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.
I started designing gardens when I was working as a massage therapist in the Hamptons and in NYC. In the Hamptons I rented a cottage on a property with two houses and an overgrown landscape design from the 60s. I “played” in the garden and fantasized about what I could do with that property, were it mine. Be careful what you ask for. Eight years later, I bought that property and started a 17-year journey of transformation and learning.