it Will Get
Up By Roots: Healthy Soil & Trees in the Built Environment  - 1.5 credits
Vertical Landscaping: Living Walls
Where the Wild Things Are: Designing with Native Plants
Arboriculture: Past, Present & Future 

THURSDAY, February 2, 2012

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A New Invasive Insect 
Applying Principals of Natural Plant Communities to Stormwater Management 
What’s Wrong with that Tree?
The Fight Against Ticks & Lyme Disease Continues
Advanced Pruning Techniques for New England Trees
Growing Your Business: Four Strategies to Implement Immediately

FRIDAY, February 3, 2012

Everything Old is New Again: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs
Cultivating Lifestyle: Creating Outdoor Rooms  - 1.5 credits
Three Seasons of Outrageous Color: Designing with Perennials 
WINNING THE PRICE WARS: How to sell value & win in the new economy
Right Tree, Right Place: Selecting Utility Trees 
How to Meet the Demand for Healthy, Organically Grown Plants

Visit NEG's web site for more information:

http://www.newenglandgrows.org/attendee/register.php


2/1/12 - New England Grows 2012, Boston, MA

New England Grows 2012

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, February 1 - 3rd, 2012

Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210

The following courses have been approved for 1 AOLCP credit each:

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2012

How Does Your Garden Age?

The Plight of the Honey Bee: An Awakening

Grass You Select  =  Diseases it Will Get

Vertical Landscaping: Living Walls

Where the Wild Things Are: Designing with Native Plants

Arboriculture: Past, Present & Future

Up By Roots: Healthy Soil & Trees in the Built Environment   -  1.5 credits


THURSDAY, February 2, 2012

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A New Invasive Insect 
Applying Principals of Natural Plant Communities to Stormwater Management 
What’s Wrong with that Tree?
The Fight Against Ticks & Lyme Disease Continues
Advanced Pruning Techniques for New England Trees
Growing Your Business: Four Strategies to Implement Immediately

FRIDAY, February 3, 2012

Everything Old is New Again: Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs
Cultivating Lifestyle: Creating Outdoor Rooms  -  1.5 credits
Three Seasons of Outrageous Color: Designing with Perennials 
WINNING THE PRICE WARS: How to sell value & win in the new economy
Right Tree, Right Place: Selecting Utility Trees 

Visit NEG's web site for more information:

http://www.newenglandgrows.org/attendee/register.php


1/31/12 - Green Technology: Design, Installation & Maintenance , Bronx, NY

Green Technology: Design, Installation & Maintenance      HRT384  

7 Tuesday, January 31, 2012;   Exam March 20, 2012

1:30pm – 3:40pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Study design, installation and maintenance strategies for green roofs and green walls. Using case studies, discussion and research, this course will explore practical approaches and standards for the successful implementation of these budding green technologies.


For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/31/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY

 

Soil Science I: Physical Properties; 123 HRT301 S

7 Tuesday, January 31, 2012;  Exam - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

02:00 pm to 04:35 pm


New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

 

Soil is the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. Learn about the physical properties of soils and gain an understanding of the complexity of soil and the dynamic relationship that exists between soils, water, and plants. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of soils. Irrigation and drainage techniques and the importance of soil organic matter and microbiology in relationship to plant health and soil conservation are also explored.


For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/31/12 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition, Bronx, NY

Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition  -   HRT302  B

6 Tuesdays, January 31, 2012;  Exam – March, 13, 2012

10:30 am – 1:10 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Learn how to feed the soil so it can feed your plants. Gain an understanding of the cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its effects on nutrient availability to plants and the ionic ex-change capacities of soil. Macronutrient cycles in the soil will be studied with emphasis on the complex Nitrogen cycle and its importance to environmental and horticultural sustainability. Explore the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, and composted soil amendments. Students will perform an analysis of their own soil sample in class. In addition, study commercial soil tests and plant tissue tests as an important tool in monitoring plant nutrition and health.
(Includes a $22 Materials Fee)

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/31/12 - Organic Turfgrass Management , New Brunswick, NJ

Organic Turfgrass Management

January 31, 2012

9:00am - 4:00pm

102 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Any successful and sustainable Organic Turf Management program must be based on sound, science-based Turgrass Management principles and practices. This half-day program, led by Dr. James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Management, and Brad Park, Sport Turf Education and Research Coordinator, will introduce and explain the science underlying a sound, long-term organic turf program.


$195 before January 17, 2012; $ 225 after.

For more information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/at0406cc.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/30/12 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, Bronx, NY

Introduction to Plant Propagation    123 GAR311 B

5 Mondays, January 30, 2012

10:30 am to 01:30 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Plant propagation is a basic horticultural skill. Survey the theory and practice of propagating woody and herbaceous plants using traditional methods, such as the use of seeds, and cuttings. Gain hands-on experience practicing simple propagation methods.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/30/12 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, New Canaan, CT

Introduction to Plant Propagation        123 GAR311 C

5 Mondays, January 30, 2012

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

 

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Plant propagation is a basic horticultural skill. Survey the theory and practice of propagating woody and herbaceous plants using traditional methods, such as the use of seeds, and cuttings. Gain hands-on experience practicing simple propagation methods.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/29/12 - Designing the Outdoor Living Space, Canton, CT

Designing the Outdoor Living Space

Designing the Outdoor Living Space - Part I
Sunday, January 15, 2012
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Designing the Outdoor Living Space - Part II
Sunday, January 29, 2012
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Road
Canton, CT

Innovative Landscape Design  Part I ,  3.0 hours – This workshop will give you the tools to transform an ordinary yard into a special outdoor living space. Planning is the foundation to any attractive and functional outdoor design and the instructors are adept at integrating ecological practices with the traditions of fine garden design

Materials Selection and Planting Plans  Part II, 3.0 hours - This workshop will cover materials selection and plants. The focus will be on natural hardscape and native plants.

Cost of each class without submitting a project: $30.00; COST OF CLASS if submitting a project: $55.00  (Attendees may choose to submit their project at the time of registration. Projects will be selected based on project criteria.  Attendees will be contacted before the class for details)

For more information, contact the Roaring Brook Nature Center
 http://www.roaringbrookconcerts.org/

CEU 3 AOLCP credits each day

1/28/12 - Pruning in Winter, Boston, MA

Pruning in Winter

Saturday, Jan 28 or Feb 4, 2012

9:00 am–12:00 noon

Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist, will explain the reasons for pruning and what to consider when pruning dormant trees, shrubs, and vines. She will demonstrate techniques, give guidelines for determining which plants benefit from winter pruning, and explain how plants heal from pruning wounds. Note: this workshop teaches ornamental pruning techniques; it does not provide information on pruning for fruit production.

Fee $35 member, $48 nonmember

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

1/28/12 - NOFA NJ Winter Conference, Princeton, NJ

22nd Annual Winter Conference, Princeton, NJ

Cultivating Change: Growing the Organic Food Movement

Saturday & Sunday, January 28 - 29, 2012

Princeton University
Friend Center
Princeton, NJ

Saturday, January 28th

Creating Beneficial Insect Habitat on Farmland   8:30 – 10 a.m.

Beneficial insects are those insects, such as pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests, which contribute positively to an agricultural ecosystem. This presentation will describe the important aspects of creating beneficial insect habitat and methods for protecting and establishing good habitat on farmland.

Incorporating Native Plants into Your Home Landscape   2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
This session will describe the benefits of using native plants in the home landscape and how to select the proper species for various environmental site conditions.


Sustainable Water Systems    2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
More than ever erratic weather patterns leave us with too much or too little water. We can and need to plan for these uncertain conditions. Understanding watersheds, landform, seasonal water flows, and water planning can help us design resilient water systems for our homes, farms, and landscapes. We’ll consider rainwater collection, hillside structures like swales and terraces, keyline, ponds, tanks, green roofs, and stormwater planning. Our talk will also explore home water use and improvements like greywater systems.

For further information: http://www.nofanj.org/winterconference.htm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

1/24/12 - GIS for Public Gardens, Managed Landscapes, and More, Cambridge, MA

GIS for Public Gardens, Managed Landscapes, and More: An Introductory Workshop 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012; Snow date: Wed. January, 25

9:00am–5:00pm

Harvard Science Center
Classroom B-09
1 Oxford Street 
Cambridge, MA

Are you interested in taking your garden maps to the next level? This full-day workshop will guide participants through the process of creating a Geographic Information System (GIS) for a public garden or similar landscape using Esri ArcGIS and the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS Public Garden Data Model on individual work stations. Participants will learn how to download and install the data model template, how to create and edit map features in ArcGIS, how to collect garden data, and how to create plant collection maps. Participants will also be provided with crucial concepts and background information about GIS, managing and presenting garden collections data, and additional resources available for creating a GIS for your own garden, park, nature center, zoo, cemetery, museum or other landscape.

Fee before Dec. 15 $160 member, $195 nonmember; after Dec. 15 $185 member, $220 nonmember

Call 617.384.5277 for availability.  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/24/12 - Scientific Foundation of Sustainability, Warwick, RI

Scientific Foundation of Sustainability

January 24, 2012   

9:00 am - 10:00 am     

Crowne Plaza
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI

Offered by Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.
For 3.5 billion years life has not only sustained itself, but has thrived on this planet.  To create sustainable systems we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we only need to embrace the foundational scientific principles that govern sustainability in all living systems. This presentation covers three of these foundational principles: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics and its relationship to entropy, and the law of self-organization. Examples of how these laws work in the natural world will be used to show how they can be applied to human systems like a community or an economy.

