APLD Founded

APLD Certification is introduced

First APLD Advocacy action
for Right to Practice

APLD’s first website goes live

Washington state members form
the first state chapter

APLD introduces its landscape
design awards program

APLD’s annual International
Landscape Design Conference
focuses on sustainability

APLD Celebrates its
20th Anniversary

APLD Celebrates its
25th Anniversary

We Define Landscape Design

Our Mission

The mission of APLD is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote our members as qualified and dedicated professionals.

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.

APLD encourages all members to adhere to a code of professional standards, to actively participate in continuing education and to be current with state-of-the-art developments and trends throughout the field. The association also offers its members a certification program based on built projects that provides professional recognition to those designers who can pass a rigorous peer review program. It offers consumers access to trained designers who can help them achieve the landscapes they truly desire.

Read about the history of APLD

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