2013 APLDCT Board of Directors

APLD CT logoIt’s official… the Association of Professional Landscape Designers Connecticut Chapter has some new leaders at its helm.

While we thank our prior leaders for their dedication and hard work, we’re excited for what lies ahead for our chapter and its members in the coming year…..

For 2013, the APLD Connecticut Chapter officers are:

  • President –  Mary Ellen Pirozzoli, Verdesigns in Ridgefield
  • Vice President –  Rich Schipul, APLD,  Designing Eden in New Milford
  • Secretary – Dede Delaney, Red Twig Garden Design in Windham
  • Treasurer – Laura Rock, Laura Rock Landscape Design Services in Waterbury

 The Connecticut chapter also has three new Directors at Large: 

  • Scott Hokunson, Blue Heron Landscape Design in Granby
  • Richard Rosiello, Rosiello Designs in New Milford
  • Lucy Van Liew, Lucy Van Liew Gardens in Madison

Congratulations to all our 2013 Board of Directors!

Stay tuned for easy ways you can join in the excitement and get involved in our Chapter.

Growing Your Business ~ An APLD CT Workshop

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Rethinking Strategy, Clients & Profitability

A Workshop for Landscape Designers

on Friday, January 6, 2012

This exciting, hands-on workshop, presented by Catherine Wiersema*, will encompass a threefold approach to improving your landscape design (or design/build) business.

Topics to be explored include:

♦  Strategic choices for new & established designers ~ the needs of established designers looking to refresh their practices at a higher level of profitability,as well as good entry products for newer designers struggling with too little work will be explored.

♦  Relationship cycle of client and designer ~ the roles of both the designer and client will be explored as well as the design cycle and contracts.

♦  Pricing and profitability Pricing, profitability and budgets and their relationship to selling projects will be discussed.

Event Details

Date:            Friday, January 6th

Time:           Registration begins at 8:00, program run from 8:30 – 5:00

Location:     Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT

Cost:           APLD CT members  – $155.00

                  APLD members from other chapters – $165.00

                  Non-APLD members – $175.00

                  Current NVCC students – $75.00

Note:  Fees include coffee breaks and lunch.

This event offers a total of 5 APLD CEU credits

Registration deadline is December 30, 2011, don’t wait…reserve your spot today…

APLDCT now offers the convenience of  paying for our events via PayPal.

It’s quick, easy and secure. And you don’t even need a PayPal account.

Just click the appropriate ‘Pay Now’ button below  and follow the instructions.

It’s safe, secure and simple…

APLDCT members

APLD - other chapters

Non-APLD attendees

NVCC students

*Catherine Wiersema earned her MBA from Simmons College and her Landscape Design Certification from Radcliffe College. She developed the Professional Practice curriculum for the Harvard Landscape Institute and teaches at the Boston Architectural College. Catherine is the principal of Boussard Design, a design/build firm located in the greater Boston area.

APLDCT Sponsored Event : Behind The Scenes Tour of Hollister House

APLD CT is offering members and non-members alike a unique opportunity for a behind-the scenes tour of Hollister House Gardens conducted by one of  the garden’s original creator’s, George Schoellkopf.

Hollister House Gardens

Hollister House Garden is situated on a sloped, beautiful terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut. Hollister House is an American interpretation of such classic English gardens as Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, and Hidcote, formal in structure yet informal and rather wild in its style of planting.

We will have a private tour with George Schoellkopf one of the originators of the garden and the hand that, over the last 31 years, has been shaping it into the jewel that it is today. Please join us for an afternoon walk, and meet fellow garden enthusiasts.

George has graciously offered to let us have lunch on the grounds after the private tour. Feel free to bring your own lunch or you can purchase a gourmet boxed lunch that will be delivered right to the gardens . (Note:  All boxed lunches must be ordered by September 7th).

Date:               Saturday, September 10th

Time:              Tour begins at 11:45

Location:        Hollister House Garden  in Washington, CT

Cost:               $12 for APLDCT members, $15 for non-members

Optional Box Lunch:  $15 per person (feel free to brown-bag it, if you’d prefer)

Reserve your spot (and order lunch, too) for this one-of-a-kind tour today…

(Note:  You do NOT need a PayPal account, once you click on a button look for the option to pay using a credit card.)

Gourmet Boxed Lunch

Tour - APLDCT members

Tour - Friends & Guests

APLD Connecticut Chapter Hits the Big Time!

In our ongoing efforts to not only raise awareness of the value of professional landscape design among Connecticut homeowners but to also help promote APLD Connecticut members and their businesses, our chapter has partnered with Connecticut Gardener magazine to provide a column on plants and landscape design-related issues written by our members.

Much like a traditional roundtable, the column entitled, Designer Forum, will focus on one topic each edition and offer three different perspectives. Our inaugural column is featured in the July/August 2011 edition of Connecticut Gardener. Three of our members, Scott Hokunson of Blue Heron Landscape Design in Granby, Mary Ellen Pirozzoli of Verdesign in Ridgefield and Richard Rosiello of Rosiello Designs in New Milford offered their perspectives on their favorite native plants (see article below).

Designer Forum article in Connecticut Gardener magazine


APLD Connecticut is looking forward to a long collaboration with Connecticut Gardener. The magazine is only available by subscription. Visit Connecticut Gardener’s website for information on starting your subscription today.

APLDCT at the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

Stop by, say hello and learn about the benefits of working with a professional landscape designer on your next outdoor project.  Professional landscape designers from the APLD Connecticut chapter will be on hand throughout the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford this weekend to answer all your questions.  See you there!


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