Letter from APLDCT’s President

In case you missed it, here’s the letter from Brid Craddock, APLDCT’s president that was e-mailed in mid-October to all current APLDCT members and also to APLD members residing in Connecticut. 


The Board of your CT chapter of the APLD met on September 15th where we kicked off plans for chapter activities for the rest of the year.  Hot topics included developing a lecture series, creating a website, attending trade shows, finding financial sponsors and inviting member participation.

We currently have 48 APLD members here in Connecticut, and almost half are current CT Chapter members.  Renewal notices for 2010 membership in APLD International have been sent out to current members. Connecticut Chapter dues is an additional $35 ($20 for students). Go to www.APLD.ORG to renew.

We have a webpage! – www.apldct.org  Visit to find complete contact information for the Board of the CT Chapter. 

APLD International News

Chapter Symposium:  APLD International is holding a Chapter Symposium in California on February 21-22. Up to two Board members from each chapter will be invited to attend.


Trade-Show Budget:   APLD International has heard our call to fund our participation in state- wide trade shows.  A budget request for funding the chapters in 2010 for this purpose has been made. 


Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance:  APLD International is formalizing an agreement with a national E&O carrier.  APLD member designers will be invited to contact the insurance company directly to determine their policy needs, if any.  While a fixed rate for an E&O policy is not possible to negotiate, the terms of coverage however will be offered nationally.


Regulatory Update:   APLD International is in the process of updating the status of regulatory activity by state.  Information regarding right to work legislation will be included in the update


Upcoming Connecticut Chapter Events

 Lecture Series

When – February 2010
Who – Jody Shilan (www.fromdesign2build.com
Topic – “The Odd Couple” how landscapers and designers can work together and  improve networking opportunities.
Where- TBD
Fee – Free to members of the CT Chapter of the APLD, $10 for non-members

When – March 2010
Who – TBD
Topic – Sustainable Landscape Design
Where – CT Agricultural Station in New Haven

 Opportunities to Volunteer

 By-laws Committee:  The Board recognizes that an integral part of establishing our Chapter is the creation and acceptance by our membership of official Chapter by-laws.  While we have templates of by-laws used by other APLD chapters as a starting point, we would like to invite any current APLD CT Chapter member to be involved in the creation of our official Chapter by-laws.  Work on this committee will begin in early November and should be finished by the end of 2009.  Please contact Debbie Roberts (contact information listed below) to volunteer.

CT Flower Show:  We have an opportunity to present a lecture to the attendees of the CT Flower Show, held in Hartford on February 18 – 21.  We have reserved Sunday, Feb 21 at 2:00 pm for APLD CT Chapter’s lecture time.  We are looking for a volunteer to present a lecture sponsored by the APLD CT Chapter. Additional volunteer members are needed to be available before and after the lecture to answer attendee questions. The lecture topic should be of interest to the home gardener, and represent the profession of Landscape Design.    

The CT Flower Show draws attendees from all over Connecticut as well as MA, NJ, NY and RI.  Over 35,000 homeowners typically attend the four-day event.  For more information about the show and a (coming soon) list of seminars visit www.ctflowershow.com.  To volunteer to lecture or if you can be available to attend the lecture on Sunday, February 21, please contact Brid Craddock (contact information below).

Events Committee:   Our Chapter includes members from all areas of Connecticut.  Our goal is to hold interesting and informative events throughout the state.  Chapter members who are interested in finding guest speakers and looking for spaces/venues where we would be welcomed to hold meetings, offer lectures and participate in workshops can contact Whitney Freeman-Kemp to volunteer for this committee.

Website Committee:  While we currently have a webpage, www.apldct.org, that allows us to display limited Chapter information, we realize our Chapter requires a full-fledged website in order to grow and also to provide our members with increased visibility within their communities.  We are looking for Chapter members with experience or interest in creating websites to work together on building one for the chapter.  If you’d like to offer your services, contact Jay Petrow. (Also see Website Sponsorship Drive below)

Promotion Committee:  Chapter events need promotion and not just to our members.   Flyers, emails and press releases for our upcoming events will be made available to all members.  Can you do your part and distribute them?  Help creating the promotion material would also be welcomed.  To volunteer, contact any Board member for more information.

Chapter Sponsors :  We are looking for green industry allied businesses to sponsor our efforts to create a website through a donation to our Chapter.  In return we will list their business on our website as a sponsor.   We are looking for members to recommend potential sponsors.  Suggestions for potential sponsors have included nurseries, masonry suppliers, landscape lighting firms and fencing firms.  We’d like to open this opportunity to potential sponsors throughout the state.  If you know of a potential sponsor that you would like to contact, please contact Debbie Roberts for the forms and more information.

APLD CT Chapter Board Members:

Brid Craddock of Growing Solutions (President):  bridcraddock@yahoo.com

Jay Petrow of PetrowGardens LLC (Vice President): petrow@petrowgardens.com

Whitney Freeman-Kemp of Trillium Outdoor Designs (Secretary): whitney@trilliumoutdoordesigns.com

Deborah Roberts of Roberts & Roberts (Treasurer): droberts@robertslandscapes.com

Laura Rock of Laura Rock Landscape Design Services (Director of Membership):  laurarock@snet.net

MaryEllen Pirozzoli of Verdesign, LLC (Director of Communications): verdesignllc@sbcglobal.net

APLD International Website www.apld.org

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