9 AM – 2 PM
The Holly House
Rutgers Gardens
130 Log Cabin Road
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
APLD members-$50
 Nonmembers $65
 Lunch is included (vegetarian options available)

APLD members
All others

Six Steps to a Pest Free Garden
Jessica Walliser, author, horticulturalist, bug-lover, will speak about her approach to pest free gardening.
Six Steps to a Pest Free Garden
In this lecture Jessica outlines an easy to follow six step pest control plan. Using techniques based on both Integrated Pest Management and natural-care gardening, this plan enables gardeners to manage any pest troubles safely, effectively, and organically. Information about biological, botanical, physical, and mechanical controls is offered; and there’s plenty of practical and useful advice for boosting a plant’s natural immune system.
She is author of the Amazon best-seller Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically and blogs weekly for both SavvyGardening.com and HobbyFarms.com. Her fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was released by Timber Press in January of 2014 and was named one of the Top 12 Gardening Books by Martha Stewart Living magazine in March of 2015. It was also awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award.
As owner of Ironweed Apparel, Jessica is working to unite fashion and gardening at long last by providing gardeners with hip, funky urban farming and gardening tee shirts that let you grow in style.
Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh with her husband and son, six chickens, two cats, two hermit crabs, and billions and billions of very good bugs.
Get the Bugs Out of Your Business 
Through lecture and breakout sessions Mary Allen will demonstrate proven techniques for increasing your success rate in 3 vital areas.
In this workshop, Mary will take you over three hurdles business owner can face. She will give you tools for improving your sales efforts, business planning strategies for the long term, and ways to create better business outcomes through your relationships with customers and employees.
Participants will walk away with a simple and manageable business plan ready to be immediately implemented. Ideas will be shared for improving your company’s story to ensure you are keeping a full pipeline of business opportunities. Simple and practical tools will be introduced to establish and manage targets to ensure you are achieving your financial goals one business quarter at a time. And you will walk away with practical tips for managing the human element while protecting your revenues and your profitability. Please bring your sales materials your website where your readers can get further details.
Please bring your sales materials to share.
Mary W. Allen
Mary excels in strategic planning, operational excellence and community engagement. She is a strong leader with broad marketing and operations experience. She brings her unique insights to clearly see “what can be” by providing vision and clarity. She quickly develops connections between insights and solutions in the most challenging business environments producing excellent outcomes.
She believes that you can influence future outcomes through proper planning and both creative and critical thinking. She has developed tools for this technique and has trained others with great success. She has a passion for customer understanding and service through the culinary arts and design. Mary earned her BA from BOSTON COLLEGE, Chestnut Hill, MA. 
Currently, she is a district manager for the Sodexo Corporation with clients in central NJ and PA including Sanofi, Teva Pharmaceuticals, BAE, Nestle, Ericsson, Roche and Life Cell. She lives in Media PA with her husband David and her daughters Elizabeth and Grace.


2016 Annual Winter Workshop

APLDNJ Chapter                                                                                             







2016 Annual Winter Workshop


Saturday, January 23rd

9:30 am – 5:00 pm


to be held at

The Holly House @ Rutgers Gardens

130 Log Cabin Road (off Ryders Lane)

New Brunswick, NJ




           The APLD-NJ Chapter presents their 2016 Winter Workshop:
“Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design” on Saturday, January 23, from 9:30 to 5:00 pm at the Holly House at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, NJ.  Acclaimed designer and architect W. Gary Smith, FASLA, will help us to realize our creative potential with lecture and hands-on exercises.  As Gary himself proclaims, “All artistic expression begins with the self, and in this workshop you will unleash new forms of personal creativity, developing your own visual vocabulary of shapes, patterns, and forms to use in garden design. We will explore simple techniques for unleashing personal creativity, looking at the garden through the eyes of your own inner artist. You are invited to bring and share a sketch or plan of a current design, or simply bring your willingness to stretch your creativity and imagination. No previous artistic experience is required.”
W. Gary Smith is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker.
His book, From Art To Landscape,won the AHS Book
Award. Many other awards have been given for his designs installed in public spaces around the United States.
To learn more about Gary please visit:
Three (3)  APLD CEUs will be given for this event.

