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Industry strategic plan finalized P. ramorum compensation renewed

Recycling week goes national Free training for all commodities

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JULY / AUGUST 2010

MANAGING EDITOR Renata Triveri ADVERTISING Cheryl Lee Tel: (604) 574-7772 ext 110 Fax: (604) 574-7773 HortWest is the newsletter of the BC Landscape & Nursery Association. For further information, contact us at: Suite 102, 5783-176A Street Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 6S6 Tel: (604) 574-7772 Fax: (604) 574-7773 HortWest is owned by the BC Landscape & Nursery Association, and is published 10 times a year. Views expressed inside do not necessarily reflect the attitudes of the Association, but are those of the writer concerned. Material may not be reprinted from this magazine without consent of the publisher. All advertising and editorial material are to be received one month in advance of mail out date. HortWest is mailed under Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement N. 0288608. This magazine is printed in Canada by Globe Printers.

BCLNA DIRECTORY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lesley Tannen ext 106 CANWEST / MARKETING MANAGER Karen De Jong ext 112 EXHIBITOR RELATIONS / SPECIAL EVENTS Barb Nelson ext 115 GROWER ISSUES Hedy Dyck ext 105 CLEAN PLANTS Trina Tang ext 102 LANDSCAPE RETAIL ISSUES Krista Manton ext 104 HORT BASICS TRAINING Ann Marie Walsh ext 108 HORT BASICS ASSISTANT Joy DeMelo ext 101 SALES MANAGER Cheryl Lee ext 110 PROJECTS ASSISTANT Terri MacDonald ext 100 FINANCE MANAGER Marvyn Brown ext 107 ACCOUNTING / ADMIN Heidi Henderson ext 109

On the cover: The shade house at Tanglebank Country Garden has a lush, coastal atmosphere suited to the rainy spring season. Find out how you can improve your retail marketing at the Canwest show this September: www.canwesthortshow.com

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Message from the President

Fostering a friendlier future Boy, do I take things for granted! I expect water to come out of the tap, the toilet to flush, the lights to come on when the switch is flicked, and the appliances to just work. And this is the tip of the iceberg of my expectations. They don’t seem unrealistic given that this is the way it has always been in my life. But that could change. And it could be soon. As I vow to walk ever more lightly on the earth, I wonder if the youth today feel as entitled and in some ways as ecologically arrogant as my generation has been.

I was honoured to attend the awards evening for the horticulture students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and present the two scholarships granted each year through BCLNA’s endowment. It was a lovely, friendly ceremony, and I was impressed by the energy and youthful vigor in the room. While the scholarship recipients’ photos were taken, a commentary was given regarding the aspirations of each. I was thrilled to hear about the commitment they have made toward stewardship, and the directions they are pursuing to fulfill that commitment. While the two award-winners are a small sampling of the hands our future will be in,

I felt encouraged. They seem conscious and concerned about things we never had to be. But they are ‘green’ in experience too. Perhaps as members we can work to foster their continued education and direct their commitment to the industry. Learn from them as they learn from us. Maybe the future can be friendly.

Ruth Olde, President, B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association

Board Synopsis

Thursday, June 17 The Board of Directors, in lieu of holding a regular board meeting last month, solicited assistance from more than 50 BCLNA members and industry allies to complete the Nursery Industry Strategic Plan and determine its most important directives. The plan, generously funded by the Investment Agriculture Foundation, will set the tone for BCLNA’s and its affiliates’ work over the next three years. Working in commodity groups, participants set the priority level of key issues raised during a series of sessions held last winter. The aggregate of their responses showed that the following items (in order of importance) should receive the most immediate attention: • Develop and execute a consumer promotion and awareness program, emphasizing the benefits of gardening and horticulture in our communities.

