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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Some positive news about turf By Phil Charal LO president


y friend and fellow Landscape Ontario board member Alan White recently made front page news in the Globe and Mail ( NIs9oP) with his passionate interview supporting turf in the landscape. I loved it, and was so proud that Alan somehow managed to get some positive words out about the beauty and benefits of turf in the landscape. For some time we have been reading about grass being out of fashion. Every article seems to have a negative theme about lawns. The articles tell us that turf is wasteful, sucking up fertilizers and water, polluting the earth and requiring harmful pesticides to keep it green. Greenpeace says that “a lawn is an unnatural eco-system.” It advises that homeowners plant flowers, trees, bushes,

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ground covers and vegetables, instead of grass. The Sierra Club posted statistics that show Americans use 100 million pounds of pesticides and herbicides each a year. It uses those statistics to tell people that the pesticides enter into the groundwater, pollute the air and gets into the skin and the mouths of our children, pets and everything else. For years powerful lobbyists have worked to convince the public to replace lawns with xeriscapes throughout Canada and the U.S. With honesty and directness Alan’s support of turfgrass was so refreshing and to the point. I particularly love the way he referred to grass as a “photosynthesizing, oxygen-producing, carbonsequencing miracle.” How can anyone possibly disagree with Alan’s comment that grass is a living, breathing organism that can help, not hurt the environment, as long as we learn to treat it right? It is long overdue that the benefits of turf have been written about in a positive and supportive manner by the press. Many of us in this industry know the

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benefits of turfgrass: • water retention • erosion control • filtering water • creates a cooler and cleaner environment • habitat and food supply for wildlife Since the pesticide ban by Ontario’s Liberal government in 2009, parks, school yards and boulevards have turned into weed havens. Along with looking unsightly, these large areas of turf are losing most of the environmental benefits we once enjoyed. Regardless of the pesticide ban, most grounds maintenance firms, golf courses and the like, have been and always will practise good IPM ideals. Turf deserves respect for its great enhancement to the every-day landscape, and a tip of my hat to Alan for exposing the truth to the reading public of Canada through our national paper. It is always disappointing, and quite surprising, that such small vocal groups have so much influence on the general public. These groups seem to excel at promoting and creating a negative slant towards their chosen target. In this case, it’s the demonization of a great symbol in the landscape world. Thanks to Alan White, some of that negative influence was weakened. Phil Charal may be reached at

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Pat Lamanna is a good friend to industry and LO.

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Pat Lamanna sees generous industry service as opportunity When you speak to Pat Lamanna about success in business, it always comes around to having the ability to recognize an opportunity. Lamanna reflects on how identifying and fulfilling needs in the marketplace present great business opportunities. Today he is senior vice president of the G&L Group of Companies, which include Brock Aggregates, Draglam Salt, Earthco Soils, Draglam Waste and Recycling, and Toronto Redi-Mix. All have experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. Born into business, Lamanna jokes that while growing up, his dad Joe gave him rocks to play with. Joe Lamanna began G&L back in 1971, in Thornhill, delivering concrete and stone in a single truck, which quickly grew into Toronto Redi-Mix. After graduating from university in 1991, Pat Lamanna saw an opportunity in Toronto to provide a 24-hour, seven days a week salt delivery to the snow and ice control industry. Within a short time, he realized more locations were needed. He expanded Draglam Salt into the present 11 distribution centres across the Greater Toronto Area. Recently G&L opened the Ayr location which provides 20,000 sq. ft. of salt storage, with an additional 20,000 sq. ft. soon to be added.


After seeing another opportunity, Earthco Soil Mixtures was added to the group of companies. It provides the industry with fertile soil products and soil services, including on-site screening and soil processing. Part of the list of products includes Less Mess Enviro bag, which delivers topsoil, mulch and compost blends in one-cubic yard bags. The head office for G&L is in Concord. Currently there are over 300 employees on staff, 130 trucks, and close to 100 independant broker trucks. “Toronto is the best place in the world for a young entrepreneur who wants to work hard,” says Lamanna. Besides recognizing a need and moving on it, he also believes, “You can’t do anything well in business without good people. I have people on staff who bring an energy with them each and every day. They are ‘A’-players.”

Top of the list

Pat Lamanna is also a good friend of Landscape Ontario. Just ask the association’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni, who says, “Landscape Ontario is blessed with having so many thoughtful and caring members. At the top of the list are Pat and his wife Colomba Lamanna. I often call Pat or Colomba whenever we are presented

with a unique opportunity, special problem or interesting idea. Their enthusiasm for the industry and their generous contribution ethic is inspiring.” DiGiovanni remembers a couple of years ago, during a snow-less Christmas in Toronto. “Landscape Ontario was asked by CityTV if we knew someone who could give the gift of snow to a family for Christmas. Pat came to the rescue with two large dump trucks full of screened snow from London. The video can be found on You Tube at com/watch?v=yhjUy2S_ I6o. LO’s executive director also remembers one year there was a serious problem with sand at Canada Blooms. “Pat opened one of his yards in the middle of the night in order to accommodate us.” Problem solved. “When we decided to restore St. James Park, Pat immediately agreed to provide the soil. He even personally supervised the soil installation. There are numerous other examples,” continued DiGiovanni. Lamanna’s response to that, “It’s hard to say no to nice people.” “As long as Landscape Ontario keeps attracting such generous, committed members we will continue to be one of the most vibrant, engaged, relevant and effective landscape associations anywhere,” says DiGiovanni.

Recognized for service

LO had the opportunity to honour Pat Lamanna for his work with the association and industry with the 2012 special achievement award at Congress last January. He was joined by Kyle Tobin, Alan White, Peter Guinane and Brad Vanderwoude, who were all honoured for their work at the St. James Park Renovation. Lamanna also has strong words of praise for Landscape Ontario. He reflected that his companies belong to a number of industry associations, “but LO is the best of the group,” he says. He believes there are many great new and exciting things are in store for this industry. No doubt, once a new opportunity presents itself, Pat Lammana will be there.

Expo announces line-up It’s hard to believe that the fall trade show Expo, is right around the corner. Excitement is building at the LO home office, and you can already feel the energy and buzz surrounding the Oct. 17 and 18 event at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building. Kristen McIntyre CHT, LO’s conference and event coordinator, says, “We have been releasing information over the last few weeks, and have included with this issue a registration brochure with more detail. Highlighted are the breakfast event session descriptions and speakers, including David Domoney! The U.K. gardening sensation will be at Expo on Wed., Oct. 17, and has stirred up a lot of attention. We are also very excited to present an incredible sales and marketing event on Thursday morning; open your booklet to read more.” The brochure includes information on a brand new offering for attendees —the daily demos on the stage, known as the ‘Destination Inspiration Theatre.’ Each day at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., leading industry experts will take to the stage and share their expertise. And, it’s all free with admission into the show. Also new for Expo this year are personalized VIP passes for the show. Trade show admission is $10 per member before Oct. 1, and then goes up to $15 per member…unless you have a VIP pass. The pass is a complimentary entry into the show for both days. Exhibitors have passes and are happy to invite you on their behalf — simply contact one of them and ask to be their guest at Expo 2012. Not sure if your supplier is at the show? Please take a look at for up-to-date listings. If your supplier is not exhibiting and you think they should be there, let them know. And let us know, as we would like to welcome them to the Expo family. More information can be found at, or for event information contact, and for exhibit space or sponsorship email

Growing today for a greener tomorrow

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Auction displays the pride of growers Over 200 growers, buyers, donors and many others came together on July 19 to help raise money for horticultural research and scholarships. This year saw over $25,000 in funds, which is one of the highest amounts raised by past auctions. It was all part of the annual Industry Auction hosted by the LO Growers Group, and held this year at M. Putzer Hornby Nursery, near Milton. The Growers’ Awards of Excellence entries were judged in the morning and the winners announced at the end of the auction. An Awards of Excellence certificate went to each of the 12 winning lots, which were then auctioned. The winners will again be recognized during the Retail Garden Centre program breakfast event held at the Toronto Congress Centre on Oct. 17, in conjunction with Expo. Special appreciation goes to the dedicated members of the awards judging panel, who offered their time and expertise: Jen Llewellyn of OMAFRA, Glen Lumis of the University of Guelph, Len Mancini of Holland Park Garden Gallery, Michael Pascoe of Fanshawe College, Rita Weerdenburg of CNLA, and Jim Lounsbery of Vineland Nurseries. See the complete list of winners below. Also during the morning, full bus-loads toured the farms at Putzer’s. Kam’s Growers Supply provided the bus. For the past number of years, John Moons has managed the auction on behalf of the Growers Group. This year he was helped by a hardworking group that included: Gerwin Bouman, Stam Nurseries; Dave Braun, Braun Nurseries; Jeff Gregg, V. Kraus Nurseries; Jennifer Llewellyn, Glen Lumis; John Mantel, Connon/AVK Holdings; Bill Putzer, M. Putzer Hornby Nursery; Dave Tillaart, Dutchmaster Nurseries and Henry Westerhof, KAM’s Growers Supply. Jeanine West from Phytoserve was onhand to discuss the Canadian Nursery Certification Institute’s Clean Plants program. The barbecue pork and chicken were a big hit with all the guests. Hosts Bill and John Putzer received much appreciation, along with a presentation from the growers group thanking the nursery for hosting the event. Along with some great prices on highend plant material, those taking part in the bidding process also had a chance to win an iPad, donated by Plant Products. The winner was David Onofre of Erin Mills.


