Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!



You are cordially invited to the APLDCT 

Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!

Come join your fellow APLDCT members and their guests, as we take care of a little association business, then relax and get reacquainted with one another.This year’s event will be held at Outriggers Restaurant, which is located dockside at Brewer’s Stratford Marina in historic Stratford, Connecticut. Chef and owner Bruce Miller, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, will be preparing a wonderful buffet for us as we enjoy spectacular views of Brewer’s Stratford Marina, the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound.This event is free to members of APLDCT, and guests are invited at a cost of $20 per person. Cash Bar.     
Details:What: APLDCT Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

When: Sunday December 7, 2014
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Outriggers Restaurant (Upstairs Private Room)
555 Broad Street
Startford, CT 06615

Cost: APLDCT Members – Free/Guests – $20.00


An APLDTCT Special Event – David Harber!

APLDCT presents!

A very special evening with world-renown garden artist


David Harber!

Please join us for 

Taking Pleasure in the Passing of Time

Mr. Harber will present a lecture on the evolution of scientific instrument to garden sculpture, especially the development of sundials, their timeless appeal, and how they have evolved into the stunning and breath taking creations that he now designs.


This lecture will be of interest to landscape and garden designers, landscape architects, and landscape professionals, designers from other disiplines, or anyone who is interested in incorporating these beautiful pieces into their gardens!

Tuesday October 7th 6:30-8:00 pm



130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT (203) 869-9242

Tickets – $25.00/$30.00 at the door 

Current APLD members $20.00

(Refreshments will be served)

Purchase tickets now!

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David Harber has earned an international reputation for creating innovative, contemporary designs paying homage to the past, and taking the marking of time as his inspiration.

Fascinated by the use of shadows, David incorporates light, water and reflections to create surprising and delightful illusions.

His work has an ethereal quality, drawing integrity from his commitment to using only the finest quality materials; beautiful, sometimes mysterious, always intriguing.

APLDCT’s Second Annual Sunset River Cruise!

Schooner Mary E

Schooner Mary E


Ahoy me mateys, it’s time for the 2nd annual APLDCT sunset  river cruise aboard the Schooner Mary E! We set sail on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Village at 6:00 pm sharp. Tickets are $60.00 per person, and include a picnic supper and soft drinks. Adult beverages are B.Y.O.B.


Here’s a fun video montage of last year’s cruise to get you in the mood!

The cruise is limited to 25 passengers. Last year’s sold out so be sure to reserve your spot early by clicking on the button below! (note: you will need to repeat the reservation for each member of your group that is attending)


Please be at the dock by 5:30and dress appropriately for cool weather. You may also bring a small cushion to sit on if you are so inclined!

Plan on arriving early to visit the Connecticut River Museum (closes at 5:00 pm), which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Connecticut River. Or take a stroll through the lovely village of Essex and view the beautiful gardens and buildings.

Parking is available at the museum and directions are listed below. If you are using a GPS, please note that the museum is in Essex Village.

Last minute change of plans should be sent to, or via text to 860-982-8635.


We look forward to seeing you onboard!


Directions to the Connecticut River Museum and the Schooner Mary E.

From Interstate 91, take Exit 22 (CT Route 9 South). Take CT Route 9 South (26 miles) to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront.  The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

From Interstate 95, take Exit 69 (CT Route 9 North). Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

APLDCT Event 7.27.14 – O’Brien Nurserymen!


On July 27th, APLDCT will host a wonderful open house at O’Brien Nurserymen in Granby, CT. If you love plants, this is an outing you will not want to miss!



Sunday July 27 2014

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lunch and refreshments will be served

Cost – $10 non-APLD member/$5 APLD member

Attendees are invited to join us at a The Good Life Grill (a local pub in Granby) following the festivities (4:00 pm) for a social hour and networking!


 ** Please RSVP for Lunch here! 


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Founded in 1984 as O’Brien Landscaping, Inc., as a design-install landscape company, O’Brien Nurserymen, LLC has now evolved into New England’s premier Hosta nursery.  Our extensive display gardens feature approximately 2,000 Hosta varieties, as well as other shade loving plants such as; Asarum, Pulmonaria, Epimedium and arapaima.  The gardens also include a wide variety of unusual dwarf conifers, over a hundred varieties of Japanese Maples, 125 varieties of daylily, and many other unique and hard to find plants.


Display gardens greet visitors and allow them to experience each plant’s actual growth charcteristics.


Conifers and Japanese Maples

Shade Garden

Shade Garden

Daylily Display

Daylily Display


O’Brien Nurserymen is open for retail sales on designated weekends from April thru October.  The sales area is stocked with plants in containers ready to go, and features over 1200 Hosta varieties, many other choice shade perennials, dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, daylilies and Daphne.

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

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Sales yard stocked and ready to go!

