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Hi from Florida! Well not really, it is still Monday and I am getting equally nervous and excited and decided to do some post ahead to keep my m-w-f rhythm going. I am going to my first Association of Professional Landscape Designers conference. This year it is Orlando Florida and the schedule of events looks so interesting and fun! I have been a member for 4 years now and looking forward to spending a few days with other people that do what I do : ) and learning more and stimulating my own creativity!

2014_OrlandoSlideI am sure I will have plenty of interesting garden and design information to share with you when I return next week. I am staying on after the conference and heading with a small group of designers to Miami to visit the garden of Raymond Jungles FASLA. I have been a big fan of his work for years and the subtropical gardens he creates can work here in Houston if you are careful about your plant selection.  Their will be garden tours including a Walt Disney World Nursery Tour and a Sea World tour. I have never been to Florida but have been to Disneyland and Sea World in California where I live the first 42 years of my life.

Here is a beautiful YouTube video Celebrating Fall Color at the Disney Tree Farm at Walt Disney World Resort to give you a peek at what I will be seeing! 

I am familiar with many members of the APLD who have very informative blogs and have written very useful books that inspire me in my work. I have met a few before and look forward to meeting more this week. You might not have heard of the APLD and I can not explain it better than the description from the website. “The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international organization founded in 1989. Our mission is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.  APLD members adhere to a code of professional standards, encourage continuing education, and stay up to date about new developments and latest trends throughout the field.  We offer members a certification program – the only one of its kind – that provides professional recognition to those designers who can pass a rigorous peer review program.  We offer consumers trained professionals who can help them achieve the gardens they truly desire.”

Happy Gardening!