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LO and industry events

For more Landscape Ontario and industry event listings, visit January 31 Turf Managers’ Short Course G. M. Frost Research and Information Centre, Guelph The University of Guelph Turf Managers’ Short Course is a four-week program. Hear about latest research on turf management, insect, disease and weed management, irrigation, construction, drainage and more. The course runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 25, and classes are held daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email info@open., or phone 519-767-5000.

February 9 Growers’ Group Short Course Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington The annual LO Growers’ Group Short Course focuses on important production issues, including weed management, effective IPM strategies and lots of research updates. This year’s featured speaker is Charles Gilliam from Auburn Nursery. Pre-registration price is $65 for LO members, $75 for non-members and $25 for students. Onsite registration is $90.

February 17 Building your prosperity seminar Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton The introductory Prosperity Partnership seminars will get you started on to the road of success. This program is intended to help green industry members clarify what they excel at and what components of their business needs attention and improvement. A seminar workbook will be provided.

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Chapter events

For more chapter event listings, visit January 18 Ottawa AGM Chapter meeting RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa Join the LO Ottawa Chapter AGM with special guests LO president Tom Intven and executive director Tony DiGiovanni. In addition, award winning entries will be showcased from the Awards of Excellence Program. Networking begins at 9:30 a.m., and meeting starts at 10 a.m. For more information, contact mwalsh@ January 19 Upper Canada Chapter meeting Strathcona Paper Centre, Napanee Starting at 8:30 a.m., join the Chapter for a budgeting workshop, ‘Plan For Profit,’ led by the Landscape Management Network. There is limited seating, so register early. Cost to LO members is $115, and for non-members $192. For more information or to register, contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or

January 27 Windsor Chapter meeting Dominion Golf Course, 6125 Howard Avenue, Lasalle Join the Windsor Chapter from 12 to 3 p.m. for a presentation by John Lavoie of Unilock on hardscapes. Lunch is included. For more information contact Helen Hassard at helen@ February 1 Durham Chapter meeting Holiday Inn, 1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa Join the Durham chapter at 10 a.m. to hear the Landscape Management Network discuss business and getting started with spring rate cards. For more information on the meeting, contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or February 2 Waterloo Chapter meeting Knights of Columbus, 145 Dearborn Place, Waterloo Join the Waterloo Chapter from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354 or helen@


February 8 London Chapter meeting Lamplighter Inn, Royal Palm Room, 591 Wellington Rd. S., London Join the chapter for a buffet lunch at 12-noon, followed by a seminar on website development and taking perfect pictures to showcase your business. Cost is $25 per person, with lunch included. Pre-registration is required. Meeting sponsor is Landscape Safety. For more information, contact Wendy Harry at 519-488-0818, or 1-888-211-5606, ext. 2356, or wharry@ February 9 Upper Canada Chapter meeting Strathcona Paper Centre, Napanee Join the Upper Canada chapter, starting at 2 p.m., to hear from Fred Young, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services. For more information, contact Helen Hassard at 1-800265-5656, ext. 354, or

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Hillen Nursery Inc Botanical Name