2012 auction donors

Products for the auction were generously donated by the following companies: Agrium Advanced Technologies, Canadale Nurseries, Connon Nurseries/NVK Holdings, Downham Nurseries, Dutchmaster Nurseries, G&L Group, Gro-Bark Ontario, Hillen Nursery, JC Bakker & Sons, Kam’s Growers Supply, Langendoen Nurseries, Mori Nurseries, Plant Products, Ridgeview Garden Centre, Sheridan Nurseries, Somerville Nurseries, Sylvite Agri-Services, Timm Enterprises, Tradewinds International Sales, V Kraus Nurseries, Vanhof & Blokker, Willowbrook Nurseries and Winkelmolen Nursery. Next year’s auction location has already been determined. As part of Sheridan Nurseries centennial celebration, it will host the annual auction at its Georgetown location on Aug. 14, 2013.

Michael Pascoe of Fanshawe College was kept busy judging plant material at this year’s auction.




Judges’ comments

Category 1 Evergreens - Field Grown Upright and Spreading

Juniperus scopulorum ‘Moffettii’

Mori Nurseries

Great colour, good uniformity.

Category 2 Evergreens - Container Grown Upright and Spreading

Assorted Evergreens

Sheridan Nurseries

Judges impressed with plant health, very clean.

Category 3 Broadleaf Evergreens

Assorted Broadleaf Evergreens

Willowbrook Nurseries

Nice colour, good impact, great interest, wonderful assemblage of colour.

Category 4 Deciduous Shrubs

Assorted Deciduous Shrubs

Mori Nurseries

Nice presentation, good colour combination

Category 5 Deciduous Ornamental Trees 300 Cm or Less

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Willowbrook Nurseries

Healthy specimens.

Category 6 Deciduous Ornamental Trees Top Grafted/Worked

Syringa meyeri palibaniana

Canadale Nurseries

Good uniformity, nice form.

Category 7 Caliper Trees

Quercus macrocarpa

Sheridan Nurseries

Good size, mature, nice form.

Category 8 Vines and Groundcovers

Assorted vines and groundcovers

Willowbrook Nurseries

Great quality, nice composition.

Category 9 Perennials

Assorted Perennials

Connon Nurseries/ NVK Holdings

Artistic composition, great quality, well rooted.

Category 10 Unusual and Rare Plants

Metasequoia std

Connon Nurseries/ NVK Holdings

Very uniform, nice full head.

Category 11 Design on a Skid

Display of Assorted Material

Willowbrook Nurseries

Great presentation; looks like a landscape, thoughtfully designed. Good colour diversity. Great retail package

Judges choice

Assorted Broadleaf Evergreens

Willowbrook Nurseries

Gorgeous, lustrous foliage colour and texture. Well presented. Outstanding quality,– well done!


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tee will begin planning earlier and do more promotion. As well, the committee hopes to form an alliance with a local charity. “It was extremely helpful that the actual designers were on hand in the gardens to answer questions. I loved the gardens and the whole concept of the tour,” said Flanagan. “The London Chapter, tour committee and Wendy should be congratulated on a fabulous event and once again being champions at promoting quality landscaping and our LO Green for Life message,” concluded the public relations director. Members displaying gardens in the tour included Coldstream Land Escape, Eden Gardenworks, Escapes Outdoor Living Design, Jay McKinnon Company, Nicola’s Garden Art, Rural Roots Landscaping, TLC Professional Landscaping and Tydan Landscape Design. Those serving on the organizing com-


For the fourth consecutive year, members of the London Chapter invited the public to see first-hand what a professionally designed and installed garden looks like. The Landscape of Excellence Garden Tour took place on July 14, featuring ten gardens in the City of London and area. Taking part in the tour was Landscape Ontario’s director of public relations Denis Flanagan. Following the tour, he said, “The gardens were quite diverse, and a great way to showcase to the public different design styles. The variety of property sizes allowed people on the tour to see examples of landscapes that could accommodate a wide range of budgets.” Although the number of tickets sold was down this year, business opportunities were forthcoming from the event. “Some entrants did get a couple of leads from the tour,” said member of the organizing committee Wendy Harry. She noted that next year the commit-



London Chapter members showcase their talent in garden tour


Mother and daughter team, Danielle and Anne Marie Rancourt of Tydan Landscapes in London, proudly showed off their work at the Landscape of Excellence Garden Tour.


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ASSOCIATION NEWS mittee are Jerry Hakkers, Jason Zehr and Wendy Harry. “They all did a fantastic job of running of the Gardens of Distinction Tour,” said Flanagan. A thank you went out to all of the following members who helped promote and sell tickets: Artistic Shadows Landscaping, Baseline Nursery, Canadale Nurseries, Parkway Gardens, Springbank Gardens and Van Horik’s Greenhouses.

Planters part of Yonge Street event

For four weeks in August and September, a section of Ontario’s most famous street will feature 235 planters, many created by members of Landscape Ontario. The planters are part of the Yonge Street Planning Framework, a city blueprint on how to make the downtown stretch of Yonge Street a more vibrant urban strip. From Aug. 17 to Sept. 16, Celebrate Yonge will reduce car lanes from four to two between Queen and Gerrard. The planters,

besides adding to the beauty of the street, will help define the space between traffic and pedestrians. There is a Planter Box competition, with the award winner featured on CityTV’s Breakfast Television.

M&S Architectural ensures clean water in Nicaragua

Mike Beadle of M&S Architectural in Gilford, just south of Barrie, has worked in Nicaragua leading a water filtration project. “In 2007, I went down on a mission trip and saw the need for clean water in a very poor mountain region near the city of Matagalpa,” says Beadle. Upon his return from Nicaragua, he saw a feature information item from Samaritin’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian international relief agency. Through the agency, he found out about Turn on the Tap using the bio-sand water filter. After some research, Beadle went to the Centre for Affordable Water and

Upper Canada apprentices

Sanitation Technology Canada in Calgary and was trained as a bio-sand water filter technician and trainer. Since 2009, M&S Architectural has installed 95 filters, which bring clean water to over 700 people in four remote mountain villages. “It has been a great experience leading three teams of 20 to 30 people. Our website is We have taken over $75,000 worth of medications through HPI Canada to the medical clinic and mission we work with in Nicaragua,” says Beadle.

Upper Canada Stone Company big supporter of KidSport

Upper Canada Stone Company in Shanty Bay, near Barrie, has been involved with KidSport Ontario for many years now. The company has contributed to both KidSport Barrie and Simcoe County and KidSport Niagara Region. KidSport is a national registered charity that ensures there is continued access for children to play sports. The program helps families give their children an opportunity to participate in healthy physical activity. Upper Canada Stone Company also feels strongly that every child should be able to have the opportunity to play sports.

Petrie’s help list is long

When the call went out to members who are involved with community events, Petrie’s Quality Soil in Oakville responded with a list of over 60 events and organizations. The list includes everything in the community from the Oakville Santa Claus Parade to the Appleby College Students Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, Easter Seals Society Burlington Power Play for Kids, Halton District School Board White Oaks Secondary School, Milton Community Gardens garden plots, Toronto General Hospital Race for Cure, and much, much more.

Sheridan Nurseries supports large and small campaigns An apprenticeship program through Loyalist College had some major influence through the Upper Canada Chapter. Neil Bouma of Picture Perfect Landscaping in Belleville was the instructor for the construction and masonry portion of the program. Bouma is the vice president of the


Upper Canada Chapter. The students gathered for this photo at the end of the course. They include, Brad Leavitt, Kelsey Foote, Taylor Dixon, Ricky Selman, Jeremy O’Brien, Paul Englesman, Michael McAlpine, John Stevens, and Jason Hindman.

When it comes to supporting community project, Sheridan Nurseries supports hundreds of small donations each year. “Our major donations centre around kids,” says company president Karl Stensson. Sheridan donated $25,000 to Upopolis (The Children’s Health Network), which provides computers for hospitals for longterm health situations for kids. “In September, we funded implementation of the system in Holland Bloorview Children’s

Hospital in Toronto. We have committed to another $25,000 for next year.” Sheridan has also supported Children’s Wish Foundation over the last four years with more than $15,000. The funding was all obtained through rounding-up at the cash registers, as well as employee fundraising. As highlighted in Horticulture Review a few years ago, Sheridan raised an amazing $140,000 to cover the medical costs of one of the off-shore worker’s sons for multiple operations for scoliosis. The company also sells “Plants for the Cure,” and has raised over $10,000 each year. “We have supported Riverwood, Parkwood, TBG and RBG in amounts over $50,000, as well as the garden for Joe Deluca at RBC,” says Stensson.

Snow and ice symposium returns to LO home office

LO’s Snow and Ice Conference and Expo is returning to Landscape Ontario’s home office in Milton on Sept. 20. Held off-site for the past few years, the all-day event will feature morning sessions, displays of exciting new products that range from trucks and plows to electronics and software as well as popular snow removal equipment and technology. Live product demonstrations will also be a focus in the afternoon. Gerald Boot, interim chair of the LO Snow and Ice Sector Group, will moderate a panel presentation with representatives from law offices of McLauchlin & Associates and Marsh Canada discussing proactive risk management strategies, contract review and managing a slip and fall claim.

LO’s Snow and Ice Conference will return home on Sept. 20.

Other morning presentations will include ‘Ice Melters: Success Stories’ presented by Brian Perras, a director on the LO Snow and Ice Sector Group; Raquib Omer of the University of Guelph and Bob Hodgins, executive director of the Smart about Salt Program, discussing successful and proven application methods from the last few seasons. Also on the morning presentation schedule are Jim Melo and Robert Roszell, both directors on the LO Snow and Ice Sector Group, who will highlight the hot new products available for those in snow and ice management. The annual conference is hosted by the Snow and Ice Sector Group. To access more information, or to register, go to www.

