California Chapter Roots

In 1996, two landscape designers from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Kaye and Li Vellinga, returned home from their first National APLD® Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico full of resolve to extend their experiences by holding monthly meetings with other local designers. The early venue, Karin Nelson’s living room, was outgrown by 1998, and the members were thrilled to find a meeting room to rent at St. Marks Episcopal Church. Then in 2002, observing the synergy between their two organizations, Palo Alto’s Gamble Garden Center generously offered to host these meetings in their beautifully restored Carriage House.

Inspired by the formation of the Washington State Chapter, work began in 2000 on the formation of the country’s second formal APLD Chapter. While briefly called the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, we became the California Chapter in 2002. The San Francisco Bay Area became the Chapter’s first District.

In subsequent years, Chapter membership has steadily grown, and the California Chapter now comprises seven local Districts, created through the efforts of members who share the vision or our original founders—to provide locally accessible educational and networking opportunities to California APLD members. Please use the links below to learn more about a District in your area, or to contact the Chapter or District Boards of Directors. To learn more about District formation, visit our Chapter FAQ page

California Chapter The California Chapter Board facilitates formation of new Districts, and coordinates with local Districts to publish the monthly newsletter, web site, and other Chapter-wide communications. The Board also maintains membership records, serves as a liaison between the Districts and the international APLD organization, and helps facilitate programs for the benefit of California Chapter members.