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VINES Ampelopsis glandulosa Elegans 260 8.00 Aristolochia durior 139 Campsis radicans Balboa Sunset 273 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus Diana 162 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus Hercules 221 8.00 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 185 6.00 318 8.00 Lonicera japonica Halliana 144 8.00 Parthenocissus tricus. Veitchii 1,000 6.00 Polygonum aubertii 968 6.00 EVERGREENS Azalea Golden Lights 120 Azalea Northern Lights 225 Azalea Orchid Lights 290 Buxus Faulkner 100 5.00 330 Buxus microphylla 49 5.00 532 Buxus X Green Gem 379 5.20 555 Buxus X Green Mound 995 5.00 1,000 Buxus X Green Mountain 630 5.00 176 Buxus X Green Velvet 1,000 5.20 1,000 Chamaecyparis pisifera Aurea Sungold 100 5.00 261 Chamaecyparis pisifera Filifera 190 5.00 175 Chamaecyparis pisifera Filifera Aurea 100 5.00 29 Cotoneaster dammeri Coral Beauty 1,000 5.00 Cotoneaster dammeri Major 230 7.00 Cotoneaster salicifolius Repens 1,000 7.00 Euonymus fortunei `Emerald ‘n Gold` 950 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Canadale Gold 295 5.00 912 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Coloratus 349 5.00 Euonymus fortunei Emerald Gaiety 1,000 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Emerald Gaiety BL 240 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Emerald ‘n Gold 180 5.00 Euonymus fortunei Goldtip 831 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Sunrise 426 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Surespot 514 7.00 Euonymus fortunei Vegetus 207 7.00 Ilex X meserveae Blue Prince 965 5.00 362 Ilex X meserveae Blue Princess 1,000 5.00 665 Juniperus chinensis Gold Coast 246 Juniperus chinensis Gold Star 400 5.00 355 Juniperus chinensis Mint Julep 400 5.00 410 Juniperus chinensis Pfitz. Compacta 300 5.00 63 Juniperus chinensis San Jose 250 5.00 137 Juniperus communis Green Carpet 451 Juniperus communis Repanda 260 5.00 Juniperus conferta Blue Pacific 250 5.00 292 Juniperus horizontalis Andorra Compacta 1,000 5.00 562 Juniperus horizontalis Bar Harbor 200 5.00 75 Juniperus horizontalis Icee Blue 341 6.00 1,000 Juniperus horizontalis Turquoise Spreader 200 5.00 307 Juniperus horizontalis Wiltonii 450 5.00 Juniperus horizontalis Yukon Belle 400 5.00 938 Juniperus media Armstrongii 142 5.00 250 Juniperus procumbens nana 200 5.00 302 Juniperus sabina 200 5.00 284 Juniperus sabina Buffalo 261 Juniperus squamata Blue Carpet 150 5.00 296 Juniperus squamata Blue Star 282 Juniperus virginiana Grey Owl 100 5.00 212 Larix laricina 250 7.00 Metasequoia glyptostroboides 297 7.00 Microbiota decussata 729 5.00 70 Picea abies 232 7.00 Picea glauca 481 7.00 Picea pungens glauca 631 7.00 Picea pungens glauca StJuan 696 7.00 Picea pungens Globosa 805



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Pinus mugo var. mugo Pinus strobus Taxus X media Densiformis 385 5.00 Taxus X media Hicksii 636 5.00 Taxus X media Hillii Taxus X media Wardii 700 5.00 Thuja occidentalis Thuja occidentalis Brandon 98 5.00 Thuja occidentalis Little Giant 385 5.00 Thuja occidentalis Nigra 1,000 5.00 Thuja occidentalis Smaragd 1,000 5.00 Thuja occidentalis Wintergreen 538 5.00 Thuja plicata Spring Grove 54 5.00 Tsuga canadensis 1,000 5.00 10 7.00 Yucca filamentosa 223 7.00

