Welcoming Two New APLDCT Board members

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our two new APLDCT Board members, Eva Chiamulera and Christine Darnell.  While you’ve probably meet Eva and Christine at one of our Chapter events, you may be interested to learn a bit more about them.

More About Eva 

Eva grew up in a family that was passionate about gardening and the arts, so she chose to combine her interest in plants and architecture through her pursuit of landscape design, and has been working full time in the industry since 2000.  Eva joined the Austin Ganim Landscape Design team in 2008, bringing with her several years of residential design experience from her work at several prominent landscape firms in Boston and New York that allowed her to work throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her residential design work ranges from intimate children’s gardens to large residential estates, created in a variety of styles.  Her commercial work includes outdoor dining spaces, plazas, and planting design for an area train station.

Eva has written  articles on plants and gardens for several area shelter magazines, such as East Coast Home & Design, and enjoys giving talks to garden enthusiasts.  She has enjoyed volunteering in several Fairfield County garden tours and related events to assist in educating the public about landscapes and garden design.

Eva would like to see APLDCT expand its membership and explore mentoring opportunities for individuals looking to enter the profession with APLDCT members.  She would also like to see the Chapter gain prominence in both the design community at large as well as with the general public to become a go-to resource for landscape needs through networking and public outreach.

More About Christine

Trained as a sculptor, Christine is expert in constructing elegant outdoor spaces. At the heart of her vision is the desire to bring into being garden spaces that her clients will enjoy for a lifetime.

Christine made her living as a studio artist for many years before founding Christine Darnell Design Studio in 2009 after earning a Master’s degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. She has worked professionally in Westchester, NY and Fairfield and New Haven counties in CT. In conjunction with office practice, she has worked in the design/build and nursery industry and provides a certain perspective in balancing design sensitivity and practicality.

Christine is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and teaches Landscape Design Studio classes at the Native Plant Center and Naugatuck Valley Community College. She became a Master Gardener in 2003.  Christine has enthusiastically volunteered and attended almost every Chapter event since our inception.

Hats off to both Eva and Christine for stepping forward to offer their time and energy to enrich our Chapter.

Thank You to Two Special Vounteers

Thank You to Two Special Vounteers

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time for us to say good-bye to two dedicated APLDCT volunteers who are stepping down from serving on the APLDCT Board of Directors – Mary Ellen Pirozzoli  and Dede Delaney.


Mary Ellen Pirozzoli, the owner of Verdesign, LLC in Ridgefield, is one of the founding members of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Mary Ellen was integral in getting the Chapter off the ground, and was especially vital in establishing the Chapter’s newsletter communications with our members. Willing to step in and help out in any role as needed, Mary Ellen was elected President of the Chapter in 2013.

Dede Delaney, the owner of Red Twig Garden Design, has served on the Board for four years. For most of that time, Dede has been the Chapter’s Secretary, diligently recording Chapter history, as well as the minutes from countless meetings! She has been a tireless volunteer, involved in many aspects of our Chapter events during those four years.

We will truly miss Mary Ellen and Dede’s commitment and drive to make the Chapter succeed. From carting around the ‘event box’, putting out signs, organizing the Holiday Party, arriving early to set up functions, staying late to clean up and manning the Chapter table at numerous events  to help spread the word about APLDCT,  it’s fair to say APLDCT would not be where it is today without Mary Ellen and Dede. We look forward to seeing them as regular attendees at upcoming events.

Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication. We couldn’t have done it without you both!

APLDCT’s Holiday Party Cancelled

Dear members,

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions this weekend, we are forced to cancel tomorrow’s Holiday Party at the Gelston House.  We were really looking forward to seeing everyone, catching up on news and officially putting another season of hard work behind us!

In accordance with our by-laws, we are required to hold an Annual Meeting each year. So we will hold our  2013 Annual Meeting tomorrow at 3:30 by phone. We invite you all to call in and join us. The dial in is 661-673-8600 and the access code is 265224, followed by the # sign.

Your APLDCT Board of Directors

It’s Time for the APLDCT Annual Holiday Party

It’s hard to believe the season is basically over and the holidays are right around the corner.  That means it’s time to start thinking about the annual APLDCT Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

Last year’s holiday party was a huge success so we decided to host this year’s party at the same location – The Gelston House in East Haddam. Formal invitations are already in the mail but here’s a sneak peek.

Remember, the APLDCT Annual Holiday Party is free for members and a guest. So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 15th.

Hope to see you there!

2013 Holiday Party invite

APLD CT – Schooner Mary E cruise

Schooner Mary E  © Connecticut River Museum

Schooner Mary E © Connecticut River Museum

Ahoy Mateys! Our sunset river cruise is set to depart on Sunday, August 25 from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Village. 

