James Rose Center, Landscape Design

Volunteer at the James Rose Center

James Rose is an American icon of landscape design.  A modernist pioneer along with Thomas Church, Dan Kiley and Lawrence Halprin, Rose was set apart by the fact that he lived and worked in New Jersey.

His Ridgewood residence is now the James Rose Center and APLDNJ has been invited to help with spring clean up at the center.   A link below the pictures (used with permission of the James Rose Center) will take you to the sign up form.

Modular Screen and Garden
Outdoor Room
Roof Garden at Rose's Ridgewood home

Register to volunteer and help preserve one of New Jersey’s most important residential landscape sites.

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APLDNJ, Landscape Design, Plants, Uncategorized

APLDNJ at Monrovia’s Sustainable Event x 2

Gracious to the end, APLD Platinum sponsor, Monrovia held two workshops–one a snow delay for APLDNJ and the NJ chapter of ASLA at Barton’s Nursery in Edison.  It was an excellent workshop filled with useful information and a first hand look at many Monrovia plants.

The focus of the event was on  creating sustainable landscapes using Monrovia plants.  Ian Cooke from Monrovia’s Tennessee facility presented a compelling case for Monrovia’s company wide commitment to sustainable practices.

APLDNJ and ASLA members on the 2nd day of the presentation

Wisely stating at the onset that ‘The most expensive plant you can buy is the one that dies’, Mr. Cooke continued to make the case for the high level of quality of the company’s output as well as their commitment to sustainability.

After a short break for lunch, Pier Davis, the region’s Monrovia representative gave a presentation on new plant introductions.  Most exciting were the Itoh peonies.  Named for Toichi Itoh, the first hybridizer, they are cross between a tree Peony and a herbaceous Peony.  Don Smith continued the hybridization and Monrovia’s exclusive  Paeonia x ‘Yellow Doodle Dandy’ is pictured below still in a pot…Can you wait for spring?

Paeonia x 'Yellow Doodle Dandy'
Landscape Design, Plants

Designer’s Toolbox: Monrovia Nursery Event-2/26/10

Guest blog post from Kathy Rudnyk of Monrovia Plants

The event information is at the end of this post, it is free to APLD members, but you have to RSVP as seating is limited to 100.  Call  to reserve your spot – 1-800-999-9321 x 1148 or email Kathy krudnyk@monrovia.com

Sustainable… beautiful plants from Monrovia

The latest buzz word is “sustainable”.   Join Monrovia’s Ian Cooke and Pier Davis to learn the latest in how sustainability has gone full circle from nursery production and into the future with support from the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Monrovia's Nursery at Visalia, California

Besides winning the prestigious Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Evergreen Award, Monrovia’s on-going sustainability efforts include creating compost with cutting refuse, practicing integrated pest management, recycling water, and applying slow-release fertilizer.  Our Cairo facility, even has designed and constructed a bioswale, where an alligator currently resides. Sustainable nursery practices are used today at Monrovia, and perhaps you are curious to know what those practices entail and significance.

When it comes to design, Monrovia has asked your design peers for assistance.  In November, Monrovia hosted a Design Council of prestigious and active APLD and ASLA members.  These members completed homework, like identifying sustainable plant categories that transcend the typical, such as natives, cold hardiness, light exposure, sea coast exposure, and drought tolerant.  The group even determined what a best practices landscape care calendar would reflect. Saving you time and money and allowing you the freedom to make recommendations to your clients or their plant maintenance team.  Come learn what those futuristic offerings include.

We at Monrovia believe that design leads the way for beautiful and sustainable landscapes.  Join us for free lunch from noon to 1:30 pm at Barton Nursery on February 26, Friday.  949 New Durham Road, Edison, NJ 08817  Phone: 732-287-5222.  Please RSVP with Katharine Rudnyk 1-800-999-9321 x1148.  CEU credits are available, too.