For more information: 401-934-7660    Email:  jheston@verizon.net

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

1/23/12 - Organic Land Care Accreditation and Training, Oregon City, OR

Organic Land Care Accreditation and Training for the Landscape Profession

Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27, 2012

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City Campus
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR
Clairmont Hall, Room C-118

An intensive workshop for landscape professionals focusing on OLC principles and applications, including soil balancing and testing, soil biology, and plant pathology.

Oregon Tilth, in partnership with Clackamas Community College, is offering a five-day training for landscape professionals focusing on organic practices including Integrated Pest Management, soil building, sustainable landscape design, organic weed management, marketing organic land care, storm water management, tree care, sustainable resources and more.


Registration fee for 5-day Training: $550.  Early Registration Discount: Register by December 14, 2011 - $495

For more information:
http://tilth.org/education-research/organic-land-care-accreditation/training-and-workshops-1/organic-land-care-workshop

CEU 4 AOLCP credits for both classes

1/23/12 - Soil: Where Geoscience Meets Botany, Wellesley, MA

Soil: Where Geoscience Meets Botany

Monday, January 23, 2012
2:30-4:00pm

Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Wellesley, MA

Offered by the Arnold Arboretum.


Soil has been called "the bridge between life and the inanimate world."  Join Janet McDonough, Senior Instructor of Biological Science Laboratory at Wellesley College, to gain a new appreciation for this backbone of our landscape. From its origins in the glacial era, explore the characteristics of soils in New England and how that character is represented by the plants in our landscape. How is soil made? What are the components of a good soil, and what easy methods can gardeners use to tell what amendments are needed? From geology to biology, Janet will give us all the dirt on soil.  $10 member, $15 non-member

 

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

 

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

1/22/12 - NOFA-NY Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY

NOFA-NY Winter Conference, January 20-22, 2012

Saratoga Hilton and City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY

 

Advanced Integrated Pest Management

Saturday, January 21, 2012

8:00 am – 9:15 am

This session will help you take your IPM knowledge to that next level. Jud Reid, Robert Hadad, and Abby Seaman, Cornell Vegetable Program, will provide advanced tips and techniques.
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Sustainable Soil Management


Sunday, January 22, 2012

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Sustainable soil management involves maintaining good biological, physical, and chemical soil health.  Bianca and Daniel Moebius-Clune, Cornell U., will cover basic principles including soil type and qualify, what soils need to do for your crops, how constraints impact your crops, and interpreting soil tests. We will consider sustainable management strategies and provide resources for learning more about management options.

http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

CEU 1 AOLCP credits each

1/21/12 - Winter Tree Identification, Bronx, NY

Winter Tree Identification    123 HRT440 B

4 Saturdays, January 21, 2012;  Exam February 25, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

 

Learn the basic techniques of woody plant identification. Buds, bark, and growth habits on deciduous plants as well as interesting characteristics on conifers are taught. Specialized techniques and tools of the trade are discussed. Dress for the weather.


For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/21/12 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY

Native Flora in Winter         123 BOT332 A

 

4 Saturdays, January 21, 2012


10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Learn to recognize the characteristics of native and common woody plants in the winter. While in their dormant, leafless state, trees and shrubs can be identified by bud types, leaf scars, fruit remnants, and other distinguishing marks. Specimens are examined in class and supplemented by forays around the Garden. Dress for the weather.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=BOT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/21/12 - Pruning Techniques, New Canaan, CT

Pruning Techniques   123 GAR420 B  

4 Saturdays, January 21, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

 

Improve the value and appearance of your property by learning techniques for pruning small ornamental trees, evergreens, and deciduous shrubs. Discover when and how to rejuvenate old plantings, encourage new vigorous growth, and how to keep them under control. Lectures are enhanced with slides, demonstrations, and hands-on experience outside. Please bring lunch for classes meeting all day. Dress for the weather.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/21/12 - Winter Botany, Framingham, MA

Winter Botany 

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012   

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

This course includes a classroom lecture on the taxonomic characteristics of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous and evergreen plants in winter, including hands-on identification of twig and plant specimens, followed by a walk around the site to put your classroom knowledge to work. Learn the significance of macro and micro characteristics including growth habit, bud morphology, phyllotaxy, leaf and bundle scars, floral patterns and fruits. Acquire experience with an extensive array of classroom specimens and field identification of woody plants. Gain confidence using a key to identify unknown specimens, whether you are a beginning or experienced botanist. The program provides lecture notes and twig samples to take home. Bring a hand lens and bag lunch and dress for the weather.

$82 (Member) / $98 (Nonmember)

For more information: 508-877-7630 x3303,or   lreed@newenglandwild.org
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot3317

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/20/12 - Gardening in Wet Spaces with Native Plants, Framingham, MA

Gardening in Wet Spaces with Native Plants

Friday, January 20, 2012

10 a.m.-12:00 noon

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Offered by NE Wild Flower Association. Working with native plants that enjoy “wet feet” adds great interest to a pond side or wet area in your garden. While providing wildlife habitat, pond-side and moisture loving plants also act as a filter for runoff water. Explore the gorgeous native plant palette based on the Lily Pond at Garden in the Woods. Discuss design ideas you can bring back to your own wet environment, utilizing layers of native perennials, shrubs and trees for seasonal interest.

$24 (Member) / $29 (Nonmember)

For more information: http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor4077

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

1/19/12 - Restored Ecosystem / Improved Water Quality, Wellesley, MA

Restored Ecosystem / Improved Water Quality

Thursday, January 19, 2012 (Snow date January 25)

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wellesley College Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Center (ELA)
Adjacent to Greenhouse and Science Center
Wellesley College Campus
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA

John Engwer of Groundscapes Express leads this case study discussion based upon the Wellesley College project to address soil compaction, invasive species, and erosion to restore the ecosystem and achieve improved water quality.

Groundscapes Express has been working with Wellesley College on a project on their campus that addresses water quality, soil compaction, invasive species, and erosion. Groundscapes' approach treats the whole site as an ecosystem or a sub-watershed within the context of the college campus.

The project area also sits downslope from asphalt road and parking areas, and large roof areas also discharge to the slope. Existing site features are not capable of handling the volume of runoff during high-intensity rain events. The volume of rainwater that comes from the turf, road, and roof areas all sheet-flows onto the slope, which then drains into the lake. Part of the slope had been forested with established Canadian hemlock trees. Infected with hemlock wooly adelgid, and untreated for a number of years, the trees were in such decline that they were cut down in late 2009.


The challenges were to stabilize the soils on the disturbed slope, stop soil erosion, prevent invasive infestation, and establish new vegetation. Groundscapes worked to restore ecological structure and to regain hydrological functioning that had been in place prior to tree removal. This process involved treating invasive plants, restoring a mulch layer, dispersing water flow, establishing a vegetative ground layer, and restoring the soil food web.

$20.00 ELA Member or Friends of Horticulture $25 Non-Member

For more information:  https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1008753

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

1/19/12 - Sustainable Practices for Ecosystem Restoration, Wellesley, MA

Sustainable Practices for Ecosystem Restoration

January 19, 2012

1:00-3:30 PM

Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Visitor Center, Adjacent to Greenhouse and Science Center
Wellesley College Campus
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA

Groundscapes Express has worked on many ecosystem restoration projects throughout the region. Groundscapes' approach treats the whole site as an ecosystem or a sub-watershed for greatest success. Projects implement best practices for improved water quality, soil compaction, invasive species, and erosion control. At this Roundtable presentation, John Engwer will describe ecosystem restoration projects at sites including Wellesley College, Kent Hospital, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Mount Auburn Cemetery, and Fresh Pond Reservation.

For more information:
http://www.ecolandscaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Engwer-Ecosyste...

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

1/19/12 - The CT Tree Protective Association's 90th Annual Meeting, Plantsville, CT

 

The CT Tree Protective Association's
90th Annual Meeting

 

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
8:00 am to 3:45 pm

The Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry Street
Plantsville, CT

The US Forest Service Research on Non-Native Invasive Insects in Connecticut

Restoring the Urban Forest

Killing Trees with Kindness

Preregistration (received by January 11)
Members* Non-members**
Adults $55.00 $70.00

After January 11 and at the door
Members* Non-members**
Adults $65.00 $85.00

http://www.ctpa.org/    (203) 484-2512

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

1/18/12 - GEM Business Seminar (Growth, Effectiveness, Management), Charlestown, RI

GEM Business Seminar (Growth, Effectiveness, Management)

January 18 &19, 2012 (snow date Friday, Jan. 20)

Kettle Pond Visitor Center
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI   02813

 

Consultant Frank Crandall will host the 8th two-day intensive GEM (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Horticultural Business Seminar. Crandall, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist, Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, will share methods and techniques he mastered during 38 years of experience running an award-winning landscape firm with $3 million in sales and 30 employees at its peak.

Day 1
Ten Steps to Increase Sales; Using the Social Media to Market your Business;
Fundamentals of Estimating and Job Costing; Sample Landscape Estimate based on Landscape Plan Provided; Importance of a Company Handbook...and How to Assemble One;
Horticultural Business Insurance Coverages to Consider

Day 2
 How to Attract, Hire, Retain...and Fire Employees; Legal Contracts, Non-Compete, and Confidentiality Agreements; Company Finances: Budgets, Projections, P&L,s and Balance Sheets; Measurements in Landscape Estimates, Using Scales, Converting, Determining Profit Markups and Margins

CONTACT: Frank Crandall (401) 742-7619 / FrankCrandall3@gmail.com


The cost is $395 per person; $375 early bird registration (by Jan. 3, 2012); $375 each for two or more employees from the same company. Checks should be made payable to Frank Crandall, GEM and mailed to: PO Box 451, Wakefield, RI 02880.

