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Full concept exteriors, horticulture & landscape
 
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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Red flowers and white planter

EDUCATION

2002–present

Los Angeles Arboretum:

  • Compulsive Gardeners
  • Lecture Series

1997–2002

Los Angeles Arboretum:
Fanatic Gardeners

  • Course included espalier, history, and garden tours, with classes taught by Jan Smithen, a highly regarded teacher and speaker on the art & science of gardening.

1995–1996

Los Angeles Arboretum:
Green Side Up

  • Propagation

1996–1998

UCLA:
Horticulture Program

  • Certificate in Horticultural Therapy
  • Feng Shui in the Garden

1996–1999

UCLA:
Enrolled in Certificate Program for Landscape Architecture


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Association of Professional Landscape Designers

 

About APLD® Certification

The APLD certification program provides professional recognition to landscape designers, based on established standards of excellence. This process encourages self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement. Certification is available for Associate APLD members in good standing, who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of four years.

The certification process is not an education curriculum per se. It is designed to evaluate the candidate’s submitted work, consisting of three installed projects and requiring drawings, plant list, design intent statement, and photographs.

To encourage certified members to continue their education, the APLD requires recertification every three years, with 30 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Landscape Artist Laura Morton,
APLD

Professional Background

AWARDS & CERTIFICATES

Jan. 2012

National Wildlife Federation

2012 NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Issued for Ozeta House:
“This habitat is certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s worldwide network of mini-refuges. Because of the owner’s conscientious planning, landscaping and sustainable gardening, wildlife may find quality habitat — food, water, cover, and places to raise their young.”

Nov. 2010

Los Angeles Arboretum (G3)

2010 Permaculture Design Certificate

Sept. 2010

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

APLD Merit Award

April 2010

Association of Professional Landscape Designers

  • Awarded APLD certification

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May 2009

The Green Gardens Group (G3)

G3 Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate

August 2008

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

APLD Gold Award

1998

UCLA
(through Landscape Architecture Certificate Program)

  • 1st Place Award —
    Corona High School Campus
  • 1st Place Award —
    Huntington Japanese
    Zen Garden

ARCHIVE OF PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

 

Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer-Spring
(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

“Living in the Garden, California Style”

This richly illustrated talk will get you thinking differently about your outdoor spaces, describe key elements of good design, and showcase such key garden elements as hardscape, fire, water, dining, and play.

Laura Morton is an award-winning certified landscape designer. Drawing upon her travels and training in landscape architecture, photography, jewelry design, and horticulture, she creates magical, usable, value-enhancing spaces to be used year-round.


L.A. Garden Show 2010
(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

Garden Chat: “California Got the Gold, Silver & Bronze...and It’s All Green!”

L.A. Garden Show 2010 - Living Green

What isn’t to love about the native plant communities of Southern California or the many ways we can design our landscape for outdoor living all year long? They don't call it the Golden State for nothing. So Cal has a natural and distinctive color palette of golden oranges and yellows, luminous silver and shimmery greens, and the deepest mahogany-bronze bark and seedpods, not to mention a complete range of blue tones.

Join award-winning professional landscape designer Laura Morton, APLD, for an eye-opening discourse on designing outdoor spaces and landscapes with a distinctly West Coast aesthetic.


Theodore Payne Foundation

“Design Fundamentals for Native Plant Gardens”

Join award-winning landscape designer Laura Morton on a journey of transformation. Witness the process as she converts a traditional Los Angeles home garden with classic lawn and foundation plantings into a stunning exterior of usable spaces, incorporating California natives and a meadow. Laura's holistic approach to landscape design considers all aspects of sustainability without compromising on ambiance or beauty.


Compulsive Gardeners Class, L.A. County Arboretum

“Finding the Balance in Design: What He Wants, What She Wants — and Bringing It Together”

Landscape Designer Laura Morton discusses her design journey and inspiration as her presentation of exceptional photographs takes you to Greece and Morocco while developing a design for a couple with very different tastes. The result is outstanding.


Compulsive Gardeners Class, L.A. County Arboretum

“A Cinderella Story: A Garden Goes from Rags to Riches”

Witness Designer Laura Morton’s transformation from start to finish of a small bleak backyard into an exotic Oasis in Hollywood fit for a Queen. If you have never hired a designer, this story unveils the mystery of this designer’s process from the first client meeting, through installation, to the perfect, finished project.

This talk was also presented to:

  • Weeders & Diggers Garden Club of Pasadena
  • South Coast Plaza Garden Show
  • Los Angeles Garden Show

The Garden Conservancy — Gardens of the Mind, 2007

“The Sacred Core: Oases in Urban Environments”

Artist/designer Laura Morton creates gardens that transcend daily life. Drawing upon her travels and background training in landscape architecture, photography, jewelry design, and horticulture, she transforms the elements into visual and sensual experiences. Laura shares her process as designer and “matchmaker”’ between nature’s raw power and man’s yearning for order and beauty on earth.