Awards / Press


Award winning Landscape Contractor since 1984! View our Photo Gallery to see the award winning projects. We celebrate many landscaping achievements, landscape designing and landscape architecture awards made possible by our outstanding clients, quality landscape designers and landscape construction craftsman. The wealth and range of these international landscape honors, national landscape recognition, state-wide landscaping awards, and regional landscape awards support our claim to be the most award-winning Garden Design and Landscape Contracting companies in the Pennsylvania.

Our gold, silver, bronze medals for outdoor landscaping recognition continue to present Garden Design's philosophy of landscape design and continuous quality review to the horticultural industry. With systems in place, the residential and commercial landscape clients are better served by the attention paid to our history of quality garden landscapes. Motivated landscape contracting and maintenance employees strive to provide the service that our clients have come to expect. We  strive to win awards in honor of our landscape clients and our landscape staff.





Achievements, Awards and Acknowledgements

From 1992 to Present - Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association:

  • 37 Gold Excellence in Landscape Design Awards
  • 25 Silver Excellence in Landscape Design Awards
  • 14 Bronze Excellence in Landscape Design Awards
  • 8 Honorable Mention Excellence in Landscape Design Awards

From 2002 to Present - Association of Professional Landscape Designers (International Award Program):

  • 3 Gold Residential Landscape Design Project
  • 6 Silver Residential and Commercial Landscape Design Projects
  • 3 Bronze Residential Landscape Design Projects

From 1999 to Present - Perennial Plant Association (International Landscape Design Award Program):

  • 5 Honor Awards for Landscape Design Excellence
  • 27 Meritorious Awards for Landscape Design Excellence

From 1998 to Present - Lehigh Valley Builder's Association:

  • 17 Excellence in Landscape Design Awards

From 1997 to Present - Concrete Stone and Tile Excellence in Landscape Design Awards:

  • 4 First Place Awards for City and Streetscape Landscaping Design
  • 1 First Place Award for Retaining Wall and Patio Landscaping Design

  • 2005 - American Nursery and Landscape Association Hall of Fame Award
  • 2005 - Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Hall of Fame Award
  • 2005 - Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist awarded by the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association to James Perna
  • 2004 - Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
  • 2002 - Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
  • Kirk R. Brown, Business Manager-PLNA's Green Achiever Award for outstanding contribution to the Horticultural Industry in Pennsylvania
  • 1999 - Lehigh Valley Builders Association
  • New Member of the Year
  • 1999 - Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Excellence in Landscape Business Award






Garden Design and its garden landscapes have been featured in many regional, national and international horticultural publications:

  • American Nurseryman
  • Home
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The New York Times
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine
  • This Old House
  • Entrepreneur
  • Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Lehigh Valley Magazine
  • The Allentown Morning Call
  • Lehigh Valley Style
  • Lehigh Valley Marketplace
  • Kiplinger Magazine
  • Elan of Fairfax County
  • Hunterdon County of New Jersey Life
  • Lehigh Valley Living
  • Lehigh Valley Natural Awakenings
  • Grower Talks: A Designer's Case for Perennials
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, April ‘08

On the National Speaking Circuit, Garden Design's well-recognized office staff has appeared at the following podiums:

  • Garden Writer's Association International Symposia in Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Raleigh, Portland, and Vancouver
  • American Nursery and Landscape Association's Management Clinic in Louisville KY
  • Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association/Penn State Winter Nursery Conference in State College, PA
  • Mid Atlantic Hardy Plant Society
  • Millersville Native Plant Conference
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the International Philadelphia Flower Show
  • Iowa Landscape and Nursery Association
  • Florida Landscape and Nursery Association
  • CENTS, The Ohio Short Course
  • Penn Allied Nursery Trade Show
  • Landscape Contracting Ontario
  • Eastern States Landscape Contractors Conference, Nova Scotia
  • Genesee Nursery and Landscape Contractors Association
  • Delaware Landscape and Nursery Contractors Association
  • Waterloo Gardens Landscape Contracting Seminar
  • Pittsburgh Garden Center
  • Manorview Nursery and Landscape Contractors Conference, Baltimore MD
  • Babikow Nursery and Landscape Contractors Conference, Baltimore MD
  • Hartford CT National Federated Garden Club
  • Pottstown National Federated Garden Club
  • Parkland National Federated Garden Club
  • Allentown National Federated Garden Club
  • Federated Garden Club of Pennsylvania Eastern Region Conference
  • PLANET's Student Career Days, Lansing, Michigan
  • Garden Symposium, Master Gardener Program, Lancaster, PA
  • Bethlehem National Federated Garden Club
  • CENTS Educational Seminar/Ohio Short Course, Columbus OH
  • Perennial Plant Association: Toronto, Portland OR, and Philadelphia, PA
  • National Federated Garden Clubs Design Course, Carlisle PA
  • Northeast Region Federated Garden Clubs Conference New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania Federated Garden Club Conference, Gettysburg PA
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Monmouth Museum, Monmouth County New Jersey
  • State Botanic Garden of Georgia, Athens GA
  • New Jersey Landscape and Nursery Association Winter Conference, Somerset NJ
  • Construction Specifier’s Institute, March, 2011
  • Environmental Landscapes with a Design Ethic