Workshop Pricing: 

APLDNJ Chapter members
All others


Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. SEATING IS LIMITED for this valuable workshop SO please reserve your seat as soon as possible. If you are paying by PayPal you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you want to pay by check please send full payment with your name, address, telephone number and email contact information to:

APLDNJ,  766 Schoolhouse Lane, Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Checks must be received no later than January 16th.
We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd. 
If we must cancel due to weather – the reschedule date will be January 30th at the same time. Notifications will be sent out.
Questions regarding this event??
Contact Laurel Von Gerichten at
or you can call her at (732) 310-1107

Workshop: “The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook”

Sign up for this upcoming workshop

Workshop: “The Art and Nature of the

Garden Sketchbook”

Barnes Arboretum invites you to join them

Barnes Arboretum is offering a 3-day workshop: “The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook”

It will be held on three consecutive Fridays in September.

Jeff Charlesworth will teach you to use various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, you can create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.


Event information:

Dates:  Fridays, September 11, 18, 25
Time:  10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location:  Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA
Cost:  Members: $94; Non-Members: $105


RSVP Requested by Monday, August 31

for our September 2 Garden Tour

The High Line Garden and World Trade Center site
on Wednesday September 2nd

The New Jersey Chapter of the 
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
would like to invite you to join us

Here is our itinerary for Wednesday, September 2nd:

  • Meet at the north end of The High Line at 9:30AM.  Entrance on West 34th between 11th and 12th Avenues at the Jacob Javits Center.  It is a 12 Minute walk from Penn Station
  • Our tour of The High Line will begin at 10AM.
  • Walk The High Line – approximately 90 minutes.
  • Lunch on your own – Chelsea Market and other options in a great neighborhood with a variety of options and pricing.
  • Walk to 14th Street and 8th Avenue to take the A Train to the 9/11 Memorial.  The train entrance is at 8th Avenue.
  • Meet Wayne Dubin of Bartlett Tree at the “Survivor Tree” in the World Trade Center.  Wayne will speak to us about the care of the trees in the Plaza, along with the challenges that they face.  He will touch on the design of the memorial as well. His tour will be approximately an hour.
  • After the tour, we can take the A train back to Penn Station for the trip home.

Below are two links to maps for getting around that day – the first from Javits to the 14th street train stop.  Second is from the train to the the World Trade Center site.

Event information:

Date:  Wednesday, September 2nd
Time:  Meet at 9:30; Tour begins at 10:00AM
Location:  High Line Garden entrance, West 34th between 11th & 12th Ave
Cost:  Free
Please RSVP by August 31st to Helen Grundman or Dan Chomuk.

Thank you. We are hoping you can join us!


APLDNJ                                                                                          July 27, 2015

RSVP Required by 7-29-15

Invited guests are Welcome!

RSVP Today for the August 5th


The New Jersey Chapter of the 
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
is proud to host guest lecturer Connie Webster

As a French Major and a Rutgers professor, Connie researched French gardens, their architecture and history. At Rutgers she also met her husband, John, an architect, who now joins her as her photographer. Dinner will include a Middle Eastern meal.


Connie Webster will be speaking on the design influence of Andre Le Notre, Chief landscape designer of Versailles and other gardens in France and beyond. 

The lecture will be held in the Holly House at the Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick at 6 pm on Wednesday August 5th. 


Event information:
Date:  Wednesday, August 5th
Time:  6:00PM
Location:  Holly House at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, NJ
Dinner:  Middle Eastern cuisine
Cost:   free

You MUST RSVP by July 29th to Barbara Miller or Ruth Bowers.


Thank you. We are hoping you can join us!


Summer Plant Symposium – August 11, 2015

New Jersey Nursery &
 Landscape Association
Summer Plant Symposium
August 11, 2015
Rutgers University

For more info, Click Here

Annual Winter Workshop

APLDNJ’s Annual Winter Workshop

Thursday, March 12, 2015
SketchUp Bootcamp with Bill Einhorn, APLD, RLA

Get a solid introduction to SketchUp or just brush up your skills. Bill Einhorn teaches SketchUp regularly at the New York Botanical Garden and we have him for the entire day!
Selling your design vision depends on how well you can communicate your intent to a client. 3D imaging has become an industry standard and SketchUp is the go-to tool to create those images. SketchUp integrates with all other CAD programs including Dynascape and Vectorworks to enable you to create dynamic 3D visual presentations for clients.

