APLD International Conference

APLD International Conference

Recently the Southwest Regional Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) hosted the annual APLD International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

A big part of the conference is garden tours. And we were fortunate to see so many gardens built using a range of design styles. As a designer, it can be easy to stay in a rut using the same paving material, plant material or focal points.

Here are gardens that inspired me.

fountain-300x224This secluded side yard contains a simple fountain surrounded by a brick base. The ground plane consists of Zoysia lawn bordered by boxwoods, caladiums and liriope. Very simple planting scheme so as to not overpower the fountain as the focal point of the yard.

The landscaping reflects the style of the architecture. The lines are clean. So, here we have a limited number of plant selections where each plant has a strong architectural element. Plants used are horsetail reed, bamboo, Texas sage, and pink muhly grass.

thanksgivingsquare-300x224There were many more gardens worth studying. Even the architecture in downtown Dallas was inspiring. On the right is a photo of the glass ceiling of the chapel in Thanksgiving Square. The sequence of color selected in the glass is exquisite.

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