Meet Laura Morton, FAPLD

Evolution of a Unique Landscaping Style

Laura Morton


Laura Morton is a transplanted Canadian, thriving in Los Angeles since 1991. Based in Paris before that, she enjoyed 15 years of living and traveling around the globe while working in the fashion industry.

Building Beauty

These journeys permitted a rare experience of many different cultures. The study of languages, local art, and architecture developed into a style and design vocabulary that is truly her own.

Seeds of the Future

Laura’s formal training with plants and exterior design began in 1995 after enrolling in both the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture programs at UCLA. Classes with Jan Smithen (Southern California’s garden guru) at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden firmly planted in her a broad knowledge of proper gardening practices.

Putting It All Together

Ongoing involvement within the horticultural community encourages discussion and responsibility of appropriate garden practices in Southern California, especially in terms of fostering sustainability, responsible water usage, natural wildlife habitat, and ocean-friendly best practices.

Laura remains an active member and Fellow of  the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (for which she co-founded the APLD Greater LA District in 2009, and served as California Chapter President in 2012).

She is also a member of the Mediterranean Garden Society and California Garden & Landscape Historical Society. The respect of her peers has led to lecturing engagements on related subjects in her field for the LA Garden Show at the L.A. County Arboretum and the Gardens of the Mind seminar for the Garden Conservancy, as well as for other organizations.

Today, Laura draws upon multiple artistic disciplines, working out of her West Hollywood studio as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer, creating award-winning landscapes and cohesive outdoor living spaces for a wide variety of residential clients.

Hollywood Oasis