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.
Gardendigs Landscape Design is located in Tacoma, Washington. Owner Susan Ryan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the San Diego Design Institute. She began her career in 1992 as an Interior Designer with an emphasis on health care facilities. Her work earned awards and was featured in major publications. She became a Washington State University Pierce County Master Gardener in 2010 and maintains 35 hours annually in continuing education and volunteer service. You may occasionally find her at a local farmers’ market, working in the Master Gardener office or doing a special project.
Susan studied landscape design at South Seattle College's Landscape Design, Construction and Horticulture Program. In 2011, she joined the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) as a student member and plans to apply for her APLD Certification in 2018. Her involvement with APLD has included volunteering with the program committee, helping with the annual summer garden tour, symposium and other events. She believes volunteering adds value to the program and has provided her with the opportunity to engage and collaborate with peers.
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