APLDNJ, Landscape Design

Photography Workshop Photos

Eight APLDNJ landscape designers met on October 2nd at Atlock Farm for a garden photography workshop with Rich Pomerantz.   Below are the photos sent when when each designer was asked to submit of their favorite image from the workshop.  Some photographed plants, some gardens, some chickens and still others architecture.   Each viewpoint is distinctly different.  We are landscape and garden designers after all…hope you enjoy the view!

Jane Derickson
Jane Derickson
Andrea Grillo
Andrea Grillo
Laurel Von Gerichten
Laurel Von Gerichten
Susan Cohan, APLD
Susan Cohan, APLD
Jock Lewendon, APLD
Jock Lewendon, APLD
Rich Pomerantz--our intrepid instructor gives us the boot!
Rich Pomerantz--our intrepid instructor gives us the boot!
Barbara Miller
Barbara Miller

Free Web 2.0 Tools, Landscape Design, Marketing, Social Media

Designer’s Toolbox: Web Presence and You

Landscape designers as a whole have not embraced Web 2.0.  This next current wave of interactive web media seems to take too much time or requires geeky internet savvy.  Not true.  Designers say ‘Well I set up a Facebook and did nothing with it…’ or ‘I don’t have the time to figure all of that out’…or  ‘I don’t even have a website’.   To continue to be in business and  ignore the power of the internet to network with like minded professionals as well as a tool to engage potential clients is to ignore the future.

A website is a mandatory tool in this day and age.  ‘Google’ is a verb.  If you can’t be ‘googled’ with a link to your information, you are putting your design business at a disadvantage.  If you don’t already have a website, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  There are free, user friendly tools to build a website such as Homestead that you can use yourself.

A blog  can be a substitute for a website if you want to update and can be hosted for free at sites like the one that hosts this one…WordPress or Blogger.  Blogs allow you to post photos, link to other sites and comment on your work–they also allow people to comment on what they see.

With all of the hoopla about Social Media and Web 2.0 tools, how can do you make it work for you and your design business in the real world?  Just start.  Pick one Web 2.0 tool and use it.  Don’t just set it up and park it.   We’ve already talked about Facebook, LinkedIn, Land8lounge, Twitter,  and some others.

If a  Landscapedia portfolio isn’t your thing, you can share photos of your work or build a digital portfolio with sites like Flickr or Picasa.  If you already have a PowerPoint portfolio, upload and share it on SlideShare.

There are tools such as Ping.fm that will allow you to post in one place and have that post update in some of your other social media pages as well.  There are also tools such as Tumblr that allow you to display all of your on-line presence in one place.

Whatever you choose to do, do something, to continue to ignore the power of online connections is like ignoring the changing of the seasons.

Free Web 2.0 Tools, Landscape Design, Marketing

Designer’s Toolbox: Digitize Your Portfolio–Socially!

Contributed by Michael Franklin, associate member of APLD and creator of Landscapedia

The buzz about social networking is creating a greater need for landscape designers to get their portfolios online.  Because of my work with Landscapedia.info, I spend a fair amount of time talking with designers about their digital portfolios. I spend almost as much time convincing some that hiring a web designer and adding a website to their business cards is just the first step in leveraging their digital portfolio to help grow their design businesses.

A portfolio project by Chris Heiler an APLD member on Landscapedia
A portfolio project by Chris Heiler an APLD member on Landscapedia

Many landscape design professionals expect to post their work on their new websites and have their phone start ringing with clients.  They get frustrated when they’ve spent time and money to create an online presence only to be disappointed by the slow pace of returns.  Stories of internet millionaires from the 1990’s still permeate the conventional thinking – as long as you are online, people will knock down your door.  That was then, this is now, and things evolve quickly online.  Landscape designers need to embrace the power of the web and use it to their advantage. The internet today provides consumers with an overwhelming amount of information in seconds on any subject, including landscape design.  It is easy for a designer to get lost in that sea of information, regardless of what consultants promise in terms of search engine rankings.

What can you do now?  In order to get your work and business noticed, you have to be willing to go that extra distance.  You have to put your portfolio in as many places as you can, using it as a teaser to drive potential clients back to your website.  Think of it as free, interactive advertising.  You wouldn’t just advertise once in one publication, would you?

