Credit Opportunities Archive

1/21/16 - Backyard Composting, Portsmouth, RI

2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Thursday, Janary 21, 2016


Learn composting basics from Sanne Kure-Jensen, Portsmouth’s Recycling Coordinator. Reduce your household waste and create “Gardener’s Gold," a great source of garden fertility. Hear how composting works and discover worm composting (vermiculture).  Learn the benefits of using compost bins or piles and "hot" versus slow composting.

Compost bins will be available for purchase.

Sanne has been an organic grower and beekeeper for over a decade. She offers workshops on composting, beekeeping, pollinators, ecological landscaping and home brewing. Sanne also manages educational programs and outreach for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island

This program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so please stop by or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.


Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report CEUs


1/20/16 - FREE Organic Turf Care Class with Chip Osborne, Natick, MA

Natick Community Senior Center

117 East Central Street

Natick MA 01760

January 20, 2016


The premise of this one-day 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 in Natick and the Metrowest Community.

This workshop qualifies for five NOFA/AOLCP Continuing Education Credits. To receive your AOLCPs, please fill out and submit the following online form.


Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fil out the online form to submit credits



1/14/16 - 30th NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA

January 14, 2017 - All-day

Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Welcoming our keynote speaker, Paul Kaiser of Singing Tree Farms in Sebastopol, California. Together with his wife, he offers a daylong seminar on their innovative no-till farming methods.

Please visit for details and registration


Please report CEUs online here

1/13/16 - Large-Scale Landscapes Symposium: Exploring Ecological Options, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College Science Center 106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

8:30AM to 4:30PM


On January 13, 2016 (Snow Date January 14), 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 presentations and one panel discussion.

If you are a landscape professional responsible for planning and maintaining the landscapes of college campuses, municipal parks, cemeteries, public gardens, land trusts, private estates, or other large landscapes, join ELA as we explore ecological options for large-scale landscapes with a distinguished lineup of presenters to explore ecological options.

Addressing “Wear and Tear” in High-Use Areas (Ronnit Bendavid-Val, Brooklyn Botanic Garden)
Large landscapes that service large numbers of visitors suffer inevitable “wear and tear” and require ongoing upkeep to maintain optimum form and function. Of the many issues, compaction is one of the most serious problems facing landscape managers. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) consists of 52 acres of specialty gardens, plant family collections, and outdoor grounds and hosts more than 725,000 visitors annually. During this presentation, Ronnit Bendavid-Val (Director of Gardens and Grounds) will describe some of the “wear and tear” challenges faced by BBG and will provide practical tips for how to address these issues on other large landscapes.

Maintaining the Maturing Landscape (Panel Discussion)
The original landscape design intent is often lost to over-zealous growth of some plants and the decline of others – and this is just one of the many maintenance challenges of a maturing landscape. With increasing pressure, the squeeze is on to keep large landscapes flourishing with fewer inputs, dwindling staff, and shrinking budgets. Cost, functionality, accessibility, and safety are just a few of the additional maintenance considerations. Landscape professionals with decades of cumulative experience with large-scale landscapes will tackle these issues and more in this panel discussion.

Designing Rain Gardens for Long-lasting Success (Clay Larsen, Clay Larsen Landscape)
Rain gardens, bio-swales, and other low-impact development (LID) practices are gaining in popularity to control stormwater run-off. When stormwater is conveyed off-site via conventional methods, it sends pollutants and sediment into streams. Rain gardens and bio-swales use vegetation and soil to manage rainwater on site by slowing it down, spreading it out, and giving it time to soak in to replenish groundwater. To ensure long-term success, proper design and installation are essential elements of these LID techniques and will be discussed in this presentation by Clay Larsen.

Healthier and Lower-Cost Lawns (Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics)
Lawns encompass one of the biggest elements of most large landscapes – big in terms of area, problems, and especially budget. With growing concern about traditional, chemical-intensive lawn programs, more landscape managers are seeking healthier alternatives. Chip Osborne is nationally recognized for helping clients (including college campuses and National Parks) transition to healthy, chemical-free lawns and turf. In this presentation, Osborne will discuss the process of creating a sustainable landscape. With many years of experience and many success stories, he demonstrates that organic management produces beautiful and more drought-tolerant lawns and turf that require less maintenance and save money over time.

Reawaking Large Landscapes: Activating the Space (Sandy Vorce, Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary)
Large landscapes pose challenges – but also opportunities. In this wrap-up presentation, Sandy Vorce invites us to expand our landscape vision to more fully engage visitors. Through sights, sounds, and design options (beyond plant material), landscapes can educate, entertain, and inspire. There are many ways to activate the space, draw visitors in, and enrich the experience: from easily implemented ideas such as expanded signage, pollinator gardens, and edible landscape elements to surprisingly effective options like on-site bee keeping or the use of goats and sheep to control invasive plants.


Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report CEUs

1/13/16 - Frank's G.E.M. Business Seminars, Charlestown, RI

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

January 13 & 14, 2016

8AM to 5PM

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.


$325/per for early registration by January 9, 2016...$295/per person


Lunches, breaks, and detailed handouts included.

Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

1/1/16 - Organic Master Gardener (OMG), Gaia College, Various Locations and Dates

Beginning January 2017

Various Locations. Please click here for course locations

Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing" - because once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes.

This is our core course. It is intense - challenging - inspiring, consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises. And it is taking the country by storm!

  • Learn to create fabulous food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and other harmful chemicals
  • Gain essential skills to start or enhance your own business in the rapidly growing organic land care industry
  • Prepare to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation exam for land care professionals
  • Earn generous Continuing Education Credits to maintain your industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL)

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. Just come, learn and have fun. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must attend 90% of classes and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.

Organic Master Gardener ®is a registered trademark of Gaia College.

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

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Drive
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, November 20, 2015

9AM to 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out this online form to submit credits

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

Connecticut College Arboretum  

270 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320


Saturday, Novermber 14th, 2015

8:30am to 3:30pm


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


4 AOLCP credits

Registration and Details

AOLCPs, please fill out the online reaccredition form to report these credits

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

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015

8AM to 4:30PM

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

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

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

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

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


Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits


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

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

Various Credits Available

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop