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.