Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international professional organization dedicated to providing a forum for the advancement of landscape design and support to its members. It promotes the landscape design profession on a national level. An annual international conference takes place in the United States, and at times abroad. www.apld.org
“APLD’s certification program confers professional recognition to landscape designers based on established standards of excellence. Currently, 20 percent of APLD members are certified. Certification is available for Professional members in good standing who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of two years. It is the only landscape design certification program in the United States. To maintain certification, Certified Professional Members must continue to develop their skills and demonstrate proof every three years. During each three-year period, APLD requires certified designers to submit proof of the completion of 30 hours of approved continuing education credits (CEU).”
Marion has been APLD certified since February 2007.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD, Oregon): This statewide chapter provides support, education and networking opportunities for its Oregon members. All Oregon members are also members of the international APLD parent organization. www.apldoregon.org
Perennial Plant Association (PPA) is an international professional trade association dedicated to furthering and enhancing the perennial plant industry and the use of perennials in the landscape. It provides education opportunities and an annual symposium to its national and international members, and participates in promotions of perennial plants to the gardening public. www.perennialplant.org
Gorge Owned (GO!): Gorge Owned (GO!) is a local, member-supported organization working to strengthen connections between people, ecology and economy as a way to build a healthy community in the Columbia River Gorge. Gorge Owned’s mission aligns with Mount Hood Gardens’ philosophy of employing organic methods and practicing sustainable gardening. From the very beginning it has been Marion’s mission to bring public green spaces, old-world techniques, and naturalistic plantings to the Columbia River Gorge. http://gorgeowned.org