• Develop a plan to ensure a strong and well-funded industry association. • Train and potentially certify individual landscapers in environmentally-friendly lawn and garden maintenance practices; consider possible integration in the Landscape Industry Certified program. • Work with Agriculture in the Classroom or directly with the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) to advocate for the integration of agriculture into elementary and secondary school curricula. • Implement an effective Domestic Phytosanitary Certification Program (DPCP) and communication plan. • Develop a lobby/advocacy plan to represent and promote environmental horticulture at all levels of government. • Develop a simple communication plan on invasive (quarantine) pests targeted at consumers and delivered by retailers. • Access and/or develop research

data through industry information survey and statistical analysis; send to industry regularly. • Implement a well-funded public promotion and education program outlining the reasons to hire accredited landscape practitioners. • With respect to the problem of failed landscapes, develop a landscape certification program. Participants suggested those associations and affiliations that would be best able to collaborate on the above tasks, and BCLNA staff is in the process of creating action plans to put these directives into effect. To view the preliminary strategic report, visit www.BCLNA .com and click on “Strat Plan Backgrounder Documents”. These documents will be replaced with the final report when it becomes available. HortWest July/August 2010

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BCLNA News Bulletins

CanWest offers exceptional program September’s CanWest Hort Show is offering an unparalleled lineup of seminars and clinics suitable for business owners and staff. Check out this issue’s Extras for your brochure and registration form. Get the details at www.CanWest HortShow.com. Did you know? The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has established a new initiative, the Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program (WTIP). The program is designed to provide funding to eligible employers with less than 50 staff for the employee training of their choice, delivered by the training provider of their choice. Through WTIP, employers decide on the training and the training provider best

suited to assist them to improve productivity, enhance competitiveness, and/or introduce new technology, equipment, or work processes. There are hundreds of training options available across the province for employers to choose from, including colleges or private training institutions. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has not pre-approved nor endorsed any courses, programs, or training providers with respect to WTIP. For more information, please visit the WTIP website: www.aved.gov.bc.ca/ workplace_training_program or contact the Program Administrator (Chemistry Consulting Group Inc.) toll-free at 1 877 365-5757.

Rebate supports association BCLNA gratefully accepted a rebate of $1941.00 from George Cook of Creative Embroidery at last month’s golf tournament. The funds were generated through a program whereby five per cent of members’ sales are returned to the association. The program also extends volume pricing to orders as few as four pieces; for silk-screened products, minimum orders are 24 pieces for dark and 12 pieces for light clothing. Logo merchandise and gifts are also available. The uniquely structured program has been in place for close to a decade, over which time BCLNA has received nearly $13,000. To participate, contact George Cook at (604) 322-1611.

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BC takes part in National Recycling Week Five BCLNA member retailers came together to participate in the inaugural National Plastic Recycling Week, June 28 to July 5. Led by the CNLA and initiated by Landscape Ontario, the event was designed to offer the industry a way to manage the industry’s post-consumer plastic waste, and to make the public aware of efforts it is making to work toward greener solutions. Art’s Nursery (Surrey), Cannor Nursery (Abbotsford), GardenWorks (North Burnaby), Minter Country Garden Store (Chilliwack) and Nico’s Nurseryland (Salmon Arm), acted as depots for 36,600 pounds of plant pots and trays. Says BCLNA Executive Director, Lesley Tannen, “BCLNA and CNLA have been working to find better options for some time, and this is one activity that allows us to start discussing an aspect of a very large issue. We are also working on a panagricultural proposal to research options and opportunities for industry’s waste plastic pots, trays and tags, plus greenhouse and agricultural films including bale wrap.”

Sam Agresta, Jerry Swafford, Jeff Theda, and Charlie Anderson took the prize for Best Team at BCLNA’s annual golf tournament. Below: Shannon Claypool of Brandt Tractor Ltd. was one of the many generous sponsors who supported this year’s golf tournament.

Golf tourney one of BCLNA’s best supported events BCLNA’s annual day on the links has been

one of the association’s best-attended networking events for years, and last month’s golf tournament at Swan-E-Set was no exception. Congratulations to the best overall team of Sam Agresta, Jerry Swafford, Jeff Theda, and Charlie Anderson of Plants Northwest, and to the following prize-winners:

Mulligan Reverse Draw $615 Jackpot Tony Steer, Pacific Bark Blowers Ladies’ Closest to the Pin Liz Stone, Florenco Sales Ltd.

While a great deal of work has been done in other jurisdictions, Tannen adds that BC seems to have limited options for managing this waste product. “We hope to gather information from independent studies and pilot-projects, and to involve specialized recyclers like West Coast Plastic Recycling Inc., that are beginning to work with agriculture by offering free pick-up services of waste films and by sponsoring events like National Plastic Recycling Week in BC.” The proposal requires letters of support to better guide and fund the research work; ag- and plastics industry leaders and recyclers who wish to comment are invited to contact Lesley Tannen: ltannen@bclna.com.