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/18/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, New London, CT

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design
23rd Annual Symposium

sponsored by
New Directions in the American Landscape

co-sponsored by
Haverford College Arboretum, and PA/DE Chapter of the AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13, 2012

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA

And


Tuesday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Connecticut College Arboretum
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320

Landscape Architecture Meets Ecological Restoration: A Marriage of Necessity CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Landscape Maintenance and Ecological Succession: Breaking the Tyranny of Bark Mulch and Gang Mowers  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Native Plant Thread: From Discovery to Mass Production   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:15 PM -  1:45 PM


Preserving Local Ecotypes: One Seed, One Arboretum, One Island at a Time  

CEU 1 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 


Sit Where You Want to Sit, See What You Want to See  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Farmscape Ecology: Agriculture Joins Restoration    CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A Laissez-faire Approach to the Edible Residential Landscape   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

European Pasture Grasses and Native Grasses: How Are They Different   CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The Artful Garden: Oehme van Sweden and Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design       CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM -  2:45 PM


Drawing Water: Artful Collaborations in Response to Site Conditions  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM -  3:45 PM

Bonsai and Natural Landscape Design? Really? What’s the Connection?  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Regular Rate ($295)     Student Rate ($165)  For more information:  www.ndal.org

 

1/18/12 - Natural Turf Management: A Systems Approach, Bordentown, NJ

Natural Turf Management: A Systems Approach

 

January 18, 2012

8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Rutgers EcoComplex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd.
Bordentown, NJ 08505

 

The Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management

Conventional vs. Natural Turf Management: A Perspective

 

Understanding Soil Biology

Turfgrass Nutrition and Soil Health

 

Amended Cultural Practices for Natural Turf


Addressing Pests Without Chemicals

 

For more information:  609-468-1905,  info@ techterraenvironmental.com, http://www.techterraenvironmental.com/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/18/12 - New Hampshire Landscape Association Winter Meeting, Concord, NH

New Hampshire Landscape Association
Joint NHLA / UNHCE / NHPGA Winter Meeting

 

January 18, 2012

Courtyard Marriott
Concord, NH

 

Biocontrol in Landscapes  and Natural Areas

 

There are many new and effective biological control programs underway in New England against key invasive insects and weeds. We will discuss the opportunities and limitations for biological control against such pests as lily leaf beetle, swallow-worts, hemlock woolly adelgid, mile-a-minute vine, birch leafminer, phragmites australis, winter moth, and others. Alternative management techniques, including pesticides will also be covered.

For more information:   http://www.nhlaonline.org/news-events/JointWinterMeeting.cfm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits each day

1/18/12 - Survival in the Darwinian Garden: Planting the Fittest, West Hartford, CT

Survival in the Darwinian Garden: Planting the Fittest

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

7:00 pm

Pond House
Elizabeth Park
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Karen Bussolini, garden photographer, writer, speaker and eco-friendly garden coach. Survival in the Darwinian Garden: Planting the Fittest Figuring out how to satisfy the needs of fussy plants can be an exercise in frustration. Choosing plants that want to grow where we plant them is a good way to have a garden that provides more pleasure. We will explore good, tough, well-adapted plants and gardeners’ strategies for encouraging them to survive beautifully in our gardens.

Admission $10

For more information: (860) 231-9443   www.elizabethpark.org

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

1/17/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, New London, CT

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design
23rd Annual Symposium

sponsored by
New Directions in the American Landscape

co-sponsored by
Haverford College Arboretum, and PA/DE Chapter of the AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13, 2012

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA

And


Tuesday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Connecticut College Arboretum
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320

Landscape Architecture Meets Ecological Restoration: A Marriage of Necessity CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Landscape Maintenance and Ecological Succession: Breaking the Tyranny of Bark Mulch and Gang Mowers  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Native Plant Thread: From Discovery to Mass Production   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:15 PM -  1:45 PM


Preserving Local Ecotypes: One Seed, One Arboretum, One Island at a Time  

CEU 1 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 


Sit Where You Want to Sit, See What You Want to See  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Farmscape Ecology: Agriculture Joins Restoration    CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A Laissez-faire Approach to the Edible Residential Landscape   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

European Pasture Grasses and Native Grasses: How Are They Different   CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The Artful Garden: Oehme van Sweden and Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design       CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM -  2:45 PM


Drawing Water: Artful Collaborations in Response to Site Conditions  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM -  3:45 PM

Bonsai and Natural Landscape Design? Really? What’s the Connection?  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Regular Rate ($295)     Student Rate ($165)  For more information:  www.ndal.org

 

1/17/12 - Natural Turf Management: A Systems Approach, Elmwood Park, NJ

Natural Turf Management: A Systems Approach

 

January 17, 2012

8:30 am to 3:00 pm

NJ Landscape Contractors Association
465 Boulevard
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

The Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management

Conventional vs. Natural Turf Management: A Perspective

 

Understanding Soil Biology

Turfgrass Nutrition and Soil Health

 

Amended Cultural Practices for Natural Turf


Addressing Pests Without Chemicals

 

For more information:  609-468-1905,  info@ techterraenvironmental.com, http://www.techterraenvironmental.com/

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/15/12 - Designing the Outdoor Living Space, Canton, CT

Designing the Outdoor Living Space

Designing the Outdoor Living Space - Part I
Sunday, January 15, 2012
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Designing the Outdoor Living Space - Part II
Sunday, January 29, 2012
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Road
Canton, CT

Innovative Landscape Design  Part I ,  3.0 hours – This workshop will give you the tools to transform an ordinary yard into a special outdoor living space. Planning is the foundation to any attractive and functional outdoor design and the instructors are adept at integrating ecological practices with the traditions of fine garden design

Materials Selection and Planting Plans  Part II, 3.0 hours - This workshop will cover materials selection and plants. The focus will be on natural hardscape and native plants.

Cost of each class without submitting a project: $30.00; COST OF CLASS if submitting a project: $55.00  (Attendees may choose to submit their project at the time of registration. Projects will be selected based on project criteria.  Attendees will be contacted before the class for details)

For more information, contact the Roaring Brook Nature Center
 http://www.roaringbrookconcerts.org/

CEU 3 AOLCP credits each day

1/14/12 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA

2012 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

January 14, 2012

Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street 
Worcester, MA 01602

 

Check the NOFA Mass web site for times of each workshop.  All sessions are 90 min. long. 

http://www.nofamass.org/conferences/winter/index.php

 

Crop Sequences and Fertility Plans for Productive Large and Medium-sized Gardens (beginner/intermediate)
Commercial growers deal in acres, gardeners generally in 100-square-foot increments.  High tunnel greenhouses extend growers’ seasons through winter, whereas most gardeners limit themselves to Memorial Day starts and Labor Day finishes.

Bioretention Practices for Stormwater Management  (all levels)
Bioretention practices such as rain gardens and tree filter systems are increasingly being used to provide low impact stormwater pollutant management reducing the negative impact of insensitive land development.

Conservation Design and Implementation Strategies  (intermediate/advanced)
Learn to weave these seven techniques into your existing methods to ensure a successful union with your conservation commission, your community, and a better outcome for these valuable lands.

Organic Lawn Care  (all levels)
Grass doesn’t belong everywhere yet isn’t the enemy, either. Learn when and where to grow lawn free of synthetics, pesticides and in the most ecologically responsible way that sequesters carbon. Learn how to make peace with your weeds and learn their benefits.

Urban Streetscapes: Treating Stormwater and “Greening” the Public Realm (all levels)
Through the Blue Cities Program, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) has partnered with many communities and resident groups to design and construct multiple low-impact development stormwater treatment systems in urban and suburban neighborhoods.

Chainsaw Safety, Use and Maintenance  (beginner/intermediate)
We will cover all areas of chainsaw safety, use and maintenance. This class is a must for those who intend to use a saw with no prior instruction. I will have multiple saws and proper safety clothing on hand to demonstrate to the class.

 

Healing the Community by Healing the Soil
We will explain our evolution from focusing on remediation techniques that limit children’s exposure to contaminated soil to methods that would permanently get rid of the lead, by biologically transforming it into inaccessible forms.

 

Edible Forest Gardens: Growing a Food Paradise  (intermediate)
Through images and discussion enjoy a thriving edible forest garden that produces loads of fruits, roots, shoots, greens, seeds, flowers, mulch, eggs, knowledge and fun. Come learn how to use the plants (and other yields) from this permaculture paradise in your own garden.