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Hibiscus syriacus White Chiffon 207 5.60 150 Hibiscus syriacus Woodbridge 468 5.00 19 Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle 1,000 7.00 Hydrangea arborescens Dardom 108 7.60 Hydrangea macr. Bouquet Rose 326 7.00 Hydrangea macr. Endless Summer Blushing Bride 157 14.00 Hydrangea macr. Penny Mac 265 7.30 Hydrangea paniculata Kyushu 472 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata Little Lamb 349 7.60 Hydrangea paniculata Pinky Winky 423 7.60 Hydrangea paniculata Tardiva 263 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata Unique 115 7.00 Hydrangea quercifolia PeeWee 244 Hydrangea serrata Bluebird 248 7.00 Ilex verticillata Jim Dandy 185 7.00 Ilex verticillata Afterglow Female 1,000 7.00 Ilex verticillata Southern Gentleman 335 7.00 Ilex verticillata Winterred 143 7.00 Itea virginica Henry’s Garnet 346 7.00 Kolkwitzia amabilis Pink Cloud 1,000 7.00 Ligustrum jap. Aureomarginata 193 7.00 Ligustrum ovalufolium 260 7.00 Ligustrum vulgare 356 7.00 Liriodendron tulipefera 335 8.50 Lonicera tatarica Arnold Red 347 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum Clavey’s Dwarf 227 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum Emerald Mound 832 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum Miniglobe 741 7.00 Magnolia stellata Royal Star 214 Magnolia X Butterfly 163 Magnolia X loebneri Leonard Messel 315 Magnolia x Susan 212 Philadelphus coronarius Aureus 173 7.00 Philadelphus Innocence 732 7.00 Philadelphus Minn.Snowflake Dwarf 209 7.00 Philadelphus Minnesota Snowflake 484 7.00 Philadelphus X Natchez 154 7.00 Philadelphus X virginalis 527 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius 856 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo 1,000 7.60 1,000 Physocarpus opulifolius Summer Wine 150 7.85 Populus tremuloides 586 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Coronation Triumph 1,000 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Dakota Sunrise 1,000 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Gold Drop 307 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Goldfinger 120 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Goldstar 1,000 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Mango Tango 285 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa McKay’s White 299 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa Tangerine 436 7.00 Prunus cistena 1,000 5.00 1,000 7.00 Prunus incisa Kojou-no-mai 57 7.00 Quercus alba 161 7.00 Quercus bicolor 493 7.00 Quercus macrocarpa 260 7.00 Quercus palustris 132 7.00 Quercus robur Fastigiata 1,000 9.00 Rhus typhina 1,000 7.00 Rhus typhina Tiger Eyes 88 10.50 384 Rosa Henry Kelsey 376 7.00 Rosa Bonica 1,000 7.00 Rosa Carolina 1,000 7.00 Rosa J P Connell 405 7.00 Rosa palustris 150 7.00 Rosa rugosa 1,000 7.00 Rosa rugosa Alba 125 7.00 Rosa rugosa Morden Blush 231 7.00 Rosa x Champlain 399 7.00

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Rosa x George Vancouver 324 7.00 Rosa x Morden Amorette 162 7.00 Salix caprea 137 7.00 Salix discolor 1,000 7.00 Salix eriocephala 1,000 7.00 Salix exigua 1,000 7.00 Salix gracilis Purpurea Nana 979 7.00 Salix nigra 70 7.00 Sambucus canadensis Aurea 1,000 7.00 Sambucus nigra Black Lace 160 9.50 80 Sambucus pubens 271 7.00 Sorbaria aitchisonii 340 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia 108 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia Sem 498 7.00 22 Spiraea alba 1,000 7.00 Spiraea arguta 282 7.00 Spiraea betulifolia Tor 255 7.00 Spiraea bumalda Gold Mound 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Anthony Waterer 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Crispa 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Dakota Goldcharm 631 7.00 Spiraea japonica Darts Red 116 7.00 Spiraea japonica Flaming Mound 655 7.00 Spiraea japonica Froebelii 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Genpei 324 Spiraea japonica Golden Princess 353 7.00 Spiraea japonica Goldflame 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Little Princess 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica Shirobana 383 7.00 Spiraea japonica White Gold 278 7.00 Spiraea nipponica Snowmound 346 7.00 Spiraea vanhouttei 131 7.00 Stephanandra incisa Crispa 73 7.00 Symphoricarpos albus 1,000 7.00 Symphoricarpos chenaultii Hancock 323 7.00 Syringa meyeri Palibin 592 7.00 Syringa patula Miss Kim 122 7.00 94 Syringa Tinkerbelle 680 7.50 Syringa vulgaris 209 7.00 Syringa vulgaris Beauty of Moscow 174 7.00 Syringa vulgaris Monge 41 7.00 50 Syringa vulgaris Primrose 190 7.00 Syringa vulgaris Sensation 47 7.00 107 Syringa X prestoniae Minuet 165 7.00 Tilia cordata 348 7.00 Viburnum carlcephalum 71 Viburnum dentatum Blue Muffin 77 7.45 Viburnum dentatum Chicago Lustre 515 7.00 Viburnum nudum Winterthur 120 7.00 Viburnum opulus Roseum 207 7.00 19 Viburnum plic. Summer Snowflake 167 7.00 Viburnum plicatum Mariesii 342 10.00 Viburnum plicatum Shasta 168 7.00 Viburnum trilobum 303 7.00 Weigela florida Alexandra 415 7.60 Weigela florida Bristol Ruby 302 7.00 Weigela florida Bristol Snowflake 88 7.00 Weigela florida French Lace 291 7.60 Weigela florida Java Red 305 7.00 Weigela florida Minor Black 105 7.00 Weigela florida Minuet 232 7.00 Weigela florida Nana Variegata 651 7.00 Weigela florida Polka 625 7.00 Weigela florida Purpurea Nana 1,000 7.00 Weigela florida Red Prince 350 7.00 Weigela florida Rumba 607 7.00 Weigela florida Tango 297 7.00 Weigela florida Variegata 103 7.00 Weigela florida Victoria 170 7.00





