August 2013
August 2013
APLD NJ Newsletter
In This Issue
President’s Message
Detroit Conference
A Call for Submissions…
Chapter meeting/event Dates



August 13 Summer Plant Symposium with NJNLA


September 19

Brock Farms


October 25

Greenwood Gardens Tour, dinner following at The Boxcar, Short Hills




Dates to Remember
September 19

Brock Farms


October 25

Greenwood Gardens

Tour and Dinner




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President’s Message
President’s message:
Camaraderie, listening, looking, learning, seeing, planning,visiting, talking, note taking and photography were savored as APLD members went from financially troubled Detroit to visit gardens in some of the very most affluent suburbs in the US. A restored Frank Lloyd Wright home and garden, the Jens Jensen designed Edsel Ford estate property and the Ford truck division ten acre green roof were among the diverse landscape design sites seen. This conference was snappy, exciting and well organized. I was so glad to be there with six other chapter members. We missed those of you who could not attend.
Stay tuned for chapter events planned: next week, Tuesday, August 13 we have the Summer Plant Symposium at Rutgers Gardens where we are once again partnering with NJNLA. Then we have a meeting and tour at Brock Farms, our newest sponsor – Thursday, September 19 and a Greenwood Gardens tour on Friday, October 25 followed by a dinner at The Boxcar, Short Hills.  We are planning a visit to two Morris County Park sites in November, and an over night trip to Long Island in late July, early August 2014.
Jane Derickson-Friar



This just in!

News and photos from the APLD National Conference

Out and Touring at Conference

Lake St. Clair

Shoreline Detroid

From Laurel Von Gerichten, Laurelbrook Design
Jeffrey White designed a lakefront residence that included a natural shoreline with aquatic plants to soften the banks.  Lake St. Clair has almost no remaining marshland due to development, with recreational boating making the waters choppy.  It is a challenge to restore the shoreline due to many local regulations as well.  Shoreline restoration is a relatively new area in which designers can become certified.


Photos From Detroit 2013 Conference

APLD NJ Representation at Detroit Conference

2013 APLD Conference Attendees

front row:
DespinaMetaxatos Laurel vonGerichten, APLD

back row:

Jane Derickson; Susan Cohan, APLD (APLD President Elect); Susan Olinger, APLD (APLD 2012 Past President); Jock Lewendon, APLD (APLD Treasuer & Secretary); Pamela Dabah.

Susan Olinger, APLD Receives Award Susan Olinger Receives Award

Susan Olinger, APLD was presented with a gift thanking her for her work on the APLD Board in her role as 2012 Past President.

Out and About…

Farmington Hills Garden

Photo Submitted by Susan Olinger
Farmington Hills Garden

Turkel House
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Turkel House

Photo submitted by Susan Olinger

Turkel House Garden
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Turkel House Garden

Photo submitted by Susan Olinger

Garden by Daryl Toby

Aquafina Garden

Gathered are a group of members in a garden designed by Daryl Toby of Aquafina.  Huge boulders and steel define the space, which is accented with colorful foliage plants and contemporary sculpture.
Photo submitted by Susan Olinger


Annual Color Splash

Detroit, 2013
Planted out beds

APLD Members

Detroit, 2013
APLD Group
APLD Conferences are about the power of showing up with a mind open to the experience. Who knew that in Detroit what we see in the media is only a small part of the story?  I would not have known it was a city full of hope, opportunity, and incredible landscape design if I hadn’t gone. Thank you APLD….from Susan Cohan


Bravo, Detroit!
by Despina Metaxatos
The conference was a great introduction to Detroit, I enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing inspired green spaces and gardens both public and private…
What better way to see the Motor City that in a motorized scooter like the Segway? Two groups of conference goers took the opportunity Friday afternoon to roll around Detroit highlights.  After a safety video and a few practice turns and rolls, we headed along the Riverwalk on a breezy afternoon, as far as Milliken State Park.  We admired the newly native  plantings and oriented ourselves with the thoughtfully presented area map etched in the concrete (If I had known Canada was that close, I’d have brought my passport!)
Then we made a left turn and rolled along the Dequindre Cut Greenway, formerly a Grand Trunk railway line below street level.  Here and there, the stone walls were decorated with the most artistic graffiti I have seen (murals, really).  There was plenty of room to roam along the 20 foot wide path; coming from the NYC metro area’s crowded parks (where Segways are illegal), I felt the word needs to get out to Detroiters about their great new parks–we encountered just a few joggers.  Low population density and wide sidewalks made the Segway a natural choice.
The Campus Martius Park and Lafayette Gardens, our last two highlights, demonstrated innovative ways of rethinking urban public space; the first transforming a little-used central city concrete plaza into a multiuse venue featuring a cafe, concert and movie venue, an urban sandy beach that turns into a skating rink in winter, while retaining the historical statue and improving pedestrian flow–Bravo!
Lafayette Gardens was the solution to a deteriorating city center office building slated for demolition.  Instead of rebuilding, the city created breathing room and universal access with this raised metal container bed garden, featuring whimsical sculptures made from recycled material, biodiverse plantings, a veggie garden and bioswale.  Again, Bravo Detroit!


NJNLA Summer Plant Symposium
August 13, 2013  Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick
  Registration begins at 8:30am
Garden Center and Landscape Design tours depart at 9am
Landscape Industry Classes start at 9am
Rutgers Gardens tours start at 3pm
Tree demonstrations begin at 3pm
barbecue begins at 3:30pm
Keynote speaker John Gwynne at 6 PM
Rare plant live auction at 7 PM
For registration call:609-291-7070
or by web



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A Call for Submissions….
Anybody looking to submit articles or photos for future newsletters please send your questions and material to:
Jeannie Marcucci
Jeannie Marcucci

APLD New Jersey Chapter Writer

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