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The mission of APLD is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.

Participate, Validate, Educate: Be Market Strong!

Pay attention to these December contest deadlines APLD’s Landscape Design Award Entries Due Dec. 5 Enter the APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program, and receive recognition for your design work in The Designer and other media outlets. Winners will be honored at the awards reception held during the 2017 APLD International Design Conference in Boston July 13-17. Entry categories are non-residential, residential, small gardens, planting design, show gardens, specialty projects and details. All project entries must be submitted online through APLD’s awards website by Monday, Dec. 5. Details on submission requirements and judging criteria can found in the Awards Packet. If you have any questions about the program or entry process, please contact APLD Director of Communications Michelle Keyser at 717-238-9780 or

Nominations for APLD’s 2017 Product of the Year Award Due Dec. 15 Nominate your favorite products for consideration as the 2017 APLD Product of the Year, and allow APLD to showcase design-worthy products that are often specified by landscape designers. Once nominations are complete, APLD Certified designers will be invited to vote on the winning product. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 15. Click here for nomination guidelines and instructions.

2016 Product of the Year: Architectural Metal Shade Panels from Parasoleil 1

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Tune in for APLD’s Dec. 15 webinar featuring the 2016 Landscape Designer of the Year Join APLD’s 2016 Landscape Designer of the Year winner Carrie Preston, a designer for Studio TOOP in the Netherlands, as she presents information on her winning show garden, The Inclusive Garden. A webinar scheduled for Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, will provide background on Carrie and her winning project. The show garden that Carrie crafted at the model garden complex in the town of Appeltern aims to provide an example to homeowners on how to create a green, wildlifeinclusive space. Judges described her project as a well-thought-out green design with excellent creative use of available space and materials. It was called inspirational in its thoughtful approach to using accessible and inexpensive materials with pleasing proportions between planting and hardscape. The project was celebrated as brilliantly conceived, perfectly created and realized.

More about Carrie: While her peers were absorbing pop culture, Carrie Preston was obsessed with plants, taking a job at a nursery at the age of 14. She went on to study horticulture and sustainable agriculture at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania followed by a series of internships, including one in the Netherlands. She remains there 18 years later having established a distinguished career in landscape design. Her work focuses on pragmatic elegance, the joy of comfort, and the beauty and honesty of the natural world. Click here to read more about Carrie.

Register online or complete the registration form and return it to APLD headquarters.

Hurry! Registration ends Dec. 12 The fee for APLD members is $35 for access to the live webinar and a recorded presentation and $25 for the recorded presentation only. Non-members pay $70 for live access and a recorded presentation and $50 for a recorded presentation only.


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APLD 2017 International Design Conference July 13 – 17, 2017 • Boston Park Plaza, Boston, Mass.

Association News Membership renewal season is here

Renew by Dec. 31 to continue enjoying member benefits If your membership is set to expire on Dec. 31, don’t forget to renew before the end of the year. We have already collected information surrounding your education and experience, so all you need to do is take a moment to log in to the members’ area of the APLD website,, and follow these steps for renewal:

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Click on “Member Login” to access your profile. Enter your user name (email address) and password. If you do not know your password, click “Lost your password?” for help. Once you are logged in, find the “Renew” button located below your profile picture.


Enter all information based on your category.


Elect to pay online or send a check and then click “Confirm Payment.”


Verify your information and click “Continue” membership.

Any questions regarding membership renewal should be forwarded to APLD Membership Director Angela Burkett at or 717-238-9780. 3

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APLD + PCA APLD forms allegiance with the Plant Conservation Alliance Through the recommendation of the Sustainability Committee, the APLD Board of Directors has approved affiliation via “cooperator status” with the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA), a public-private partnership of organizations that cooperatively share the same goal: to protect native plants by ensuring that their populations and communities are maintained, enhanced and restored. PCA is a collaborative partnership among 12 federal agency members and more than 300 non-federal cooperators who work collaboratively to solve the problems of native plant conservation and native habitat restoration and thus ensure the sustainability of ecosystems. The depth and strength of PCA is in the scientific expertise, networking and the ability to pool resources to protect, conserve and restore our national plant heritage for generations to come.

As caretakers of the land, the mission of APLD appears to align with PCA and the many organizations, academia, associations and businesses that are presently cooperators. PCA accomplishes its goals through work by a Federal Committee, a Non-Governmental Organization Committee and five working groups. As an organization, APLD will participate with “cooperator status” within the Non-Governmental Organizational Committee. Since APLD is dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and offers guidelines to members for creating environmentally sustainable landscapes, this partnership becomes a tremendous opportunity for aligning our vision with other likeminded organizations. PCA encourages but never requires cooperators to become engaged in different activities as an opportunity for involvement. As caretakers of the land, the mission of APLD appears to align with PCA and the many organizations, academia, associations and businesses that are presently cooperators.

