A Special APLDCT Sponsor Event!

Colorblends announcement


Tour the Colorblends Trial Gardens & Annual Meeting

Saturday May 3, starting at 1:30 pm

Take a break from your hectic spring schedule to catch up with APLDCT members and to tour the beautiful displays at the Colorblends trial gardens.  While enjoying these colorful spring bulb gardens and gathering inspiration for next year, you can reconnect with old friends and meet some of the newest members of APLDCT.  In addition to seeing tried and true, we will have a unique opportunity to see new varieties of bulbs as they are being trialed in our area.

We will hold a brief annual meeting at 1:30pm at the Colorblends facility to get a quick update on what’s going on with APLDCT.  At 2 pm we will gather in Bridgeport to see the Colorblends trial gardens, and then between 3-3:30pm we will travel to their trial gardens in Shelton.  The garden tour will be followed by festive beverages and refreshments as we toast the start of the landscape season.

We hope that you can join us for all or part of the afternoon, please RSVP (use the RSVP button below to email APLDCT) to let us know you will attend.  If you have questions, in advance of the event please feel free to e-mail us at apldct@gmail.com and on the day of the event contact Eva at 203-650-1515 with any questions.

*Event is open to designers and professionals from all disciplines. 

Annual Meeting @ 1:30pm at Colorblends (see below for address)

Garden Tour Starting Location @ 2pm:
747 Barnum Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 338-0776

Second Location @ 3:30pm
Hilltop Gardens
245 Walnut Tree Road
Shelton, CT 06484

RAIN PLAN:  This event will happen Rain or Shine, with a few modifications.  In the event of rain the General Membership Meeting will be rescheduled to happen at the end of the day, after the garden tours. We will reverse the order of the locations so that we will end up at the Colorblends facility where we can have our reception indoors, so if it rains we will meet at Hill Top Gardens at 2pm and then the Colorblends facility at 3:30pm, with reception and meeting to follow.  
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please note that since we will be seeing some bulbs that have not been released for sale, we have been asked not to take photographs while visiting the gardens, thank you for your cooperation with this request from our hosts.

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

APLDCT Outing a Rousing Success!

This past Sunday a group of APLDCT members, along with three representatives from our Gold sponsor Colorblends, visited the beautiful Connecticut village of Essex and then set sail for a sunset cruise on the Schooner Mary E.

Our cruise ship awaits!

Our cruise ship awaits!

Main Street in Essex is full of old world charm, lined with shoppes and beautiful gardens. Several of us strolled through town before the cruise to soak in the atmosphere of the shore town and get in a little garden critiquing. We then visited the Connecticut River Museum, where our cruise ship is docked. The museum does a wonder job of chronicling the history of the Connecticut River, housing many artifacts, and a wonderful mural of the river itself that travels up a three level staircase and down another. Very well done!

Once aboard the Schooner Mary E for the main event, everyone quickly settled in to a very fine evening of sightseeing, networking, and of course garden talk. Our events coordinator Lucy van Liew, provided the group with a delicious boxed dinner, then we relaxed with a glass of wine to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

A great time was had by all, and we have already begun scheming to repeat the outing next summer. So stay connected with us here at APLDCT, and hopefully we’ll see you at our next exciting outing!

We’ll be posting more photos and continuing the discussion about this event, as well as future events, over on the Facebook Page, but now, here’s a fun video of our Sunset Cruise outing. Enjoy and please share it with your friends!


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.