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits for each workshop

1/13/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, Haverford, PA

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design
23rd Annual Symposium

sponsored by
New Directions in the American Landscape

co-sponsored by
Haverford College Arboretum, and PA/DE Chapter of the AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13, 2012

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA

And


Tuesday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Connecticut College Arboretum
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320

Landscape Architecture Meets Ecological Restoration: A Marriage of Necessity CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Landscape Maintenance and Ecological Succession: Breaking the Tyranny of Bark Mulch and Gang Mowers  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Native Plant Thread: From Discovery to Mass Production   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:15 PM -  1:45 PM


Preserving Local Ecotypes: One Seed, One Arboretum, One Island at a Time  

CEU 1 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 


Sit Where You Want to Sit, See What You Want to See  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Farmscape Ecology: Agriculture Joins Restoration    CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A Laissez-faire Approach to the Edible Residential Landscape   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

European Pasture Grasses and Native Grasses: How Are They Different   CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The Artful Garden: Oehme van Sweden and Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design       CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM -  2:45 PM


Drawing Water: Artful Collaborations in Response to Site Conditions  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM -  3:45 PM

Bonsai and Natural Landscape Design? Really? What’s the Connection?  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Regular Rate ($295)     Student Rate ($165)  For more information:  www.ndal.org

 

1/12/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, Haverford, PA

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design
23rd Annual Symposium

sponsored by
New Directions in the American Landscape

co-sponsored by
Haverford College Arboretum, and PA/DE Chapter of the AmericanSociety of Landscape Architects

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13, 2012

Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA

And


Tuesday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Connecticut College Arboretum
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320

Landscape Architecture Meets Ecological Restoration: A Marriage of Necessity CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Landscape Maintenance and Ecological Succession: Breaking the Tyranny of Bark Mulch and Gang Mowers  CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Native Plant Thread: From Discovery to Mass Production   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:15 PM -  1:45 PM


Preserving Local Ecotypes: One Seed, One Arboretum, One Island at a Time  

CEU 1 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 


Sit Where You Want to Sit, See What You Want to See  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Farmscape Ecology: Agriculture Joins Restoration    CEU 1 AOLCP credit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A Laissez-faire Approach to the Edible Residential Landscape   CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

European Pasture Grasses and Native Grasses: How Are They Different   CEU 1 AOLCP credit
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The Artful Garden: Oehme van Sweden and Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design       CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
1:45 PM -  2:45 PM


Drawing Water: Artful Collaborations in Response to Site Conditions  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
2:45 PM -  3:45 PM

Bonsai and Natural Landscape Design? Really? What’s the Connection?  CEU 1/2 AOLCP credit
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Regular Rate ($295)     Student Rate ($165)  For more information:  www.ndal.org

 

1/9/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY

Soil Science I: Physical Properties               123 HRT301 C

6 Mondays, January 09, 2012; Exam -  Monday, March 05, 2012

06:15 pm to 09:15 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Soil is the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. Learn about the physical properties of soils and gain an understanding of the complexity of soil and the dynamic relationship that exists between soils, water, and plants. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of soils. Irrigation and drainage techniques and the importance of soil organic matter and microbiology in relationship to plant health and soil conservation are also explored.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/7/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY

Soil Science I: Physical Properties             123 HRT301 B

 

6 Saturday, January 07, 2012,   Exam –Saturday, March 03, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Soil is the very foundation of sustainable horticulture and agriculture. Learn about the physical properties of soils and gain an understanding of the complexity of soil and the dynamic relationship that exists between soils, water, and plants. This course focuses on the texture, structure, density, and color of soils. Irrigation and drainage techniques and the importance of soil organic matter and microbiology in relationship to plant health and soil conservation are also explored.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/5/12 - CNLA-CGGA Winter Symposium and Expo, Manchester, CT

 

CT Nursery & Landscape Association and CT Greenhouse Growers Association, Winter Symposium and Expo


January 4 & 5, 2012

Manchester Community College
Great Path
Manchester, CT 06040

 

Wednesday, January 4

 

How Biocontrols Work For Us.   9:00-10:00am.  Auditorium
Listen to three experienced growers explain how they've reduced pesticide use with various biocontrol techniques.

Roses That Do Well In Connecticut.   1:00-2:00pm. Auditorium

Common and Invasive insects of the New England Landscape and Nursery.    2:00-3:00pm. Library.

Thursday, January 5  

Benefits & Strategies of Integrating Biologicals Into Your Growing & Lawn Care Programs  9:00-10:00am. Library.
Learn the basic science and principles of soil microbiology and the soil food web, focusing on why microbes are so important to plant and turf health and growth. How to integrate biologicals into your current practices, and how they can be an alternative treatment in areas where laws prohibit fertilizers and pesticides.

Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs.    9:00-10:00am. Library

A New Fungus Hits Boxwood in Connecticut.   3:00-4:00pm. Auditorium

The Landscape Design Challenge.   3:00-4:00pm. Library

For more information:   www.flowersplantsinct.com/cnla_winter_symposium.htm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each

1/4/12 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY

Pruning Principles and Practices           123 HRT321 A

5 Wednesday, January 04, 2012;  Exam – Wednesday, February 08, 2012

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

This course combines class study and hands-on pruning, matching knowledge to practice. Topics include woody plant structure and physiology as it relates to pruning; correct pruning techniques and tools; pruning timing; and pruning as an integral part of plant health care. Pruning of trees and shrubs, conifers and broadleaves, and evergreen and deciduous plants are covered. Creation and maintenance of hedges is considered, along with authentic pollarding techniques. Come dressed for field work, and bring bypass pruners if you have them.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/4/12 - Tree Management, Bronx, NY

Tree Management     HRT422 S

7 Wednesdays, January 04, 2012

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Learn the techniques of tree care, and gain an understanding of what makes a healthy tree. Topics include pruning, common tree problems, spraying, lightning protection, transplanting, fertilization of trees under stress, and root problems. Samples of tree problems, supplies, and tools are exhibited.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/4/12 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition , Bronx, NY

Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition  -   HRT302   S

6 Wednesdays, January, 4, 2012; Exam – February 15, 2012

2:00pm – 4:40 pm

 

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Learn how to feed the soil so it can feed your plants. Gain an understanding of the cornerstones of soil chemistry: pH and its effects on nutrient availability to plants and the ionic ex-change capacities of soil. Macronutrient cycles in the soil will be studied with emphasis on the complex Nitrogen cycle and its importance to environmental and horticultural sustainability. Explore the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, and composted soil amendments. Students will perform an analysis of their own soil sample in class. In addition, study commercial soil tests and plant tissue tests as an important tool in monitoring plant nutrition and health.  (Includes a $22 Materials Fee)

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

1/4/12 - CNLA-CGGA Winter Symposium and Expo, Manchester, CT

 

CT Nursery & Landscape Association and CT Greenhouse Growers Association, Winter Symposium and Expo


January 4 & 5, 2012

Manchester Community College
Great Path
Manchester, CT 06040

 

Wednesday, January 4

 

How Biocontrols Work For Us.   9:00-10:00am.  Auditorium
Listen to three experienced growers explain how they've reduced pesticide use with various biocontrol techniques.

Roses That Do Well In Connecticut.   1:00-2:00pm. Auditorium

Common and Invasive insects of the New England Landscape and Nursery.    2:00-3:00pm. Library.

Thursday, January 5  

Benefits & Strategies of Integrating Biologicals Into Your Growing & Lawn Care Programs  9:00-10:00am. Library.
Learn the basic science and principles of soil microbiology and the soil food web, focusing on why microbes are so important to plant and turf health and growth. How to integrate biologicals into your current practices, and how they can be an alternative treatment in areas where laws prohibit fertilizers and pesticides.

Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs.    9:00-10:00am. Library

A New Fungus Hits Boxwood in Connecticut.   3:00-4:00pm. Auditorium

The Landscape Design Challenge.   3:00-4:00pm. Library

For more information:   www.flowersplantsinct.com/cnla_winter_symposium.htm

CEU 1 AOLCP credits for each

12/14/11 - Winter Tree ID, West Hartford, CT

F11/18 WINTER TREE ID

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hartford County Extension Center
1800 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT

DEADLINE: December 7, 2011

How do you identify trees when there are no leaves and flowers as clues? Buds, bark and braches (structure) are all clues you can use in the winter to identify trees in the landscape. Kevin will discuss the basic techniques and provide plenty of samples for students to practice on.

$50.00 Non-Master Gardener, $40.00 Master Gardener

For more information: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

12/13/11 - Ginkgo: A Fresh Look at a Living Fossil, Boston, MA

Ginkgo: A Fresh Look at a Living Fossil  

December, 13, 2011

7:00pm-8:30pm

The Arnold Arboretum
of Harvard University
Weld Hill Research Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Join Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, for an in-depth look at one of the oldest and most fascinating trees on the planet. Del Tredici has been studying the natural history and evolution of Ginkgo biloba for a quarter century and is recognized as a world authority on the subject. His recent travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China to search for wild-growing populations. Del Tredici has investigated nearly all aspects of this unique and ancient relict, from its cultivation for ornamental purposes to its uses in traditional medicine to improve memory. Free, but registration requested

For more information: https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

 

CEU 1 AOLCP credits

12/6/11 - NOFA OLC Annual Gathering - Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations, Storrs, CT

NOFA OLC Annual Gathering - Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


8:00 am – 4:30 pm


Student Union Theater, UCONN
2110 Hillside Rd
Storrs, CT 06269


The Foundational Principles of Sustainability – Tom Wessels

To create sustainable systems we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we only need to embrace the foundational scientific principles that govern sustainability in all living systems. This presentation covers three of these foundational principles:  the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics and its relationship to entropy, and the law of self-organization. Examples of how these laws work in the natural world will be used to show how they can be applied to human systems like a community or an economy.

 

Tree health and tree pathology will be discussed by Kevin Smith, PhD, Claire Rutledge, PhD, and Robert Marra, PhD. 


Arboriculture, landscaping and transitioning your business to organic practices will be  presented by Peter Wild and Todd Harrington.


Perspective on incorporating trees into your landscape design will be discussed by Diane Devore, an award-winning Landscape Architect.


Exploring alternative concepts of tree health and tree healing will be presented by Dr. Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander.


