For Reiner Residence work: Local project nets Jones top designer honor

Wilton-based landscape designer Brandon Jones was recently named the 2012 International Landscape Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for his winning project, Reiner Residence, which is located in Greenwich.

The residence was chosen as the winner because of the “understated elegance and simplistic serenity” found in Mr. Jones’ work by the panel of judges. A principal designer and director of design at Glen Gate Company, Mr. Jones’ award-winning project was selected out of sixty-five entries in the APLD international juried competition.

After receiving the award, Mr. Jones remarked, “To be considered for this award among all the entries and ultimately to be given this distinction placing me in the company of APLD’s esteemed past recipients is an accomplishment for which I am and will remain forever proud.”

Visions of creating a relaxing retreat for family and friends during hot, humid summer days influenced Mr. Jones’ design. He built upon the existing infrastructure while enhancing the plain atmosphere and stark décor.

“When I first saw the turn of the century site I was instantly inspired by the space, which already had a pool and gardening shed, and I attempted to keep that history alive,” Mr. Jones explained.

To achieve a summertime oasis, Mr. Jones knew integrating shade would be vital, so he let the shade pavilion become the focal point. He strove to create a cozy get-away, saturated in modern simplicity and vintage nostalgia.

Furthering this minimalism, Mr. Jones said he wanted to ensure the plant palette would complement, not overshadow the pavilion. When choosing plants for this design, local climate and zone drove his choices.

“Native plants are more likely to succeed because they’ve already adapted to the region’s climate and soil,” he said. “By pairing a few, choice plants with strong architecture, the space became balanced and eloquent.”

While Mr. Jones is already looking toward the future, he’s also been reflecting on the past. Over the years, Mr. Jones said he has realized the importance of being affiliated with APLD and that his membership has consistently shown clients his commitment to the industry while also augmenting his sense of great garden designs.

“Being honored for your work by such renowned professionals is a thrilling acknowledgment, but it also marks the beginnings of an exciting new stage for me: one that comes with a responsibility to contribute back and help foster new design talent,” Mr. Jones remarked.

To learn more about APLD and how to join, visit Apld.org.

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