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)

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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 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

A Private Screening of A Chemical Reaction


invite you to a private screening of the movie

 A Chemical Reaction

followed by a tasting of organic wines


A Chemical Reaction , a documentary movie, tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in North America.  If you’ve ever doubted the ‘Power of One’ and the difference a single committed individual can make, you must see A Chemical Reaction.

Narrated by Paul Tukey, the movie features Dr. June Irwin and her struggle to change the pesticide habits in her small town after she becomes convinced there is a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides used on their lawns.   A Chemical Reaction is as much about the political process as it is about lawn care chemicals. 

To find out more, click here to watch the movie trailer.

In keeping with the pesticide-free theme of the evening, we will also be offering a tasting of fine wines made from organically grown grapes with no or low sulfites added.  These wines are delicious, complex and full of character – all that’s missing is the pesticides and other chemicals!

So treat yourself (feel free to bring along a guest) to a much needed summer break before the fall busy season starts.  Catch up with old friends and meet some new ones while you are treated to a private screening of the movie that is creating tons of buzz and excitement wherever it is shown. 

A portion of the proceeds of this special event will benefit the National Audubon Society in Greenwich and support environmental education and their conservation efforts to protect birds and the natural places they depend on.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required.  To reserve your seat for the private screening of A Chemical Reaction and a special tasting of organic fine wines, simply click on the ‘Pay Now’ button below.  It’s simple, safe and secure.

Date:               Sunday, August 8th

Time:              5:00 – 8:00 pm

Location:        Audubon Greenwich at 613 Riversville Road (directions)

Cost:               $18 per person.  Open to APLD members and non-members alike…everyone is welcome.

The Odd Couple is a Hit

The Odd Couple lecture at NVCC was a huge success.  A large and diverse group gathered to hear featured speaker Jody Shilan talk about the unique relationship between landscape designers and landscape contractors, the quintessential green industry Odd Couple. 

Networking began as soon as people walked in the door


Jody Shilan offered tons of tips and answered audience questions


Dan from Gault Stone, an APLDCT gold sponsor, chats with Brid, APLDCT president


The lecture prompted so much discussion, conversations continued over refreshments


Jody Shilan stayed and answered even more questions


 A special thanks to the folks at NVCC for allowing APLDCT to hold our event on their campus.  

If you missed the Odd Couple lecture, have no fear.  Mark your calendars now for our next event on March 2nd at the New Haven Agricultural Station.  Stay tuned for more details.

Our New Board Member Is…

The APLDCT Board would like to thank everyone who voted in our recent election to find a new member for the Board of Directors.  The newest member of the APLDCT Board of Directors is Karen Ma of Karen K. Ma Landscape Design Studio.  Welcome aboard Karen!

We would also like to thank Dede Delaney and Amy Schuster for their interest in joining the APLDCT Board and look forward to working closely with you, and any other member who like to volunteer and get involved, in the coming weeks, months and years.

Join the APLDCT Board of Directors

APLDCT...Get Involved and Make a Difference!


The recent adoption of APLD Connecticut Chapter by-laws has created an open position on the Board called Director-at-Large.  As with all other Board positions, the term for the Director-at-Large position is 2 years.  The Director-at-Large will participate in Board meetings and have full voting rights.  You must be a current APLDCT member in good standing  (sorry, students are not allowed to serve on the Board) to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. 

 If you are interested in volunteering for the open position, or simply want to learn more about what’s involved, contact Brid Craddock, APLDCT President (   

Join us and help grow our chapter!