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.
Shannon Grina is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and owner of Grina Landscape Design, LLC. She works with clients as a landscape designer, garden coach and fine pruner. Shannon has designed and installed over 100 individual projects throughout the Puget Sound area and is intimately familiar with the challenges of design, plant selection and maintenance in the Pacific Northwest. Her clients value that she listens to their specific needs and designs beautiful, sustainable landscapes with an emphasis on thoughtful plant selections and year round interest.
Shannon completed the Environmental Horticulture Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and became a Certified Professional Horticulturist in 2008. She began her career as a landscape designer in 2007 for Molbaks and opened her own company in 2008.
Since 2012, Shannon has represented her fellow landscape designers and Certified Professional Horticulturists as a member of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors. In 2018 she served as Vice President and she currently holds the position of President Elect.
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