Landscapedia's Portfolio Directory
Landscapedia's Portfolio Directory

That’s the beauty of portfolio websites, such as Landscapedia.info and others.  They give you another on-line portal to get your work noticed.  It’s a terrible waste to go through the effort and expense of creating a digital portfolio to use it only once, on your own site, when you can reuse it or parts of it to drive traffic to your business.  The trick is to find the right websites to display your work.  Not every site is going to work for every designer and some sites are pay-for-play, throwing landscape designers in with graphic artists, interior designers, architects, etc.

Here’s how to make your decision:

  • A good digital portfolio site will give you a direct link back to your website without making consumers join or go through a series of steps.
  • Before joining a portfolio site, browse the current portfolios to see how easily (or not) a consumer finds their way back to your website.
  • Explore how the website reaches out to consumers to drive traffic to your portfolio. If they aren’t reaching out to consumers, then your portfolio may sit in obscurity. For example, Landscapedia has partnered with botanical gardens across the US to build mobile tour guides. This helps raise visibility of our designers among consumers interested in good design.
  • Find out if they have versions for mobile devices, such as iPhone. Landscapedia has a significant number of visitors on mobile devices, and this area is the next big growth trend on the web.
  • Ask your colleagues if they have experience with specific sites they can recommend.

If you don’t have a website yet, a portfolio site is a great place for you to experiment with your digital portfolio.  Most give you a handy, easy-to-remember address (http://my.landscapedia/msfxDesigns) to send out to clients and colleagues. You can play with image sizes and formats in a safe environment before taking the plunge with your own branded site.

The key to a successful move to digital portfolios really lies in finding key websites that you can use to generate attention for your work.  If you are sitting back waiting on people to find you, then you are missing out on countless opportunities to reach out and grab attention for your business.  With so many designers competing for clients in any economy, a good business person will utilize every opportunity to introduce themselves to potential clients-a digital portfolio is one of those tools.

APLDNJ, Deer Resistant Plants, Landscape Design, Nursery Tour, Uncategorized

Designer’s Toolbox: Pleasant Run Nursery Tour

3.5 x 5 in. cutout prints

Contributed by Pleasant Run Nursery

Event details:  APLD New Jersey Chapter

In our over-scheduled world, it is often difficult to carve out time to explore different plant options for landscape design challenges.  Nurseries that specialize in new and exciting introductions can help you keep up-to-date and innovative in your plant choices.  They also have hands-on experience with the actual growing conditions which plants require for long term success in the landscape.3.5 x 5 in. cutout prints

At Pleasant Run, we make it our mission to find and grow the most exciting new selections of both perennial and woody plants, and to re-acquaint our customers with heirloom, tried-and-true plant options.  We work hard to test a large range of perennials and woodies in our display gardens, so we know first hand what does well in New Jersey.  We also focus increasingly on finding solutions to problems in the landscape resulting from specific conditions, such as deer predation, dry shade, salt exposure or waterlogged soils.

3.5 x 5 in. cutout printsWe are looking forward to hosting our APLDNJ friends at our nursery on April 29th.

Just to whet your appetites, the following is a very abbreviated list of some perennials specifically for deer resistance:

  • Agastache x ‘Purple Haze’3.5 x 5 in. cutout prints
  • Anemone x ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’ and Perovskia atrip. ‘Little Spire’
  • Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’
  • Blechnum spicant
  • Carex oshim. ‘Evergold’
  • Caryopteris x clan. ‘Grand Bleu’
  • Cimicifuga ram. ‘Atropurpurea’
  • Eupatorium dub. ‘Little Joe’
  • Geranium x ‘Rozanne’
  • Hakonechloa mac. ‘All Gold’
  • Heuchera vill. ‘Autumn Bride’
  • Hibiscus mos. ‘Kopper King’
  • Iris ensata ‘Variegata’
  • Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Panicum virg. ‘Shenandoah’
  • Sisyrinchium angust. ‘Lucerne’
  • Solidago rug. ‘Fireworks’