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Energizing our spirit of volunteerism By Tom Intven LO president


en years ago, Mel Gibson starred with Helen Hunt in a popular movie What Women Want. After being struck by lightning, he magically developed the ability to hear women’s thoughts. He then began to react to them proactively and appropriately in order to achieve success in business and in love. Landscape Ontario’s longstanding success is founded on the spirit of volunteerism. There is a Tom Intven downside of volunteerism, and it’s burnout, especially at the chapter level. After serving in almost every position on the local chapter board, some twice, I realize the importance of re-energizing the spirit of volunteerism in our members. In these rapidly changing times, I believe more than ever, we need to address the question with our volunteers. Like Mel Gibson, we need to ask: “What do our volunteers want?” Motivation McClelland and Atkinson, two Harvard researchers, say motivation comes from within. The researchers suggest there are three distinct motivational types among people who volunteer in associations: Achievers, Affilliators, and Power People. Achievers require accomplishment and results. They set goals and solve problems. They want to know where they are going and hate to have their time wasted. They are organized, willing to take modest risks, and tend to be articulate. Affilliators are ‘people’ people. Sensitive, nurturing and caring, they crave interaction and love being part of a community. They are greeters and conversation starters. Power People think about having an impact on people and outcomes. They think in the longterm and are good strategists. Social power people are enablers, and want to influence and impact others in a win-win way. Regardless of the motivation type, or the engagement level, it is important that first we understand what our volunteers want, and then try our best to give them that in order to keep them energized and engaged.

From researchers like Joanne Fitz, and upon my own reflection, I have come up with a list of things that volunteers want, and that we, as an association, should provide at a high level in order to recruit, engage, motivate and continuously energize our volunteers: 1) Volunteers want to experience a sense of achievement or success. Many of our volunteers are motivated by achievement. Nothing is more important to energize the spirit of volunteerism, than giving the sense of success from effort. And, nothing deflates energy quicker than when a volunteer feels his or her activity failed. Our record at Landscape Ontario has such a great success record, that most of our volunteers experience success. We still need to review our processes and stay focused on this area. 2) Volunteers want to be appreciated and recognized. It is so important to show appreciation and to recognize our volunteers. We do this in many ways: by publishing names in the magazines, feeding our volunteers, and presenting awards. One of the most effective ways to show appreciation is by personally thanking our volunteers. 3) Volunteers want to make a difference. Many of our long-serving volunteers have said the reason they have given for so long is that they want to make a difference. They have left a legacy that has provided building blocks that created the Landscape Ontario of today. This desire to make a difference is rooted deep in the makeup of these volunteers. 4) Volunteers want to know up-front how much time the job will take. Time is one of our biggest obstacles to engagement. We are all time starved, especially in these changing times. We will be looking at the time element in the future and how to make LO’s activities work within your timeframe. 5) Volunteers want communication at every level and between every group. It is vital to maintaining engagement. This is a challenge in a large multi-faceted organization like LO, with nine chapters, ten sectors, 25 staff and so many committees, events and activities. Technology will need to be used effectively in order to keep all our volunteers informed about what is going on, especially the progress of issues in which they are involved. It’s that sense of achievement which comes into play here. 6) Volunteers want to be socially connected.

