UPCOMING EVENTS

March 3, 2016

2016 Annual Conference

Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora IL

“Growing Ideas through Plant Solutions”

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

followed by Sustainable Social

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February 8, 2016

Gardening Project Feeds Hungry People: Get Involved!

The City of Chicago is offering new locations for community gardens through its Peterson Gardening Project. Total cost to get involved is $85. Produce from each garden will be given to designated food programs. It's a new way to get involved with feeding the hungry! Look HERE for more about these garden project, located in 7 different locations throughout the city. .. MORE >

January 24, 2016

Check Out this Cool Tool for Evaluating Trees

Here's a state-of-the-art tool for quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. It's called i-Tree and we can use it to do a better job of "making the argument" for trees, by link urban forest management activities with environmental quality and community livability. Since the initial release of the i-Tree peer-reviewed software suite in August 2006, many communities, non-profit organizations, consultants, volunteers and students have used i-Tree to report on individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire states.  Whether your interest is a single tree or an entire forest, i-Tree provides baseline data you can use to demonstrate the value of trees. Check it out HERE. .. MORE >

January 13, 2016

What Generation Z Needs from Us

"NaTECHure" is a landscaping trend that's very significant for those of us concerned about sustainability in the built environment! What is NaTECHure? It's the movement to get young people outdoors! Here's what Ball Horticulture's LANDSCAPE INSIDER e-newsletter has to say about it:  "With Generation Z, born 1995 to 2009, being the most sedentary generation in American history, it’s vital to get children and their parents outdoors. This trend has the potential to mobilize a new generation of nature lovers." You can learn more and subscribe to Landscape Insider, HERE. .. MORE >

Homeowners:

MELA can help you make a difference in your landscape! Search our database to find a qualified professional to assist you, and use our list of questions when you interview! Our list includes contractors, arborists, nurseries and more. Search here >
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