The benefits of partnering with PCA include the following: • Plant conservation grants awarded by PCA through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. • Access to the combined resources and the shared knowledge of all cooperators and members, including access to grant project reports, conservation and restoration models, technology, educators’ guides and manuals, and top-notch public education materials. • Receipt of the PCA bi-monthly newsletter, Planting Foundations, along with an annual accomplishments report featuring PCA’s member and cooperator achievements. All of the information published by PCA is public domain and may be reprinted with appropriate credit given, providing an excellent source of information on the latest in native plant conservation. • National exposure through such outreach vehicles as PCA’s publications and website, which lists all members and cooperators with links to their websites. • Host of PCA’s traveling exhibit highlighting uses of native plants, conservation issues and threats to native plants. The display includes photos, captions and a tape of public service announcements developed through the PCA grant program. • Participation in any or all of the five PCA working groups: Alien Plant, Restoration, Pollinator, Medicinal Plant and Public Outreach.

This partnership becomes a tremendous opportunity for aligning our vision with other like-minded organizations. As ecological decision-makers and stewards of the land, APLD members share in a responsibility to encourage practices that support appropriate and sustainable uses of beneficial plants with their ecological, economic and aesthetic values. Click here for more information on PCA. 5

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Members in the News Susan Cohan, APLD, of Susan Cohan Gardens LLC, Chatham, N.J., was quoted in an article on 2017 garden trends in Garden Design magazine. “What’s new,” she says, “is the impact that climate change is having on each region and how that drives design. More rain, drought, increased snowfall, no snowfall, cataclysmic weather events — these are all factors. Add local rules for impervious coverage, chemical runoff and stormwater retention, and you have the basis for intense regional, even local, design qualities.”

Sabrena Schweyer, FAPLD, of Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc., Akron, Ohio, will be joining instructors Peter Bane and Rhonda Baird to present a 12-day PINA-recognized certification course, Permaculture Design Course on alternating weekends Jan. 7- March 5 in Akron, Ohio.

Have you or one of your designs been in the news lately? Send an email to Amy at, and we’ll share it with the entire membership.

New APLD Sponsorship Program Help us promote these exclusive benefits to interested companies APLD is looking for companies to become a sponsor of the association. Do you know any companies you can recommend? Let them know that sponsorship puts their marketing dollars to work targeting landscape designers and design/build firms and their clients. APLD members are qualified designers who present cuttingedge concepts to their clients. They are the decision makers when it comes to making recommendations about the products to use in their designs. The program now allows sponsors to purchase additional benefits, such as eblasts, prerecorded webinars, member surveys and additional advertising. The sponsorship packet contains the complete list of benefits. To pass on the names of potential sponsors, please email Alan Wonder at


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Professional and Associate Members, Remember to Obtain and Track CEUs Under changes to APLD’s membership requirements, Professional and Associate members must obtain and track continuing education unit credits (CEUs). Every three years, Professional members must accumulate 30 CEUs, with 5 related to sustainability, and Associate members must accumulate 15 CEUs, with 5 related to sustainability. APLD Professional and Associate members are required to keep an accurate record of their continuing education activities for CEU credits. Members are encouraged to track this information on their profile in the members’ area section of the APLD website. Examples of verification include certificates of participation, attendance confirmation emails, attendee lists, course completion results, receipts or other documents deemed acceptable.

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Each year, APLD will randomly verify the CEUs obtained by 20 percent of the members. Click here to review the APLD CEU Policy Manual, which includes a list of subjects eligible for CEUs.

The Designer Call for Submissions

Understanding APLD’s New Certification Exam

The Designer is seeking submissions for the Spring and Summer 2017 issues. If you’re interested in contributing to any of the regular features (Wander. Lust., Plant App(lication)s, Design 101, Book Reviews, Business) or have a feature article you’d like to pitch, please email Katie Elzer-Peters at

Access a free informational webinar online

In an effort to elevate the profession of landscape design, APLD has been making changes to its certification requirements, including developing an examination for certified members. The exam will provide the industry with the first objective evaluation tool that is legally defensible and will demonstrate APLD certified members are qualified and vetted to practice landscape design, without impediment or restriction, in every state in the nation. To learn more about the exam, tune into this hour-long informational webinar exclusively for APLD members. Click here to access the webinar on YouTube. 7

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Welcome, New APLD Members

APLD would like to recognize its affiliate organizations.