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New savings program for members

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association has announced that Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants is part of the member benefit program. CNLA says the program is designed to lower telecom costs. The concept is described as no cost, no obligation to review current phone services; Schooley Mitchell does not represent any telecom supplier or accept commissions from them; and they will either save you money or give you a no-cost validation that you are receiving the best value for your existing services. If you approve their suggested changes, Schooley Mitchell will manage the implementation and resolve any phone company errors. They document and track your sav-

Offering you a vast assortment of top quality flower bulbs, potted bulbs and garden products. TradeWinds has the machine that will make it economical to plant flower bulbs en masse! See the machine in action on our website • • 1-877-654-6458 • 905-890-9098 WWW.HORTTRADES.COM  9


The annual trial gardens provide a great opportunity for designers, garden centre owners or landscape contractors to see what’s new and what does well in harsh conditions.

ings for three years, keeping you up-to-date on the best offers out there. You will share 50 per cent of your savings with Schooley Mitchell for 24 months, after which you receive 100 per cent savings. You have the choice to accept some, all, or none of their recommendations. The goal of this program is to recover any unnecessary telecom fees your company is spending. You may either send your statements to your Schooley Mitchell consultant to be analyzed, or they can come to you. To find out more about this program or other member benefits, go to If you have any questions, contact the CNLA at 1-888-446-3499, or

Trial gardens open house on Aug. 17

An opportunity to view first-hand some of the latest plants and how they fare under local conditions is available to horticultural professionals on Aug. 17. That day, the annual open house at the trial gardens will take place at the LO home office, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton. Along with new plants, there will be talks on roses, the alternatives to ash program and a rain garden demonstration. The talks begin at 9:30 a.m., with a tour of the trial gardens from 10:30 to noon. Starting at 1 p.m., the trial garden open house will be held at the University of Guelph, 328 Victoria Road South, Guelph. Members of the public are invited to tour


the Landscape Ontario gardens on Sat., Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Rodger Tschanz at, or Kathleen Pugliese at

Business improvement opportunity hosted by Wentworth Landscape Group

On Aug. 30, LO member Scott Wentworth of Wentworth Landscape Group in Picton will stage a business improvement event through the JP Horizons Face-2-Face program. The first day will review Wentworth’s corporate systems and processes. JP Horizons runs the program several times a year across the U.S. The second day will focus upon the Come Alive Outside community event that Scott Wentworth has begun in Picton. “We will review how we have worked with Prince Edward County to have it declare itself the first Come Alive Outside community in North America,” says Wentworth. He will discuss the nature and structure of the program, partnering with other community groups, and he will include a session with three municipal councillors who will share their perspective on the program. “This should allow green industry companies to have confidence when approaching leaders in their community about hosting a similar event.” The local council in Picton recently

approved plans from Wentworth to construct a fitness trail through the Come Alive Outside program. The proposal involves 15 pieces of high quality outdoor exercise equipment. The trail will run adjacent to three schools, the community soccer fields, community centre and youth park. “Our latest event was on Canada Day when we sodded a street in downtown Picton to hold unstructured play events for families,” said Wentworth. Landscape Ontario members can register two people from their company for the price of one to attend this business improvement event. For more information contact Glenn Lewis at, or to register, go to Comealive. More information on the Come Alive Outside program may be obtained at, and by seeing January 2012 issue of Landscape Trades at

Market your company online with Landscape Ontario

As an active member of Landscape Ontario, you can create a free online profile on the popular Green for Life website at Simply take ten minutes to complete an online Member Profile. Your profile, complete with a link to your main website, will then appear when visitors use the Find a Company function to locate members and services. By entering their postal code, visitors are directed to a specific list of companies in their respective area. A Member Profile is your very own, selfmanaged page on where you provide the content to market your business. Your company name, phone number, website, industry certifications and areas of service (construction, irrigation, design, etc.) all automatically appear from the information in our membership database. It’s important to keep us up-to-date on your contact information. In addition, you have the ability to add company logo, photos of your work, names of cities and towns you work in and a company summary of 100 words. Just because you are a member in the LO database, your Member Profile does not automatically go live on our website. You know your business best, and how to market your services. All you need is the Internet to get started, and by following

these steps: 1. Visit 2. Under the Sign In menu, choose My Profile. 3. If you don’t have an existing account, provide a valid email address you can access and choose a password. You will then be asked to complete some information about your company to verify you are a member. You must enter your company name exactly as it appears on your membership application. 4. Once logged in, click on the Create a Member Profile in the box on the right. 5. Be sure to complete the Add Client Addresses step; this ensures your company will come up when potential customers search for members doing business in specific areas. Follow the steps to complete the process. Once you complete and submit your Member Profile, it needs to be approved by Landscape Ontario staff before it will appear online. This typically happens the same day, or the following business day.

A powerful tool

With your Member Profile created, you have now taken the first step in making it easier

for potential customers to find you using the LO website, or anywhere else online (since LO has such a good presence). When visitors to the site search for services you provide in their area, your company, name, phone, number, website and link to your profile page show up in the search results. There is great potential to generate lots of leads for your company with 35,000 unique visitors per month to the Green for Life website. Questions and comments can be sent to Robert Ellidge, Very detailed, step-by-step instructions on creating a Member Profile function and how it works can be found online at

Members needed to take part in National Tree Day

Landscape Ontario is encouraging members to work with their local schools to promote National Tree Day on Sept. 26. Both LO and the national association, CNLA, hope industry members take advantage of the event to educate students and the public about the environmental benefits of trees through planting events at schools in local communities. Last year was the first National Tree

Day, and many members took advantage of the opportunity to bring the classroom outdoors and show students how to plant and care for a tree donated by the member. “For some of these students, it’s the very first time they will see a tree being planted and for the majority their first glimpse at what the landscape horticulture industry looks like,” says Joe Salemi, National Tree Day coordinator at CNLA. He believes that for those partnering with a secondary school, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to the students about landscape horticulture as a viable career. “We really need members to step up in a big way. We have about a handful of members that have indicated they would like to participate and nearly 125 Ontario schools that have indicated interest in the program. It’s going to be a massive disappointment to many schools if we aren’t able to convince members to participate,” says Salemi. He suggests members contact a school where you have an existing relational connection to school leadership. “This is an important step in the success of the whole program.” To promote your event, a press release has been created to assist members with the media. CNLA staff will provide major


ASSOCIATION NEWS media across the country with specifics on the tree planting events, as well as information on trees and why fall is a perfect time for planting. Email Joe Salemi at joseph@cnla-acpp. ca, or call 1-888-446-3499 ext 8620, or check out the website at

LO looking at pilot group insurance program

Landscape Ontario is investigating the the possibility of developing its own group insurance program. Executive director Tony DiGiovanni says it’s an idea worth investigating. “If enough members are interested in the idea of group insurance, we can determine if the program is viable.” A meeting to discuss the concept took place at Landscape Ontario home office on July 10. On hand were representatives of Marsh Canada, the firm currently

operating the HortProtect program, and a number of members from the growers and garden centre sectors invited to hear how the program works. DiGiovanni explained that “these two sectors have similar risk levels, compared to landscapers.” The group insurance program would begin small, with coverage for property liability as a pilot program. Benefits from the group insurance program are members share profits and losses in the same proportion as the amount of insurance purchased, long-term control, better insulation from cyclical marketplace/hardening market, member losses determine premium within the fund, cost of excess liability is reduced with volume purchase, and quality membership selection, such as determining minimum risk management standard to gain entry. On hand to relate how the program has successfully worked for Canadian

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universities was Keith Shakespeare of CURIE (Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange). He explained that in 1988 a number of universities got together to form a group insurance program. “The program has been very successful for us,” said Shakespeare. The next step is to determine how many members are interested in participating in the program. Lynn Erwin of Marsh Canada explained that a meeting with individual members would involve looking at issues such as policies, claims experience and premiums. Once the data is collected, then Marsh Canada will determine the overall level of a potential insurance group. Tony DiGiovanni is asking LO members in the grower and garden centre sectors interested in learning more about the program to contact him. He may be reached at An outline of the presentation is available by clicking on www.landscapeontario. com/attach/1342098362.Alternative_Risk_ Financing_Presentation_final_draft_July_3rd_ LE.ppt.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE Tony Lombardi gains knowledge through volunteering Choosing Tony Lombardi CLD, CLP as a subject for Landscape Ontario magazine’s volunteer profile was an easy one. The owner of Dr. Landscape in Toronto, Lombardi’s volunteer resume includes being a member of the Landscape Designers Sector Group for so long he can’t remember the number of years (he has been chair of the sector group since 2009), site manager for the Landscape Ontario Garden at Canada Blooms in 2009 and 2010, and he periodically assists with the process for landscape designers to become Certified Landscape Designers. “To elaborate in detail would be a long, sleepy read…,” he says. Tony Lombardi says he has followed what his mom always told him, “If you sleep with dogs, you’ll pick up fleas.” Lombardi says the same thing applies when you want to improve yourself. “If you surround yourself with the right people, the right information and have a place to go when you need to find something, odds are you will find a shorter, smarter path to your goal.” For him being a member of Landscape Ontario is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to better themselves and better their company in the landscape industry. “My company’s founding principles are honesty, knowledge and professionalism. Membership in Landscape Ontario is the first step in all these principles. The investment we make to be a member has taken our company to a whole different level. Simply by being a member at LO, has allowed me to meet more people, gather more knowledge, gain more expe-

rience and expose me to some of the most passionate and talented people,” says Lombardi.

