“What a match: Cheryl and our Master Plan! A Master Plan for a town home community is not a simple project, yet Cheryl checked all the boxes and we are on a sound path for decades into the future. Cheryl addressed input from residents, neighborhood appearance, maintenance concerns, sustainability, current and future budgets, and provided an excellent final report, with communication at every step." - Tom Pearce, Pine Valley Condominium Ass'n.
Cheryl Corson designs spaces that offer her clients a deep sense of comfort, security, and beauty. She knows that our outdoor environment powerfully influences our health and well being, and that our enviroment - and our health - can be improved more easily than we sometimes think. Cheryl launched her private practice in 2003.
Cheryl Corson Design, LLC is a Maryland and U.S. Dep't. of Transportation certified minority business enterprise (MBE/DBE #11-301), certified for landscape design and consulting (NAICS Code 541320), playground safety inspections (NAICS Code 541690), writing and journalism (NAICS Code 711510). Cheryl is a Maryland licensed landscape architect (#3734), and has been a CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector #19343-0215) since 2003. She welcomes opportunities to partner with other contractors and design professionals on government, private, and institutional projects.
Cheryl does what any good landscape architect has always done: keep water on site in functional, safe and beautiful ways, favor plants that provide the greatest wildlife value, specify building materials and methods that reduce urban heat island effect and are as locally sourced as possible, and more.
Legislation to restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has given us all incentives to learn more, and to quantify our goals and strategies. Being a landscape architect in the Chesapeake Bay area is especially exciting because rapidly evolving methods are being tested, evaluated, and systematized relative to stormwater management and other low impact development practices. We all do better work when we experiment and learn from one another. Cheryl is proud to be an active member of this diverse professional community.
Below the surface of how any landscape looks, is how it performs, which it must, no matter the style. Does circulation accommodate people (or baby strollers, or wheelchairs) and vehicles with ease? Does water drain from walkways and away from buildings? Is there shade and sun, where and when needed? When these and other questions are addressed, a good designer can make it look contemporary, English, French, Asian, Georgian, or any other way. Stylistic preferences should reflect the owner's sensibilities. A good designer is versatile and even chameleon-like, which is what makes it fun working with all kinds of clients and project types.
Design has always been central in Cheryl Corson's career. In the 1980s, her company Acadia Design produced hand woven accessories sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's. Later, she became a public art administrator for the states of Maine and Colorado, collaborating with artists, design professionals and community members. This work drew her to landscape architecture. Cheryl's B.A. is in Public Adminstration, and she holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Cheryl was Continuing Education Manager for the American Society of Landscape Architects in the mid-90s. She has been a guest critic at the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, and the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught landscape design studios at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland. She taught a popular landscape design workshop series at the U.S. Botanic Garden from 2004-2011. Cheryl enjoys writing articles and giving talks on various aspects of landscape architecture.
Places Cheryl lived in a Brooklyn, NY, apartment building until she was 17. Her earliest experiences of nature were at the beach in Coney Island, and at her grandmother's "sleep-away" summer camp in the Catskills. After about 5 years living in lower Manhattan, she moved to Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she's cared for 1/4 acre of land (and a home) adjacent to Acadia National Park since 1984.
Fast forward a bit...after 10 years in Washington, DC, she and her husband moved to a 5 acre property 20 miles away, near Maryland's Patuxent River. Caring for this land has given Cheryl and her husband invaluable experience in landscape restoration and management - and with heavy equipment. They grow hundreds of species of plants in this living laboratory, and astounding amounts of organic vegetables and fruit.
Recently, Cheryl traveled in Guatemala, Belize, and Chiapas, Mexco, experiencing ancient Mayan cities, travelling on rivers and lakes, and in one very large cave. She will be learning from this trip for years to come.
American Society of Landscape Architects
Cheryl is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Maryland ASLA Chapter. She was secretary of the ASLA Potomac Chapter in the mid-90s, and also served on the ASLA national staff as Continuing Education Manager and editor of the Annual Meeting Proceedings. She serves on ASLA National's LARE Prep Committee.
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Cheryl Corson Design is an organizational member of CCLC, a regional not-for-profit dedicated to improving the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay region by advocating and educating people about ecological design practices. She is included in the CCLC Eco-Pro Listing.
Montgomery County Rainscapes Program
Cheryl completed the RainScapes Program Contractor Training in 2012. She advises Montgomery County, Maryland, homeowners, institutions and commercial establishments on how to incorporate stormwater management techniques into their landscapes to reduce pollution, and how to obtain County rebates.
Arlington StormwaterWise Landscapes Program
Cheryl Corson Design is on the contractor list for this Virginia County program that offers rebates to residents and business owners for implementing landscape best management practices to reduce stormwater pollution.
Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature
Cheryl volunteers on the Nature Play Space Workgroup of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, in the State's Department of Natural Resources. She helped establish safety recommendations for nature play spaces and helped organize a Nature Play conference held in November 2013.