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Association of Professional Landscape Designers Announces Annual International Landscape Design Awards Program Winners

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APLD Names 2011 Landscape Designer of the Year

Association of Professional Landscape Designers
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Harrisburg, PA 17110
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(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) announces its Annual International Landscape Design Awards program winners. Awards are to be presented at the APLD International Design Conference being held June 13 – 17, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Landscape designs in seven different categories were submitted for this year’s program – residential, non-residential, small garden, show garden, planting design, cost efficient project and specialty project. The criteria used to evaluate submissions included project impact, creativity, technical merit and planting design.

The judging panel was comprised of well known experts in the field including: Robin Templar Williams, APLD, FSGD (Robin Williams and Associates); Helen Billetop (Helen Billetop Garden Design Ltd); Sara Kinbar (GoodGardenIdeas.com); Eric Liskey (Better Homes and Gardens); Julie Moir Messervy (Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio); Mark Gregory (Landform Consultants) and Rosalind Reed, APLD (Rosalind Reed Associates).

The judges awarded 4 Gold Awards and 16 Merit Awards in this year’s competition. Each year, APLD also bestows the coveted title of “Landscape Designer of the Year” to the highest valued entry in this competition. The 2011 APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year is Suzanne Arca, APLD, of Suzanne Arca Design in Albany, California, for her project titled DiPrisco Meadow Garden. All of the winners are as follows:


2011 APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year

Suzanne Arca, APLD & Suzanne Arca Design, Suzanne Arca Design, Albany, California
Residential Design: DiPrisco Meadow Garden, Project Location: Lafayette, California (See Photos of Work Here)

Gold Awards

  • Suzanne Arca, APLD & Suzanne Arca Design, Suzanne Arca Design, Albany, California, Residential Design: DiPrisco Meadow Garden, Project Location: Lafayette, California (See Photos of Work Here)
  • Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Melrose, Massachusetts, Residential Design: Le Petit Chalet, Project Location: Southwest Harbor, Maine (See Photos of Work Here)
  • Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Melrose, Massachusetts, Small Garden Design: South End Courtyard, Project Location: Boston, Massachusetts (See Photos of Work Here)
  • W. Gary Smith Design, Austin, Texas, Residential Design: Innisfree, Project Location: Middleburg, Virginia (See Photos of Work Here)

Merit Awards

  • Rachel Gioannini, APLD / Casa Serena Landscape Designs, Tucson, Arizona, Small Garden Design: Leporini Courtyard, Project Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • Grace Design Associates, Inc., Grace Design Associates, Inc., Santa Barbara, California, Residential Design: Hidden Valley Residence, Project Location: Santa Barbara, California
  • Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc. / Reuben Huffman, APLD, Dayton, Ohio, Residential Design: The Angled Approach, Project Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Jolly John / Shibanee & Kamal Architects, Whitefield, Bangalore, India, Non-Residential Design: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Project Location: Bangalore, India
  • Daniel Lowery, APLD; Barbara Lycett, APLD; Octavia Chambliss and Susie Thompson, on behalf of the Washington State Chapter of APLD, Show Garden Design: Your Hidden Garden Discovered: Collaborate with a Designer, Project Location: Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2010, Seattle, Washington
  • Nicholas McCullough / McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery, New Albany, Ohio, Small Garden Design: Zerick Residence, Project Location: New Albany, Ohio
  • Colin Miller Design Studio, Martinez, California, Small Garden Design: Garnet Residence, Project Location: Martinez, California
  • Kathryn Prideaux, APLD / Prideaux Design, Tucson, Arizona, Small Garden Design: Desert Jewelbox, Project Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery / Boxhill Landscape Design, Tucson, Arizona, Residential Design: Southwest Retreat, Project Location: Tucson, Arizona (See Photos of Work Here).
  • Botanical Visions, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, Residential Design: Strasz Residence, Project Location: Delray Beach, Florida
  • Patricia St. John, APLD, St. John Landscapes, Berkeley, California, Small Garden Design: Pocket-Sized Courtyard, Project Location: Berkeley, California (See Photos of Work Here)
  • Patricia St. John, APLD / St. John Landscapes, Berkeley, California, Cost Efficient Design: East Meets West, Project Location: San Jose, California (See Photos of Work Here).
  • Bobbie's Green Thumb, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Specialty Project Design: Bhushan Property, Project Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • W. Gary Smith Design, Austin, Texas, Specialty Project Design: Art Goes Wild, Project Location: Framingham, Massachusetts (See Photos of Work Here)
  • Lesley Turner / LTLA Landscape Design, Berkeley, California, Planting Design: O'Keefe Residence, Project Location: Berkeley, California
  • Geneviѐve Joёlle Villamizar, evolving . . . gardens & grounds design, Carbondale, Colorado, Specialty Project Design: Genny's Garden, Project Location: Carbondale, Colorado (See Photos of Work Here)


The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is an international organization representing over 1,300 members in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and other countries. The mission of APLD is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. APLD was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. For more information about APLD or about the awards program, visit www.apld.org.


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