Allied Cory Fitzpatrick, Bartlett Tree Experts, Kenmore, Wash. Rafael Zarate, West Bay Landscape Co., Calif.

Associate Marilyn Ringland, Nautilus Landscape Design, Mesa, Ariz.

Professional Courtney Bishop, Bishop Design Co. LLC, Monkton, Md. Richard Clark, Clark & Co. Landscape Services, Franklin, N.C. Matt Ewert, Escapes Landscape Design, Inc., Plano, Ill. Lynn Hatamiya, Lynn Hatamiya Garden Design, Davis, Calif. Julie Hawley, Arlington, Va. Greg Struhl, Las Vegas, Nev.

Student Deborah Dlugosch, Seattle, Wash. Denise Mason, Palo Alto, Calif.

Join APLD on Houzz! Build your brand and grow your business through Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. Please follow us on Houzz and add our badge to your professional profile to let clients and prospects know that you are a proud member of the APLD. 8

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Upcoming Educational Opportunities & Events APLD provides a listing of educational opportunities and events on its website, 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference Dec. 5-9, Las Vegas, Nev.

2017 International Garden Centre Congress Sept. 17-22, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Permaculture Design Course by award-winning design firm Salsbury-Schweyer Jan. 7 - March 5 (alternating weekends), Akron, Ohio

APLD 2017 International Landscape Design Conference July 13-17, Boston, Mass. GrowerTalk Webinars Current and archived free webinars on a variety of topics related to plants, greenhouses and landscapes.

Estimating and Bidding for Landscape Installation Jan. 11-12, Collegeville, Pa.

Have an educational opportunity to share with APLD members? Send notices of upcoming events to

NorCal Landscape and Nursery Show Feb. 16, San Mateo, Calif.

Would you like to seek CEU approval for an event, workshop or seminar you are conducting? Fill out the APLD CEU Request Form and submit it to Kelly at

Philadelphia Flower Show March 11-19 Philadelphia, Pa.

Have suggestions for a future webinar? APLD is seeking your input on topics.


APLD’s Webinar Committee is seeking ideas from members for future webinar topics. APLD webinars offer: • An affordable way to get additional education that will improve your ability as a designer and business person.

• The ability to view the webinar at any time convenient to you (if you opt for the recording because you’re unable to attend the live event).

Currently, the committee focuses on providing at least two design-focused webinars, one business-related webinar, a webinar for our Designer of the Year to share their winning project and a vetted webinar from one of our high-level sponsors. The design-focused webinars often include a tour of a garden and a presentation from a well-known designer about their work or a shared design strategy. The business webinars focus on expanding your business, increasing your acumen as a business owner or adding a new skill that could improve who you are as a designer.

• A chance to earn the CEUs you need since starting this year, associate and professional members are also required to get continuing education units.

If you have any ideas for future webinar topics, please send your thoughts to APLD’s Webinar Chair Robert Khazzam at

• An opportunity to attend an event from the comfort of your home or office. • A way for members in outlying areas, away from large cities, to participate in the bigger APLD community.


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Thank you to all of our 2016 sponsors for your support!

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Our sponsors spend their advertising dollars to reach YOU. Please be sure to support our sponsors and consider recommending them to clients.


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The Designer magazine: FREE digital subscriptions of APLD’s quarterly magazine, The Designer, are available for everyone. Please tell all of your industry friends to sign up on the APLD website today! All APLD members receive a digital subscription – no need to sign up.

Executive Director: Denise Calabrese, CAE Newsletter Editor: Amy Bobb Graphic Designer: Keith Bell APLD’s staff wants you to get the most out of your experience with APLD. We are available to serve you, so please do not hesitate to contact staff with any question or concern that you may have. For a full staff listing, please click here.

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Members in the News: Have you or one of your designs been in the news lately? Share that information with APLD members. Member Spotlight: Would you like to be featured as our next Member Spotlight? Just let us know, and we’ll get the ball rolling. Blog of the Month: Do you have a blog about landscape design? Let us know so we can share it with the APLD membership. Gain exposure among your peers and help us form an APLD blogging community. Please submit your articles to Amy at APLDDesignOnline@hotmail. com. The deadline is the 15th of each prior month. Material in this e-newsletter may be republished with permission of APLD and with proper line credit. Mention of commercial products in this publication is solely for information purposes and endorsement is not intended by APLD. Material does not directly reflect the opinions or beliefs of APLD.


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