The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international organization founded in 1989. Its mission is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. APLD members adhere to a code of professional standards, encourage continuing education and stay up to date on new developments and the latest trends. The APLD certification program—the only one of its kind—provides professional recognition to designers who successfully undergo a rigorous peer-review process. Professional designers can help consumers achieve the gardens they truly desire.
Hiring a professional landscape designer is one of the smartest investment decisions you can make. Designers trained in the principles of garden design and horticulture can help their clients avoid costly mistakes that can turn the dream of an outdoor haven into a nightmare. Professional landscape designers follow fundamental design concepts—proportion, unity, balance, perspective, color and texture—that can bring about a fully integrated design. Their comprehensive knowledge of plants means the right plant will grow to the right size for the right place in your garden. They are skilled communicators and planners who work with contractors, vendors, local governments, and others to complete successful projects. Professional landscape designers are also aware of our natural environment and promote sustainable practices whenever possible. They are inspired by the creative process, by great design and, most of all, by their clients’ needs, wants and dreams. Find a Designer.
Phil is the owner of Phil Wood Garden Design, providing landscape design for the greater Seattle area, including the eastside and Snohomish County, for over 20 years. His designs create functional and contemporary spaces, influenced by the gardens of other times and places. Phil has been active in the Northwest horticultural community for many years as a garden designer and writer. His designs for gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show have received many gold medals. He serves on the board of the Seattle Chinese Garden. Phil earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Cornish College of the Arts. He takes design inspiration from travels in Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, China and Japan.
The design of a garden starts with a conversation of the client’s needs and dreams and includes consideration of the unique qualities of the site. Phil works closely with his clients to create a design embracing beauty and livability. The Puget Sound climate rivals any in the world for horticultural wonder and diversity. From this great palette, Phil chooses plants to create a garden splashed with year around color and fragrance. So many plants, so little time!