What is APLD?

We Define Landscape Design

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international organization founded in 1989. Our 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 about new developments and latest trends throughout the field.  We offer members a certification program – the only one of its kind – that provides professional recognition to those designers who can pass a rigorous peer review program.  We offer consumers trained professionals who can help them achieve the gardens they truly desire.

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Why Hire a Designer?

Hiring a professional landscape designer could be one of the smartest investment decisions you’ll ever make.  Designers trained and qualified in the principles of garden design and horticulture can help their clients avoid the costly mistakes that can turn the dream of an outdoor haven into a landscape nightmare. Professional landscape designers are skilled practitioners of fundamental design concepts – proportion, unity, balance, perspective, color, texture – that can bring about a fully integrated design.  They have a comprehensive knowledge of plants so that you get the right plant that grows 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.  To find a designer, enter your zip code in the "Find A Designer" tool on the left hand side of this page.

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2015 : International Landscape Design Awards

Name: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

Project Title: Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Project Location: Pittsburgh, PA