Parking is available at the museum and directions are listed below. If you are using a GPS, please note that the museum is in Essex Village.

Why not plan to arrive early and visit the museum which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of life near the Connecticut river. Keep in mind that the museum closes at 5pm.

Please be at the dock by 5:30.  Dress appropriately and bring a small cushion to sit on if you are so inclined!

 APLD CT will provide a picnic supper and bottled water but don’t forget to B.Y.O.B.

 If you should have a last minute change of plans, please contact us via text at 203 685 4541 or 203 417 2833.

 Directions to the Connecticut River Museum and the Schooner Mary E.

 From Interstate 91, take Exit 22 (CT Route 9 South). Take CT Route 9 South (26 miles) to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront.  The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

 From Interstate 95, take Exit 69 (CT Route 9 North). Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

See you there!

APLDCT Designer Forum – Groundcovers

APLDCT Designer Forum – Groundcovers

Here’s a look at some of the photos that didn’t make it into the  APLDCT Designer Forum article on Groundcovers in the July/August edition of Connecticut Gardener magazine.

© Carrie Greenwald of Maher & Greenwald, Stamford

© Carrie Greenwald of Maher & Greenwald, Stamford

© Debbie Roberts of Roberts &  Roberts Landscape and Garden Design, Stamford

© Debbie Roberts of Roberts & Roberts Landscape and Garden Design, Stamford

© Richard Schipul of Designingeden.com, New Milford

© Richard Schipul of Designingeden.com, New Milford

A big thanks to APLD Connecticut chapter members, Carrie Greenwald of Maher & Greenwald, Laura Rock of Laura Rock Landscape Design and Richard Schipul of DesigningEden.com, who contributed to the article.

APLDCT Designer Forum – Rejuvenating Foundation Plantings

APLDCT Designer Forum – Rejuvenating Foundation Plantings

Here’s a look at some of the photos from the  APLDCT Designer Forum article on Rejuvenating Foundation Plantings in the May/June edition of Connecticut Gardener magazine.

© Dede Delaney of Red Twig Garden Design

© Dede Delaney of Red Twig Garden Design

© Christine Darnell of Van Wilgen's Garden Center

© Christine Darnell of Van Wilgen’s Garden Center

© Richard Schipul of Designingeden.com

© Richard Schipul of Designingeden.com


A big thanks to APLD Connecticut chapter members, Christine Darnell of Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, Dede Delaney of Red Twig Garden Design and Richard Schipul of DesigningEden.com, who contributed to the article.

Sail the High Seas with APLDCT

OK, maybe not the ‘High Seas’ but definitely the gentle waters of  the Connecticut River.

Join your fellow APLD CT chapters members and their guests on Sunday, August 25th for a relaxing night of lively conversation and lovely sights.

Treat yourself to one of Connecticut’s finest attractions and forget about the stresses and hassles of work for a few hours. We’ll provide the schooner and a boxed supper. All you need to bring is your favorite beverage … and a friend…

Schooner Mary E Invite

Reserve your spot on the Schooner Mary E today…

Please note, if you’d like to pay for more than one person, please go through the payment process for each person.

Members & Guests

Members & Guests

Outdoor Kitchen Design ~ A Fun & Educational Event

Outdoor Kitchen Design ~ A Fun & Educational Event

The outdoor kitchen design event held at Albano Appliance in Pound Ridge, NY,  co-hosted by APLD CT and APLD NY, was a huge success.  Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers from the Connecticut,  New York and New Jersey chapters, and their guests, were treated to an evening full of laughs, gossip and industry best practices as well as a delicious dinner.

The evening started with drinks and networking, followed by a fun an educational presentation about outdoor kitchen design presented by Donald Sivesind of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.  Attendees even received a certificate in outdoor kitchen design.

After the presentation, Albano Appliance treated attendees to a gourmet dinner cooked on their outdoor appliances. Hors d’oeuvres, pizzas, vegetables, beef, pork and chicken were all expertly prepared by their chef and enjoyed by all.

If you weren’t able to join APLDCT for this special event, we hope you’ll be able to join us for our next one.

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Winning Kitchen Design Workshop

Join Us For A Fun-Filled Evening Devoted to Design 

APLD CT is pleased to join our sister chapter, APLD  NY in hosting a workshop entitled Winning Kitchen Design.

This timely educational and networking event is open to APLD  members and non-members alike.

We hope to see you at Albano Appliance in Pound Ridge on Saturday, April 6th.

To reserve you spot today, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on one of the PayPal buttons.


Reserve Your Spot Today

$5 - APLD members (all Chapters)

APLD members (all Chapters)

Non-members & Guests

Non-members & Guests