The workshop will be taught in the state of the art design studio in the new LEED Gold certified Landscape and Horticultural Technology building (#14) at County College of Morris and will be limited to 20 participants, lunch will be served.

Seating is Limited so please check your email for more information regarding pricing options and directions.

The 2014 International Design Conference!




  • Mark your calendars for APLD’s 19th Annual International Design Conference!
  • The full conference attendee brochure includes: a complete schedule, educational session specifics, things to do in Orlando, hotel information and registration pricing. For the Issuu version of the conference attendee brochure Download the brochure here.  If you would like a regular PDF copy, please click here.
  • The brochure and registration form can be accessed from the APLD website.
  • We look forward to seeing you in Orlando this November!

“APLDNJ August event – Once again we have been invited to partner with NJNLA”


“APLDNJ August event – Once again we have been invited to partner with NJNLA” and participate in their Summer Plant Symposium day at Rutgers Gardens.

 Don’t miss this Event!


“An Evening at The Garden Cottage” – June 18, 2014

“An Evening at The Garden Cottage

Spend time under the stars, networking and browsing the extensive garden furnishings and ornaments while enjoying refreshments.

Scott Ellis from Brown Jordan will speak on “Brown Jordan Fire”, a new addition to their outdoor offerings.

Our hosts will inform us of their landscape designers’ discounts and how to enhance our designs with their furnishings.


Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: The Garden Cottage
               1211 Mt. Kemble Ave. (route 202 south – on the Country Mile)
                Morristown NJ 07960

Directions: http://www.gardencottage.com/directions.html

RSVP: Susan Olinger susan@sterlinghort.com

2014 SPONSOR MEET and GREET event with HOUZZ

March 30, 2014 



event with HOUZZ




To all APLD NJ Chapter Members and their Guests,

   Our 4th annual “Sponsor Meet and Greet” event will be held on Tuesday evening, April 8th.  In order to show our appreciation to our sponsors for their support in 2013 we wanted to change things up a bit - for their benefit!

We have arranged for a 30 to 45 minute presentation from a representative from HOUZZ.

Some of you may have heard of HOUZZ – for those that haven’t just click on the blue link and take a peek! Our feeling is that this presentation will be beneficial to everybody in the audience.  Most of the sponsors were called (some we couldn’t contact). We received favorable feedback on this idea from just about everyone we spoke with. So we hope you are as excited about this evening as we are!

We still plan on having our “social hour” where our members will have time to mingle with all of the sponsors at their designated tables. We will be providing light snacks along with wine, beer, soda and water. Instead of having each of the sponsors do a short speech about their product we will formally introduce all of them. We will also look forward to welcoming our new sponsors of 2014.

Another item – we will  be inviting contractors among other guests. There are many of our members who are design only and look to hook up with a good installer. Our hope is that these contractors/installers might also become our sponsors new clients! A posssible win-win situation.

This year’s event will be held in the Parish Hall at Christ Church

in Short Hills – the same place as last year. The actual street address is 66 Highland Avenue. The hours will be from 6pm to 9pm. Hopefully everyone will be attending again this year. We have already started making arrangements for this event and need to know ASAP whether or not you are planning to attend.  The planning for this event involved a change in dates so we are already a little behind in getting this announcement out. For that reason we eagerly look forward to your reply. 

Thank you once again.

Jane Derickson-Friar

APLDNJ Chapter President


Beth Riley

Sponsorship Chair


Send your reply back to:   janederick@yahoo.com


February 27, 2014
9am to 4pm




From the “Self Perpetuating Garden” 


 to     “Working with Stone”



 Join the APLD NJ Chapter for a full day Seminar onTHURSDAY, February 27, 2014


                                    Come get further educated!

 Learn more about LandscapeDesign!





Larry Weaner   


9:30 – 12:00 noon 


Larry Weaner 




a lecture with Larry Weaner




Nature has spent millennia perfecting plants’ abilities to reproduce and proliferate on their own, and yet we often go to great effort and expense placing every plant in our designed landscapes. How can we capitalize on plants’ reproductive abilities, and actively encourage planted as well as existing and new species to colonize our landscapes? In this lecture, well-known designer Larry Weaner will discuss principles and protocols for creating dynamic, ecologically rich landscapes where nature does much of the “planting.” The lecture will include detailed case studies that demonstrate how practical, concrete strategies of assisted plant proliferation can be applied at diverse scales, from the most intimate garden to large multi-acre landscapes.


