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"Association of Professional Landscape Designers to hold international conference in Cleveland"


Association of Professional Landscape Designers to hold international conference in Cleveland

Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 6:00 AM     Updated: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 2:23 PM
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Bobbie Schwarts, president of the APLD, will show off her garden as part of the the organization's annual international conference. It is in Cleveland from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17.
PREVIEW Association of Professional Landscape Designers International Design Conference
What: Participants from the United States, Britain and Canada will take part in lectures, workshops, garden tours and an awards banquet.
When: Monday, June 13, through Fri day, June 17.
Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square.
Tickets: Registration for the entire conference ranges from $690 to $1,000. One-day admissions on Tues day, Wednesday or Thursday range from $130 to $440. Registration is limited.
Contact: click here or 717-238-9780.

By Julie E. Washington Plain Dealer Reporter
When you live in a region that boasts some of the finest public and private gardens in the country, you want to shout about it.
That's why local members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers lobbied to bring the organization's annual international conference to Cleveland this year -- even though it meant shouldering much of the organizational work.
"We just wanted to show off our city," said Bobbie Schwartz, association president and conference organizer.
The association's International Design Conference is Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center.
But you can't expect a bunch of landscape lovers to stay indoors. They will roam University Circle, Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cuyahoga Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens and other scenic and leafy spots.
"Creativity Rocks" is the conference's theme, and activities are designed to stimulate imaginations, Schwartz said. She expects about 150 participants from the United States, Britain and Canada. You don't have to be an association member to attend.
The event kicks off with a welcome reception at House of Blues and continues with lectures, workshops, garden tours and an awards banquet.
Keynote speaker is noted landscape designer, author and lecturer Julie Moir Messervy, who advocates for outdoor rooms inspired by personal vision.
Messervy, who collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Toronto Music Garden, speaks on "Creative Design -- A Joyful Process." She is based in Saxtons River, Vt.
Another notable speaker is David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College. Orr, a proponent of carbon neutrality for colleges and universities, will speak about his work spearheading the design of the first substantially green building on an American college campus.
All of the private gardens on the conference tours were professionally designed. Schwartz's home, a French country house modeled on a Norman manor, and its surrounding gardens of perennials, flowering shrubs, vines, annuals and trees -- which she designed -- will be viewed when the group tours Shaker Heights.
Association member Ann Rosmarin, owner of Rosmarin Landscape Design in Cleveland Heights, designed two Cleveland Heights gardens on the conference tours. A water feature in the Steffee Garden reflects the owners' love of music, Rosmarin said.
She also worked on the gardens at Beaulieu, which has been registered as a historic landmark. The garden rooms include a swimming pool garden, a Chinese garden, a Shakespeare herb garden and a Victorian greenhouse.
"They really express two different intents," Rosmarin said about the two properties.
When conference members tour an exceptional garden, they look for good composition; interesting use of benches, trellises and furnishings; variety; and focal points, Schwartz said -- along with ideas to incorporate into their own designs.