Danver Outdoor Kitchen Workshop

Join us for a workshop and factory tour at

Friday, November 20, 2 pm

One Grand Street | Wallingford, CT 06492

We will begin our afternoon with an informational talk about trends & opportunities in outdoor kitchens, as well as presentation techniques on how to introduce customers to the products an increase sales. Presentation will be followed by a tour of the factory, where we will learn about the manufacturing process and see examples of the products.

The event is free for members, however it is limited to 15 participants, please register in advance.

Email: apldct@gmail.com to register today!

Spring Bulb Celebration Event!

APLDCT cordially invites you to a

Spring Bulb Celebration!

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On May 2nd we will tour the fabulous Colorblends display gardens in Bridgeport and Shelton Connecticut, enjoy a wine tasting at Jones Family Farm, then gather for refreshments and networking. It’s sure to be wonderful day, so please join us as we meet with friends and colleagues, and share in some much needed spring color!

Saturday May 2nd from 2:00 pm until whenever…



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2:00 – 3:30pm – Meet at and tour the Colorblends Spring Garden (893 ClintonAve Bridgeport CT 06604), a lovely historic house slowly being renovated by Colorblends- last year 17,000 bulbs were planted in a display designed by Jacqueline van der Kloet to show what may be achieved with spring bulbs.

4:00 – 6:00pm – Meet at Jones Family Farm (606 Walnut Tree Hill Road Shelton CT 06484) and tour a new display of daffodils designed and planted by Chris Harley of Colorblends, and enjoy a wine tasting from the farms Winery

6:00 – whenever – Gather at the home of Chris Harley ofColorblends (within 5 minutes) for refreshments, and networking.

Cost for the day’s event is $10 for APLD CT members $15 friends family and other non members.

Register below, then scroll down for a fun video of last year’s Spring Bulb Celebration!


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Marketing with Houzz

APLDCT Presents

Marketing Your Landscape Design Business with Houzz


A workshop immediately following


UCONN Perennial Plant Conference

AND… conveniently located just a short walk away on the UCONN Campus!

Thursday, March 5th, 5-7 pm
Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center
855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT 06268

Register Below!

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, connecting millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.

For design professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories about you and your portfolio of work and market your business with scale and efficiency, in the office or on the go. During this session, discover how you can harness Houzz and integrated technologies to do just this – improve business efficiency, reach new prospective clients and streamline communications.

Why sit in traffic after the Perennial Plant Conference when you could be enjoying refreshments and an informational talk directed at marketing your business.

$10 for APLD members  –  $15 for Non-APLD members

Register Now!

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Stormwater and Low Impact Development Workshop


APLDCT is proud to present this half day workshop on Stormwater and Low Impact Development (LID) issues with Steve Trinkaus of Trinkaus Engineering

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Steve Trinkaus

Low Impact Development or LID as it is commonly called, is a relatively new development strategy, which is quickly becoming a critical part of any type of land development project in order to reduce the impacts of storm water runoff, and in particular improve the water quality from completed projects. Initally developed in the Chesapeake Bay area to reduce the adverse impacts of development and storm water on the sensitive bay area and the many environmental resources found there, the general goal of LID is to mimic pre-development hydrologic conditions through the application of five basic concepts.

Mr. Trinkaus’ presentation will cover LID as it pertains to the following:

  • Overview of stormwater issues and LID
  • Importance of soils
  • Discussion of native soil properties, conditions and position on landscape
  • Amending disturbed soils to increase infiltrative capacity
  • Common LID techniques for residential scale
  • Bioretention/Rain gardens
  • Filter Strips
  • Impervious area disconnection
  • Overview of designing and sizing common LID techniques
  • Case Studies (real world applications: The Good, Bad and the Ugly)

**This workshop has been approved for 4 NOFA AOLCP CEU Credits**


What – LID Workshop with Steve Trinkaus

Cost     –  $30.00 for current APLD members, $40.00 for non-APLD members

When  –  Friday Febraury 13, 2015  9:30 am – 1:00 pm

WhereThe Bartlett Arboretum 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903
(203) 322-6971   Click here for Directons

Who Should Attend –  Design professionals interested in all aspects of Low Impact Development and Environmentally Sensitive Design practices, municipal commissioners, municipal staff, anyone wishing to learn more about storm water and LID issues.

Refreshments will be served!


Click on the registration button that applies to register for this event!

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Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!



You are cordially invited to the APLDCT 

Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!

Come join your fellow APLDCT members and their guests, as we take care of a little association business, then relax and get reacquainted with one another.This year’s event will be held at Outriggers Restaurant, which is located dockside at Brewer’s Stratford Marina in historic Stratford, Connecticut. Chef and owner Bruce Miller, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, will be preparing a wonderful buffet for us as we enjoy spectacular views of Brewer’s Stratford Marina, the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound.This event is free to members of APLDCT, and guests are invited at a cost of $20 per person. Cash Bar.     
Details:What: APLDCT Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

When: Sunday December 7, 2014
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Outriggers Restaurant (Upstairs Private Room)
555 Broad Street
Startford, CT 06615

Cost: APLDCT Members – Free/Guests – $20.00


An APLDTCT Special Event – David Harber!

APLDCT presents!

A very special evening with world-renown garden artist


David Harber!

Please join us for 

Taking Pleasure in the Passing of Time

Mr. Harber will present a lecture on the evolution of scientific instrument to garden sculpture, especially the development of sundials, their timeless appeal, and how they have evolved into the stunning and breath taking creations that he now designs.


This lecture will be of interest to landscape and garden designers, landscape architects, and landscape professionals, designers from other disiplines, or anyone who is interested in incorporating these beautiful pieces into their gardens!

