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Since 1982, The Design Network has created a mutually supportive environment for women in all aspects of the green industry. Our meetings are fun and informal gatherings that offer opportunities for professional development, networking, and fabulous food.

Professional Development & Support

Members benefit from diverse educational programs, local and regional speakers, mentoring, classes, tours, and activities designed to meet our unique needs. We also have a monthly e-newsletter and a members-only Facebook page where you can get instant feedback from the group. Learn more about the benefits of DesNet membership.

Community Service

Over the years, The Design Network has provided financial support to worthy educational and social organizations dedicated to women. We believe in nurturing and mentoring new generations of women who are pursuing careers in the green industry. Check our our Community Service page to appreciate our commitment to helping all women succeed, personally and professionally.

Our History

The Design Network was started by landscape designer Kathy Oversmith (Stokes-Shafer). After helping to launch the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in Philadelphia (now a regional and national group), Kathy wanted to start another group after she moved to Cleveland.

The first meetings were held in Kathy's house in Cleveland Heights and were attended by DesNet's very first members: Judy Batdorff, Char Crowley, Dottie Elliot, Jean Frazier, Jane Hogan, Betty Hollister, Ann Rosmarin, Leslie Scott, Judith Siegel, and others.  

The Design Network has evolved from a social group to one that combines warmth and camaraderie with education and support among women in the landscape and green industries. All members encourage other women in the profession by sharing expertise and resources.

For many long-time members, DesNet has been invaluable in their professional education, all from a family of like-minded women.

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