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LDA 2019 Looking Ahead Calendar

January 9th to March 6th
Chicago Botanic Garden - Garden Design Implementation
January 9th to March 20th
Chicago Botanic Gardens - Intro to Professional Practice
January 10th to March 14th
Chicago Botanic Garden - Graphics, Winter Session
January 30th to February 1st
iLandscape Show, Schaumburg IL
February 2nd
Perennial Plant Assoc. & The Morton Arboretum Regional Symposium - Back to Basics, Lisle IL
March 7th
LDA Workshop - Healthy You... Tune Up!, Northbrook IL
July 25th to 29th
Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers - International Design Conference, Seattle WA
July 29th to August 2nd
Perennial Plant Assoc. - Perennial Plant Symposium, Chicago IL

Healthy You... Tune Up!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

1:00 to 2:15 pm

North Suburban YMCA

2705 Techny Rd. (between Shermer and Pfingsten Rd) Northbrook

Wear exercise or light clothing

Today we are focused on creating healthy, sustainable gardens.  But what about ourselves?    How can we keep our bodies strong and flexible at work and avoid aches, strains and injuries?

Prepare yourself….

Whether you workout regularly or not, this session includes specific exercises, stretches and

safety tips to help improve your performance of landscaping activities. The proper use of quality tools to make tasks easier, will also be demonstrated by Megan Tyner.




Megan Tyner, ACE certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor at the YMCA.

 Garden design business: North Shore Gardenworks. Works part-time at Reds Garden Center.

. Preregistration required Limited to 18  

            Members $0   Non-members: $5 *Bring a client or staff

 RSVP  Phyllis Cheskin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 847-835-8052

FREE Annual Horticulture Career & Job Fair on February 12th, 2019

Click the download link below to open a PDF file containing information on the College of Dupage's annual Horticulture Career & Job Fair, to be held Thursday, February 12th 2019 at the Technical Education Building, room TE1038 at 425 Falwell Blvd, Glen Ellyn IL.

Recent LDA Events

The Landscape Design Association’s activities and programs are focused on the off-season, featuring a garden walk in late summer and events all fall on winter. There is usually “on hiatus” beginning April 1st, when our members gear up for the incredibly busy design and installation season. 

Here’s a quick review of LDA’s recent programming:

Plantind Design Workshop with Julie Sajtar of Hoerr Schaudt

In early January Julie Sajtar of Hoerr Schaudt led a wonderful design workshop focusing on understanding color, texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout and techniques to complete the process. It was an interactive and informative workshop, and we're all grateful to Julie for leading such a fun event in such a dreary part of the year!

Our November Event - Just How Far Have We Moved the Needle

At the LDA November meeting we were treated to a talk by Trish Beckjord on creating attractive gardens using native plants. Trish is a registered landscape architect whose work has focused on conservation, restoration and integration of native plants in designed landscapes. Trish built her experience in sustainable planning and site design through her work at Conservation Design Forum in Elmhurst, IL and the Ann Arbor office of JJR, both award-winning design, engineering and planning firms. The event was a lively discussion centered around the idea of creating more environmentally ethical gardens! 
For more information on The Conservation Foundation, visit www.theconservationfoundation.org

Our October Event - LDA Roundtable: Let's Talk!

Most of us would agree that we learn a lot from talking with other members, but usually we only have limited snippets of time before and after events to do this. So our October program was dedicated to sharing through an interactive program we are calling Let's Talk!

Participants circulated between five Topic Tables to share ideas and ask questions about business-related topics. It was a fantastic oppotunity to network with other business owners in the field and share best-practices on topics from pricing to sub-contracting to discoveries of new plants to delight clients.

Other Events Of Interest

Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann

April 4-May 23, Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann - 6:30-9 pm, $349.  A CBG event.

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Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson

April 7, Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson - 1-3 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian

April 9-23, Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian - 1-3 pm, $349.  A CBG event. 

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Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry

April 12, Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry - 9 am-noon, $39.  A TMA event.

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Perennials 101, Heather Prince

April 12, Perennials 101, Heather Prince - 7-9 pm, $29.  A TMA event. 

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Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol – 10 am-noon, $32.  A CBG event. 

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Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $32.  A CBG event.

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Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen

April 14, Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen - 1-3 pm, $29.  A TMA event.

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Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker

April 19, Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker – 9 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol

May 10, Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol - 6:30-9 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak

May 11, Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak -    10 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol

May 12, American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $39. A CBG event.

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Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin

May 31-August 9, Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $374 (Prerequisite requirements).  A CBG event.

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Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin

June 6-August 1, Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $399 (Prerequisite requirements). A CBG event.

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Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL

June 24-27, Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL. An IGIA event.

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Symposium, Raleigh, NC

July 30-Aug 3, National Symposium, Raleigh, NC.  A PPA event.

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Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH

August 5-8, Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH.  An ISA event. 

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International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada

Sept. 13-17, International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada.  An APLD event.

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Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL

Dec. 11-12,  Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL.  An IAA event.

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