Honors & Awards

Vanessa Gardner Nagel, FAPLD, NCIDQ

Vanessa is an APLD Award winning designer, author and speaker. She has designed and installed many notable and beautiful landscapes, but some might argue that her work to advance our profession and support other designers might outweigh what she does in the garden.

She has worked tirelessly to teach and support fellow professionals because she sincerely believes that educating each other is the best way to promote our profession as a whole. She has shared that mission through volunteer service on both on the national and local level.

As well as giving life to landscapes, Vanessa makes words bloom on the page. She is the author of Understanding Garden Design and The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings. Her current writing efforts are focused on a series of children’s books that involve horticulture, ecology, history, cultural ethnicity and geography. She writes about garden design, her garden and gardening through her blog, ‘Garden Chirps.’

Fueled by deep beliefs in the stewardship of our planet, Vanessa walks the talk of sustainability that she preaches to her clients and imparts in her many presentations to professionals and amateur gardeners at garden shows and conferences.

Behind the scenes at APLD, Nagel has written numerous articles for The Designer magazine and served on committees, including the national board of directors and her local chapter.

Jan Johnsen (2019)
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

Tina Nyce, FAPLD, Washington Chapter

Tina is a member of the Washington Chapter. Her involvement with APLD goes back more than 30 years, as she was at the founding members’ meeting in Valley Forge, Pa. in 1989. The following year regional work for the association began, which culminated in the founding of the first APLD chapter in Washington in 2000.

During the next 20 years, Nyce worked tirelessly for the Washington Chapter, serving as its first president and later as treasurer, program chair and remote advisor. In fact, there probably isn’t a volunteer position within the chapter that Nyce has not held.

Her dedication to the APLD chapter structure extends far beyond Washington, as she co-wrote APLD’s Chapter Guide Book, which is a reference for all APLD chapters.

Bill Ripley, FAPLD, Ohio Chapter

Bill is a founding member of the Ohio Chapter. He helped with its organization before it became the official Ohio Chapter, and he has been involved with its leadership ever since, currently serving as president.

He has dedicated his service to helping keep local members connected through promoting certification, staying in touch and organizing garden tours and local educational programming. Ripley is also a current member of the APLD Board of Directors.

Persevering through many challenges from chapter glitches to the current pandemic, Ripley said he firmly believes that the strength of local connections is an invaluable resource—and one that he works hard to protect for all landscape designers.

Anna Brooks (2019)
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)

Lisa Port, FAPLD

Fittingly, the underlying thread of Port’s passion is teaching, mentoring, serving and uplifting APLD members.

She has actively served APLD for more than 10 years, moving through various leadership positions and service roles tirelessly.

Known as a passionate advocate for landscape designers, many of her efforts are focused on protecting and expanding designers’ right to practice. From advocacy, to leadership, to revamping APLD’s certification process, APLD and landscape designers are better because of Lisa’s association with us.

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)