They want to feel part of the group. The sense of belonging is one of the strongest human sociological driving forces. We can all work to include everyone. At the next LO function, reach out to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. 7) Volunteers want to feel welcomed. Let’s make sure that at the beginning of our meetings, and at every available opportunity, that we make our members and guests feel welcome. It’s just common sense and good manners. 8) Volunteers want you to be prepared for them. To all those in a leadership role — our committee chairs, and staff — let’s keep this in mind going forward. A little preparation goes a long way, not only to having a good meeting, but also to fulfill a basic requirement by our volunteers. 9) Volunteers want good training. This goes back to the desire to achieve success and be effective. Volunteers need to be properly oriented in order to have the tools for success. We must never assume that new volunteers are at the same level of knowledge. Our governance meetings are a must-attend for our fully engaged volunteers. 10) One observation I have made over the years, is how truly passionate our volunteers are about Landscape Ontario. We must ensure that they serve in the areas that they are most passionate about. Further, we must encourage members who are passionate to come forward and fulfill their passion through volunteering. 11) A healthy dose of good clean fun and humour should be an important part of every gathering. Used appropriately and in the right portion, fun and humour help to clear the mind of our problems, connect us and revitalize us. It’s not enough for the leadership of LO to simply ask for your volunteer time and energy. We are obliged to fulfill your volunteer wants in order to keep you fulfilled, engaged and energized. We, the board, and staff, will continue to examine the systems in place to ensure that in the long term, Landscape Ontario fulfills these wants and thus, maintains and energizes the spirit of volunteerism among our members. Tom Intven may be reached at 519-631-1008, or



Focus is on leadership in 2011 Tony DiGiovanni CHTR LO executive director

make a positive difference. Engagement stimulates leadership.

e are a very fortunate association. There are over 300 active volunteers sitting on the various boards, committees, chapters and sector groups. Chances are you are one of them. Why do you do it? Why do you spend so much time on association activities? How do you benefit? These are interesting questions. Members repeatedly tell me they gain much more than they give. They talk about experiencing financial, social, professional and personal growth. President Tom Intven stresses that full benefit of association membership can only be unlocked through engagement. His theme, Prosperity through Engagement, is meant to highlight the paybacks of becoming fully involved. Working with others to build a great community and industry, re-energizes people and provides meaning to life. Engagement helps you

Focus on leadership In my view, the best way to advance the sector and create a prosperous, professional, ethical, trusted, valued and recognized industry is to focus on leadership development. The industry needs leaders to shape the future. It needs members to take responsibility and become planners and builders. The industry needs you to contribute, participate and take action. All positive change requires optimistic people who reflect, prepare and take action within a framework of ethical conduct. I believe the best way to teach leadership is to model it. We should take some time to define what leadership means and develop a plan to emulate, model and teach leadership skills. There are many leadership institutes that focus all their activity on leadership development. Studying the methods and results used by these institutes would be a good place to start. Perhaps we can emulate or part-


ner with an existing institute like Dale Carnegie. We can make some very powerful changes to our industry and society by cultivating an army of leaders who model professional, ethical and trustworthy behaviour. I believe most success factors (organization, customer relations, hard work, focus, employee relations, finance, sales, balance, competency, learning, etc.) are rooted in credible leadership. The purpose of leadership within the framework of the association is to change our industry for the better. How do we do this? There are many books written about leadership and change. At the core is the concept that changing the world starts with an inward change. We have all heard the wisdom quotes such as, “Change yourself and you will change the world,” or, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” This is a powerful concept. It is a worthwhile focus for Landscape Ontario in 2011. Tony DiGiovanni may be reached at

