“This year’s conference inspired the greener side of our design nature,” says Judy Nauseef, APLD, president of APLD. “We were challenged to fine tune our skills and expand our roles as stewards of the earth while we create stunning and environmentally responsible landscapes.”
Landscape designers learned how to create gardens that require little to no maintenance yet remain lush and attractive all season. From ornamental edibles to green roofs, many speakers shared techniques and projects they have designed that are both sustainable and impressive.
“The top-notch speakers demonstrated first hand success with new sustainable practices,” says Patricia St. John, APLD, incoming association president. “The use of stone as mulch was a revolutionary idea. And the stunning rain gardens designed to manage municipal storm water in Lake Oswego were an eye-opener.”
Attendees got a chance to mix and mingle at the APLD Exhibitor Showcase where some 20 companies and sponsors, including Monrovia Growers, FX Luminaire, Novalis,
LLC, Bartlett Tree Experts, Duracraft, Kellogg Garden Products and Vectorworks Landmark by Nemetschek North America, introduced the latest new plants and landscape products.
The week of workshops and tours culminated in the APLD Awards Banquet. Receiving the first ever APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year award, Margaret Grace of Grace Design Associates, Inc., in Santa Barbara, Calif., was honored for her residential design, Casa Pedregosa.
When accepting her Award of Distinction, famed landscape architect Isabelle Greene of Isabelle Greene + Associates, Inc., also from Santa Barbara, said, “Bridging majestic design with urbanity is natural, but the most important thing in a landscape designer is being sensitive to everything, from light to the natural surroundings.”
Upon receiving the Harry Schuster Service Award, Rhonda Smith, FAPLD, said that APLD had helped her grow professionally and personally over the past years. “I learned from Harry that you have to reach out, grab life and inspire others.”
The 2010 APLD International Landscape Design Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, September 27 – October 1.
Founded in 1989, The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is an international organization representing over 1,300 members in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and other countries. Its goal is to advance landscape design as an independent profession and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as highly qualified, dedicated professionals.
Additional information on membership and other educational opportunities can be found at www.apld.org or by calling 717-238-9780
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