For AOLCPs:
Before November 15 . . . . $75
After November 15 . . . . . . $85

Non-AOLCPS:
Before November 15 . . . . $85
After November 15 . . . . . . $95


For additional information:

http://www.organiclandcare.net/education/update-course

 

CEU 6 AOLCP credits

12/6/11 - Comprehensive Eco-Growing Systems, Columbus, Ohio

Comprehensive Eco-Growing Systems  

Offered by Acres usa

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 6-7, 2011

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

Full Day 1 (Tuesday): Soil-Plant Interactions
8 am – 5 pm

-Philosophy and principles of eco-agriculture; understanding true cause and effect.
-Soil biology & humic substances. The role of soil biology in enhancing plants and suppressing root diseases.
-Carbon cycling & carbon building.
-Soil analysis & micronutrient interactions.
-The role of trace minerals in disease suppression.

Full Day 2 (Wednesday): Plant Nutrition
8 am 5 pm

-Healthy vs. unhealthy plants.
-Photosynthesis = protein synthesis; discussion of various plant compounds, carbohydrates, proteins, etc.
-Nutrient interactions in plants.
-Spoon-fed nutrients, drip and foliar.

$395 for both days

For more information:http://www.acresusa.com/events/events.htm 
Call 1-800-355-5313 or http://www.acresusa.com/events/11conf/registration.htm

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

12/4/11 - Shrubs in Winter, Framingham, MA

Shrubs in Winter

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
   
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Offered by NE Wild Flower Association. The leaves are nearly gone from most shrubs, but you can still learn to recognize them. In this class, we focus on a number of macro-characteristics such as branching patterns, growth habits, bark, persistent fruit, galls, and habitats to help us identify more than 20 native New England shrubs in late fall and winter. We also discuss the natural history of the shrubs we see. The program begins with a classroom session and then moves into the field. Look for such species as witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), and, of course, winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). Bring a bag lunch and a hand lens.
$48 (Member) / $58 (Nonmember)

For more information 508-877-7630 x3303, or lreed@newenglandwild.org

http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot3312

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

12/3/11 - Introduction to Winter Tree Identification, Boston, MA

Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

Saturday, December 3, and 10, 2011

9:00am–12:30pm

The Arnold Arboretum
Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

Learn the basic information necessary to identify deciduous trees during their dormant season. Looking at specific character combinations, you will determine the genus and species of several types of trees in the Boston area. Class begins indoors with a discussion of basic classification techniques and continues outside to the Arboretum grounds to examine a variety of trees. This class is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both classroom and outdoor learning. A hand lens may be helpful, but is not necessary.  $90 member, $120 nonmember

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

12/2/11 - Turning a New Leaf Conference, Lancaster, PA

Turning a New Leaf Conference  

Friday, December 2, 2011,

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton,
2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA

EVERY DESIGN COUNTS

10:45 – 12:00
A.1 The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Applying natural color theories to enhance design
Claudia West, North Creek Nurseries

1:00 – 2:15
A.2 A Landscape Revolution: Creating functional, natural landscapes
Kelly Gutshall, Land Studies

2:30 – 3:45
A.3 Celebrating Stormwater: Using rain gardens and other techniques to protect our stormwater resource
Tavis Dockwiller, Viridian Landscape Studio

                     

EVERY DROP COUNTS

10:45 – 12:00
B.1 Red Streams Blue: A watershed approach to water quality
Jane Fava, Brandywine Valley Association

1:00 – 2:15
B.2 Artful Stormwater Design
Dr. Stuart Echols, Penn State Landscape Architecture Program

2:30 – 3:45
B.3 Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance and Green Infrastructure
Jennifer Dowdell & Joe Berg Biohabitats


EVERY MESSAGE COUNTS

10:45 – 12:00
C.1 Marketing to the Unbeliever: How to sell conservation to the average consumer
Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks

1:00 – 2:15
C.2 Hot or Not: How making sustainable landscapes fashionable will revolutionize the movement
Thomas Rainer, Rhodeside & Harwell

2:30 – 3:45
C.3 Designing in Sustainability: at the intersection of design and ecology
Adele Ashkar, George Washington U; Dr. Jean Marie Hartman, Rutgers U; Dr. Mary Myers,
Temple U


EVERY PLANT COUNTS

10:45 – 12:00
D.1 Plants With Purpose: Edibles and ecological design
Jeanette Ankoma-Sey AECOM

1:00 – 2:15
D.2 Plants Online: Native plant data for a growing market
Claudio Vazquez & Amanda McClean, IZEL Plants,  Kathy Reshetiloff USFWS, Chesapeake Bay Field Office (Native Plant Center)

2:30 – 3:45
D.3 Native Plants forDiverse Landscapes
Rick Lewandowski, Mt. Cuba Center

 

Early Registration through October 15  $89 members; $99 non-members; $49 Student
Registration after October 15  $109 members; $119 non-members; $59 student

For more information: http://chesapeakelandscape.org/2011leaf.htm

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

12/1/11 - Topics in Sustainable Landscape Design & Management, Sturbridge, MA

UMass Extension Symposium: Topics in Sustainable Landscape Design & Management

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sturbridge Host Hotel
Sturbridge, MA

8:15 – 9:00   
Composts: Evaluation & Use in the Landscape  

9:00 – 10:15
Turfgrasses: Selection and Establishment

10:30 – 11:15
Transitioning to Meadows: A Case Study


11:15 – Noon
Turfgrass Alternatives for a Lawn-Like Look

1:00 – 1:45
Pastures & Conservation Areas: Plant Selection & Establishment

1:45 – 2:30
High-Mown Areas: Learning from the Golf Course Experience

2:45 – 3:45
Dealing with Invasives and Undesirables

Contact Mary Owen at 508-892-0382; mowen@umext.umass.edu or Jason Lanier
at 413-545-2965; jdlanier@umext.umass.edu

CEU 4AOLCP credits

11/21/11 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY

Pruning Techniques     122 GAR420 A

4 Mondays, November 21, 2011

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Improve the value and appearance of your property by learning techniques for pruning small ornamental trees, evergreens, and deciduous shrubs. Discover when and how to rejuvenate old plantings, encourage new vigorous growth, and how to keep them under control. Lectures are enhanced with slides, demonstrations, and hands-on experience outside. Please bring lunch for classes meeting all day. Dress for the weather.

For more intormation:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/18/11 - Managing Landscapes Sustainably, Ronkonkoma, NY

Managing Landscapes Sustainably

 

Friday, November 18th, 2011

3845 Veteran’s Memorial Highway
Holiday Inn
Ronkonkoma, NY

 

8:30 - 9:30  Contaminated Ground Water: Protecting the Quality of Our Drinking Supply
Joyce Rodler, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
 
9:30-10:45      Improving Our Urban Environments: Integrating Science & Practitioner-Based Knowledge at the NYC Urban Field Station
Erika Svendsen, PhD & Nancy Falxa-Raymond, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
 
11:15-12:15     Landscapes & Seascapes: How Are They Connected?  Landscape Practices to Protect the Quality of Our Surface Water
Mark Cappellino, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
 
1:15 - 2:45     Protecting & Rebuilding the Original Green: A Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Native Grassland Pilot Project
CeCe Haydock, RLA, Constance T. Haydock Landscape Architecture

 3:00 - 4:00     A Seedy Situation: Turf Types, Weeds, & the Effects of Lawn Renovation
Tamson Yeh, PhD, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
 
Call 631-727-7850 ext. 341, or email LML10@cornell.edu to register.  $65 per person.

 

For more information:
http://ccesuffolk.org/assets/galleries/Agriculture/Commercial-Nursery-and-Landscape-Management/MLS-Registration-Brochure-2011.pdf

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/17/11 - Tower Hill Urban Landscape Symposium, Boylston, MA

14th Annual Trees in the Urban Landscape Symposium

Thursday, November 17, 2011

9 am - 3 pm

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Dr.
Boylston, MA

Morning Session - 2 hr
9:45 - 10:45 am: New Pest, New Strategies: Invasive Insect Species in the Northeast,
Robert Childs, Extension Entomologist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

11 am - noon: Best Practices for Planting and Maintaining Trees, Jeffrey Hehman, Bartlett Tree Experts

Afternoon Session - 2 hr
1 - 2 pm: Space Saving Trees, Gary Koller, Koller and Associates

2:15 - 3 pm: Garden Tours - Space Saving Trees in the Tower Hill Collection, Joann Vieira, Horticulture Director OR Wetland Trees Suitable for the Urban Environment, John Trexler, Executive Director


Program Fee $10, Program Fee + Reserve box lunch $20
http://www.towerhillbg.org/thwebclwdem.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/16/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT

Healthy Soils Workshop  

 

Monday, November 14, Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16, 2011

 

Scout Hall Youth Center
28 Abbe Road
East Windsor, CT  

Using cover crops and permanent cover to improve soil health.
Each day of this multiple day workshop will cover a different facet of land use, and topics will be directly relevant to the land use type of the day.  You do not need to sign up for all three days, but you can!

