Susan Cohan, APLD is the principal of Susan Cohan Gardens, a boutique design studio which specializes in residential landscape design. She a nationally certified landscape designer through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is well-known in the landscape and design communities for both her design work and for her writing about design. Susan is a contributing editor to Garden Design, an American voice on the British Thinkingardens, as well writing about design since 2007 on her own blog Miss Rumphius’ Rules. Her residential landscapes for private clients and concept gardens are frequently published and have won numerous awards.
“Each finished landscape is collaboration between my clients and myself. It’s my job to realize their dreams and give them more than they expected.”
Each client’s project is unique and receives personal attention. Susan integrates her design expertise with extensive horticultural knowledge to present a finished landscape that is site specific and clearly of its time and place. Her gardens and landscapes range from intimate courtyards to large country estates. Hand crafted details, sustainable practices and fine craftsmanship are hallmarks of Cohan's landscape design work.
“Visiting gardens both here and abroad enables me to stand in a space and experience it a way that is impossible to do from an image. I bring that first hand knowledge back to the drawing board.”
Travel throughout the United States, Europe, and North Africa and attendance at international design fairs has influenced her work and she continues to seek out excellence and exceptional design to incorporate in her clients outdoor living spaces.
Susan left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded Susan Cohan Gardens in 2003 after earning a certificate in Garden Design from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London. She is serving as the 2014 President of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.