Favourite memory as a volunteer

Some of Lombardi’s favourite memories during his volunteer experience are from meeting a lot of new people, most of whom are volunteers. He says, “Let’s be serious, volunteering can be a daunting and unfulfilling experience, if you do it alone. Landscape Ontario is a volunteer driven experience that is made up of people who all share the same goal: improve, improve, improve. When you have a ton of people all around you who share the same goals, it becomes a great experience that instills great memories.” When asked about the benefits of volunteering, Lombardi jokes, “I get a

100 per cent raise every year...Tony (DiGiovanni) told me that next year, I will get the same raise, plus a signing bonus. Awesome.” Responding in a more serious tone, the designers group chair says, “The benefits of volunteering are not financial. While the benefits of volunteering are different for each person, from my own experience, volunteering has been an opportunity to learn about myself and improve myself outside of the regular pressures of business-life reality.” He says the activity level of volunteerism is different from one volunteer to the next. “There are lessons that can be learned from performing simple tasks to organizing major events. I think that one lesson I have really cherished is to appreciate how others have given me opportunities to learn through leadership, with successes and, at times, failures. I appreciate the encouragement and lessons that others have given me through mentorship and peer education.” Lombardi says that the association is still young, “as is the industry in which we belong. Improving the association is something that is harder to do as we grow, both with our membership and presence with our public image.” He sees LO’s involvement in the education and certification process as one of the most important elements. “I believe that the only way to improve the masses is through one individual at a time. It is through education that we will ultimately improve ourselves, and in turn, the association.” The next big event that Tony Lombardi and his designers group colleagues will put their collective volunteer effort into, is the annual conference at Congress 2013 on Jan. 8.



August 20 - August 22

Invasive plant conference

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Golden Horseshoe Golf Tournament

Willow Valley Golf Course, 8475 English Church, Mount Hope Come enjoy a social outing with fellow industry members at the Golden Horseshoe Chapter’s Annual Golf Tournament. For more information contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or

begin the day at 9 a.m., starting with Thelma Kessel discussing Alternatives to Ash, followed by John Bakker III who will talk about new varieties of roses. A rain garden demonstration will conclude the segment, followed by the tour of the gardens at 10:30 a.m. to noon. August 18

Annual Public Trial Garden Open House

Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton Members of the public are invited to view the Landscape Ontario gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 19

Toronto Chapter Baseball Tournament

August 17

Trial Garden Open House 2012

Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton This year’s trial garden open house for horticultural professionals will take place at the LO home office in Milton. Educational speakers

Richmond Greens Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill Bring your staff, family and friends to the Toronto Chapter’s annual baseball tournament. This slow-pitch tournament will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with trophies and a barbecue lunch included in the fee of $550 per team. Each team is guaranteed two games. Ideally, mixed teams should include five women and 10 men. For more information, contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or helen@

Delta Hotel, Sault Ste. Marie The Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species Conference is being organized with funding provided by the Invasive Species Centre in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Invasive Species Research Institute, Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. To register, or for more information on the conference, visit www. August 22

Ottawa Chapter Golf Tournament

The Canadian Golf and Country Club, Ashton Join fellow members at The Canadian Golf and Country Club in Ashton for the 2012 Ottawa Chapter Golf Tournament. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation to help fund its research and programs. For more information, contact Martha at mwalsh@ August 23

Durham Chapter’s Fifth Annual Supplier Barbecue

Durham College Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby The Durham Chapter annual summer barbecue will feature a supplier showcase dinner provided by the Chapter and much more. Last year’s event saw over 200 attendees so don’t miss out! Contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-2655656, ext. 354, or for more information.

NEW MEMBERS Georgian Lakelands Muskoka Rock Company Ltd Yvonne Brooks 1165 Bethune Dr, Bracebridge, ON P1P 1R1 Tel: 705-687-8700 Membership Type: Associate London The Detailed Edge Landscapes Inc Mike Wilkins 108 - 4023 Meadowbrook Dr London, ON N6L 1E6 Tel: 226-289-3320 Membership Type: Active Ottawa Moose Property Maintenance Marc-Andre Lagace 358 McDermitt Dr, Rockland, ON K4K 1K9 Tel: 613-371-3923 Membership Type: Active


Toronto Evergreen Property Management Kevin Davidson 3 Carleton Dr, Orangeville, ON L9W 2X8 Tel: 519-943-2649 Membership Type: Active Extreme Landscape Inc Tom Choucar 150 - 6 Credit View Rd, Mississauga, ON L5V 0B1 Tel: 416-622-8100 Membership Type: Active Organic Outdoors Supply Canada Ltd Amo Ostfeld 88 Charles St, Thornhill, ON L4J 8A3 Tel: 888-786-7790 Membership Type: Associate

Riteway Lawncare Inc Mary Sue Jacobs 12 - 1236 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 2X4 Tel: 905-847-5540 Membership Type: Active Waterloo The Ghent Group Adam Ghent 43 Manitou Dr, Kitchener, ON N2C 1K9 Tel: 519-581-7113 Membership Type: Active


Swamp white oak.

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis). It shares the deeply-cut, glossy leaves and intense fall colour of pin oak, and also adds greater drought tolerance, adaptability to both acidic and alkaline soils and increased cold hardiness. In fact, it is the most drought tolerant species in the black oak subgroup (those with pointed and bristle-tipped lobes). Hill’s oak is native to Ontario, found in a small area between Cambridge and Brantford, as well as in northwestern Ontario, near Kenora. Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) was added to Ontario’s list of native trees in 1978, when some variable red oaks in Essex County were identified as a separate species. The value of this tree for urban areas has been known for some time in the U.S., though only more recently considered for use in Canada. Shumard oak (sometimes called swamp red oak) is able to withstand periodic flooding. This ability to tolerate low oxygen levels in the soil has made it a good performer in heavily compacted soils. This species grows rapidly on favourable sites, yet is adaptable enough to survive in drought conditions. Shumard oak is very similar in appearance to red oak, though the sinuses between the leaf lobes tend to be more deeply cut and the acorns have larger, shallower caps. The glossy, green leaves often change to an outstanding scarlet-burgundy colour in the autumn. Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is one of the most urban tolerant trees that exist for cultivation in Ontario. Its appearance is often described as coarse, but for durability in dry, compacted, alkaline and Hill’s oak (top). Chinquapin oak (above). clay soils, this species is tough to beat. Where the areas of Ontario are red oak (Querspace exists to accommodate its widecus rubra), the non-native English oak spreading crown, and when care is taken (Quercus robur) and the pin oak (Querto allow for initial establishment after transcus palustris). The latter species is usuplanting, the reward will be a specimen of ally inappropriate, since it performs very grand beauty as it attains a great age. poorly in alkaline soil. Massive, old white Two species that will provide a similar oak (Quercus alba) and bur oak (Quereffect to bur oak, without growing quite as cus macrocarpa) are sometimes found as large, are swamp white oak and chinquasurviving relics from a time before urban pin oak. These species can both be found development. growing in harsh habitats in the wilds of Where pin oak fails, an often Ontario — a fact that explains strong perneglected species that is more versatile in various soil conditions is Hill’s oak or (cont. on page 18)

Oaks offer great variety for urban areas The oaks (Quercus spp.) are a large genus with nearly 600 species known worldwide. Eleven of these species are native to Ontario, though many of are not commonly grown or planted. Often evoking images of grandeur and endurance, oaks do have a reputation for being slow-growing and difficult to transplant. This varies among species and is sometimes unfairly applied to a few standout species that are worthy of being cultivated more often. Oaks that are often planted in urban


Botanical Name

Qty. 1 Gal Qty. 2 Gal Qty. 3 Gal Avail. Price Avail. Price Avail. Price

VINES Ampelopsis glandulosa ‘Elegans’ 402 8.00 Campsis radicans ‘Balboa Sunset’ 397 8.00 Campsis radicans ‘Flamenco’ 165 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Diana’ 210 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hercules’ 265 8.00 Celastrus scandens 412 8.00 Hedera helix ‘Baltica’ 210 6.00 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 2 6.00 378 13.00 Lonicera x ‘Mandarin’ 198 8.00 Lonicera brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ 240 8.00 Lonicera heckrottii ‘Goldflame’ 198 8.00 Lonicera japonica ‘Halls Prolific’ 265 6.00 235 8.00 Parthenocissus quinq. ‘Engelmannii’ 112 6.00 844 8.00 Parthenocissus quinquefolia 1,000 6.00 Parthenocissus tricus. ‘Veitchii’ 1,000 6.00 Polygonum aubertii 1,000 6.00 Vitis riparia 355 8.00


Azalea ‘Golden Lights’ 271 13.50 Azalea ‘Mandarin Lights’ 201 13.50 Azalea ‘Orchid Lights’ 484 13.50 Buxus ‘Faulkner’ 246 5.00 754 11.00 Buxus microphylla 441 5.00 Buxus X ‘Green Gem’ 509 5.20 257 11.20 Buxus X ‘Green Mound’ 1,000 5.00 857 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Mountain’ 682 5.00 906 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Velvet’ 1,000 5.20 1,000 11.20 Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Pygmaea’ 215 15.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Aurea Sungold’ 120 5.00 241 11.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera’ 162 5.00 284 11.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’ 120 5.00 265 11.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’ 921 5.00 578 7.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Major’ 276 7.00 Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens’ 716 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Canadale Gold’ 375 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ 1,000 5.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ 1,000 5.00 1,000 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Goldtip’ 223 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Sarcoxie’ 240 7.00 Ilex X meserveae ‘Blue Prince’ 445 6.00 140 13.00 Ilex X meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ 765 6.00 488 13.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Coast’ 160 5.00 232 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Star’ 270 5.00 290 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Mint Julep’ 380 5.00 243 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitz. Compacta’ 205 5.00 583 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘San Jose’ 130 5.00 412 11.00 Juniperus communis ‘Repanda’ 386 5.00 283 11.00 Juniperus conferta ‘Blue Pacific’ 530 5.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Andorra Compacta’ 217 5.00 22 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’ 279 5.00 234 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Blue Prince’ 49 5.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Icee Blue’ 1,000 6.00 550 13.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Lime Glow’ 160 6.50 119 13.50 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Prince of Wales’ 419 5.00 5 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’ 315 5.00 870 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Yukon Belle’ 355 5.00 Juniperus media ‘Armstrongii’ 122 5.00 408 11.00 Juniperus procumbens nana 172 11.00 Juniperus sabina 276 5.00 59 11.00 Juniperus sabina ‘Buffalo’ 241 6.00 177 13.00 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Carpet’ 96 5.00 194 11.00 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 185 11.00 Metasequoia glyptostroboides 1,000 7.00 Myrica pensylvanica 1,000 7.00