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Men’s Closest to the Pin Bill Pentecost, Everlasting Landscapes Ladies’ Longest Drive Karen Landon, TD Canada Trust Ag Services Men’s Longest Drive Colin Johnston Most Honest Team Joy DeMelo (BCLNA), Steve Lasenby (Anderson

Abbotsford Concrete Products Avenue Machinery Corp. Blue Pine Enterprises Bobcat Country Inc. Brandt Tractor ltd. Chartwell Financial Group ComPro Business Solutions Creative Embroidery Custom House, a Western Union Company Denbow Finning (Canada) Florenco Sales Ltd. Gold Key Isuzu Trucks / Gold Key Langley Volkswagen Greenstar Plant Products Inc. Greenway Landscape Supply HortEducationBC HUB International Insurance Brokers Integrated Office Systems Investors Group JRT Nurseries Inc. KPMG Kwantlen Polytechnic University Lombard Canada Schmunk Gatt Smith & Associates Swan-E-Set Bay Resort & Country Club TD Canada Trust Agriculture Services

Garden Services), Darlene Fitzgerald (Candy Cane Nursery), Liam Robinson (Watermark Gardens)

Special thanks to Brandt Tractor for hosting the dinner, Schmunk Gatt Smith & Associates for providing this year’s trophies, and the following companies for their contributions:

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Industry Bits

What are you planting into? Mike Van Ham, Senior Environmental Scientist, RPF, RPBio, PAg; SYLVIS, New Westminster The mixing technology is important in fabricating quality growing media.

Believe it or not, defining “soil” is difficult. Academics have struggled with this for decades, and most soil reference books qualify their definition to be sufficiently vague so as not to offend. The definition of soil typically depends on who you are and what you want you do with it.

within this complex ecosystem. By understanding soil characteristics and processes we can manufacture “growing media”. These are not “soils” per se, but can function like them and can provide the foundation for pedogenesis—a term used to refer to soil development.

Geologists and engineers may be interested in physical attributes—such as structural stability—to build on it, with it, or to move it away. Planners, agrologists, horticulturalists, and landscape architects are typically more interested in the living aspects of the soil—the characteristics that sustain and promote growth in and on the soil. Soil science “purists” would say a soil is a dynamic natural system formed at the earth’s surface through factors that include climate, vegetation and parent material, modified by topography and integrated over a long time frame. For those of us interested in the growth of plants, the definition of a soil is less important than our understanding of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics and soil processes that occur

To ensure the survival, growth and sustainability of vegetation planted into a growing media, quality is critical. The BC Society of Landscape Architects and the BC Landscape and Nursery Association have developed a landscape standard to establish a minimum level of quality. Growing media should have optimum macro and micronutrients in the correct form and available through time. It must have sufficient organic matter and the structure and texture to balance water holding capacity and porosity for proper aeration and drainage. It should be weed-free, homogeneous, and resist compaction. It must have the appropriate physical and chemical characteristics, but also the biological attributes critical to establish soil processes that will ensure the sustainability of

the growing media through time. Growing media are typically fabricated from feedstock including organic materials, fertilizers and sand. Different feedstock includes animal manure, compost, biosolids, peat, sawdust, ground recycled white wood and spent mushroom manure. By controlling the type and quantity of feedstock ingredients and how they are mixed it is possible to create different growing media designed for different uses. The mixing technology is important to ensure that the feedstock is intimately mixed while retaining a soil-like structure. A quality growing media should be uniform, and the feedstock ingredients not separated out following transport or placement. Understanding the use of a growing media allows us to define optimum characteristics and fabricate it for specific uses. You’re investing your planting stock in a growing medium. Investigate and understand what you are planting into.

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Grower Updates

P. ramorum NAPPO to meet a renewed threat in Kelowna Growers gathered last month for a nursery commodity meeting (sponsored by Terralink Horticulture Inc.) to hear the latest P. ramorum information from Dave Woodske of the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The discovery of bole cankers on larch and Douglas fir in the United Kingdom represents a renewed disease threat here in BC—and one which could have more serious repercussions. As both trees have significant economic implications for the forestry, there is concern that that industry’s clout may cause added hardship for growers. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is considering adding larch to the host plant list.