9:00-4:30
Monday, November 14th- Row Crops and Livestock  

9:00-4:30
Tuesday, November 15th – Perennial Crops (Orchard, Vineyard, Xmas Trees) and Greenhouse Growers  

9:00-4:30
Wednesday, November 16th – Small Scale Farming, the Residential Landscape, and Permaculture  


For more information:  http://easternrcd-ct.org/events.htm
Abbie Cadman - abbie.cadman@ct.usda.gov  860-774- 8397 x 105
Lisa Krall - lisa.krall@ct.usda.gov         860-871-4051
Raymond Covino - raymond.covino@ct.usda.gov   860-774- 8397 x 102

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

11/16/11 - Introduction to Permaculture Design, Concord, NH

Introduction to Permaculture Design

November 2nd, and November 16, 2011
       
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Conservation Center, Concord NH
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH  03301

Permaculture is a means to develop life skills for sustainable living and beyond. Why stop at sustainable? Let’s make our community and our homes better. Permaculture aims to regenerate healthy, productive landscapes and communities by applying ecological principles to the design of human habits. The first session will be focused on an Introduction to Permaculture Design and the second session will be focused on how to use the design process on your own property or project.
Steven Whitman is a professional planner and educator based in New Hampshire and his work is focused largely on community planning and sustainability issues. Mr. Whitman is a planner with Jeffrey H. Taylor & Associates, and is also an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University where he teaches courses in NH and internationally in environmental planning, community planning, Permaculture and sustainability.

For more information:  Email Address:steve@low-energy-future.com

http://www.low-energy-future.com/permacultureeducation.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/15/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT

Healthy Soils Workshop  

 

Monday, November 14, Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16, 2011

 

Scout Hall Youth Center
28 Abbe Road
East Windsor, CT  

Using cover crops and permanent cover to improve soil health.
Each day of this multiple day workshop will cover a different facet of land use, and topics will be directly relevant to the land use type of the day.  You do not need to sign up for all three days, but you can!

9:00-4:30
Monday, November 14th- Row Crops and Livestock  

9:00-4:30
Tuesday, November 15th – Perennial Crops (Orchard, Vineyard, Xmas Trees) and Greenhouse Growers  

9:00-4:30
Wednesday, November 16th – Small Scale Farming, the Residential Landscape, and Permaculture  


For more information:  http://easternrcd-ct.org/events.htm
Abbie Cadman - abbie.cadman@ct.usda.gov  860-774- 8397 x 105
Lisa Krall - lisa.krall@ct.usda.gov         860-871-4051
Raymond Covino - raymond.covino@ct.usda.gov   860-774- 8397 x 102

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

11/14/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT

Healthy Soils Workshop  

 

Monday, November 14, Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16, 2011

 

Scout Hall Youth Center
28 Abbe Road
East Windsor, CT  

Using cover crops and permanent cover to improve soil health.
Each day of this multiple day workshop will cover a different facet of land use, and topics will be directly relevant to the land use type of the day.  You do not need to sign up for all three days, but you can!

9:00-4:30
Monday, November 14th- Row Crops and Livestock  

9:00-4:30
Tuesday, November 15th – Perennial Crops (Orchard, Vineyard, Xmas Trees) and Greenhouse Growers  

9:00-4:30
Wednesday, November 16th – Small Scale Farming, the Residential Landscape, and Permaculture  


For more information:  http://easternrcd-ct.org/events.htm
Abbie Cadman - abbie.cadman@ct.usda.gov  860-774- 8397 x 105
Lisa Krall - lisa.krall@ct.usda.gov         860-871-4051
Raymond Covino - raymond.covino@ct.usda.gov   860-774- 8397 x 102

CEU 4 AOLCP credits each day

11/13/11 - Bark Basics: Know Your Trees, Norwich, VT

Bark Basics: Know Your Trees  

Sunday, November 13, 2011
   
12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Montshire Museum of  Science
One Montshire Road
Norwich, VT

The traits most often used to describe tree species—leaves, buds, and twigs—are often not clearly visible or, in the case of leaves, absent more than half the year. Join Michael Wojtech for an exploration of bark, the tree characteristic that is always visible in every season. Learn how bark can be classified into ten different types, and how differences within each bark type can be used to identify trees. Discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist – smooth, thick and broken, peeling. After an indoor presentation, head outdoors to practice identifying trees.

Offered by NE Wild Flower Society


For more information:  http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/bot3214

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/12/11 - Gardening for Sustainability, Stockbridge, MA

Gardening for Sustainability

Saturday, November 12, 2011   
   
1:00 pm-  3:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

Ecological gardening with native plants uses our treasured native flora and applies the most innovative sustainable practices to create a new norm for the American garden. Such practices preserve floral and faunal diversity, both above and below the soil line, and do not significantly alter the soil, water, air or organisms which exist in or come in contact with our landscape. Learn about creating and maintaining healthy soil with compost and compost tea. Consider site conditions, and how to identify the “right plant for the right place.” Discover how to combine sustainable practices with the goal of achieving a closed system.

Offered by NE Wild Flower Society


For more information:
http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/hor3701

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

11/12/11 - Pruning Fundamentals, Framingham, MA

Pruning Fundamentals 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Proper pruning improves both the health and structure of woody plants and allows the
gardener to influence the aesthetic qualities of trees and shrubs. This workshop covers
pruning methods for established plantings in the home landscape. Learn how to select
basic tools, make a proper cut, determine which branches to cut, and the correct time
to prune for different species. Bring hand pruners to try various cuts.

Offerd by NE Wild Flower Society

$36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember)

For more information: http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor3120

 

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

11/12/11 - Landscape Design Workshops – Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade, Torrington, CT

Landscape Design Workshops – Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade

Litchfield County Extension Center
843 University Drive
Torrington, CT

F11/15 Saturday, November 5, 2011
9:30 AM—Noon

The list of plantings that enjoy sun is almost limitless. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get lost with so many choices. Deciding on a color palette for your landscape, and then repeating those colors in drifts and lines throughout your garden will create a cohesive look and season long interest. Learn the color choice techniques used by professional landscape designers.


F11/16 Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:30 AM—Noon

F11/16 Garden Color Harmonies for Shade      
Gardening in the shade can be tricky since some plant colors “pop” in low light while others disappear. Deciding on a color palette for your landscape, and then repeating those colors in drifts and lines throughout your garden will create a cohesive look. Focusing on shade gardening, the class will receive the tools to plan out gardens with season long interest.

Sponsored by UConn Master Gardener Program

$65 Non-Master Gardener, for one class, $50 Master Gardener, for one class

If taking both classes: $120 Non-Master Gardener, $90 Master Gardener

DEADLINE: Oct. 29,/Nov. 5 2011

For more information: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for both classes

11/10/11 - OH DEER! - Managing Deer in the Landscape, Bethel, CT

F11/10 OH DEER! - Managing Deer in the Landscape 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10:00 AM – Noon

Fairfield County Extension Center
67 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT

DEADLINE: November 3, 2011

Get the latest information and research on all things deer from experts at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Among the topics that will be discussed include the effectiveness of different deer repellents currently on the market, research on deer browse resistant plants, and the role deer play as dispersers of seeds, both native and invasive, affectionately referred to as “The Poop Study”.

FEE: $50.00 Non Master Gardener
$40.00 Master Gardener

For more information: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

11/10/11 - Winter Gardening: Challenges and Rewards, Framingham, MA

Winter Gardening: Challenges and Rewards 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

New England winters can be cold, long, and gray but our landscapes don’t have to be.
Our gardens can still provide cheer even on the dreariest winter days. Get tips for creating a landscape with year-round appeal as well as ideas to help your plants survive seasonal challenges such as damage from ice, snow, and voracious mammals. Learn about plants that provide color, texture, shelter, and food sources throughout the winter with a few surprises along the way.
Offered by the NE Wild Flower Society.
$36 (Member) / $43 (Nonmember)   Cosponsor: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard

For more information:      http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hor1603

 

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

11/10/11 - ELA - Taking Stock and Looking Forward, Leominster, MA

Taking Stock and Looking Forward 

ELA -2nd Annual Season’s-End Summit

Thursday, November 10, 2011
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Doyle Center
464 Abbott Ave.
Leominster, MA


Morning Panel – Ecological Success Stories: “Hits and Near Misses” Moderated by Tobias Wolf Featuring: Landscape Architect, Julie Meyer; Landscape Designer, Rebecca Lindenmeyr; and Landscape Designer, Laura Kuhn who will share their expertise and projects that demonstrate:
• Landscapes based on ecological principles with maximum aesthetic appeal
• Balancing site challenges and ecological ideals to meet and exceed client expectations
Lessons learned when things do not proceed according to plan

Afternoon Panel – Hot New Services to “Grow” Your Business Moderated by Risa Edelstein
• Expanding Landscape Options with Living Walls
Trevor Smith, Land Escapes
• Taking Edible Landscapes to New Heights
Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers
• Natural Swimming Ponds
Chris Rawlings, Waterhouse Pools & Ponds

For more information: ela.info@comcast.net or (617) 436-5838
$55.00 ELA Member - $75 Non-Member
https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1008612

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/9/11 - Municipal Natural Land Management: A Systems Approach, Hyannis, MA

Municipal Natural Land Management: A Systems Approach

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
8:00 am -3:00 pm

BarnstableTown Hall--Hearing Room (2nd flr.)
367 Main Street
Hyannis, MA (behind the Post Office)


Offered by Green Cape, with Chip Osborne.

8:30 - 8:45 The Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management
The concept of a systems based approach as opposed to a product centered one will be explained at the outset. It is the alternative strategy of learning to manage the system that gives us the results we desire.

8:45 - 9:15 Conventional vs. Natural Turf Management A Perspective
A brief discussion will outline the history and development of conventional turf management and an explanation about the fundamental differences between it and a natural approach. Reference will be made to why this strategy is good for Cape Cod.


