PlantRight’s 2016 list of Suggested Alternatives for Invasive Garden Plants in California

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”   — Maya Angelou     It is a rare garden designer, contractor, or maintenance person who has never specified, planted, or contended in some way with confusion or concern over horticultural invasives like Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass), Pennisetum setaceum (Green Fountain Grass), or just […]

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Todd Layt, walking some of his ongoing turf breeding grounds.

Plants for Tough Times

Tuffy Plants for the New California Garden     All landscape designers are on a timeless search for the perfect supporting players that hold a garden together—no matter what the conditions. The rains had not yet begun when I got a chance last October to talk with Todd Layt, of Ozbreed Pty Ltd in NSW […]

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Creating an Urban Oasis

By Debbie Gliksman  I was extremely honored to receive the Merit Award for Cost Efficient Projects in the 2014 APLD Landscape Design Awards for my own garden. The challenge was to implement my core beliefs – creating a beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly space – within a tight budget of $20,000.  I replaced the cracked, […]

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APLD CA Leaders at the State Capitol

On September 10th and 11th, members of the California Chapter Board, District Legislative representatives, and other interested members met in Sacramento to establish the framework for APLD-CA’s engagement of legislative issues and processes. APLD leaders from across the state engaged in presentations and discussions from industry partners and successful political organizations on how to strategize, […]

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President’s Message October Newsletter

As I sit down to write this message to you, I just came back from a 4 hour round trip drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to be able to vote in the Brazilian Presidential election. I feel inspired by my civic duties and responsibilities and I’m excited to tell you a little about […]

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Amelia Lima

Letter from APLD CA Chaper President, Amelia Lima

Spring Flower shows are a wonderful source of inspiration and education for me. As the years go by, and with the many shows I have visited,  I find myself drawn to displays that make bold statements, and offer some educational component. Being pretty is not the most important criteria in my opinion.  APLD is judging […]

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Lisa Bellora

Lisa Bellora: New to the game and already at the helm

I have been gardening since I was a child; first with my father and Italian grandparents in the vegetable garden, and then learning from my artist mother with perennial gardens.  After working as a research chemist for a large agricultural company for nearly a decade, I decided to be a stay at home mom. As […]

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Mary Fisher

Lessons in Leadership in the City of Brotherly Love

By Mary Fisher, APLD After all my years of active involvement with APLD, who would have thought it would take a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia to bring focus to why I keep saying “yes” when asked to step up and volunteer?  Amelia Lima and I attended the March 2nd APLD Leadership Conference as the two […]

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