The North American Plant Protection Organization will hold its annual general meeting in Kelowna at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort on October 17 and 18. Established in 1976 as a regional organization of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), NAPPO sets the phytosanitary standards recognized by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Its mission is to

Equipment play day planned

Said Hedy Dyck of BCLNA, “This is a good reason to be extra-vigilant on the nursery front.” P. ramorum compensation, retroactive to January 1, 2009 and ending on December 31, 2010 has been extended; to date, more than $20 million has been provided to nursery, landscape, and garden retail companies in BC. To learn more about compensation efforts, or to obtain an information sheet about the Clean Plants program, contact Hedy Dyck: hdyck@bclna.com or (604) 574-7772 ext 105.

provide a forum for public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico to collaborate in the development of science-based standards intended to protect agricultural, forest and other plant resources against regulated plant pests, while facilitating trade. By attending the annual meeting, growers have the rare opportunity to be part of the international discussion on pests and phytosanitary control of their spread. For more information, visit www.NAPPO.org or contact Lesley Cree: NAPPO canada@ inspection.gc.ca or call (613) 221-4546.

Drysophila suzkii (Matsumura) is a native to Asia that lays its eggs in ripe or nearly ripe fruit including raspberry, strawberry and grape. It was detected in BC in 2009, and is under investigation in accordance with the International Plant Protection Convention.

Due to high demand, BCLNA is hosting a heavy equipment demo day for growers on Thursday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. Vendors of heavy equipment, mid to heavy duty trucks, and a range of growerrelated products will be on-site with their newest and most popular products. Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive the equipment in real-life conditions at Cannor Nurseries in Chilliwack. A no-host bar, barbecue dinner, and growers’ meeting will follow at 5:00 p.m. To register, contact Hedy Dyck: hdyck@bclna.com or (604) 574-7772 ext 105. To showcase your equipment, contact Cheryl Lee: clee@ bclna.com or (604) 574-7772 ext 110.

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BCMAL Report

Research Snippets Dave Woodske, Industry Specialist BCMAL Effects of Near-zero Leachate Irrigation on Growth and Water Use Efficiency and Nutrient Uptake of Container Grown Baldcypress Plants (J. Environ. Hort. 28(1):27-34) – Baldcypress trees (Taxodium distichum) in 11.4 L containers were grown for 114 days in a retractable roof structure. The trial variables included two rates of controlled release fertilizer (45 g and 90 g of 15-7-15 Multicote) and two irrigation regimes (near-zero and 0.2 leachate fractions (LF)). Containers were individually irrigated with spray stakes. As would be expected, the total irrigation volume applied per plant during the trial was considerably lower for the near-zero LF (100 L) relative to the 0.2 LF (208 L). Correspondingly, the water use efficiency of the near-zero LF treatment was 175% higher than the 0.2 LF treatment. The lack of leaching in the near-zero LF did result in high levels of EC in the leachate, which was most severe during the first 3 to 4 weeks of the trial. During this period, the leachate EC approached 20 mS/cm for the 90 g fertilizer treatment. Trees grown with the near-zero LF had significantly less root (17%) and whole plant (16%) dry mass relative to the 0.2 LF treatment, but accumulated significantly greater amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus (at the 90 g fertilizer rate) relative to the other 3 treatments. Overall, plants in the 90 g

fertilizer treatments accumulated 150% more nitrogen than the 45 g treatments. Despite the differences in dry mass accumulation, there was no difference in the height and caliper of baldcypress trees between the two irrigation regimes when grown at the 90 g fertilizer rate. Abscisic Acid Application Enhances Drought Stress Tolerance in Bedding Plants (HortScience 45(3):409-413) – Abscisic acid (ABA) is a naturallyoccurring plant hormone that plays a role in drought tolerance. The study evaluated the effectiveness of a single application of ABA on the drought stress tolerance of six different bedding plants. ABA was applied at a rate of 500 mg/L as either a drench or a foliar spray once the plants reached a marketable size; i.e. 1 to 2 open flowers per plant. Following ABA application, water was withheld until the ABA-treated plants began to wilt, after which the plants were watered daily to evaluate their recovery from drought stress. Bedding plants treated with ABA wilted 1.7 to 4.3 days after those that were not treated with ABA . ABA was most effective at delaying wilting in petunia and least effective in marigold. There was no difference in the time of wilting between the drench and spray treatments, with the exception of marigold. The ABA-treated plants fully recovered from drought stress upon