About Larry Weaner -

LARRY WEANER has been creating native landscapes throughout the eastern United States since 1977. His firm Larry Weaner Landscape Associates has a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of fine garden design. The firm has received the top three design awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and the firm’s landscapes and gardens have been toured by numerous organizations, including The Garden Conservancy, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the American Horticultural Society. Larry is an active guest lecturer and instructor for horticultural and environmental organizations throughout the United States. In 1990, he founded New Directions in the American Landscape, a conference series with a national following.


12 noon - 1pm   LUNCH


Lunch hour will include an informal discussion on APLD CERTIFICATION - the importance of and the process by


1 – 3:30 pm

Dan Harney

Dan Harney

aka ‘Stone Man Dan’ 


“Be the Stone…”

Once Dan introduces himself and explains his passion for stone he will then cover these topics:


  • Sacred Stones
  • Our relationship with Stone
  • Introducing Stone into your Garden
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Drystone Walling    
  • Drystone Walling to the Max 
  • Conclusion

About Dan -


Dan Harney (formerly Dan Harney Lupino), aka ‘Stone Man Dan’, is a certified Drystone Waller with the Drystone Walling Association of Great Britain and  Landscape Designer with 20 years of experience in the Landscape Construction field.  Dan’s work can be seen on his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/StoneManDan  and has been featured in ‘Stonexus’ magazine,  and on the Drystone Walling Association of Great Britain’s website.

Dan has worked closely with Award winning Designers and Landscape Architects such as Susan Cohan and Tapestry Landscape Architecture. He is currently working on a large project in Franklin Lakes with Terracare Landscaping, LLC and has worked with successful companies such as Scenic Landscaping, Terra Graphics and Superior Landscaping.

With Dan’s philosophy being ‘simplicity with a twist’, his out of the box style has made him one of New Jersey’s most unique stone artists. Creating stunning stone walls, sculpture and outdoor living spaces is his passion.  He looks forward to sharing his experience as well as some ‘tricks of the trade’ as we take the mindful journey to ‘Be the Stone…’


Contact info:

Dan Harney

 26 Newport Ct.

Brick, NJ 08724




 Workshop Pricing:


APLD members:                                      $55             undefined
All others:                                                  $70              undefined
Student members:                                    $40              undefined
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited for this valuable workshop SO please reserve your seat as soon as possible. If you are paying by PayPal you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you want to pay by check please send full payment with your name, address, telephone number and email contact information to:
APLDNJ,  42 Indian Spring Lane, High Bridge, NJ  08829 
Checks must be received no later than February 20.
LOCATION: This event will be held in Morristown at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in the Haggerty Education Center building, downstairs in Room A.


Hope to see many of you at this educational workshop. There will be APLD CEU’S available for this event. 
Questions regarding this event?? Contact Jane Derickson at
or call 973-467-4799

NJNLA Summer Plant Symposium at Rutgers Gardens

August 13, 2013, Tuesday9:00:AM

NJNLA Summer Plant Symposium at Rutgers Gardens


Look again for details.


August 2, 2013, Friday9:00:AM



THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to participate in an APLD International Design Conference!!   It is DESIGNED to be:

1) time sensitive – it is a 3 day weekend

2) affordable – Detroit

3) and from what we’ve seen so far, it will be VERY ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE !

What should you do?Check apld.org for annual conference details.  Check your airline occasionally for best prices for those dates. Align your business to free you on those dates. Be aware that our Susan Cohan will assume her leadship role as President of APLD at that time!

See you there.

APLDNJ Booth #1612 at Atlantic Builders Convention

April 10, 2013, Wednesday9:00:AM

APLDNJ Booth #1612 at Atlantic Builders Convention


The 2013 Atlantic Builders Convention

3rd Annual Sponsor Meet & Greet

April 3, 2013, Wednesday06:00:PM

3rd Annual Sponsor Meet & Greet


This years’ “Sponsor Meet and Greet”event will once again be held on April 3rd. We want to thank you all for being part of our 2012 success.Our second annual “Sponsor Meet and Greet” event,held last April (4-3-2012) was very well attended. In fact we have outgrown Room A in the Haggerty Education Center at Frelinghuysen Arboretum.


