The Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) includes over ninety Certified Landscape Designers who have demonstrated competency in design, plant suitability, and graphic communication. Certified Designers must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements. This statewide group of professional designers is an excellent resource to utilize when beginning to plan your landscape. A well planned & easily maintained landscape is a growing investment that appreciates over time.
Windridge’s very own Jeff Howe was named President of the VSLD at their annual Winter Meeting & Educational Seminar. This event was held February 2nd and was hosted by the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Garden. The educational topic of emphasis this year was on Stormwater Management with a focus on calculations & aesthetics .
Over the course of his one year term Jeff aims to increase membership engagement both in person and through media such as the VSLD’s Newly Renovated Website, which is just about ready to launch. He is also dedicated to continuing the previous President, Tim Hess’ goal of growing scholarship opportunities for up and coming professionals that demonstrate passion for the Green Industry.
I had a moment to speak candidly to Jeff about why, with so many organizations out there now a days what drew him (no pun intended) to the VSLD specifically? To which he replied, “The members of the VSLD genuinely represent the state of Virginia, and each individual member has proven that they are qualified in landscape design which has been approved by their piers.”
He went on to say that the commitment does not end there. “Every member is then bound by this certification to keep current with the newest industry standards & Best Management Practices (BMP’s). They strive to increase sustainable landscape opportunities while blending them with traditional design through a biologically diverse plant pallet.”
This statement alone should spur any homeowner who is committed to improving their landscape to seriously consider reaching out to one of these qualified individuals to consult with at the very least.