Upcoming & Recent Speaking Engagements
with Laura Morton

APLD Greater LA District LogoAPLD at Modernism Week:
“Ask a Landscape Designer”

Saturday, February 17, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Laura Morton will be participating in this event. Bring your landscape design dilemmas to Modernism Week and get 30 minutes of advice from a professional landscape designer at APLD’s “Ask a Landscape Designer.” This is a great opportunity to sit down with landscape professionals from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for some simple and affordable design solutions for your own garden.

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Archive of Past Speaking Engagements

Friends of Robinson Gardens
Annual Garden Tour & Showcase Estate

Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, California

Join Laura Morton for the 29th annual “…into the garden” Benefit Tour, to raise funds for the Virginia Robinson Gardens historical estate. For this showcase event, landscape designer Laura Morton and interior designer Natasha Jansz teamed up to create a captivating “Terrace in Tangiers” (see below).

This event is truly unique in that ticket holders have the opportunity to visit selected private home gardens rarely seen by the public. Throughout the estate, ticket holders can view the mansion’s historical rooms uniquely embellished by premier interior designers and florists.

APLD at Modernism Week:
Welcome Dinner and Garden Talk with Laura Morton

Friday, February 17, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Casa Madrina, Palm Springs, California

Weekend Kickoff—Open to APLD Members Only
The Greater Los Angeles district of APLD will be hosting a special event on Friday evening, at Casa Madrina. We will start the evening wandering through the gardens, which represent a watershed approach to the desert landscape.

After that, designer Laura Morton will share her design process for creating them and her thoughts about the watershed approach applied to the desert landscape. Followed by dinner and drinks by the fire.

Then on Saturday, February 18, designers from Greater Los Angeles and San Diego will be offering 30-minute design consultations for $30 at CAMP headquarters. Please sign up for a 2-hour time slot and volunteer as a consultant or a greeter. It’s a great way to get involved and be in the midst of the activity of Modernism Week!

[See also the project gallery for Casa Madrina.]

Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer-Spring

(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

“Living in the Garden, California Style”

This richly illustrated talk will get you thinking differently about your outdoor spaces, describe key elements of good design, and showcase such key garden elements as hardscape, fire, water, dining, and play.

Laura Morton is an award-winning certified landscape designer. Drawing upon her travels and training in landscape architecture, photography, jewelry design, and horticulture, she creates magical, usable, value-enhancing spaces to be used year-round.

L.A. Garden Show 2010

(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

Garden Chat: “California Got the Gold, Silver & Bronze…and It’s All Green!”

What isn’t to love about the native plant communities of Southern California or the many ways we can design our landscape for outdoor living all year long? They don’t call it the Golden State for nothing. SoCal has a natural and distinctive color palette of golden oranges and yellows, luminous silver and shimmery greens, and the deepest mahogany-bronze bark and seedpods, not to mention a complete range of blue tones.

Join award-winning professional landscape designer Laura Morton, FAPLD, for an eye-opening discourse on designing outdoor spaces and landscapes with a distinctly West Coast aesthetic.

Theodore Payne Foundation
“Design Fundamentals for Native Plant Gardens”

Join award-winning landscape designer Laura Morton on a journey of transformation. Witness the process as she converts a traditional Los Angeles home garden with classic lawn and foundation plantings into a stunning exterior of usable spaces, incorporating California natives and a meadow. Laura’s holistic approach to landscape design considers all aspects of sustainability without compromising on ambiance or beauty.

Compulsive Gardeners Class

(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

“Finding the Balance in Design: What He Wants, What She Wants—and Bringing It Together”

Landscape Designer Laura Morton discusses her design journey and inspiration as her presentation of exceptional photographs takes you to Greece and Morocco while developing a design for a couple with very different tastes. The result is outstanding.

Compulsive Gardeners Class

(at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden)

“A Cinderella Story: A Garden Goes from Rags to Riches”

Witness Designer Laura Morton’s transformation from start to finish of a small, bleak backyard into an exotic Oasis in Hollywood fit for a Queen. If you have never hired a designer, this story unveils the mystery of this designer’s process from the first client meeting, through installation, to the perfect, finished project.

This talk was also presented to:

  • Weeders & Diggers Garden Club of Pasadena
  • South Coast Plaza Garden Show
  • Los Angeles Garden Show
The Garden Conservancy—
Gardens of the Mind, 2007
“The Sacred Core: Oases in Urban Environments”

Artist/designer Laura Morton creates gardens that transcend daily life. Drawing upon her travels and background training in landscape architecture, photography, jewelry design, and horticulture, she transforms the elements into visual and sensual experiences. Laura shares her process as designer and “matchmaker”’ between nature’s raw power and man’s yearning for order and beauty on earth.