ELA Ecological Plant Conference (Virtual, $)

8:00am 4:00pm

This is an online event

As greenery unfurls in spring, our deep relationship with nature renews us and lifts our spirits. But this spring with COVID threats and uncertainties, reconnecting with nature took on more significance than ever.

On the most basic level, plants nurture our bodies and souls. Our relationship with plants, however, is more complex than simply food and survival. For millennia, plant-based medicines have been used for healing and time spent in the forest or garden has been recognized for its ability to reduce stress while improving health and well-being.

On December 4th, we invite you to spend a day reconnecting with familiar plants, learning about new plant options, exploring garden insects, and reconsidering our relationship to plants. Five experts will invite us to examine different attributes, uses, and values of plants and the insects that inhabit our gardens.

Innovative tools and interactive collaborations will ensure that this online conference provides participants with an engaging and inspiring experience.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits are being sought for this conference; check back for updates.


8:30-9:00          Check-in and tech check

9:00-10:00       Dan Jaffe Wilder – How to Grow Food Anywhere (60 minutes)

10:00-11:00     Nadia Ruffin – Garden Insects: Good Bug? Bad Bug? …  (60 minutes)

11:00-11:30     30-minute break, networking, mingling with sponsors

11:30-12:30     Uli Lorimer – Native Species, Hybrids, Selections, and Cultivars (60 minutes)

12:30-1:30       60-minute lunch break, networking, mingling with sponsors

1:30-2:30          Abra Lee – Power to the Trees (60 minutes)

2:30-3:30          Rebecca McMackin – Pollinator Ecology (60 minutes)

3:30-4:00          CEU processing, networking