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Make your New Year safety resolution By Sally Harvey CLT, CLP Education and Labour Development Department


appy New Year! I hope 2011 brings good health and prosperity to all. By now, most firms will have heard from WSIB that premiums are on the increase for 2011, as a result of the rising costs of health care for workplace injuries. The increased costs originate from the injuries that by nature tend to become chronic, or are permanent incidents in some workplaces. This has high cost implications for firms, employees and their families. The Landscape Ontario Safety Group, comprised of 24 firms in 2009, received a cheque in December for over $70,000. It represents the best safety performance in the history of the LO safety group. All 24 firms received rebate payments that reflect their share, which is based on each firm’s premium contributions to WSIB. Sprains, strains, tears, bruises, contusions, cuts, lacerations and fractures were our weak point in the landscape horticulture industry. The most common causes of these injuries include: bending, climbing, crawling, reaching, twisting, a fall, or unsafe movement. These injuries were typically to the following body part: ankle, cervical region, external eye, forearm, and of course the lower back. Eight 2011 New Year’s resolutions for every firm (Brought to you by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services — formerly known as Farm Safety): 1. Maintain your iron grip on prevention. Work with your designated health and safety association to meet your sector-specific prevention needs. 2. Join the Landscape Ontario Safety Group. Building a sustainable and effective returnto-work program is part of every Safety Group curriculum. Landscape Ontario is currently accepting registrations until Dec. 31, 2010. For more information go to www. 3. Network with peers. Problem-solve and share best practices with other workplaces that affect the performance of your industry group. 4. Ask the right questions. The role of owners, operators, and senior executives is to manage high-cost claims. Ask to see the return to work plan for workers off on disability. 5. Reinforce your return-to-work program.

Balance your prevention efforts with a welldefined, inclusive and effective early and safe return-to-work program. 6. Play an active role in getting people back to work. Collaborate with the WSIB to stay on top of your claims, especially long-term claims, and take advantage of available resources. 7. Take a personal approach. Help workers overcome psychological barriers, such as anxiety, and the lost habit of going to work, by staying connected and setting a positive tone. 8. Get involved. The WSIB’s goal is to give workers, employers and representative groups a voice at public meetings, at inperson consultations and on its website. Fall protection We heard from WSIB upon completion of midyear visits to firms in 2010, that all firms were encouraged to update their Fall Protection Policy. Fall protection is required for any worker who may work at heights above 2.4 metres. The following recommendations were made to employers: • Meet with your supervisors to discuss the importance of enforcing fall protection at all worksites. • Adopt a zero tolerance attitude with workers and supervisors for fall protection violations. • Include discussion and action at your health and safety meetings in regards to fall protection. • Hold tool box talks with your workers to reinforce zero tolerance policy on fall protection and other health and safety violations. • Supervisors should walk around more often looking for fall protection violations. • Adopt and reinforce the zero tolerance policy. Owners could show leadership by attending a site meeting with the workers to inform them of the zero tolerance policy. • Inform the owner(s) that the MOL has established a toll free phone number (1-877202-0008) where the public can report unsafe work practices and conditions.

