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 strayed from my first career in journalism about 20 years ago. And I started in maintenance. It came purely by accident, or destiny, depending on perspective. My roots go back to 200 acres in the Idaho Panhandle. Mom and Dad were my first design and cultivation teachers. They instilled a strong work ethic, an appreciation for getting my hands in the ground, for building things, and for the harvest, or the satisfaction, that comes in the end.