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June 2021

Landscaping for Biodiversity, A Plant-Insect Perspective (Virtual)

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

While insects often get a bad rap in gardens, a wide array of insects are quietly performing essential functions for food webs and ecosystems. On Tuesday, June 15, University of Maryland researcher Karin Burghardt will introduce you to some of the fascinating insects that dwell in spaces we occupy every day: our gardens, yards and parks. She’ll also reveal how our activities can shape plant-insect interactions, and suggest some practices we can use to help preserve biodiversity in the ecosystems closest to home. This webinar…

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Pruning is a Necessity, Not an Option (virtual)

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever seen plants that are so poorly pruned you feel embarrassed for them? Just like a bad haircut, plants don’t get to show off their best structural attributes with bad pruning. Once you have practiced a few times, pruning becomes intuitive or second nature. Pruning is a Necessity Not an Option with Eva Monheim will guide you through a series of detailed pictorials on how to prune so that you will feel empowered the next time you are…

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Catawba Sustainability Center Field Day

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Catawba Sustainability Center Roanoke County, VA Roanoke County, VA United States

Join partners of the Upper and Middle James Riparian Consortium to learn about the latest research and guidance on successful riparian buffer projects. Participants will tour Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center, a beautiful 377-acre farm and living laboratory, finishing with lunch from Roanoke Co+op. What you’ll learn: Best practices for site preparation and ensuring tree health How to design buffers for pollinator habitat and native flowers Ways to support agroforestry options, including native fruit and nut trees, and other food-producing…

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July 2021

Collaborations for Sourcing Native Plants

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - July 22 @ 4:00 pm
$65 – $75

Register Now for this two-part online workshop, organized by CBLP/CCLC. Guest speakers, Amy Highland and Sam Hoadley, both from Mt. Cuba Center. Several native plant growers/nurseries from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will join a panel discussion and breakout session. July 20 & 22, 1-4 PM each day, via Zoom Register by June 25 and get $10 off Learning Objectives Understand the benefits of using truly native plants for your projects Learn about research from recent trials comparing native cultivars with…

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August 2021

Novel Ecosystems and the Urban Landscape

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

The combination of the chronic environmental stress induced by climate change, the physical disturbances of urbanization, and the competition presented by globalization (invasive species) interact to create urban novel ecosystems that have no analog with those found in nature. Peter Del Tredici will discuss the remarkable ability of spontaneous urban vegetation to rebuild ecological functionality from the ground up, thereby making cities more livable for all their inhabitants. James Hitchmough will discuss intentionally-designed novel plant communities, where the general characteristics…

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LAWNS, LEAVES, & LAWS: Practical Pathways Toward Lawn Alternatives and Ecological Turf Cultivation

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

From New Directions in the American Landscape Many now recognize that the dominance of manicured lawns in many of our landscapes is environmentally harmful. That said, many homeowner’s associations and municipalities are regulating front yard plant heights and store shelves are still stocked to the brim with pesticide products composed of harmful chemicals. An environmental law professor, two ecologists, and an organic turf expert will share practical ways to overcome these hurdles and create more ecologically beneficial landscapes. Their short…

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Native Plants for Landscape Professionals (Virtual)

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This conference is for professionals in the landscaping industry only (landscape designers, landscape architects, growers, nurseries, landscape maintenance, property managers, builders, etc.)  Topics: Choosing pollinator plants for maximum beauty and benefits - Sam Hoadley Creating an edible landscape with native plants - Lincoln Smith Native groundcovers - Missy Fabel About our speakers: Lincoln Smith runs Forested, a 10-acre experimental forest garden site in Bowie Maryland. He and his team test forest gardening methods, with the goal of producing nutritious food for…

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Today’s Menu: A Toolkit for Stormwater BMPs for Urban Farming

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bring your lunch and join landscape designer and Level 2-certified CBLP, Kelley Oklesson, for this free webinar, for CBLP professionals.  Kelley will tell us about her recent project, a Toolkit for Stormwater Best Management Practices for Urban Farming, which is focused on offering tried and true strategies to improve water quality on urban farming sites.  The Toolkit discusses the science of stormwater runoff, impacts caused by human development, federal and local legislation, simple pollution reduction strategies, and green stormwater infrastructure…

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Stress-Adapted Native Plant Communities as Templates for Highly Disturbed Landscape Sites

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Native plant communities can be found on remarkably difficult sites, e.g., highly alkaline, saline, acidic, droughty, and flooded. In the Northeast U.S. these communities include alvars, dunes, acidic pine barrens, inland salt marshes, marl fens, and other wetlands. A subset of these natural assemblages can be used to create sustainable landscapes on human-made sites that have similarly hostile conditions. Through a pair of presentations ending with an informal conversation and Q&A session, our presenters will discuss the ecology of these…

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September 2021

Ecologists and Landscape Architects: Working Relationships

September 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Public landscapes increasingly attempt to join ecological improvements to the practical, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of their landscape enhancements. Our two speakers, each acclaimed in their respective fields of Landscape Architecture and Restoration Ecology, have collaborated on numerous projects over the past ten years. They will review their collaborative design process through a series of public park projects where ecological structure and function was a significant part of the design vocabulary, followed by an interactive discussion on the nuts and…

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