Photo: Ball Horticultural Company

re-watering and were considered to be indistinguishable in many cases from the non-drought stressed controls. ABA application did result in some leaf yellowing on seed geranium, marigold, and pansy. ABA application did not result in any negative side effects on impatiens, petunia, and salvia, and following rehydration they were indistinguishable from the non-drought stressed controls. The authors concluded the application of ABA could reduce the risk of “wilting during shipping and the first few days of retailing” and, thereby, reduce postproduction shrinkage. Note: Plant growth regulator products that claim to modify the physiological, morphological, or reproductive processes of plants are subject to regulation under the Pest Control Products Act. At the time of writing, no products containing ABA were registered for use on ornamental crops in Canada.

• Raw materials purchased in advance helps to ensure product consistency and availability.

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• Multiple computers control the dosing equipment, increasing accuracy and speed. This makes it easier to offer competitively priced products. • Non-invasive mixing equipment protects the structure and consistency of the media. HortWest July/August 2010

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BCLNA Landscape Awards of Excellence Highlight your talents and gain recognition for a job well done! BCLNA’s team of esteemed judges spot the very best in landscape design, installation, and maintenance. Enter your project today. Visit BCLNA.com or contact Krista Manton: kmanton@bclna.com. Photo: Lyons Garden Centre & Landscaping Ltd., Kamloops; BCLNA Landscape Award of Excellence 2009

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Landscape Clippings

Generational experience shared at landscape meeting

Sanitize with certainty Sanitization can be very costly if not done effectively. • Iotron takes sanitization to a new level, offering Nursery Growers unparalleled results. • Iotron utilizes irradiation technology to eliminate Pathogens, fungi and molds on pots, trays, and styroblocks. • Iotron's sanitization method fully penetrates materials like an X-ray, effectively sterilizing the material.

Field trials have proven that the sanitization level of pots prior to planting can affect plant yields.

Money does grow on trees! Be confident that your pots, trays or styroblocks are the cleanest they can be from the start. A disease free environment creates disease free plants.

Benefits • Re-use old pots, trays & styroblock • Increase plant yields • Reduce maintenance on plants • Environmentally friendly process • No more need for harsh chemicals, steam or hot water

If your sanitization method leaves you uncertain, then it's definitely time to make a change. For For more more information information please please contact contact Iotron Iotron Technologies Technologies Corp. Corp. 1425 1425 Kebet Kebet Way, Way, Port Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, BC BC V3C V3C 6L3 6L3 Ph. Ph. (604)945-8838 (604)945-8838 Fax. Fax. (604)945-8827 (604)945-8827 Website Website www.Iotron.com www.Iotron.com Email: Email: rkhansen@Iotron.com rkhansen@Iotron.com

Landscapers were treated to two guest speakers at their June meeting, which was graciously hosted by East Richmond Nurseries Inc. and West Creek Farms. Business coach Teresa Pippus shed light on the characteristics of the four generations that currently share the workplace, and recently retired industry veteran Gerard Pury of Oakridge Landscaping & Garden Services, shared his wealth of experience in caring for palms to an admiring audience. Gerard first took an interest in palms in 1965 on a trip to Switzerland. He thought, “If they can grow here, they can grow in BC.” So he collected some seed and a new hobby was born. Two of the original seedlings are now 45 year old specimens that still thrive in Vancouver. Many of the beautifully maintained gardens on the west side of Vancouver, are owing to Gerard’s years of care and attention. After the meeting, Gerard commented that it had been many years since he came to a BCLNA landscape meeting. There was a time the group was so small that they used to just meet at a local restaurant. “There are a lot more ladies involved now. That’s nice to see,” he said with a twinkle in his octogenarian eye. According to BCLNA President Ruth Olde, that twinkle is a trademark of his, and we hope to see him again soon.