A Landscape Plan for the Thomas Lyman House

APLD CT Board members, Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell, have recently collaborated on developing a landscape plan for the lovely historic Thomas Lyman House in Durham, CT. One of the finest examples of Georgian style architecture in the area, it was built in 1778 and sits on 13 acres of pristine lands including lakes, ponds, and waterfalls. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was recently donated to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation by the family who has owned it since 1949. The sale of the house will allow the Trust to set up a revolving fund to help in their work to protect other historic houses.

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House

The beautiful and historic Thoms Lyman House


The board of the Connecticut Trust reached out to Lucy Van Liew, who recently has been chairing a group with the Madison Historic Society to establish a Historic District in her neighborhood. The Trust asked Lucy to provide a landscape plan that would inspire potential buyers to imagine the possibilities for improvements to the grounds around the house.

Lucy asked Christine if she would partner on this pro bono project. It proved an interesting and stimulating collaboration since they both run independent practices and have different but complementary styles.

There were specific issues such as proximity to a busy road, lack of outbuildings or garages, challenging gradients, poor driveway access and parking and little usable outside ‘living spaces’.

With these in mind and with a wish to enhance the beauty and character of the house and its surrounds, while also improving functionality, Lucy and Christine developed a plan and a series of illustrations to inspire buyers.

They presented their plan to the Trust who will be using it to promote the sale of the house.

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Landscape plan by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Rendering by Lucy Van Liew and Christine Darnell

Sustainability and APLDCT

Greetings fellow designers and members,


Sustainable is a word used often in landscape design.  In 25 years and long before sustainable became a buzz word, have I ever had someone tell me that they were hoping for a high maintenance garden of their dreams?  It just doesn’t happen!  With people always trying to capture more time, everyone who is considering a new landscape is interested in a low maintenance garden that will come back and be successful, year after year, with minimal human input.

What about the sustainability of APLDCT? A lot of our members think this is a new chapter and it is, sort of.  I was part of another CT APLD chapter a long, long time ago.  That first chapter died a slow death in the early 90’s because of a lack of input.  Let’s not let that happen again!  Landscape designers should have a voice within the state and one of those voices should be APLDCT.  For APLDCT to remain strong and sustainable, we need active members!

Here are a handful of things you can do to help this chapter survive.


Let’s start with the easiest, attend an event.

Tell others about APLDCT: All types of designers, peers, suppliers, contractors, clients.

Ask the above to follow us on social media, we have accounts everywhere.

Ask if they would like to receive our newsletter.

Help organize a social or educational event.

Help man a trade show booth in the future.

Take a supporting role on a committee.

Think about becoming a board member.


I can say that being a part of this group has made me a better designer and has awarded me new friendships and contacts.  If you think being a board member requires a ton of time, it doesn’t. There are plenty of ways to add input and make a difference in the future success of this chapter.


All the best,


Richard Schipul – Designing Eden llc

President APLDCT

A Special APLDCT Sponsor Event!

Colorblends announcement


Tour the Colorblends Trial Gardens & Annual Meeting

Saturday May 3, starting at 1:30 pm

Take a break from your hectic spring schedule to catch up with APLDCT members and to tour the beautiful displays at the Colorblends trial gardens.  While enjoying these colorful spring bulb gardens and gathering inspiration for next year, you can reconnect with old friends and meet some of the newest members of APLDCT.  In addition to seeing tried and true, we will have a unique opportunity to see new varieties of bulbs as they are being trialed in our area.

We will hold a brief annual meeting at 1:30pm at the Colorblends facility to get a quick update on what’s going on with APLDCT.  At 2 pm we will gather in Bridgeport to see the Colorblends trial gardens, and then between 3-3:30pm we will travel to their trial gardens in Shelton.  The garden tour will be followed by festive beverages and refreshments as we toast the start of the landscape season.

We hope that you can join us for all or part of the afternoon, please RSVP (use the RSVP button below to email APLDCT) to let us know you will attend.  If you have questions, in advance of the event please feel free to e-mail us at and on the day of the event contact Eva at 203-650-1515 with any questions.

*Event is open to designers and professionals from all disciplines. 

Annual Meeting @ 1:30pm at Colorblends (see below for address)

Garden Tour Starting Location @ 2pm:
747 Barnum Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 338-0776

Second Location @ 3:30pm
Hilltop Gardens
245 Walnut Tree Road
Shelton, CT 06484

RAIN PLAN:  This event will happen Rain or Shine, with a few modifications.  In the event of rain the General Membership Meeting will be rescheduled to happen at the end of the day, after the garden tours. We will reverse the order of the locations so that we will end up at the Colorblends facility where we can have our reception indoors, so if it rains we will meet at Hill Top Gardens at 2pm and then the Colorblends facility at 3:30pm, with reception and meeting to follow.  
SPECIAL REQUEST: Please note that since we will be seeing some bulbs that have not been released for sale, we have been asked not to take photographs while visiting the gardens, thank you for your cooperation with this request from our hosts.