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Eighteenth Eco-Marketplace Scheduled

Springfield, Mass. Is the host city for the Ecological Landscaping Association's conference and Eco-Marketplace.

The Ecological Landscaping Association will be holding its annual ELA Conference and Eco-Marketplace March 7 and 8 in Springfield, Mass.

According to the association, the event allows attendees to delve into new ideas, methods, and products for stormwater control and restoration. In addition, sessions will be held to re-examine maintenance, vegetation management, and design strategies.

With this being the 18th show, the ELA Conference is the largest and longest running ecological landscape education and networking event in New England.

The first day of the conference features two full-day workshops: Bringing Life to Urban Landscapes: New Ideas in Urban Design; and “Pro” active Protection of Wetlands: Conservation and Landscape Professionals Collaborate. The day will also feature a keynote luncheon with a presentation be international invasive plant authority, Mike Clough. Clough specializes in the latest strategies for dealing with Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plant species.

Thursday’s events will include three concurrent educational tracts and 12sessions that include: Native Plant System Design to Increase Habitat Diversity, Designing Perennial Plant Food Systems, Case Study: The Sustainable Sites Initiative, Knowing the Enemy: Practical Solutions for Deer and Other Pests, Going to Extremes: How Climate Change Could Impact Invasives, and Water Neutral Gardens: The Greywater Component.

The conference will conclude with a dinner and keynote presentation by well-known author and designer, Ben Falk. Falk specializes in land production and restoration methods aimed at increasing resiliency in the face of peak oil and climate change. His presentation will focus on Strategies at the Intersection of Edible Landscaping and Homesteading.

For more information on this event and the Ecological Landscaping Association, visit

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