Botanical Name

Qty. 1 Gal Qty. 2 Gal Qty. 3 Gal Avail. Price Avail. Price Avail. Price

Picea abies 299 7.00 125 11.00 Picea glauca 577 11.00 Picea glauca ‘Conica’ 371 13.00 Pinus mugo var. mugo 260 11.00 Taxus cuspidata ‘Aurescens’ 218 15.00 Taxus X media ‘Densiformis’ 1,000 6.00 227 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Hicksii’ 941 6.00 937 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Hillii’ 630 6.00 80 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Wardii’ 627 6.00 1,000 13.50 Thuja occidentalis 503 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’ 27 5.00 180 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ 627 5.00 462 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ 601 5.00 1,000 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ 1,000 5.00 564 11.00 Thuja plicata ‘’Spring Grove’ 670 11.00 Tsuga canadensis 195 5.00 192 11.00 Tsuga canadensis ‘Jeddeloh’ 264 13.50 Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’ 215 13.50

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS Acanthopanax sieboldianus 367 7.00 Acer ginnala 419 7.00 Acer rubrum 1,000 7.00 Alnus glutinosa 210 7.00 Amelanchier humilis 442 7.00 Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea nana’ 60 6.00 261 13.50 Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ 230 6.00 409 9.50 30 13.50 Berberis thunbergii ‘Royal Cloak’ 581 6.00 100 13.50 Berberis x ‘Emerald Carousel’ 200 9.50 Betula alleghaniensis 200 7.00 Betula nigra 460 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Ellens Blue’ 435 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Ile de France’ 699 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Nanho Purple’ 317 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Petite Plum’ 390 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Pink Delight’ 445 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Purple Prince’ 773 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Royal Red’ 309 7.00 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ 216 7.00 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Grand Blue’ 417 7.35 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Worchester Gold’ 234 7.00 Celtis occidentalis 778 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’ 407 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Rubra’ 896 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Texas Scarlet’ 418 7.00 Chaenomeles sup. ‘Crimson and Gold’ 218 7.00 Clethra alnifolia ‘Pink Spire’ 356 7.00 Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ 782 7.00 Cornus alba ‘Red Gnome’ 440 7.00 Cornus alternifolia 532 7.00 Cornus kousa chinensis 335 7.00 Cornus racemosa 709 7.00 Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ 324 7.00 Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelseyi’ 329 7.00 Cotoneaster apiculatus 303 7.00 Cotoneaster preacox ‘Boer’ 1,000 7.00 Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’ 693 7.00 Deutzia gracilis 867 7.00 Diervilla lonicera 481 7.00 Euonymus alatus 255 5.00 581 8.00 Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ 1,000 5.00 Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ 503 7.00 Forsythia ovata ‘Ottawa’ 780 7.00 Forsythia X inter. ‘Northern Gold’ 1,000 7.00 Forsythia X intermedia ‘Goldtide’ 373 7.00 Forsythia X intermedia ‘Lynwood’ 780 7.00

Many More Cultivars and sizes available

Botanical Name

Qty. 1 Gal Qty. 2 Gal Qty. 3 Gal Avail. Price Avail. Price Avail. Price

Forsythia X ‘Kumson’ 466 7.00 Fothergilla gardenii ‘Mount Airy’ 275 Genista tinctoria ‘Royal Gold’ 299 7.00 Gymnocladus dioica 20 8.00 170 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Aphrodite’ 289 5.00 70 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Collie Mullins’ 137 5.00 80 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ 435 5.00 292 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minerva’ 124 5.00 5 Hibiscus syriacus ‘White Chiffon’ 57 5.00 187 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Woodbridge’ 375 5.00 179 Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ 1,000 7.00 1,000 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ 289 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ 156 7.60 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ 340 7.00 Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ 405 7.00 Ilex verticillata 396 7.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ 1,000 7.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ 442 7.00 Itea virginica ‘Henrys Garnet’ 549 7.00 Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Pink Cloud’ 698 7.00 Ligustrum ovalufolium 243 7.00 Ligustrum vicary 167 7.00 Ligustrum vulgaris 333 7.00 Lindera benzoin 345 7.00 Liriodendron tulipefera 245 8.50 Lonicera tatarica 227 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Claveys Dwarf’ 298 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Emerald Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Miniglobe’ 555 7.00 Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ 207 Magnolia X Butterfly 133 Magnolia X loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ 236 Nyssa sylvatica 315 7.00 Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ 264 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Innocence’ 753 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ 171 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Natchez’ 238 7.00 Philadelphus X virginalis 285 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius 1,000 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ 1,000 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ 1,000 7.60 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Luteus’ 300 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius nanus 446 7.00 Populus deltoides 446 7.00 Populus tremuloides 135 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Coronation Triumph’ 1,000 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Dakota Sunrise’ 782 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Gold Drop’ 889 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’ 135 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Mango Tango’ 383 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Tangerine’ 352 7.00 Prunus cistena 289 5.00 1,000 7.00 Prunus incisa ‘Kojou-no-mai’ 150 8.00 Prunus virginiana 156 7.00 Quercus bicolor 90 7.00 Quercus macrocarpa 468 7.00 41 Quercus palustris 137 7.00 Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ 583 9.00 Quercus rubrum 621 7.00 Quercus velutina 123 7.00 Rhus glabra 85 7.00 Rhus typhina 1,000 7.00 Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ 150 Ribes alpinum 148 7.00 Rosa Bonica 365 7.00 Rosa ‘John Cabot’ 265 7.00

13.00 9.50 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.50

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Botanical Name

Qty. 1 Gal Qty. 2 Gal Qty. 3 Gal Avail. Price Avail. Price Avail. Price

Rosa rubrifolia 307 7.00 Rosa ‘William Baffin’ 185 7.00 Rosa ‘Winnipeg Parks’ 300 7.00 Rosa x ‘Champlain’ 350 7.00 Rosa x ‘Royal Edward’ 695 7.00 Salix bebbiana 740 7.00 Salix eriocephala 231 7.00 Salix exigua 250 7.00 Salix gracilis ‘Purpurea Nana’ 731 7.00 Salix repens 313 7.00 Sambucus canadensis 1,000 7.00 Sambucus canadensis Aurea 1,000 7.00 Sorbaria aitchisonii 495 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia 1,000 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ 125 8.00 297 9.50 Spiraea alba 1,000 7.00 Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ 245 7.00 Spiraea bumalda ‘Gold Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Crispa’ 562 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Dakota Goldcharm’ 511 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Flaming Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Froebelii’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Princess’ 968 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ 1,000 7.25 Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’ 107 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘White Gold’ 478 7.00 Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ 100 7.00 Spiraea vanhouttei 407 7.00 Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ 471 7.00 Symphoricarpos albus 1,000 7.00 Symphoricarpos chenaultii ‘Hancock’ 150 7.00 Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ 1,000 8.00 Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ 1,000 8.00 Syringa vulgaris 460 7.00 Syringa vulgaris ‘Beauty of Moscow’ 16 9.00 195 13.00 Tilia americana 248 7.00 Viburnum dentatum 200 7.00 Viburnum dentatum ‘Chicago Lustre’ 606 7.00 Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ 409 7.00 Viburnum plic. ‘Summer Snowflake’ 316 9.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ 228 9.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Shasta’ 415 9.00 Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’ 279 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Bristol Snowflake’ 331 7.00 Weigela florida ‘French Lace’ 312 9.60 Weigela florida ‘Nana Variegata’ 911 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Purpurea Nana’ 335 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Victoria’ 211 7.00



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Oaks produce varied leaves and acorns.

formance in tough urban areas. Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), as the common name suggests, is often found growing in low-lying areas that receive regular flooding. Like Shumard oak, this ability to tolerate low oxygen levels in the soil translates well to success in the compacted soils in urban areas. This species has few serious pests. The dark green leaf surfaces with its whitish undersides provide interesting contrast in the summer months. Fall colour is usually yellow, but some individuals show a touch of purple. Chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) can be found growing naturally in Ontario along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the southern portion of Lake Huron. It is not uncommon to find these trees thriving on hot, dry limestone areas where few other species will grow. It transplants a little more successfully than bur oak or swamp white oak. On sites with favourable conditions, it grows quickly, despite a reputation for slow growth. The chestnut-like leaves are glossy and dark green, the bark is rough


and blue jays enjoy the small acorns. While a tough performer, this species, as well as bur oak and swamp white oak, lack the intense fall colour of red oak, Shumard oak and Hill’s oak. In general, all oak species prefer sites with ample sunlight. The reputation as slow-growing stems from the fact that the growth rate is often slow on very poor sites. Keep in mind that these oaks have admirable longevity in conditions where few other species would even survive. When provided with good growing conditions, most oaks can be rapid growers. The reputation of being difficult-totransplant is valid, in that extra considerations should be taken to ensure successful establishment. Ball-and-burlapped or container grown trees tend to perform better than bare root. They transplant even more successfully when production techniques are employed to encourage a more densely-fibrous root system in the root ball area. The species described thus far are considered the most versatile for a range of applications in Ontario. For very site-

specific conditions such as sandy, acidic soils, species such as black oak (Quercus velutina), scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) and chestnut oak (Quercus prinus) may have some value. Shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria) is another durable species with toothless, glossy leaves that is native just south of the border. Two shrubby species of oak are native to Ontario, bear oak (Quercus ilicifolia) and dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides). Planting oaks in our urban areas will provide a large return on investment when the correct steps are taken to ensure proper establishment. The opportunity to select from so many durable species only helps to ensure that the diversity needed to keep our urban forests healthy is more easily attained. — Sean Fox, University of Guelph Arboretum This is the eighth in a series of articles highlighting one of the 29 trees selected by the Landscape Ontario Growers’ Sector working group as recommended alternatives to ash and Norway maple. Funded by the Agriculture Adaption Council, the complete list and the factsheets on each, can be found at trees-for-urban-landscapes.