9:15 - 10:15 Understanding Soil Biology
This section of the course is designed to help attendees understand that organic lawn care is not a matter of product substitution but a fundamental change in approach.

10:30-12:00 Turfgrass Nutrition and Soil Health
Techniques for developing and maintaining optimum soil quality will be discussed. The balancing of pH is our first step.


12:30 - 2:00 Amended Cultural Practices for Natural Turf
This segment focuses on how various cultural practices should be altered in an organic lawn care program.


 2:00 - 3:00 Addressing Pests and Reducing Chemicals, Q & A
Various types of pest problems common to lawn/turf in our area will be discussed, and how to best manage them without using chemical pesticides as the first line of defense; discussion of least-toxic pesticide options and importance of appropriate timing of application.


(Town employees attend at no cost; private town subcontractors will be charged a reduced fee of $100)
For more information: http://www.greencape.org/events.html

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/8/11 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, Bronx, NY

Introduction to Plant Propagation    122 GAR311 A

5 Tuesdays, November 08, 2011

06:15 pm to 09:15 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126


Plant propagation is a basic horticultural skill. Survey the theory and practice of propagating woody and herbaceous plants using traditional methods, such as the use of seeds, and cuttings. Gain hands-on experience practicing simple propagation methods.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/5/11 - Landscape Design Workshops – Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade, Torrington, CT

Landscape Design Workshops – Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade

Litchfield County Extension Center
843 University Drive
Torrington, CT

F11/15 Saturday, November 5, 2011
9:30 AM—Noon

The list of plantings that enjoy sun is almost limitless. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get lost with so many choices. Deciding on a color palette for your landscape, and then repeating those colors in drifts and lines throughout your garden will create a cohesive look and season long interest. Learn the color choice techniques used by professional landscape designers.


F11/16 Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:30 AM—Noon

F11/16 Garden Color Harmonies for Shade      
Gardening in the shade can be tricky since some plant colors “pop” in low light while others disappear. Deciding on a color palette for your landscape, and then repeating those colors in drifts and lines throughout your garden will create a cohesive look. Focusing on shade gardening, the class will receive the tools to plan out gardens with season long interest.

Sponsored by UConn Master Gardener Program

$65 Non-Master Gardener, for one class, $50 Master Gardener, for one class

If taking both classes: $120 Non-Master Gardener, $90 Master Gardener

DEADLINE: Oct. 29,/Nov. 5 2011

For more information: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

CEU 2 AOLCP credits for both classes

11/5/11 - Chainsaw Use and Safety, Boston, MA

Chainsaw Use and Safety

Saturday and Sunday, November, 5 and 6, 2011

9:30am–12:30pm

Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA

"Make the cut" with Arboretum arborist John DelRosso in this two session practical workshop. In the first session he emphasizes chainsaw operation, maintenance, and safety. In the second session he demonstrates sawing techniques and guides you in felling and cutting using practice logs in the Arboretum’s wood recycling area. Bring your saw to both sessions, if you have one. If you don’t own a saw but intend to purchase one, wait until you’ve attended the first class session to learn which styles and features are best for your size and needs. All participants should bring safety goggles, gloves, and ear protection to both sessions.

$80 member, $105 nonmember 
Offered by the Arnold Arboretum

For more information:  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/3/11 - Botany for Gardeners, Stamford, CT

F11/14 Botany for Gardeners

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

10:00 AM—Noon

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens Visitors’ Center
151 Brookdale Road
Stamford, CT 06903

Eric will discuss basic tenets of botany, particularly the physiology and anatomy of plant tissues and their applicability to propagation, growth and pruning of plants.

DEADLINE: October 27, 2011
FEE: $50.00 Non-Master Gardener, $40.00 Master Gardener

Sponsored by UConn Master Gardener Program.
For more information, go to:   http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

 

CEU 2 AOLCP credits

11/2/11 - Winter Tree Identification, Bronx, NY

Winter Tree Identification    122 HRT440 A 

4 Wednesdays, November 02, 2011;  Exam – November 30, 2011

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Learn the basic techniques of woody plant identification. Buds, bark, and growth habits on deciduous plants as well as interesting characteristics on conifers are taught. Specialized techniques and tools of the trade are discussed. Dress for the weather.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

11/2/11 - Introduction to Permaculture Design, Concord, NH

Introduction to Permaculture Design

November 2nd, and November 16, 2011
       
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Conservation Center, Concord NH
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord, NH  03301

Permaculture is a means to develop life skills for sustainable living and beyond. Why stop at sustainable? Let’s make our community and our homes better. Permaculture aims to regenerate healthy, productive landscapes and communities by applying ecological principles to the design of human habits. The first session will be focused on an Introduction to Permaculture Design and the second session will be focused on how to use the design process on your own property or project.
Steven Whitman is a professional planner and educator based in New Hampshire and his work is focused largely on community planning and sustainability issues. Mr. Whitman is a planner with Jeffrey H. Taylor & Associates, and is also an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University where he teaches courses in NH and internationally in environmental planning, community planning, Permaculture and sustainability.

For more information:  Email Address:steve@low-energy-future.com

http://www.low-energy-future.com/permacultureeducation.html

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/29/11 - Tree Management, Bronx, NY

 

Tree Management

Five Saturday, October 29 2011

10:00 am – 12:50 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn the techniques of tree care, and gain an understanding of what makes a healthy tree. Topics include pruning, common tree problems, spraying, lightning protection, transplanting, fertilization of trees under stress, and root problems. Samples of tree problems, supplies, and tools are exhibited.

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/27/11 - Wood Decay Fungi Common to Urban Living Trees in the Northeast, Roslindale, MA

Wood Decay Fungi Common to Urban Living Trees in the Northeast

Thursday, October 27, 2011
9:00am–4:00pm

Weld Hill Research Building
1300 Centre Street
Roslindale, MA


Decay is one of the most common and critical diseases of urban trees. Arborists and tree managers should be familiar with common wood decay fungi and their effect on tree health and stability. In this workshop, Chris Luley of Urban Forestry LLC in Rochester, New York will introduce the wood decay fungi common to urban trees, their identifying characteristics and decay pathways, and also methods and equipment available to test for decay. He will also present the results of a recent research study on visual assessment, sounding, and Resistograph testing for decay in urban trees. This program will take place in the classroom with some demonstrations in the landscape. Morning coffee is included; please bring your own lunch.

$90 member, $120 nonmember

Offered with the Ecological Landscaping Association

For more information:
https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/26/11 - Designing a Sustainable Landscape, Bronx, NY

Designing a Sustainable Landscape     GAR328 

4 Wednesdays, October 26, 2011


10:00am  - 12:25 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn how designing a sustainable environment relies on the organic principles of permaculture and working with nature’es. Focus on the importance of soil and learn how to work with the exsisting seed bank and surrounding plant communities, the primary elements that guide the sustainable design process.


For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=GAR

 

CEU 4AOLCP credits

10/22/11 - Common Conifers of Rhode Island, RI

Common Conifers of Rhode Island

 

Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 - 2:00

 

 

FMM, 399 Fruit Hill Ave.
399 Fruit Hill Ave
North Providence, RI
   
"Knowing Your Trees" is a series of workshops on the 100 most common shade trees, conifers and plant ornamentals found in Rhode Island. Participants will learn how to identify these plants from their leaf, bud, fruit and flowering characteristics. The cost for each workshop is $65 per member ($85 non-members) includes a workshop manual and lunch. Only 30 seat are available per workshop, so please register as soon as possible to avoid being shut out.

http://www.ritree.org/calendar#year=2011&month=10&day=1&view=month

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/22/11 - Woodland Lichens, Weston/Lincoln, MA

Woodland Lichens  

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011   
   
9 am - 12:30 pm

Weston/Lincoln, MA


Offerded by the New Englad Wild Flower Soc.

Learn to recognize the lichen diversity in local woodlands as we walk across the wonderful boardwalk installed by the Lincoln Conservation Commission and the Weston Forest and Trail Association. It provides access to a range of habitats, crosses wooded wetlands, and leads to trails in a mixed hardwood stand. By looking at the lichen species growing on deciduous and pine trees, downed logs, boulders, and soil, we can explore the microhabitat requirements of the different lichens. Keys will be available for the identification of the more common macrolichens. Bring a 10x hand lens.

For further details: 508-877-7630 x3303 or lreed@newenglandwild.org

http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/fdt1110

$31 (NEWFS Member) / $38 (Nonmember)

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

10/22/11 - Fall Fruit and Foliage in Action, Acton, MA

Fall Fruit and Foliage in Action 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Acton, MA

See how you can landscape with native viburnums, winterberries, blueberries, chokeberries, bayberries and more – you can enjoy the vibrant colors, while local and migrant birds appreciate the berries. Learn how to use native canopy and understory trees such as red maple, hawthorn, smoke tree, tulip tree, American mountain ash, and Virginia fringe tree, all of which have lovely fall color and wildlife value.

View a number of successful rain gardens which use downspout water. Enjoy refreshments in the solar powered common house, while we discuss the practicalities of sustainable landscape design and the basics of cohousing. Of interest to homeowners,landscape designers, land managers, and conservationists.

Mid-October is prime time for fall color and a perfect season to tour a 20-acre cohousing
village where wildlife and native plantings are cherished by the residents. The rural site has 60% open space around 24 units, landscaped with wildflower meadows, organic lawns, and varied and beautiful shrubs.

