Professional Landscape Designers Present Third Annual Design Awards

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers has announced the winners of the third annual Landscape Design Awards Program.

Thirty-eight entries were received in the residential and commercial categories.

  • Residential: under $25,000; $25,000 - $75,000; and over $75,000 for install/design.
  • Commercial: under $40,000; $40,000 - $150,000; and over $150,000 for install design.

Suzanne Arca, of Suzanne Arca Landscaping, Albany Calif., won best of show in the residential division and Dan McClaren, APLD, of Impullitti Landscaping, Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio won best of show in the commercial division. Kathy Hubner, APLD, from Gill Landscape Nursery, Corpus Christi, Texas, won in three categories and double winners were Joanne Kostecky, APLD, from Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc, Allentown, Pa., and Brian Carey, from AC-BC Associates, New York, N.Y.

Winners were judged on the following criteria: Effectiveness of presentation; functionality of design elements; suitability of plant material; relationship to site; environmental responsibility; effective integration of plans and hardscapes; originality and creativity; designís affect on maintenance, current and future; and, overall impression. All projects must have been installed within the past seven years.

Residential winners were:

Under $25,000

1. Melissa Clark, Landscape Projects, Inc., Bethesda, Md.

2. Jules Bruck, APLD, Evolution Landscape Design, Media, Pa.

3. Kathy Hubner, APLD, Gill Landscape Nursery, Corpus Christi, Texas

$25,000 - $75,000

1. M. Amelia Lima, APLD, Amelia B. Lima and Associates, San Diego, Calif.

2. Joanne Kostecky, APLD, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc. Allentown, Pa.

3. Christopher Valenti, APLD, JB Landscaping, Lewes, Del.

Over $75,000

1. Suzanne Arca, Suzanne Arca Landscaping, Albany Calif.

2. Randy Tumber, APLD, Tumber & Associates, LTD, Orangeville, ON, Canada

3. Susan Harrison, APLD, Private Gardens Design, Bellingham, Wash.

Commercial winners were:

Under $40,000

1. Sabrena Schweyer, Salsburg-Schweyer, Inc., Akron, Ohio

2. Joanne Kostecky, APLD, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc., Allentown, Pa.

3. Kathy Hubner, APLD, Gill Landscape Nursery, Corpus Christi, Texas

$40-000 - $150,000

1. Tom Fitzsimmons, APLD. Chux Landscaping, Inc., Pine Brook, N.Y.

2. Kathy Hubner, APLD, Gill Landscape Nursery, Corpus Christi, Texas

Over $150,000

1. Dan McClaren APLD, Impullitti Landscaping, Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio

2. Brian Carey, AC-BC Associates, New York, N.Y.

3. Brian Carey, AC-BC Associates, New York, N.Y.

Three well-known judges in the design and horticultural professions reviewed the submissions.

  • H. Edward Black, RLA, is owner and President of H. Edward Black and Associates, PC, an engineering and landscape architectural firm that was founded in Harrisburg in 1972. Mr. Black has considerable experience in master planning of educational, recreational, corporate and industrial sites, recreation and park design, land development and resource management planning, as well as site study and analysis and maintenance programming. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science - Landscape Architecture, Black is a licensed Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia, New Jersey and has CLARB Certification. Mr. Blackís professional affiliations include American Society of Landscape Architects - Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter, Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, SCARAB (Professional Honor Society), American Planning Association, and Harrisburg Parks Partnership.
  • Joel M. Lerner, APLD, is founder and CEO of Environmental Design, Capitol View Park, Md., a firm specializing in landscape consulting and design. Catering to residential and commercial clientele for almost 30 years, he is the creator of LERNSCAPING, a unique system of design that matches personalities to properties. Lerner has a weekly gardening column in The Washington Post. He hosted The Garden Show on WWRC-AM Talk Radio in Washington, D.C. for five years; has appeared on Fox Morning News; and was featured in a 4-part homeowner series on TBS, Lifetime's Our Home; has done public service announcements for OPEI (Outdoor Power Equipment Institute); and, served as national spokesperson for the Toro Company.
  • Dr. George Whiting is an expert in herbaceous plants, plant taxonomy/plant classification, and plant breeding. A Temple University faculty member since 1979 he has taught; Plant Taxonomy, Plant Genetics and Breeding, Herbaceous Plants I and II, Plant Ecology, and Botany labs. Dr. Whiting was part of a group that worked with the Environmental Protection Agency on one of the centerpiece exhibits for the 2001 Philadelphia Flower Show. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Perennial Plant Association, the North American Rock Garden Society, and the American Rose Society.

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