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.
For Christie the design process is a puzzle to solve. An expert garden design must suit the space both now, and in the future as it changes over time. And, by using sustainable gardening methods, Christie and her team maintain their commitment to creating gardens that harmoniously blend with the natural environment.
Christie and her team all have horticultural backgrounds, and they pride themselves in their professional, knowledgeable and skilled approach. They stay in close communication with their clients, and welcome their clients’ involvement in all phases of their relationship.
Christie offers a free one-hour initial consultation that includes evaluation the existing site conditions, discussing the client’s wants and needs, and sharing possible design solutions.
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