2017 APLD Conference Recap
“APLD is about people joining people!”
Here’s a recap of the 2017 International Landscape Design Conference in Boston, MA!
By Joe Salemi
Product Marketing Manager, DynaSCAPE Software, APLD Member and Sponsor, and APLD Board of Directors
As a landscape designer or a business owner that has landscape designers on staff, if you haven’t been to an APLD conference you’re doing yourself a serious injustice. The 2017 International Landscape Design Conference was in Boston this past July. A few hundred landscape designers arrived in Boston eager to hear from some pretty incredible speakers on VERY relevant and timely topics and tours of private gardens only available through the APLD conference.
In her closing address to conference attendees APLD’s President, Lisa Port (by way of Seattle, WA) said “APLD is about people joining people.” There is no truer statement. APLD as an organization started because people felt like there wasn’t any other group that best represented their interests. It grew with more people. More people joined because they believed in what their peers were doing.
If you haven’t ever been to one of APLD’s landscape design conferences, here’s what you have missed:
- meeting some of the most influential landscape designers in the profession
- listening to some of the most engaging and dynamic speakers unpack uber valuable content specifically for landscape design
- seeing and experiencing some of the most amazing private gardens
This year in Boston, speakers were incredible, the networking opportunities were out of this world, and the private gardens were what landscape designers dreams are made of. It’s always fun going to the New England area, and who doesn’t love going to Boston? The food scene in Boston is off the charts! The local organizing committee did an outstanding job selecting the private gardens we would be seeing.
The format of the conference goes something like this:
- Pre-conference tour/activities and reception with sponsors and delegates on Thursday
- Full conference with keynote speaker and educational sessions (lots of CEU’s!) on Friday
- More keynote speakers and garden visits on Saturday
- Full day of garden visits on Sunday
- Post conference tour on Monday
Save the date for next year, the APLD conference is coming to Toronto, Ontario Canada! September 13 – 17, 2018!!
Here is a little photo gallery of some the experiences I had during the conference!
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and to promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. Members receive a myriad of benefits and opportunities that support that core mission. Through volunteer efforts by those who are committed to its growth, APLD includes members throughout the United States who support multiple state chapters as well as individual international members. The association’s day-to-day management is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.