Renovating the Mature Landscape

This once under-utilized backyard in Piedmont has been reinvented into a vibrant outdoor living space. Garden design & photo: Katie Creighton/kcgardendesign.com

This once under-utilized backyard in Piedmont has been reinvented into a vibrant outdoor living space. Garden design & photo: Katie Creighton/kcgardendesign.com

Join the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, The Gardens at Heather Farm, and Pacific Horticulture, for a day filled with inspiration and valuable takeaways for your work with clients or in your personal garden. Each of our day’s speakers will examine various aspects involved with renovating a mature landscape. Our program takes place at The Gardens at Heather Farm that was first developed on a rolling hillside in Walnut Creek’s Ygnacio Valley in the early 1970s. With input from APLD designers, one of the gardens was recently updated to meet today’s standards for beauty and sustainability. The now-refreshed demonstration garden will serve as a living case study for our day’s topic.

  • Laura Forlin, department co-chairLandscape Horticulture Department at Merritt College, will discuss steps for assessing and analyzing a mature landscape in need of renovation.
  • Cheryl Buckwater, president, EcoLandscape California Board, will explain municipal parameters and ordinances and walk participants through the sustainability decision-making process before beginning the design phase.
  • Rebecca Sweet, APLD landscape designer in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and author of Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture, and Form. Will share design tips and ideas for reinventing a typical suburban garden into a beautiful and sustainable landscape.

Our program will conclude with a wine and cheese reception and a self-guided tour of the newly renovated project at The Gardens at Heather Farms. Staff, designers, and installation technicians involved with the project will be available to explain their role and answer questions.


$100 for members of the participating organizations
$120 for general public

Registration includes a catered lunch, coffee/cold drinks throughout the day, a wine reception in the garden, and parking. To reserve your space click the Register button a left.