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Generations at work

Excerpted from an article by Teresa Pippus, www.thejoyofworking.com

The fact that there are now four generations with very diverse values, behaviours, and work styles, toiling side by side in the workplace, has generated one of the hottest human resource topics of the day. There are specific challenges stemming from the latest age cohort, Generation Y, and understanding what makes this and each generation before it tick is essential for effective communication.

Veterans (b. 1922-1945)

• Are the “Work First” generation • Experienced advancement based on authority • Appreciate formality and order in a workplace • Lifetime employment in a solid organization with a comfortable retirement, with a gold watch, was a reality for them • Have utmost respect and commitment to command/control leadership in hierarchal organizations • Have little patience for co-workers or employees that do not have the same dedication and values as they have.

Boomers (b. 1946-1964)

• Are the “Live to work” generation and with many, employment became part of identity • Loyal employees who will put the company first, sacrificing weekends and putting in long hours to get the job done • Witnessed advancement based on loyalty and hard work versus seniority • Have a strong belief in teamwork and take pride in their work • Want time to process, discuss and collaborate on projects or concerns • Prefer a management style that is cooperative, competency-based and leads by example • Want the tools and information they need to make decisions in their own time and their own way

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• Are now looking at new values as they age such as flexibility and work-life balance.

Generation X (b. 1965-1978)

• Are the “work to live” generation, because they value work and life balance • Value work and life diversity, change, individualism • Value self reliance and many prefer to work autonomously • Respect authority but want a less formalize relationship with their superiors • Look for the ability to be creative, see tangible results • Expect follow-through from their supervisors or managers • Their self-sufficient attitude, technosavvy and entrepreneurial tendencies have made them some of the most sought after workers in the workforce today.

Generation Y (b. 1978-1998*) * but most commonly those who have grown up in the 1990s.

• Are the “live then work” generation • Are exceptional multi-taskers • Want to be actively involved, part of the decision process • Want flexibility in work hours, dress code, and variety in job tasks and projects • Do not think of work as a definition of who they are; are more concerned with how work fits their lifestyle • Prefer a more relaxed environment • Have a strong sense of entitlement due to their empowered upbringing; will most likely come into the workplace with high expectations and will display explicit impatience if their expectations do not come to fruition • Want challenging, meaningful work that impacts their world, and value team work and collaboration • Demand to work with credible and knowledgeable team members, supervisors and managers • Boredom is their archenemy – they want fun! HortWest July/August 2010

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BCLNA OFFICE: 604-574-7772; 800-421-7963

Help Wanted Looking to branch out in your career? Country Garden in Chilliwack is seeking a PT Customer Service team member for our busy Perennial Department. Applicants must have excellent customer service and time management skills, solid knowledge of perennials, common pest and disease problems/solutions, a great sense of humour and a willingness to learn. For full details and application form, visit www.mintergardens.com. Are you looking for an exciting career? Van Belle Nursery is looking for an Assistant Section Leader for our Propagation Department. Main responsibilities will include monitoring crops for health.

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The candidate will have supervisory skills, be self motivated organizer with excellent Interpersonal skills. The candidate will also develop and execute trials using the scientific method, collect, process and analyze data and evaluate results and their economic value. Qualifications: Must have 4 yr Horticulture degree. Experience with plant growth regulators and greenhouse management Spanish communications skills are an asset. If you enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions, prefer working in a team, and like plants, please drop off our resume in person to our administration office located at 34825 Hallert Road, Abbotsford, between 8:00a.m. and 4:30 p.m from Monday to Friday. Or email carol@vanbelle.com.

and programs

July 16-17 Certification Exams Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley www.bclna.com 18-24 Perennial Plant Symposium Portland, Oregon www.perennialplant.org 21 BCLNA Island Chapter Meeting GR Paine Horticulture Centre, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo www.bclna.com 28 BCLNA Grower Meeting UBC Botanical Garden www.bclna.com

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11 BCLNA Landscape Commodity Meeting FarmHouse Lifestyle, Pitt Meadows www.bclna.com 26-28 Farwest Show Oregon Convention Centre, Portland www.farwestshow.com