$27 (Member) / $31 (Nonmember)

For more details: 508.877.7630  or  http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/hdt1037

 

CEU 2.5 AOLCP credits

10/22/11 - Woodland Lichens, Weston/Lincoln, MA

Woodland Lichens

 

Saturday, October 22, 2011
       
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Weston/Lincoln, MA

Learn to recognize the lichen diversity in local woodlands as we walk across the wonderful boardwalk installed by the Lincoln Conservation Commission and the Weston Forest and Trail Association. It provides access to a range of habitats, crosses wooded wetlands, and leads to trails in a mixed hardwood stand. By looking at the lichen species growing on deciduous and pine trees, downed logs, boulders, and soil, we can explore the microhabitat requirements of the different lichens. Keys will be available for the identification of the more common macrolichens. Bring a 10x hand lens. Appropriate for beginners and intermediate lichen lovers alike.

For more information: http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/fdt1110
508-877-7630 x3303, lreed@newenglandwild.org

CEU 3 AOLCP credits

10/21/11 - Horticultural Techniques, Framingham, MA

Horticultural Techniques  

Fridays, October 21, 28, and November 4,  2011
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA

Good horticultural practices form the backbone of any successful garden. Understanding
how to apply the basics of plant care is the essential first step to becoming a horticulturist.

In this 3-session course we discuss how to properly select and plant native plant
material and demonstrate choosing the right plant for the right place. Students practice
proper techniques in transplanting woody and herbaceous plant material. Correct
methods of preparing soil, mulching and watering are explained. Maintaining your
plants correctly and using proper pruning techniques are addressed and demonstrated.
We wrap up with winterizing gardens and then discuss how to prepare for the coming
spring.

$212 (Member) / $254 (Nonmember)

For more information, go to:  information@newenglandwild.org

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/20/11 - Urban and Community Forestry in Connecticut, Wallingford, CT

Urban and Community Forestry in Connecticut  - Conference

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MountainRidge
350A High Hill Road
Wallingford, CT

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Bare Root Planting - Perspectives from Philadelphia, Bridgeport and New York  


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society quickly plants over 1,000 trees with volunteers each spring by using bare root planting stock, and Bridgeport successfully recruited lawyers to plant nearly 60 trees in downtown using the same method. Learn more about using a bare root tree planting technique from Schichtel’s Tree Nursery, and how non-profits and municipalities successfully engage volunteers to plant using bare root trees.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
What is Up With Inventories - the Latest and the Limitations


Inventories and tree canopy coverage assessments are often promoted as the way forward in urban forestry. This session will review the state of the art in urban forest assessment methods, including what is being done in Connecticut. How these methods contribute to the advancement of urban forestry will also be discussed.

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Urban Forestry in Small Towns  


Is urban forestry different in the small towns of Connecticut? During this session, speakers will highlight programs from small towns around the state, showing what makes these programs distinctive. The role that government in a small town plays and the ability of individuals to contribute to the success of the town’s efforts will also be featured.

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Tree Preservation - What To Do To Save Large Trees  


Large trees are the workhorses of the urban forest, and retaining large trees is one of the best ways to maintain functional urban forestry canopy cover. Yet, large trees are often in need of maintenance or are targeted for removal as a part of development projects. This session will discuss what can be done for large trees in such circumstances.

For more information:   http://www.cturbanforestcouncil.org/CUFC2011flyer.pdf

CEU 1 AOLCP credit for each session

10/19/11 - Discovering Leaves, Framingham, MA

Discovering Leaves

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

 

10 a.m.  -   2 p.m.


Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA  01701


Leaves are the amazing  power plants of the plant world. Beyond their photosynthetic functions, leaves are remarkably varied in their shapes, sizes, surfaces, and details, and both fascinating and beautiful to observe and study. Learn more about leaves, see how gaining familiarity with leaf characteristics can assist your understanding of plants, and get tips on identifying broadleaved and coniferous trees. Bring your lunch and your favorite tree field guide if you have one.


$48 (Member) / $58 (Nonmember)  508-877-7630 x3303 or  lreed@newenglandwild.org

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/19/11 - Garden Design Master Class, Roslindale, MA

Garden Design Master Class   

Wednesday & Thursday, October 19 – 20, 2011

9:00am–4:00pm

Arnold Arboretum
Weld Hill Research Bld.
1300 Centre Street
Roslindale, MA

Spend two days exploring principles of garden design with renowned garden designer Rosemary Alexander. With a combination of lectures and exercises you will learn processes for assessing a garden space, creating a design, and making a planting plan. Throughout the two days you will consider color combinations, structure, texture, and other aspects of design. The program is applicable to a wide range of applicants but assumes some experience in garden-making.


Fee $275 member, $325 nonmember
Rosemary Alexander, Designer and Founder, The English Gardening School

For more information:   https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=1

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/18/11 - Tree Preservation from the Top, Assonet, MA

Tree Preservation from the Top

 

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

10:00 AM – 12:30 Noon

38 Narrows Road
Assonet, MA

Offered by ELA.  With over 30 years as an arborist, Carl Brodeur has a passion for trees. Tree preservaion is an important component of many large landscape projects, but a critical component of this universally accessible tree house project. Carl will take us behind the scenes and describe tree preservation in the grove before and after construction to teach you the techniques for your next construction project.  

For more information:  ela.info@comcast.net or (617) 436-5838

CEU 1.5 AOLCP credits

10/16/11 - Native Flora in Autumn, Bronx, NY

Native Flora in Autumn         122 BOT331 B

4 Sundays,  October 16, 2011

10:00 am to 01:00 pm

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Learn to identify native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and weeds, including the common but confusing goldenrods and asters, and the unusual bur cucumber. Lectures are conducted both in the classroom and on the Garden grounds. Dress for the weather.
[Includes an $18 Materials Fee)

For more information:
http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=catalog&df5=BOT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/14/11 - Invasive Plant Issues, Boothbay, ME

Invasive Plant Issues

 

Friday & Saturday, October14 & 15, 2011

11 am  - 4 pm

 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, ME and field locations


Invasive plant species get a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. Find out why in this two-day course, introducing the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. Delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Become familiar with some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short, local field visits. Benefit from Elliman’s extensive experience working to control invasive species in natural areas for land trusts, conservation organizations, and state agencies across the New England landscape. Bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.

$100 (NEWFS Member) / $120 (Nonmember)

508-877-7630 x3303    Email Address:  lreed@newenglandwild.org

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/13/11 - The Art of Ecological Landscape Design and Management, Bronx, NY

The Art of Ecological Landscape Design and Management   HRT365

Thursday, October 13, 2011

9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday, October 20, 2011

09:30 am to 05:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY

Explore the interaction of science and art as well as of nature and design in the creation and management of landscapes that are both aesthetically rich and ecologically sound. Observe the aesthetic characteristics of naturally evolving landscapes as models. Practice design first-hand by developing design concept studies and by manipulating space in three-dimensional study models. A basic knowledge of native Northeastern plant communities and plant species is helpful for this class. A materials list is sent with your confirmation letter. Please bring lunch.

http://conted.nybg.org:8080/WebModule/jsp/ed2df.jsp?df1=slayout&df3=&df4=LNB&df5=122HRT365&df7=catalog__HRT

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

10/7/11 - Native New England Shrubs, New Haven, CT

Native New England Shrubs

 

Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2011

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Yale Peabody Museum
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT and field sites

 


The many species of native New England shrubs display a wide variation in size, shape, color, and characteristics of their bark, flowers, and fruits. This course introduces students to about 50 species growing in this region. We emphasize identification and become familiar with family characteristics and historic uses. Bring a hand lens to each session. Weekend sessions held in locations off-site with directions provided during the first class.


For more information: http://www.newfs.org/learn/catalog/bot3301

 

CEU 4 AOLCP credits

 

10/7/11 - Life in the Soil, Kutztown, PA

Life in the Soil

 

October 7 to October 9, 2011

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA 19530

 

Once you understand the soil biology all the other pieces: compost, cover crops, weed management, fertilizing, no till; are no longer entirely separate issues that often conflict with one another.
 
The class is structured in three modules that will build the foundational knowledge for future explorations of individual growing systems: vegetables, grains, orchards, landscape turf, etc.
 
Instructor is Dr. Elaine Ingham, a world-renowned soil biologist who joined the Rodale Institute in January 2011 as its Chief Scientist.

Day One
Friday, October 7th, 2011
•    Introduction: A couple examples of what is possible if soil life is improved
•    The difference between soil and dirt
•    What life is present in the soil:  A pictorial safari through good soil.
•    The process of going sustainable:
o    Why do we think that inorganic salt fertilizers and pesticides are required to grow plants?
o    How do you get off the toxic chemical band-wagon?
o    Why controlling life in the soil will remove weeds


Day Two
Saturday, October 8th, 2011
•    What do the "good guys" do in soil to promote plant growth?
o    Disease suppression
o    Nutrient retention
o    Nutrient cycling
o    Water-holding and soil structure
o    Decomposition of toxins
•    Deciphering soil chemistry


Day Three
Sunday, October 9th, 2011
•    Balances of organisms: what do different plants require?
•    Disturbance:  what does it do to bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods and earthworms.
•    Managing your microherds for maximum production 
Overnight accommodations are available for special rates ($110/night) at two hotels situated in close proximity to Rodale Institute. Transportation to and from the hotel is included in tuition cost. Additional details will be provided after you register.
 
Course tuition is $575 for the three day course or $225 individual days.
Space is limited to 20 participants.
 
http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/home

http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/store/products/Special_Classes/A_Soil_Biology_Primer_Three_Day_Course.html

For questions or to register by phone, call 601-