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Bruce County

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed in early July the presence of the emerald ash borer in Bruce County. The discovery was in Waterworks Park in Lucknow. Movement restrictions are now in place for all ash materials such as logs, branches and wood chips and all species of firewood from the affected site. Property owners in the area have been notified of these restrictions. The presence of EAB has now been confirmed in 26 Ontario counties, and in three areas in the province of Quebec. It has already killed millions of ash trees in

Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

Other EAB news

A biologist says the City of Ottawa might have inadvertently created a major environmental problem dealing with the emerald ash borer. The city cut down trees infested with the pest, and then city workers created a pile of ash trunks, about the size of a football field and five metres high. Biologist Burt van Ingen says the beetles soon began flying from the site, hitching rides from trucks moving in and out of the dump. “They go for a nice long ride. And when they get the opportunity, away they go,” said van Ingen. The city is hoping to sell the ash for lumber, which spokespeople say is potentially worth millions of dollars. Van Ingen said he thinks some of the damage is already done. Ash makes up about a quarter of the forest cover in Ottawa.

Recycling program sees 40 per cent increase

Nearly 100,000 lbs. of garden plastic was collected in the National Plastics Recycling Event held from June 22 to July 1. In Ontario nearly 20 garden centres signed up for the project this year. The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) organized the event. The national association estimates that 91,229 lbs. of plastic was collected by the 56 garden centres in eight provinces that participated as drop-off points for their community’s used garden pots and trays. Of that amount, Ontario collected 31,774 lbs. “With a 40 per cent increase in participation and plastics collected, this year’s event was a huge success,” says Rebecca Doutre, Retail Priorities Manager at CNLA, who coordinated the program. Ontario garden centres taking part in the program include Alcock Nurseries, Campbellcroft; Bala Garden Centre, Bala; Barrie Botanix, Barrie; Black Forest Garden Centre, King City; Greenbelt Farm, Mitchell; Holland Park Garden Gallery, Burlington; Kamstra Landscaping, Oshawa; LittleTree Horticultural, Fergus; Make It Green Garden Centre, Kanata; Plant World, Etobicoke; Sipkens Nurseries, Wyoming; Richmond Nursery, Ottawa; Ridge View Garden Centre, Beamsville; Sheridan Nurseries: Georgetown, Mississauga, Whitby,

Markham, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, Kitchener; Tarantino Nursery, Vaughan; Van Dongen’s Garden Centre, Hornby; Walter’s Greenhouse, Paris, and Windmill Garden Centre, Orillia. This was the third year for the program, which was launched in 2010, when just six garden centres collected more than 53,000 pounds of plastic, and last year over 40 garden centres participated, collecting 63,150 pounds. The National Plastics Recycling Event is scheduled to return again in 2013. Recyclers who can offer free pick-ups of unsorted garden and agricultural plastics, and garden retailers who wish to participate are asked to contact the CNLA,

Long-term forecast shows drought continuing

The landscape industry is experiencing one of the worst summers of drought in history. And it appears there is no relief in sight. Dave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist, says the longrange models are not encouraging. He has said, “We’re showing warmer and drier than normal right through to Labour Day. So the situation may get worse before it gets better.” In the Toronto area, the average temperature between March and July was 15.2°C (the highest since records began). The previous average high was 14.7°C in 2010; the normal average is 11.5°C.

The average temperature over the past 12 months in Ottawa was 8.5 C. Normal for that period is 6.2 C, and the previous warmest was 8.2 C in 2005-06. Over the same year-long period, just 619 millimetres of rain and snow fell, which is barely two-thirds of the normal amount, and 12 millimetres short of the previous record low in 1960-61. Pam Charbonneau, turf specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, says non-irrigated turf is dormant, with the only exception being turf in the shade. On a positive note, there is a lot of drought research being conducted at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. With the lack of rain, Charbonneau says the results should be very interesting. Kyle Tobin of LawnSaversPlant Health Care of Toronto agrees that nonirrigated lawns are well into dormancy. He appeared on CTV News advising homeowners to make sure if they water, to commit to it, in order to not waste reserves, and having the turf go back and forth from dormancy. He advised consistently watering1-1.5 inches every week. Charbonneau offered some key suggestions when conditions are so dry: • Letting a lawn go dormant is ok. The length of time a lawn can be dormant without killing the turf depends on grass species, soil type, depth of topsoil, exposure (sun vs. shade), slope, etc. A lawn can usually be dormant for four to five weeks without losing grass. As we move beyond that to the six to eight week


INDUSTRY NEWS mark, expect to see some irreversible damage. • A dormant lawn is fragile. Make sure you keep traffic off of it and stop mowing or fertilizing. • If you are letting a lawn go dormant, commit to doing that. Bringing a lawn in and out of dormancy is very hard on it and exhausts its carbohydrate reserves. • Once we get beyond the six week mark without water, it might be a good idea to give dormant turf a light watering of roughly one cm every three or so weeks to help it survive. This amount of water will not bring it out of dormancy, but it will help it survive a long dormant period. Charbonneau says she expects to have more information on the best species and cultivars for drought tolerance, which will hopefully provide more drought tolerant options for their lawns, including more drought tolerant Kentucky bluegrass cultivars and tall fescue.

Oakville asks for government help

The Town of Oakville is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and join the fight against the emerald ash borer. Council voted to ask the federal and provincial governments to establish urban forestry mandates and programs, includ-


ing funding assistance to municipalities for the control and management of the borer and any future significant imported diseases and insects. The Town of Oakville has a budget of $1.4 million to fight EAB in 2012, which includes injecting hundreds of municipal ash trees with a bioinsecticide. Oakville says the municipalities should not have to bear the cost of fighting the ash borer. Council also points out that Canadian forestry programs and research are currently focused solely on industrial forests and not urban tree planting, appropriate species research and insect control management.

WSIB receives independent review

Appearing July 4 before the Standing Committee on Government Agencies, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) chair Elizabeth Witmer stated, “There are tough decisions to be made not the least of which is a decision about our insurance premium for employers for the next few years. But I am confident we are moving in the right direction for the benefit of Ontario’s workers and employers.” An independent funding review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has made a series of recommendations on the board’s unfunded liability, as

well as employer incentives, the existing rate group structure, and other compensation-related concerns. The board’s unfunded liability ranges from $12.4 billion to $14.5 billion, depending on the source. To address the unfunded liability, the report recommends adopting a funding strategy that • is based on realistic assumptions • puts the WSIB on course to achieve 90 per cent to 110 per cent funding within 20 years • calculates premiums based on a variable basic charge that takes into account new claims costs that are properly priced and fully funded on an annual basis, and a fixed “unfunded liability component” • will signal the need to re-price the unfunded liability component in timely fashion The unfunded liability is one of six issues on which the report makes recommendations. “I am optimistic that the employer community will support such an approach,” says the chair of the study Harry Arthurs. “After all, most briefs I received from employer groups stressed that the WSIB must operate on sound business principles. As far as I am aware, such principles do not include wishful thinking about discount rates, persistent mispricing of new claims costs or fixing premium rates with a view to placat¬ing stakeholders rather than generating the necessary revenues.” Arthurs recommends that the board continue to maintain experience rating

programs only if it meets three conditions: • it declares the purpose of these programs to be solely to encourage employers to reduce injuries and occupational diseases and to encourage workers’ return to work, and it concludes that the programs are accomplishing their purpose • it adopts a firm policy to protect program integrity and commits the necessary resources to detect, prevent and punish employer abuses • it establishes a credible monitoring process to ensure that the first two conditions are met Arthurs recommends replacing the existing classification system with a new system of sector groups that would be defined by the board and the province’s chief prevention officer. These sector groups would be used to set premium rates and to organize injury prevention, safety education and return-to-work/ labour market re-entry programs. Arthurs suggests that the sector groups comprise combinations of existing rate groups and build on existing Safety Groups, employer associations and other organizations with which firms already work¬. To avoid marginalizing small firms, or having their rates determined by costs attributable to dominant firms, Arthurs suggests creating a separate small business sector or establishing a standard rate for small businesses within each sector. In total, 75 representative organiza¬tions and 55 individuals and businesses submitted written briefs, made oral presentations or both. An addi-

tional 14 submitted comments online or by letter, or provided their views orally. The full report is available at

LO promoting World Garden Event

Landscape Ontario is a driving force behind the Niagara World Garden Event in 2017. The event will also be part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration. “This event is the biggest and most exciting development in Ontario, if not Canada’s, gardening/horticulture industries. Nothing of this scale has been seen in the country for the past 30 or so years,” says Landscape Ontario executive director Tony DiGiovanni. The Niagara World Garden Event will cover 81 hectares, or 200 acres, featuring theme gardens designed by Canada and some of the world’s most highly regarded designers and architects. Organizers say the duration will be over 150 days, and within walking distance of the falls. DiGiovanni says that an international garden event of this magnitude will highlight the prominent role of horticulture in the Niagara region. Joining Landscape Ontario in creating the event are The Tourism Partnership of Niagara, The Niagara Parks Commission, RDEE and the Royal Botanical Gardens. It is expected that the business plan will be submitted in early September to the International Organization of Horticultural Producers. Organizers are also looking to provincial and federal government support, as well as private sponsorship.