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16 Growers’ Equipment Day Cannor Nursery, Chilliwack www.bclna.com 29-30 CanWest Hort Show Vancouver Convention Centre Now under the Green Roof! www.canwesthortshow.com

Call for all wholesale ornamentals, native plants and ferns. a

1 CanWest Hort Tours Departing from Vancouver Convention Centre www.canwesthortshow.com 10-15 International Garden Centre Association Congress Tokyo / Kyoto, Japan www.igcacongress.com 13 BCLNA Landscape Commodity Meeting Inline Nurseries, Chilliwack 12:07:15 PM www.bclna.com 19-20 Landscape Ontario’s Expo Toronto Congress Centre www.gardenexpo.ca 22-23 Certification Exams Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley www.bclna.com

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4-5 BCLNA Annual General Meeting & Convention Westin Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria www.bclna.com 18-19 Green Industry Show & Conference Edmonton Expo Centre www.greenindustryshow.com

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BCLNA Members Final Approval The BCLNA welcomes the following new members as of the June 17 board meeting: Algonquin Contracting Ltd.

Grant Hornfelt, Quesnel, Active Landscaper (Interim) BestCo Management

Marlene Best, Surrey, Associate (Interim) Catmandu Excavating & Bobcat

Cheryl Waliko & Evan Shindle, Burnaby, Active Landscaper Hank’s Trucking & Bulldozing Ltd.

Hank Bilter, Pitt Meadows, Active Landscaper Mission Creek Landscaping Ltd.

Ashley Welder, Kelowna, Active Landscaper Transformations Landscaping

Jeffrey Babcock, Chilliwack, Active Landscaper Urban Forest Nursery Inc.

James Barborinas, Mount Vernon, WA, Out-of-Province Francie Palmer

Vancouver, Student Tentative Approval The following companies will become BCLNA members at the next board meeting unless a member provides a valid reason for not accepting the application: Candocla Growers Ltd.

Candus McLellan & Lee Lindwall, Victoria, Active Grower (Interim) Greenheart Tree & Garden Services

Inderpal Randhawa, Abbotsford, Active Landscaper Maple Ridge Chrysler

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Training Pays

Horticulture Basics® helps small business train staff Enhanced professionalism for your staff and your business: it’s a win-win situation! Horticulture Basics® training will strengthen your organizational culture as knowledgeable employees will improve their

efficiency and effectiveness with higher standards, productivity and work ethics. Allowing time for your employees to learn new skills or upgrade existing ones will

increase the competence and confidence of your staff to your business’ benefit. The Horticulture Basics® Training Program was developed to assist small business with sessions geared to helping educate entrylevel and low-skill staff with foundational and industry specific skills. Training can be customized to fit all horticulture industry sectors of retail, nursery and landscape. A limited amount of time remains for these subsidized classes which are offered to individuals who meet eligibility requirements. A wide variety of training topics address all levels of employee development from Foundational Skills such as communication, customer service, conflict resolution and teamwork sessions to Industry Specific Skills covering soils, plant identification to equipment operation and maintenance. Training is also provided through ESL service providers for Essential Skills specific to this industry to improve literacy (communication, reading and writing), numeracy (basic math skills) and document use (standards, record keeping). To find out more about the program’s purpose or view upcoming training sessions on the BCLNA Google Calendar, please go to: http://www.bclna.com/horticulturebasics. htm. A schedule of training and events calendar is available now, which contains a broad range of training sessions planned until the end of the year. Please contact the office to obtain a copy. If you are ready to move your team to the next level of performance, contact Ann Marie Walsh, Industry Skills Training Coordinator at (604) 574-7772 ext 108 or awalsh@bclna.com to schedule your free training opportunity. Funding provided through the Canada British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.

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DIGGING DEEPER. So much for a level playing field. The new D-Series provides class-leading features like a 50% quieter, pressurized cab with improved 360º visibility. Operators will enjoy a virtually unrestricted view, not to mention the added comfort that comes with an extra six inches of headroom and a more comfortable air ride seat. Other innovations include a new, easier-starting engine and increased hydraulic cooling system. With superior comfort and increased productivity, the new D-Series levels the competition. That’s powerful value delivered.

FOR A LOCATION NEAR YOU OR TO ARRANGE A DEMO, CALL 1-888-2BRANDT www.brandttractor.com

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