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2/11/17 - Wildflower Ecology: A Naturalist’s Perspective, Hockessin, DE

With Carol Gracie

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 11 am – 12 pm

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Our native woodland wildflowers are more than just a delight for the eye: they have adapted to their environment over millennia and play important roles in the ecology of their region. Join naturalist Carol Gracie and learn the fascinating life histories of spring ephemerals. Topics

include adaptations for early blooming, pollination and seed dispersal, and the latest scientific research on the ecology of these beautiful plants.

Copies of Carol's book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she worked in the Science

Division. She has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora and has co-authored, with

Steven Clemants, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States. Her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Carol is currently working on a book on the natural history of summer wildflowers.


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2/3/17 - Tree and Forest Health Update, E. Sandwich, MA

Friday, February 3, 2017, 10am-3pm

Sandwich Hollows 1 Round Hill Rd 
E. SandwichMA 02537 


Tree & Forest Health Update

February 3, 2017

Sandwich Hollows

1 Round Hill Rd

East Sandwich, MA 02537

Cost $45.00

Registration 9:30 – 10:00



10:00 – 11:00

Title: History, Biological Control and Population Ecology of Gypsy Moth and Winter Moth

Description: History, Biological Control and Population Ecology of Gypsy Moth and Winter Moth

Joseph Elkinton, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

11:00 – 12:00

Title: Gall Wasp

Description: Black Oak Gall Wasp update biology, biological control, and managment

Monica Davis, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 2:00

Title: 2016 Forest Health Update             

Description: This presentation will focus on providing an update on forest health concerns within the Commonwealth and across the region.  We’ll explain the current situation with invasive and native forest pests as well as provide predictions for future forest health issues.

Ken Gooch, MADCR, Forest Health Program Director

2:00 – 3:00

Title: Secondary Pathogens of Stressed Trees and Shrubs

Description: Predisposing and inciting stresses, such as drought and insect defoliation, initiate the decline of trees and shrubs, leaving them vulnerable to attack from opportunistic pathogens in landscape and forest settings. Many of these pathogens have broad host ranges, tolerate a wide array of environmental conditions and are widespread on otherwise healthy trees and shrubs. Once critical resources are depleted, these pathogens can rapidly spread throughout the roots or canopy and are ultimately responsible for death.


Nicholas Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist, UMass Extension


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2/1/17 - Evenings with Experts, Cambridge, MA

Wednesday February 1, 2017 to Wednesday May 3, 2017

The Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway 
CambridgeMA 02138 

This is a lecture series that runs on the first Wednesday of each month from February to May 2017. All four of the lectures will be held from 7:00 - 8:30pm. Titles, speakers, and descriptions are as follows:

February 1
Nurturing the Liberated Landscape
Larry Weaner

All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them. Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need. 

March 1
The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed: Why, When, and How
Randi Eckel

As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions. These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike.

April 5
How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators
Annie White

Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.

May 3
The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden: Maintenance, Interpretation and Compromise
Michael Hagen

The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”



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1/31/17 - Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity, Amherst, MA

January 31 @ 8am - 5pm

UMass Amherst - Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center

1 Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA 01003

Join us for an in-depth, inspiring conversation on Carbon Sequestration and learn what practical steps you can take to ensure that your interactions with the landscape make positive impacts.

At this day-long program you will learn from many land care practitioners including land managers, farmers, researchers, and conservationists about what is possible for soil carbon and landscape restoration. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate.



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1/28/17 - Conserving Rare Plants in the Internet Age, Hockessin, DE

With Joel Dunn

Saturday, January 28, 2017 11 am – 12 pm

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Increased land development, forest fragmentation, and climate change threaten rare plants with extinction. Scientists have determined that many species need large and contiguous protected areas to sustain their populations and adapt to changing conditions. Recognizing this urgent need, conservationists have built partnerships that leverage technology, funding, and land conservation to save rare plants on a landscape scale. Using case studies, Joel Dunn will discuss “internet age” technology and partnerships that have revolutionized the conservation movement.

Joel Dunn is President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting landscapes that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its cultural heritage. He leads the Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen the connection between people and the Bay’s watershed as a way to promote the need to conserve the watersheds and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources. Dunn was co-editor of A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation and has written numerous opinion editorials for newspapers in the Chesapeake region.


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1/11/17 - G. E. M. (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Business Seminar, Charlestown, RI

January 11 & 12 2017 • 8am to 5pm

3949 Old Post Road, Suite 101 • Charlestown, RI 02813


Frank’s G.E.M. Business Seminar is designed for business owners, supervisors and employees who want to review and refine the overall operations of running a small and successful business.


Frank will share methods and techniques he has mastered during his 40+ years running a landscape firm, as well as mistakes to avoid.


$250/per person...***Special pricing for 2017!


Lunches, breaks, and detailed handouts included.



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1/9/17 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management, Gaia College ONLINE

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

This course is intended for landscape architects, architects, engineers, landscape/garden designers, irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists, permaculture designers, farmers, community garden organizers, land planners, municipal decision-makers, and educators.

As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, in large urban centers. This course covers the foundations of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

Topics include:
• Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at home
• Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
• Rainwater availability
• Regulations governing system implementation
• Components of RWH/M systems
• Design parameters of RWH/M systems

More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

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1/9/17 - Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design, Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

This course is addressed to landscape designers and architects, permaculturists, farmers, land planners, educators, and anybody tired of drafting by hand. It is a prerequisite for enrollment in Ecological Landscape Design Online (see below for course description).
In this unique course geared towards landscape applications, we introduce an integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. This includes computer aided drafting, modeling, and graphics presentation for landscape professionals.

Whether students’ preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view their work from all angles will enrich their creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower students to communicate their ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Techniques students will learn in this course include:
• Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
• Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
• Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
• 3-dimensional landscape modeling
• Terrain modeling
• Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
• Integration with Google maps

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1/9/17 - Ecological Landscape Design, Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April 10, 2017

1. This very comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems. The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail, exploring how to achieve particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process. Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized.

Online course participants will use Sketchup Pro rather than hand drafting to create designs, so our Sketchup Pro online course (see separate application) is a prerequisite for this course, as is the Organic Horticulture Specialist / Organic Master Gardener course.

More detail about individual session topics is available on request.

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1/9/17 - Growing Food 2 - Nutrient Dense and High Energy Food - Gaia College Online

Monday, January 9 - Monday, April, 2017

In this course, students focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition for humans and animals.

Topics include:
• Connecting soil health and human health
• The complexity of nutrient uptake by plants
• Soil microbiology
• Soil nutrient patterns and desired nutrient content
• Soil test interpretation
• Fertilizers and fertilizer calculations

Finally, students learn how to go beyond the need for massive extraction, transport and use of material substances to explore the rapidly growing field of quantum agriculture, using science-based research to look at energetic solutions such as
• Biodynamics
• Paramagnetism
• Radionics and broadcast towers
• Dowsing and energy structures

More details about individual session topics are available on request.

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