The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) announced its 2011 webinar series. The 2011 series gives members and non-members access to a variety of topics relevant to professional landscape designers.


This year, the webinars being offered provide participants with both design and business skills.


The [remaining] one-hour webinars are being held on August 17, September 21, and November 9. Registration ends a week prior to each webinar, and is limited to 100 individuals. To register, vist the APLD website or click on the links provided below.


 


Wednesday, August 17 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST


Project Budgeting (1 business CEU) – Alan Burke, ASLA


This fast-paced hour provides new ideas and simple answers to the most vexing plan and project problems. Questions such as “How much do I charge for design?,” “How do I determine a budge?” and “ What is my project going to cost?” will be answered as you tap new net resources, learn quick estimating techniques and master innovative methods that will help you earn more for services and assemble a more complete design package.


Registration is limited to 100 participants and is due August 10!


Click here for the registration form, or sign up online.


 


Wednesday, September 21 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST


Reuniting with the Land (1 CEU) – Suzanne Arca, APLD


This talk will cover the transformation of a property in Lafayette, California from a sea of asphalt, clipped hedges and lawns to a natural flowing landscape that reunites with the foothills. The process of design will be discussed, and how the design program was established and eventually implemented. What to keep, reuse and let go of on the site will be addressed. The ongoing work on the property and how the thread of continuity is addressed through material choices and aesthetic direction as each new phase and element is installed will be explained. Use solutions, mitigation of problematic drainage and sustainable landscape practices for the site will be explained.


Registration is limited to 100 participants and is due September 14!


Click here for the registration form, or sign up online.


 


Wednesday, November 9 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST


Business Promotion Using SEO (1 business CEU) – Chris Heiler


So, you just hired your brother’s friend’s neighbor—and dropped some hard-earned dollars—to design a beautiful website for your landscape design firm. You included gorgeous pictures of your work and some snappy copy to sell yourself. You’re ready for the phone to start ringing. But will it? Will anyone actually find your website? As you know, good design holds tremendous value, whether online or in the garden. But, your prospects need to find you first. This is why ranking near the top of search results is critically important. In this presentation we’ll cover:


How to strike a balance between “good design” and optimizing your site for the search engines like Google and Bing (SEO)


The top 3 keys to SEO success


The “low hanging fruit”: Small things you can tweak yourself that will add up to higher rankings


Real companies and professionals who are using SEO strategies successfully


Recent changes that may be significant to your SEO success


The future of search


Registration is limited to 100 participants and is due November 2!


Click here for the registration form, or sign up online.