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.

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'
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

APLD Design Conference

APLDNJ in Portland, Oregon

The APLDNJ chapter was well represented at the APLD Annual International Design Conference in Portland, Oregon from July 13-19th.  The 2010 conference will be held in Dallas, Texas at the end of September.

Many APLD members cite the annual conference as the best benefit of membership.  Several of us got together (after a few glasses of wine and too much desert) to tell you why we go.  NJ Chapter members:  James and HaeSun Robyn, Helen Grundman, Susan Olinger, Jock Lewendon, Susan Cohan with a guest spot from APLD president elect Patricia St. John (CA) are on the video.  Missing members who were in Portland but not filmed–Ruth Bowers and Whitney Freeman-Kemp (who is defecting to her home state of Connecticut’s new chapter).  Enjoy–we did!


Designer’s Toolbox: Don’t Miss Out Next Time!

Who:  APLDNJ Members

What:  Unusual Trees and Shrubs for Landscape Designs

When:  June 10th (yes it’s in the past)

Where:  Plant Detectives Chester, NJ

Why:  Continuing Education makes you a better designer!

The North Jersey members who attended the Plant Detectives Nursery tour and lecture in Chester on Wednesday evening, June 10 were treated to  a great evening and informational event.

Nursery owner, Art Laster, not only hosted the event but also  invited guest speakers Chris Rubino, from APLD’s national sponsor Monrovia, and John Mohr from Iseli Nursery to present some of their uncommon plants for APLDNJ designers to consider using in future landscape designs.  Art spoke about under-used plants and provided dinner and beverages for all.

chapter event 1John Mohr and APLDNJ Members at Plant Detectives Nursery

Joe Broyles, chapter member and representative of APLDNJ’s Gold sponsor, Plant Health Care, also said a few words about PHC products.

The APLDNJ landscape designers in attendance recieved three plants (pictured below) from Monrovia and a CD Catalog from Iseli.

Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘MonSan’ P.P.# 17622

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mini Penny’ P.P.# 15744

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘HYMMADII’ P.P. 18282

Special thanks to APLDNJ member,Barbara Dannenfelser, for organizing this event, and of course to Art Laster and staff for their generous hospitality.

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’