Tuesday October 7th 6:30-8:00 pm



130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT (203) 869-9242

Tickets – $25.00/$30.00 at the door 

Current APLD members $20.00

(Refreshments will be served)

Purchase tickets now!

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David Harber has earned an international reputation for creating innovative, contemporary designs paying homage to the past, and taking the marking of time as his inspiration.

Fascinated by the use of shadows, David incorporates light, water and reflections to create surprising and delightful illusions.

His work has an ethereal quality, drawing integrity from his commitment to using only the finest quality materials; beautiful, sometimes mysterious, always intriguing.

APLDCT’s Second Annual Sunset River Cruise!

Schooner Mary E

Schooner Mary E


Ahoy me mateys, it’s time for the 2nd annual APLDCT sunset  river cruise aboard the Schooner Mary E! We set sail on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Village at 6:00 pm sharp. Tickets are $60.00 per person, and include a picnic supper and soft drinks. Adult beverages are B.Y.O.B.


Here’s a fun video montage of last year’s cruise to get you in the mood!

The cruise is limited to 25 passengers. Last year’s sold out so be sure to reserve your spot early by clicking on the button below! (note: you will need to repeat the reservation for each member of your group that is attending)


Please be at the dock by 5:30and dress appropriately for cool weather. You may also bring a small cushion to sit on if you are so inclined!

Plan on arriving early to visit the Connecticut River Museum (closes at 5:00 pm), which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Connecticut River. Or take a stroll through the lovely village of Essex and view the beautiful gardens and buildings.

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.

Last minute change of plans should be sent to apldct@gmail.org, or via text to 860-982-8635.


We look forward to seeing you onboard!


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.

APLDCT Event 7.27.14 – O’Brien Nurserymen!


On July 27th, APLDCT will host a wonderful open house at O’Brien Nurserymen in Granby, CT. If you love plants, this is an outing you will not want to miss!



Sunday July 27 2014

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lunch and refreshments will be served

Cost – $10 non-APLD member/$5 APLD member

Attendees are invited to join us at a The Good Life Grill (a local pub in Granby) following the festivities (4:00 pm) for a social hour and networking!


 ** Please RSVP for Lunch here! 


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Founded in 1984 as O’Brien Landscaping, Inc., as a design-install landscape company, O’Brien Nurserymen, LLC has now evolved into New England’s premier Hosta nursery.  Our extensive display gardens feature approximately 2,000 Hosta varieties, as well as other shade loving plants such as; Asarum, Pulmonaria, Epimedium and arapaima.  The gardens also include a wide variety of unusual dwarf conifers, over a hundred varieties of Japanese Maples, 125 varieties of daylily, and many other unique and hard to find plants.


Display gardens greet visitors and allow them to experience each plant’s actual growth charcteristics.


Conifers and Japanese Maples

Shade Garden

Shade Garden

Daylily Display

Daylily Display


O’Brien Nurserymen is open for retail sales on designated weekends from April thru October.  The sales area is stocked with plants in containers ready to go, and features over 1200 Hosta varieties, many other choice shade perennials, dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, daylilies and Daphne.

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

A Landscape Plan for the Thomas Lyman House

APLD CT Board members, Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell, have recently collaborated on developing a landscape plan for the lovely historic Thomas Lyman House in Durham, CT. One of the finest examples of Georgian style architecture in the area, it was built in 1778 and sits on 13 acres of pristine lands including lakes, ponds, and waterfalls. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was recently donated to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation by the family who has owned it since 1949. The sale of the house will allow the Trust to set up a revolving fund to help in their work to protect other historic houses.

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House


The board of the Connecticut Trust reached out to Lucy Van Liew, who recently has been chairing a group with the Madison Historic Society to establish a Historic District in her neighborhood. The Trust asked Lucy to provide a landscape plan that would inspire potential buyers to imagine the possibilities for improvements to the grounds around the house.

Lucy asked Christine if she would partner on this pro bono project. It proved an interesting and stimulating collaboration since they both run independent practices and have different but complementary styles.

There were specific issues such as proximity to a busy road, lack of outbuildings or garages, challenging gradients, poor driveway access and parking and little usable outside ‘living spaces’.

With these in mind and with a wish to enhance the beauty and character of the house and its surrounds, while also improving functionality, Lucy and Christine developed a plan and a series of illustrations to inspire buyers.

They presented their plan to the Trust who will be using it to promote the sale of the house.

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Sustainability and APLDCT

Greetings fellow designers and members,


Sustainable is a word used often in landscape design.  In 25 years and long before sustainable became a buzz word, have I ever had someone tell me that they were hoping for a high maintenance garden of their dreams?  It just doesn’t happen!  With people always trying to capture more time, everyone who is considering a new landscape is interested in a low maintenance garden that will come back and be successful, year after year, with minimal human input.

What about the sustainability of APLDCT? A lot of our members think this is a new chapter and it is, sort of.  I was part of another CT APLD chapter a long, long time ago.  That first chapter died a slow death in the early 90’s because of a lack of input.  Let’s not let that happen again!  Landscape designers should have a voice within the state and one of those voices should be APLDCT.  For APLDCT to remain strong and sustainable, we need active members!

Here are a handful of things you can do to help this chapter survive.


Let’s start with the easiest, attend an event.

Tell others about APLDCT: All types of designers, peers, suppliers, contractors, clients.

Ask the above to follow us on social media, we have accounts everywhere.

Ask if they would like to receive our newsletter.

Help organize a social or educational event.

Help man a trade show booth in the future.

Take a supporting role on a committee.

Think about becoming a board member.


I can say that being a part of this group has made me a better designer and has awarded me new friendships and contacts.  If you think being a board member requires a ton of time, it doesn’t. There are plenty of ways to add input and make a difference in the future success of this chapter.


All the best,


Richard Schipul – Designing Eden llc

President APLDCT