Events/Educational Programs

December 1 – Eco-Answers with an Eco-Pro, End of Season Maintenance, @ 6:30-8:00pm EST. Spending a little time to complete some important chores before winter will yield big benefits for your spring gardening. For guidance on these late-season tasks, join ecological landscape designer, installer, and maintenance specialist, Kerry O’Kelly to ask your questions about wrapping up the gardening year like a professional. During this 90-minute live Zoom Q&A, Kerry will provide a quick overview of season’s-end gardening and then she will jump right into your questions for the bulk of the Q&A session. Read more and register

December 1 and 15 – Ecology-Based Design for New England Gardens and Restoration, Advanced Workshop with Larry Weaner, Two-Session Workshop @ 1:00-4:30pm EST. This program has been granted Continuing Education Credits by APLD, ASLA, MALP, MCH and NOFA. Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed for practitioners to achieve them. This two-session intensive course will provide concrete, real-world guidance for selecting and arranging native plants in the landscape, as well as provide attendees with the opportunity to employ these techniques through an assignment between the first and second sessions. Read more and register

December 2 –Invasion, impact and management of box tree moth in Europe, 11am ET. The box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, is a pest of boxwood (Buxus spp.) originating from East Asia. Since 2007, it has invaded Europe and the Caucasus, causing severe damage to planted and wild Buxus species, in particular the European boxwood Buxus sempervirens. In 2018, it was found in Toronto. In Europe, boxwood is quickly disappearing from private gardens, parks and forests, causing serious concern for the ecological survival of the tree species. In this presentation, the speaker will share the European perspective on the insect – its impact, identification, biology and management.

December 2-3 –  2021 Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference, virtual. The MWMC is pleased to announce its 27th Annual Conference, Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change. This virtual conference will explore themes relating to a more equitable application of strategies across communities to address the shift to a new climactic normal and the environmental problems faced disproportionately by residents of disadvantaged areas.

December 3 – Ecological Plant Conference – Virtual Conference, Plants Old and New to Educate and Inspire  @ 8:30-4:30pm EDT. The benefits of human proximity to plants is well documented and merely one of the many reasons that we all design, propagate, install, maintain, discuss, photograph, and enjoy plants. This year, the Ecological Plant Conference (EPC) will delve into five plant-centric topics to educate, entertain, and inspire you. Join us for the sixth annual EPC deep dive into plants old and new, renew acquaintances with fellow plant lovers, and come away with new options and new perspectives. Read more and register..

December 5 – 14 – Advanced Soil Health Course, virtual All over the world, people are concerned about the health of their soil, and we know that healthy soils underpin food security and provide a greater supply of ecosystem services. Historical land use and intensive agriculture with poor soil management have led to an alarming loss of soil organic matter in agricultural soils worldwide,” said van Es. “In this course, students will learn about how different factors interconnect – the biology, physics, and chemistry of the soil and how management practices impact them – to make your soil healthy and resilient or unhealthy and vulnerable to degradation.”

December 7 – Managing Troublesome vines, EPA IPM Series,, 2pm ET. The encroachment of invasive, weedy vines threatens the ecology of many ecosystems, including rights-of-ways, Tribal lands, and home landscapes. During this webinar, experts will explain how to manage mile-a-minute vine, kudzu, and poison ivy to protect the function of local ecosystems and provide a more suitable habitat for wildlife. This webinar is geared toward foresters and arborists, municipal land managers, grounds managers, and Tribal leaders. The whole series can be seen here.

December 8 – Focus on Sustainability Series, Taking on the Big Places: How to Build and Maintain Self-Sufficient Landscapes @ 12:00-1:00pm EST. This program has been granted Continuing Education Credits by APLD, ASLA, MALP and NOFA. There are a variety of strategies for landscape maintenance that gardeners employ, but tasks become problematic when we start looking at acres instead of square feet. Join Jaffe Wilder, author and ecological horticulturist, to explore how to manage the big places. With case studies from Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary he will explain various strategies for creating and maintaining large landscapes with ecology and self-sustainability at the forefront. Read more and register

December 12 – Weed Biocontrol Summit,  virtual. Please join the virtual NAISMA Weed Biocontrol Summit on December 2, 2021, from 11am-3pm CT. The Annual Weed Biocontrol Summit communicates the latest information in weed biocontrol research to North American invasive plant managers, educators, and researchers. In 2021, they focus on international collaborations, which are a critical component in developing weed biocontrol opportunities for our most troublesome weeds. Without foreign exploration and research and development through international collaborations, weed biocontrol simply would not exist. This year you will hear from international partners spanning five continents that help make biocontrol a readily available weed management tool for North America

December 15 – Focus on Sustainability Series, Sharing the Adventure – Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes,  @ 12:00-1:00pm EST. This program has been granted Continuing Education Credits by APLD, ASLA, MALP and NOFA. When a designed landscape succeeds, it’s a sign that there’s been strong communication across the project team. It means that the designers understand the clients’ goals and resources, and that the clients understand how their new landscape will look, how it will change, and how it will be managed over time. In this presentation, Toby Wolf will explore strategies for making the design process a shared adventure. Read more and register

January 5-7, 2022 – MANTS, Baltimore Convention Center, Contact MNLGA Office, 410-823-8684; office@mnlga.org or www.mnlga.org

January 12 and 13 – Delaware Hort Industry Expo. Virtual meeting. Contact Valann Budischak, (888) 448-1203.

January 20 and 21EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN: ECOLOGY, PEOPLE, AND TIME  33rd Annual Landscape Symposium; 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST (includes instructional time & breaks); Landscape designers who successfully employ an ecology-based approach typically draw from a variety of sources. The inextricable link between people and ecology only increases the need to broaden the investigative lens. Join us as we explore the integration of “ecology-based” design with “people-based” factors, including the lingering effects of historic land use and the need to accommodate diverse cultural perspectives on the meaning of “ecology”.Symposium Save the Date Page

January 27 and 28  –EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN: ECOLOGY, PEOPLE, AND TIME  33rd Annual Landscape Symposium; 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST (includes instructional time & breaks); Landscape designers who successfully employ an ecology-based approach typically draw from a variety of sources. The inextricable link between people and ecology only increases the need to broaden the investigative lens. Join us as we explore the integration of “ecology-based” design with “people-based” factors, including the lingering effects of historic land use and the need to accommodate diverse cultural perspectives on the meaning of “ecology”.Symposium Save the Date Page

February 1 and 2 – Delaware Wetlands Conference, Wilmington, DE. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-delaware-wetlands-conference-tickets-148373843159

Click here to see a preview of the 2022 Delaware Wetland Conference Agenda!

. Have a question? Please email Olivia McDonald at Olivia.McDonald@delaware.gov

February 17-18, 2022 – Chesapeake Green 2022, Maritime Institute, Contact MNLGA Office, 410-823-8684; office@mnlga.org or www.mnlga.org

Other Future IPM Center Webinars: https://www.epa.gov/ipm/upcoming-integrated-pest-management-webinars

Past IPM Center Webinars: https://www.epa.gov/ipm/webinars-about-integrated-pest-management

Longwood Gardens offers many continuing education classes appropriate for the nursery and landscape industry.  To see their offerings, visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org/ContinuingEducation.html

Mt Cuba Center offers lots of great classes for gardeners and professionals.  To see their offerings visit  http://www.mtcubacenter.org/education/continuing-education/

 

 

 

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