All on its own, this weekend’s Dwell on Design conference at the LA Convention Center — billed as “The West Coast’s Largest Design Event” — is a great opportunity to see cutting-edge home and garden design.

But what makes it even more special this year is that my daughter Laura is one of the panelists on the Sustainability Stage on Sunday, 6/27, at 3 p.m. Laura will talk about the health benefits inherent in green design as part of the session, “Industry Trade Secrets: How to Make Your Home Glam and Green.”

Laura became a Leed AP last year. She’s now finishing her masters degree in Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension, and recently won a 2010 Hospitality Design Award for Creative Achievement for her thesis project, a high-end sustainable hotel. We just got back from a trip to New York City for the awards ceremony, where she was in the good company of some of the best interior design firms in the world.

Huntley Residence, by Laura Bolton

You can take a look at her work, including a few of the renderings for her award-winning project, at LauraBolton.com. She was also featured in a two-page spread in the May/June issue of Hospitality Design magazine.

We joke about having a mother-daughter, garden design-interior design firm someday. But in reality, I imagine she’ll stick to the big city, where she can work her magic on the hospitality industry, designing beautiful, amazing and sustainable interiors for hotels, spas, restaurants and bars.

In the meantime, I’m the proud mum at the back of the room.

Visit Joan’s website at www.SantaBarbaraGardens.com, or post a comment by clicking on “Leave a Comment” back up at the top.

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