Honors & Awards

Jan Johnsen

Jan Johnsen, a principal of the award-winning Johnsen Landscapes & Pools in New York and an admired garden designer and writer, is the winner of the 2019 APLD Award of Distinction.

Johnsen taught at Columbia University and the New York Botanical Garden, where she was named Instructor of the Year. Her latest book, Gardentopia-Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, was recently published by Countryman Press. She is also the author of Heaven is a Garden and The Spirit of Stone.

Trained in landscape architecture and professional horticulture, Johnsen has worked in Japan, Hawaii and Kenya, among other places. Johnsen is an inspiring speaker and loves to show how homeowners can “co-create with nature” in their gardens.

Johnsen was nominated for taking her message of connecting with the landscape to professionals and the general public through her lecture series at garden shows and conferences as well as through her blog, ‘Security in the Garden.’

She inspires many of her students at Columbia University and New York Botanical Garden to become professional landscape designers, educators and speakers.


Darrell Morrison (2017)
Bernard Trainor (2015)
Nancy Goslee Power (2014)
Anthony Archer‐Wills (2013)
Topher Delaney (2012)
Piet Oudolf (2010, awarded in 2011)
Isabelle Greene (2009)
C. Colston Burrell (2008)
James van Sweden (2007)
Julie Moir Messervy (2005, awarded in 2006)
John Brookes (2004)
Gregory M. Pierceall (2003)
W. Gary Smith (2002)
Wolfgang Oehme (2001)
Gary Rateway
Robin Williams, FAPLD (deceased)
A.E. Bye
Peggy Connors, FAPLD (deceased)
Donna Swansen, FAPLD Retired

Anna Brooks, Michigan Chapter

Anna currently serves as the President of the APLD Michigan Chapter. Prior to serving as President, Anna served as Treasurer and then President Elect. During her time serving as a chapter officer, she created a monthly member newsletter highlighting educational opportunities and member profiles, helped drive the programming schedule for the year, coordinated activities and promoted chapter membership across the state. Anna also served as the liaison between MNLA and APLD for cross promotion and joint programming.

Bryan Goff (2018)
Linda Middleton, FAPLD (2017)
Cheri Stringer, FAPLD (2017)
Patricia St. John, FAPLD (2016)
Barbara Simon, FAPLD (2016)
Thomas Wilhelm, FAPLD (2016)
Carol Palansky (2015)
Maria von Brincken (2015)
Bill Einhorn (2014)
Barbara Hilty (2014)
Pamela Berstler (2014)
Paul Connolly, FAPLD (2013)
Mary Fisher, FAPLD (2013)
Amelia B. Lima, FAPLD (2013)
Jock Lewendon, FAPLD (2012)
Katherine Stokes-Shafer, APLD Retired (2012)
Sharon Gibson (2012)

2018 – Jock Lewendon, FAPLD
2017 – Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD, NCIDQ
2016 – Susan Cohan, FAPLD
2015 – Laura Kuhn
2014 – Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD
2013 – Judy Nauseef, FAPLD
2012 – Patricia St. John, FAPLD
2010 – Samuel Salsbury, FAPLD
2009 – Rhonda Smith
2008 – Deanna Pillarelli, FAPLD
2007 – Linda Engstrom
2006 – Tina Nyce, FAPLD
2005 – Myrna Dowsett
2004 – Gerry Crouch, FAPLD
2003 – H. Kibbe Turner
2002 – Tim Thoelecke, Jr.
2000 – John Hetrick
1999 – Samuel Swansen, Esq.

2018 – Cheryl Buckwalter
2017 – Toni Bailey
2016 – G3 Green Gardens Group
2015 – Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc. (Samuel Salsbury, FAPLD and Sabrena Schweyer)
2014 – Garth Conrad (deceased)