News and Events from the APLD Bay Area District


Upcoming Events:

APLD Bay Area Designer PLANT FAIR

If you are a plant geek, you’ll want to be at this event! The 2017 & 2018 APLD Designer Plant Fairs were a huge success, with over 100 attendees, more than a dozen dowers and nurseries presenting new plants, and so many giveaways! This year, the space will be twice as large with even more growers and nurseries, more food & drink, and more time to soak it all in!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 3-7pm
at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building
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Join us for this informative panel discussion with experienced APLD landscape designers who will share their strategies for balancing their time and income between landscape design and other related services such as: aesthetic pruning, maintenance, seasonal maintenance reviews, express or on-site garden design, irrigation design & troubleshooting, nursery work, container garden design/installation, teaching/public speaking, garden writing, garden coaching, site measuring & base sheet preparation, CAD & SketchUp services, water budgeting & MWELO calculations, lighting and water feature design, garden photography, and more!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 3-5pm
at The Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA
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APLD Bay Area Special event


Learn about amazing plants from the UC Botanical Garden plant experts. Meander through the spectacular gardens while mingling and networking with landscape designers, contractors, horticulturists, and landscape industry leaders from all over California.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019  from 5-8pm
at the UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA
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APLD Bay Area Speaker Series

the professional designer’s guide to garden furnishings with vanessa garner nagel, fapld

Gardens don’t need just plants, paths, and walls; they need carefully chosen accessories and furnishings. Vanessa will share her insights on how furnishings are linked to architecture; she will offer tips and techniques for choosing furnishings based on comfort, scale, and proportion. She will also discuss the properties of a wide variety of material choices including wood, stone, ceramics, concrete, metal, and fabrics.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 3-5pm
at Gamble Garden, Palo Alto
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the best trees for small bay area gardens with laura forlin

Not all trees are created equal…especially when it comes to challenging urban conditions: small spaces with close proximity to buildings and less-than-perfect soils. But with years of study and practical experience, landscape designer, lecturer, and arborist Laura Forlin will share with us the best performing trees for small urban landscapes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4-6pm
at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building
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APLD Bay Area designer forum

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the challenges of designing a project that is subject tot he Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance compliance.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 3-5pm
at Gamble Garden, Palo Alto
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News & Events from the Sacramento District



Designer Dirt Sessions are your chance to talk dirt about our industry with other designers. A moderator will lead this small group discussion on topics of interest specific to being a local designer. Ever wondered how other designers deal with the “Problem Client”? Any hot tips to increase profits? Are there water-wise water features?  Favorite new plant? Where do you find inspiration? Bring your own topics as well and be prepared to talk dirt!

Bonus: Show & Tell: Bring photos of a cool project, plant pairing, site amenity or what not to share. Curious how other designers might tackle a current project? Bring photos or a plan for input.

You are encouraged to invite non-APLD members as long as they are design focused.

APLD Members:  Free, Non-Members: $10
Purchase your own food and drink at the counter.

Thursday, July18, 2019 from 6-8pm
Ettore’s Restaurant & European Bakery 
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento 95825 

RSVP to Gary Kernick at or call 916 835 6920 


Welcome New Members

Please give a warm welcome to these new members of the APLD California Chapter.


Qualified Professional Members

An individual who is a landscape designer and has more than three years of professional landscape design experience. Membership requires documentation of education and experience.

Carola Fiore
Crear Landscape Design, San Diego, CA

Srvidya Krishnan
Fill Good Horticulture, LLC, Diamond Bar, CA 

Emerging Professional Members

An individual who has been practicing landscape design for one to three years and is starting a career in landscape design. Membership requires affirmation of education and experience, but not documentation.

Chelsea Chan
David Thorne Landscape Architect, Inc, Oakland, CA

Kelly LeVoir
Encinal Nursery, Alameda, CA

Olga Dobrowolska
Artistic Garden Designs, Cotati, CA

David Meirik
MD Landscapes, Santa Rosa, CA

Student Members

An individual who is actively enrolled, on a full or part‐time basis, in a landscape design, landscape architecture or horticulture program. Membership is limited to five years of membership at this level and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

David Cruz Martinez, Oceanside, CA

Jennifer Bromme, Pacifica, CA

Karly Silicani, Walnut Creek, CA

Kirby Baldacci, Oakland, CA