Fleet rated insurance requires qualification

Due to some confusion as to what constitutes an automobile fleet, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has outlined the qualifying criteria. All parts of the definition must be satisfied in order to be considered a fleet by FSCO. Readers are encouraged to visit the FSCO website for further details regarding the definition of fleet and the fleet exemption as described below at Part 1 - Five Vehicles: The first point to note is that there must be at least five vehicles (power units) before there can be a fleet. Part 2 - Common Ownership or Common Management: The second part of the definition is the requirement of common ownership or common management. In general, ownership should be determined on the basis of who is registered as the owner and in the case of a commercial fleet this would normally be under the corporate name. While there could potentially be certain cases in which someone other than the registered owner is the true owner (e.g. a leased vehicle, where the leasing company would be considered the registered owner), these cases would be the exception. Also, there must be an insurable interest by the named insured for each individual vehicle, meaning that this party would suffer a financial loss as a result of an incident/ accident. Family members with vehicles registered in their own names are not an exception to the common ownership requirement. Continued >

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INDUSTRY NEWS If there is no common ownership, then common management must be considered. Common management is a factor that allows a group of vehicles to be considered as a fleet, despite the lack of common ownership. In this case, the owner or manager has control over the vehicles, and the vehicles are to be used solely in the operation of the business. Often the vehicles have corporate logos on them, are managed by a fleet risk management program, and all drivers adhere to specific controls. The experience of the fleet will be affected by the actions of the owner or manager, and often risk management programs are in place. Part 3 - Used for Business, Commercial, or Public Purposes: The final part of the definition of fleet concerns the usage of the vehicles. It is the usage of the vehicle by those persons who actually operate the vehicle that determines whether the vehicle is used for business, commercial, or public purposes. The definition, it should be noted, excludes vehicles that are driven primarily for personal use. As noted above, all three parts of the definition must be satisfied for a fleet exemption. In particular, the fleet exemption would not apply to a contract insuring a group of vehicles driven primarily for personal use. If vehicles do not qualify for fleet rating, they would be rated based on filed rates that have been approved by the government regulatory body in your province. Insurers are audited and held accountable if vehicles are not rated


according to these filed rates. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your auto insurance under the CNLA program, contact Marsh Canada at 888-949-4360. — Sabrina Granese Sabrina Granese is a client executive with the Consumer Practice of Marsh Canada. She can be contacted at sabrina.

Fears expressed about cuts to AgriStability

Concern is being raised over the federal government looking at significant cuts to a key program for growers, AgriStability. At a meeting with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), farm leaders from across the country heard from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada officials on changes to business risk management (BRM) programs. CFA President Ron Bonnett stated, “The CFA strongly expresses our outright opposition to any potential budget-based programming cuts that expose producers to unsustainable levels of off-farm risk that is beyond their capacity to mitigate through on-farm and/or industry-led risk management efforts.” Farmers want the current demanddriven funding envelope for AgriStability and other BRM programs maintained, as well as investments in innovation, competitiveness and other industry supports. “The non-transparent, exclusive negotiations that have taken place to date on an issue of such fundamental concern to Canadian producers cannot continue if

industry is expected to have faith in the upcoming BRM programs included in the Growing Forward 2 policy framework. We believe producers and their associations have the right to be engaged in the development of BRM programs, an area of shared responsibility,” Bonnett concluded.

Dry stone festival offers special day for students

The Stonewurx International Dry Stone Walling Festival will celebrate the ancient craft of dry stone walling from Sept. 28 to 30 in Hanover. “It’s also an opportunity to educate those interested in the art through a oneof-a kind learning experience,” says one of the festival organizers, Paul Brydges of Brydges Landscape Architecture in Guelph and treasurer on the LO board of directors. “We are having a special student day for college students on Thurs., Sept. 27. We are doing some hands-on technique training for them, lectures by the instructors, who we are bringing over from Britain, and a tour of the facility explaining how natural stone can be used in many diverse ways in the landscape. This tour portion is my baby to layout for the students to get them excited about natural stone,” says Brydges. There is a ribfest and dance on Sept. 29 from 5 to midnight. Paul Brydges has joined with another LO member Tim Kramer, Ground Effects Landscape, Hanover, and Dean McClellan, Dry Stone Guild Commission, to organize the event. For more information, go to stonewurx, or email

WSIB campaign informs construction employers The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) began its awareness campaign aimed at the new law that requires most independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership and executive officers in a corpora-

tion working in construction to have WSIB coverage. The new law is effective January 1, 2013. A dedicated website has been developed to provide information about the new mandatory coverage.

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Celebrating the passage of Bill 8 at Queen’s Park, June 14, are from left MPP Bob Bailey, co-sponsor of Bill 8, ORCGA board of directors member Terry Murphy, who represents the landscape industry, and LO, MPP Paul Miller, co-sponsor of Bill 8, and ORCGA president Jim Douglas.

Bill 8 officially becomes law By Terry Murphy CLP


s most of you should know, Bill 8, the Ontario One Call Act, now known as The Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification Act, 2012, became law after being passed in the Ontario Legislature on June 14. It is expected that it will be in effect within the next 12 months. After several years of preparation and planning for a more complete and efficient system of obtaining locates and preventing underground infrastructure damages, Bill 8 should produce those results. This Bill is only one of seven pieces of legislation that have successfully passed through the Ontario legislature since last October. This is a great accomplishment for those associated with the underground industry. Who do we thank for this major step forward? First of all let’s thank MPP Bob Bailey, Sarnia – Lambton (PC) for sponsoring Bill 8 and introducing it to the legislature, along with his co-sponsor, Paul Miller, MPP from Hamilton East – Stoney Creek (NDP). Without the effort from these two MPPs, it may not have happened.


We also thank Jim Douglas, president of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA), for his unwavering dedication and support to this project. We thank the board of directors of the ORCGA for support in attending sessions in the Legislature and behind the scenes lobbying and promotion. We thank all the members of the ORCGA for their work and support and to members such as Tony DiGiovanni, executive director of Landscape Ontario, who wrote letters of support to the government committees. We thank the Joe Accardi, Ontario Sewer and Water Main Construction Association and Sussex Consultants for their supporting publicity. We also thank all the members of the Ontario Legislature for their unanimous vote of confidence for Bill 8. I’m sure that there are many others who should be singled out, because it was truly a group effort. What does this new law mean? What will it accomplish? After the regulations for the new one call system have been completed by the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services over the next 12 months, contractors will only need to make one call to Ontario One Call. Within five days, all the appropriate locates will be marked on site. There will be no need for contractors to

make as many as 13 calls to infrastructure companies to ensure that all locates have been ordered. It means that all the companies and groups associated with the underground construction must be part of this new mandatory system. This system is efficiently and effectively working in 50 States in the United States and has proven to be cost effective and saving lives. This is an excellent, productive, efficient Bill that will prove very beneficial to all people working and living in Ontario Personally, I believe that this Bill went through the Ontario Legislature in record time because there were virtually no major hurdles or negative aspects to the Bill. Committee sessions were more about information sharing and education, as opposed to serious objection and prolonged debate. In addition, this Bill has zero costs to the citizens of Ontario and is funded through industry. The burden of locates for contractors will be greatly reduced for all who use the system. One call takes care of everything. It means that businesses can plan for and begin their construction projects in a more timely and efficient manner and not be held up by lack of locates, which has happened far too often in the past. In 2010, there were almost 3,200 natural gas line hits in Ontario. There were over 12,000 third party strikes in the underground infrastructure in Ontario. Why? Because the voluntary system is inefficient and in many cases doesn’t work! We needed a better system to ensure worker safety and to protect the estimated $100-billion in underground infrastructure assets in Ontario. This mandatory system will produce improved results. Research shows that when an excavator contacts a one call centre before digging starts, damages are less than one per cent. With such a one call system in place, results in the U.S. have shown a decrease of 70 per cent in damage costs to the underground infrastructure. As indicated by Jim Douglas and supported by MPPs Bob Bailey and Paul Miller, “ORCGA is encouraged by the passage of this long-awaited legislation and we are eager to start working with the Ontario Government and other stakeholders on establishing regulations and insuring the system will be as efficient as possible.” A job well done by everybody! Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project. Comments and suggestions can be made by contacting Terry Murphy at

PUBLIC RELATIONS Retailers of distinction By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations and membership services


’m sure your local paper is full of advertisements for some garden centres offering “Inventory Clearout,” or “End of Season Sale.” But these statements are quite the opposite when describing the quality year-round independent garden centres. During the upcoming month, these centres are making sure that the inventory in their operation is full for the late summer and fall planting seasons. The quality garden centres are also continuing to train staff to properly maintain plants and answer customers’ gardening questions. There will always be consumers who are looking for the cheapest deal, but they may be disappointed when that bargain they bought at the seasonal garden store does not survive and it has disappeared overnight from the parking lot on which it

was located. Independent garden centre owners take a lot of pride in making sure they have firstrate products and staff to meet the needs of homeowners, who in turn know that their gardens are extensions of their homes and they want to invest in outdoor rooms where they can enjoy time with friends and family.

