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2011 APLD International Landscape Design Awards

Get inspiration from the four gold award winners

Congratulations to the many talented designers that received awards from APLD. Below you will find highlights and photos of the four projects recognized as Gold Award Winners.

See more award-winning landscape projects.

Suzanne Arca Design in Albany, CA.

DiPrisco Meadow Garden 2011 APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year and Gold Award Winner: Suzanne Arca & Suzanne Arca Design

The owners of this Lafayette, California property wanted a landscape that was drought tolerant, low maintenance and sustainable. They also wanted it to be a place where they could spend time with their young children.

Key features:

  • An entry meadow with CA natives and Mediterranean-climate compatible plants
  • A mini-farm consisting of 10 raised beds
  • A rustic, bubbling urn water feature
  • Pathways made of Mariposa slate

W Gary Smith Design in Austin, TX.

Innisfree 2011 APLD International Landscape Design Gold Award Winner: W Gary Smith Design

Located in Virginia Hunt Country, this 100 acre property had worn-out cornfields and few trees. The owners wanted space for family gathering areas, strolling pathways, wildlife habitats, areas for gardening and paddocks for their horses.

Key features:

  • Restored Civil War-era stone walls
  • A stone fire circle overlooking a pond
  • A 20 acre wildflower meadow
  • 99.9% of the plants are natives

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design in Melrose, MA.

Le Petit Chalet 2011 APLD International Landscape Design Gold Award Winner: Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design; Photo Credit: Matthew Cunningham

This property, located on Maine's Mount Desert Island, boasts panoramic views and surrounding woodlands. However, severe storms had caused erosion that uprooted mature trees and vegetation, making restoration the main goal.

Key features:

  • Extensive stormwater management solutions
  • Intimate and free-flowing spaces encourage guests to move about and explore
  • Lichen-encrusted stone retaining walls
  • Salvaged granite used for terraces and pathways

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design in Melrose, MA.

South End Courtyard 2011 APLD International Landscape Design Gold Award Winner: Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design; Photo Credit: Matthew Cunningham

Measuring only 415 square feet, this courtyard garden in Boston serves as a shelter from the hectic city. The client wanted the space to be private, durable and easy to maintain. They also requested that it feel clean and minimal and blend seamlessly with the interior of the house.

Key features:

  • Whitewashed wood walls define boundaries
  • A pedestal table made of a salvaged materials and tempered glass is the heart of the garden
  • An antique granite cobblestone terrace with native mosses creates a soft carpet
  • Interior and exterior spaces are connected

Contributing Author:

Sarah Hutchinson, contributing writer for Landscaping Network

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