Fellow Status

Our chief designer, Steven D Thoms, CGIP, FAPLD, LIC, a Internationally Certified Landscape Designer has earned is Fellow Status from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

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Steve is the founding member the Michigan Chapter and the immediate past president.  He is currently serving as the Secretary and Sponsorship Chair.  He has been a member of the APLD since 1991 and Certified since 2003.

Cert 2019

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, founded in 1989, is dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and to promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. APLD encourages all members to adhere to a code of professional standards, to actively participate in continuing education and to be current with state-of-the-art developments and trends throughout the field. The association also offers its members a certification program based on built projects that provides professional recognition to those designers who can pass a rigorous peer review program. Our certification process is to evaluate the candidates’ submitted work. It is not an educational curriculum. The submission consists of three installed projects and requires drawings, plant list, design intent statement and photographs.  It offers consumers access to trained designers who can help them achieve the landscapes they truly desire.  To learn more about APLD and its certification program, please visit www.apld.org.

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Steve’s other certifications include:

* Certified Green Industry Professional (MNLA)
* Landscape Industry Certified – Manager (NALP)
* Certified Concrete Paver Installer (ICPI)
* Michigan Natural Shoreline Professional (MNSP)
* LiverRoof Certified Installer (Liveroof.com)

Fellow Status