Positive attitude

Another great aspect of top quality retailers is their positive attitude towards the industry and their local community. Recently, I was involved in a project with the Power Plant contemporary art gallery at Harbourfront in Toronto. As part of the event, they hosted a fund-raiser gala that required a large tree as a centrepiece for the event. No problem, with the folks at Tree Valley Garden Centre supplying a 20 foot tall magnificent maple. As a result, Landscape Ontario signage was prominently featured and Tree Valley ended up with an order for 60 seven-to eight-foot cedars to create a living screen as part of the art exhibit. The artist also needed some birch logs to complete part of the display, and once again our member came through by delving into their seasonal/Christmas trailer and finding the logs. What great service! There are countless other examples of how Landscape Ontario garden centre members demonstrate that they are truly retailers of distinction. A fact, we will celebrate at LO’s Garden Centre Sector Group’s Awards of Excellence on Oct. 17 at Expo. I will be sending this article out to the media, in hopes that the consumer may understand independent garden centres maintain their business year-round.

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Mornflake Garden in the U.K.

Something magical about the dry stone walling Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director


received an email from Dean McLellan of Highland Masonry about a project with which he was involved in the U.K. Dean’s pride and passion for dry stone walling shone through as he described that Mornflake Garden at the Tatton Park Gar-

Stonework stable under construction.


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den Show, organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, won best in show. Check out the amazing work at this website, http://bit. ly/stonewurx. Andrew Loudon, a friend of Dean McLellan, is one of the top dry stone wallers in the world. Andrew invited Dean to participate in the garden build in England. Andrew’s wife Janine Crimmins designed Mornflake Gar-

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den. “It is an honour to be asked to go over and help out on it,” says Andrew. Many may remember Dean and his team of dry stone walling enthusiasts who were responsible for the incredible stone vase that adorned the Landscape Ontario garden at this year’s Canada Blooms. In previous years, Dean and Reid Snow (VRS Masonry) initiated the wonderful stone displays in the LO Canada Blooms Gardens. Dean and Reid’s passion for dry stone walling is contagious. Both of these gentlemen are keeping alive a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Craftsmanship has its own reward. It makes the hard work and extreme effort worth it. Another way that interest is being stimulated is through a one-of–a-kind event coming to Ontario this September. It is known as the Stonewurx International Dry Stone Walling Festival. It will welcome some of the world’s best dry stone master craftsmen who will share their skills and promote the ancient craft. Andrew Loudon, who built the Mornflake Garden, will be at the festival. Andrew was responsible for the amazing conical roof on the pavilion in the Royal Bank of Canada garden at the Chelsea Flower Show show. Perhaps we can convince the Royal Bank to replicate it in the garden at Canada Blooms in 2013. Over the three-day event, (Sept. 28, 29 and 30) instructors and students will test their skills at building a permanent and rare stone stable using only their ability to lay stones in harmony with each other. For more information, please see www. This exciting festival is being

MEMBERSHIP Membership renewals By Helen Hassard Membership coordinator


don’t know about everyone else, but this has been one busy summer. Here at home office in Milton, every time I speak to a member they tell me what a busy summer they’re having. With that in mind, I would like to take some time to remind you about your membership. August 31 is the end of LO’s fiscal year and as such we will be sending your membership renewal invoices. Just a reminder, for easy payment of membership dues, you may pay online at All you need is your renewal invoice and credit card information. If you’ve moved in the last year and haven’t notified us, please give me a call, it will make the renewal process much easier for you and you won’t be caught off guard in the fall.

Benefits you enjoy as a member

LO garden at Canada Blooms 2012.

organized by one of our members, Ground Effects Landscapes in partnership with Brydges Landscape Architecture and Highland Masonry. There is something magical about dry stone walling. The technique does not use any mortar to bind stones. Walls and structures built thousands of years ago can still be seen all over the U.K. and Europe, connecting us with history. Structures built today will contribute a legacy of beauty for the community for generations. Dean sent me photographs of the stable while it is being built. I can’t wait to see the completed structure in person. Hope to see you there! Tony DiGiovanni may be reached at

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Save money: Take advantage of special offers and price discounts from our list of endorsed suppliers. For details and a specific list of benefits, visit and select membership. Be-in-the-know: Your subscriptions to Landscape Ontario magazine and Landscape Trades will provide you with up-to-date industry news. Weekly e-news, specific to each chapter, keeps you informed about special projects and upcoming events. Build Your Network: LO has nine chapters across the province, with each chapter holding meetings regularly between September and April. Chapter meetings provide information and education by hosting a range of informative speakers, as well as, being great networking opportunities. Watch your e-news for dates and locations, or check out Coming Events on Get involved: Landscape Ontario’s mission is to promote and advance the horticulture industry. By attending chapter meetings, joining a committee or participating in education and events, you can make a difference in the horticulture industry. Strength in numbers: On your behalf, Landscape Ontario’s unified voice works behind the scenes to make sure your interests are represented at all levels of government. Get noticed: Display your membership plaque and certificate, and use the LO Green for Life logo in your advertising. Go to www. and select resources to order materials or download the logo. LO has earned consumer confidence, so be proud to display your membership wherever possible. Work Smart: Landscape Ontario offers more than 100 winter seminars, national certification testing and safety training opportunities annually. Visit and select Professional Development. Keep in mind that not all benefits apply to every membership type, so if you’re not sure what you are entitled to, go online to www. or contact me directly. If you would like your staff members added to our e-news mailing list, all you need to do is ask. Contact me at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or WWW.HORTTRADES.COM  27


PROSPERITY PARTNERS The work/life balance By Jacki Hart CLP Prosperity Partners program manager


e’ve had many business owners and managers engage in the Prosperity Partners Program searching for a work/life balance. It’s a part of the concept upon which the program was founded: “Build a prosperous, profitable business and gain prosperity on all levels.” The challenge lies in actually walking the talk. In my neck of the woods, my clients are primarily 45-plus, wealthy and engaging our services at the cottage (using the definition of cottage loosely). They are obviously prosperous — taking the summer, or most of it, to lounge on the dock. I used to have a big sigh of relief during the summer months, just knowing they’d be at the cottage mid-week, hence cutting down on the number of weekend (yes, both days) appointments I would need to work through. A summer holiday eluded me for 20 years in my business.

There’s A Choice

Of course, in our industry a summer holiday is a luxury for the prosperous. Isn’t it? Well, to be honest, no, it isn’t. It’s a choice. Just when you think you can’t afford to take time off — is when you most need to. The best use of your time

that you could make this month is to take a brief break. If you’re like me, when your business is growing and you’re steering the ship, by August you are tired. And, I mean really, really tired. You’re tired of endless voice mail, and all the moving parts of your business flying at you at breakneck speed. You’re tired of problem solving, the endless list of overdue quotes, follow-ups, loose ends, planning ahead, adapting to weather and the whims of employees. How could you possibly take time off? Isn’t it written somewhere in the owner/ managers’ manual that when someone else decides to goof off, that you step up and catch all the balls? I’d like to suggest that’s actually a page out of the ‘slave-toyour-business’ manual. Chuck that one out and get a Prosperity perspective....

Best advice

My best advice to you is to figure out a way to take four work days off and tag it to a weekend. That can be either four days after a long weekend, or Thurs – Tuesday. Do it company-wide. Shut ‘er down across the board. And let your customers know in advance that you are doing so. If you’re a grass cutter, you’ll have to keep a crew going — the energetic ones! At the very least, use August to give everyone, including you, a threeday weekend every week. If you’re in retail — try closing Mondays for a month. If you can convince yourself to take a much-earned break, try going camping with your family, or whatever appeals to

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everyone before school starts. No kids? Catch-up on home projects. Visit friends out of town. Start reading a book from the stack you never have time to get to under the shade of a tree in a park. Remember, if you don’t do something different, you’ll always get what you’ve always had — a long, long work season with no time to decompress, de-stress, and reset your energy and passion. And for PETE’S SAKE, turn off your electronic devices, and put an ‘out of office’ response on voicemail and email when you take your holiday. And, shut your electronic devices off every day. I guarantee that if you try this out, your business won’t be bankrupt just because of a few days off, customers will understand that you’re taking a brief summer break with family, and your whole team will come back refreshed and ready for fall. If staff grumble about the shortened hours, try this: split the difference with them — pay them for two of the four days off, and let them ‘owe’ you a couple of Saturdays in the fall when the weather is cooler and the days are shortening up. There will be no difference in their pay for the other two days if you were rained out, or they had the flu — would there? Yes, the season is short and you have to make hay when the sun shines.... and you can make WAY more hay if you are not frazzled, exhausted and stressed out.

Vision for our members

Prosperity goes beyond profit. Our past president Bob Tubby, founder and mentor of the Prosperity Program, had a vision for our members – for YOU – to be more prosperous. His vision included your work/life balance. Taking a break mid-season is the BEST use of your time. Think of the story of the tortoise and the hare...steady wins the race. A change of pace and routine will renew your capacity to focus at work when you come back, to be effective — not to mention building memories with family and re-charging your inner-self. Refuel yourself. Take a break. Then thank me. Jacki Hart may be reached at



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Growers of caliper trees We still have a good selection of the following Spring dug material: • Sky line locusts 50-60mm • Glenleven linden 50-70mm • Sugar maple 50-60mm • Paperbark maple 1.75-2.5m potted • Serviceberry 50mm • Common hackberry 50-70mm • London Plane tree 50-70mm • Ginkgo 50-60mm • Common witch hazel 1.25-1.75m shrub • Japanese Stewartia 1.75-2m • Parrot tree 50mm • Chanticleer pear 50-60mm • Pyramidal Oak 50-60mm • Kentucky Coffee 50-60mm • Sweet Gum 60mm Quantity discounts may apply. Jeff Callow Cell 519-521-7369 Fax 519-652-9983


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