Landscape Industry Certified Manager (CLP) news Humber College, in partnership with CNLA and LO, plans to offer the Landscape Industry Certified Manager designation in a new hybrid delivery format. The program will be delivered over four weeks and include four classroom days on Saturdays, and supported by online course work that will support the candidate in studies towards achieving the designation. Humber will also expand the experience by allowing each candidate to apply the theory in a practical way to their own business, or department. Links to resources on the web • Ministry of Labour: english/ • WSIB: • Careers slide show presentation: www. • Apprenticeship Pre-registration Application: Sally Harvey may be contacted at

For more information on fall protection go to: protection.pdf.



Celebrating communities in 2011 By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations


aving attended a few chapter meetings lately, I once again am amazed at the number of community projects our members are planning for the coming year. Our goal through the communications department is to help you celebrate these amazing achievements. Please continue to send us information and photos that we can use in the following ways: • To receive recognition for LO members in mainstream and local media. • Feature projects on the LO and other websites. • Supply articles for local and national trade publications. • Recognize the efforts made by our members through the Green for Life awards presented by Communities in Bloom — Ontario during Expo 2011. This initiative is sponsored by the Garden Centre Sector Group.

Frank Freiburger and his staff at Freiburger Landscaping in Kitchener each year decorate the local tourism office during Oktoberfest.

• Educate municipalities about the value that our industry brings to the local economy. • Demonstrate to government agencies how the lives of Canadian citizens benefit from

horticulture projects. • Educate the public and media and politicians on the immediate and long term positive impact we have on the environment. • Show the impact our industry has on Ontario tourism. Great example The following story is an excellent example of how our industry impacts Ontario tourism. Many of you will know Frank Freiburger of Freiburger Landscaping in Kitchener. For many years his company has been involved in volunteering at the world famous Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest. Each year, Frank and his staff decorate the local tourism office, which is a busy place during Oktoberfest. Typical of Frank, he gives all the credit to his staff Darren Beirness and Crystal Rucha. We all know it also takes strong leadership — way to go Frank. Last year’s display was special, because of the date 10/10/10. On that particular day, the “Good Luck” display was used as a backdrop for hundreds of photographic shoots, including three wedding parties. As a result, Freiburger Landscaping was featured in articles by both Ontario and German tourism organizations. Let’s make 2011 the year we shout from the tree tops about the enormous impact our industry has on local communities, the environment and economy. Denis Flanagan may be contacted at


Call goes out for opinions on LO’s role in education By Michael Pascoe CLT, Fanshawe College


n the late 1990s I joined Fanshawe College’s landscape design program as a full-time faculty member direct from industry. I was surprised to see at the time that we had a very weak connection with the industry that we were trying to serve. I had assumed that there was a seamless integration of industry needs and wants with that of educational institutions. After all, we provided a product (skilled individuals) to a customer (the landscape industry). Today that relationship has changed dramatically. We count the industry as a full partner in all our horticulture and landscape educational programming. We listen and try to respond to an ever-changing market of growth and demand. I have been tasked by Landscape Ontario to chair an advisory panel to review LO’s role and interaction with education, focusing on delivery methods to secondary and post-secondary students. This will include the educational aspects that affect primary, secondary and post secondary programs (including apprenticeship) within the province of Ontario.

In a separate review, Richard Rogers from the Ottawa chapter will look at the professional courses and training offered by Landscape Ontario. Industry certification may be considered by both review panels, as we see it as an industry directed educational improvement with the possibility of integration into the public school/college/university curriculum. Open forum This article is an open forum asking for your input into this industry and educational institution relationship. It is a chance for you to tell us what we are doing right, and what you would like to see improved. We need to hear what you feel Landscape Ontario’s relationship should be with us, going forward over the next five years. I have distilled the review down to two principal questions: If you are an industry individual, or an educator, what do you believe your/our role within the landscape/horticultural sector should be? What would you like to see future Landscape Ontario involvement include in regard to education and partnerships within these educational institutions (over five years)?