This year’s event will be held in the Parish Hall, Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills.  Time: 6-9pm.
 Hopefully everyone will attend again this year. We have already started making arrangements for this event and need to know whether or not you are planning to join us. Further information will be sent out soon.
We are looking forward to your reply.

Thank you once again.

Jane Derickson-Friar

APLDNJ Chapter President

Beth Riley

Sponsorship Chair

Send your reply back to:   janederick@yahoo.com

Directions to Winter Workshop

March 8, 2013, Friday9:00:AM

Directions to Winter Workshop


Directions to Frelinghuysen Arboretum,  353 East Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ  07962

Link to directions HERE

2013 APLD NJ Winter Workshop

March 7, 2013, Thursday09:00:AM

2013 APLD NJ Winter Workshop- AM Session



From Historic Preservation to Award Winning Presentations

 Join the APLD NJ Chapter for a full day Seminar on THURSDAY, March 7, 2013

   Come get further educated!

 Learn more about LandscapeDesign!


9:15 – 10:45 am   Marta McDowell


  The Pleasures and Perils of Historic Landscape Preservation 


Historic gardens present unique challenges for the designer. This lecture will present a brief overview of American garden styles, discuss the standards for evaluating and restoring period gardens and discuss sources for research, appropriate plants and project help. We will work through a case study using an early 20th century garden at Fosterfields, a county owned property in Morristown, NJ.



11 – 12 noon      Bruce Crawford

SPACE -Not Just the Final Frontier

Space is consistently one of the most difficult concepts for Landscape Designers to grasp. Although relatively easy to understand when thinking about interior spaces of a building, it suddenly becomes a challenge when faced with an open expanse in the landscape. This presentation is a fun and reflective look at creating spaces in the outdoor environment and how a properly sequenced and proportioned spatial experience can create a wonderful visitor experience.



12 Noon – 12:45 pm  *****LUNCH*****



2013 APLD NJ Winter Workshop- PM Session


1 – 2:30 pm    Brad Groff 


The Process to Design, Sell and Market Award Winning Projects

You have the ability to create amazing projects, but something is holding you back. Brad will walk you through his process step by step to help you create a portfolio of award winning projects. This three part presentation will enlighten the new kid on the block while challenging the most advanced designers.



2:45 – 3:45 pm     PART 2 

Take the Chance out of Growing Your Profits

Frustrated when you lose money on a job? Job costing, P L’s, and balance sheets are all great tools to manage our business…but they only tell you what had already happened. Learn how to know if you are scheduled to win before you get started and to make sure you stay on track?

Brad will introduce to you Schedule 2 Win, the same system River Valley has used to build and manage their business for over 10 years. How long does your current system take? If you could take 15 minutes a day and determine if you made money in the past , will make money today and are set up to be profitable in the near future, would you be willing to do it?

Schedule 2 Win will help you:  

*             Manage resources for maximum efficiency and overhead recovery

*             Understand instantly if your jobs are profitable

*             Measure and benchmark crews for constant improvement  

*             Learn from the Past, Act in the Present and Learn from the Future

Click for special our offer at: www.offer.schedule2win.com






Certified APLD members $50.00 USD

Students $40.00 USD





Hope to see many of you at this educational workshop. There will be APLD CEU’S available for this event. 

  Questions regarding this event?? Contact Jane Derickson


APLDNJ Booth at NJLCA Annual Conference

February 27, 2013, Wednesday8:00:AM

APLDNJ Booth at NJLCA Annual Conference



Come Visit the APLD NJ booth #608 at the NJLCA Annual Conference.


Register HERE

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association proudly announces their 35th Annual Trade Show and Conference, New Jersey Landscape 2013, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ will once again be the site for this one day Green Industry marketplace and educational event. NJ Landscape 2013 will feature over 150 companies showcasing their newest products, equipment, machinery and services. The DEP program will be coordinated by Rutgers University/College Cooperative Extension, while additional business related seminars will also be offered.
For additional information call 201-703-3600 or visit www.njlca.org  

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