However, do not feel restrained by these two questions, as all your comments are valued. There is renewed growth and interest in horticulture from both the public and students. As a green industry, we see our program over-subscribed and a bulletin board full of career opportunities. Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life campaign sells this to the student, the consumer and industry; we are the green industry. In the next few years, we expect our programming at Fanshawe to grow even more, thus moving more qualified individuals into our industry. We want to give you want you want: skilled, practical individuals with the skills to grow your business green for life! But, we must hear from you in order for that to happen. I may be reached at mpascoe@fanshawec. ca, by fax at 519-452-4226, or via telephone at 519-452-4430, ext. 4323. I would also like to explore with those of us from academic institutions, about what we believe our role within the landscape/horticultural sector should be. Michael Pascoe is the Coordinator-Horticulture Technician Program at Fanshawe College and a member of Landscape Ontario.



A time to be optimistic By Helen Hassard Membership coordinator


t is claimed that an ancient Mayan calendar mysteriously ends at the winter solstice in the year 2012. Because of this, some people mark this as the end of human history. TV, magazines, major movie studios, booksellers and dozens of websites are fanning the 2012 craze. On the other hand, the more optimistic among us have the view that 2012 will mark a new beginning for humanity. It will be a Helen Hassard time of great enlightenment. I for one believe the latter. Despite all the horrible things we read and hear on the news, there are many more great and positive things happening out there. Here in Canada we have never had such easy access to education, health

care and new information. If we want to learn something new or stay informed about what’s going on around the world, we can do so without leaving the comforts of our home. That is, once we filter through all the hearsay and junk. Updated information One example where you can always go to get the most updated educational and consumeroriented information is our Landscape Ontario website If consumers want to find an LO member company in their home area for a specific job, they just need to enter their postal code and select the business category. They can read tips from our experts, how-to’s, or weather information. It’s all there with the click of a mouse. If you’re a member of LO looking to get better informed about what’s going on with home office, chapter events, fellow members or the industry, you need only to scroll to the bottom of that page and select the green button that says “click here.”

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Call home office It is true that sometimes the amount of information available online can be overwhelming. And you may find you ask yourself the question such as, “Where the heck do I download that Green for Life logo?” Don’t get frustrated, call home office at 1-800-265-5656 and one of the helpful staff members will be happy to direct you. Either way on those icy cold winter days, there is no need to trek down to Milton to get a copy of the logo, simply let your mouse do all the work. As for the end of the world, this quote I found online from anonymous says it all: “So the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. So what? Mine ends in December. I just buy a new one.” Helen Hassard may be contacted at helen@

Chapter News Georgian Lakelands celebrates Christmas early By Michael LaPorte CLT Georgian Lakelands Chapter president

Georgian Lakelands Chapter members celebrated Christmas early with the annual Social on Dec. 3. The event took place during the Barrie area’s third major snowstorm of the year. The two previous storms also happened during Chapter events. Despite the weather, many members made the trip, some coming from as far away as 1.5 hours. This year saw a new location and format for the evening at Fendley Hall in Barrie, with everyone enjoying a casino evening. Chapter president Michael LaPorte began the evening by welcoming everyone and introducing guests. Tony DiGiovanni addressed the gathering, inspiring everyone Michael LaPorte and Nick Solty helped to organize with reasons to have pride in our industry. a great Christmas event for the Georgian Lakelands Chapter. Helen Hassard, membership coordinator, also joined the gathering, introducing herself and Year for his dependability and commitment, and explaining how she is able to help the members Kevin and Gail Elwood of Clearview Nursery, of our chapter. recipients of the Supplier of the Year award for Each year the board of directors votes to their support and contributions. select our Volunteer of the Year and Supplier of With all the formalities aside, everyone sat the Year. Nick Solty announced this year’s recip- down for a great meal. Following dinner, Nick ients. Congratulations to Ross Allin of Creative Solty described the workings of the casino and Gardens and Waterscapes as Volunteer of the auction. Each person had been given 300 LO

dollars when they arrived. With this money, they could gamble at the tables, or just hold it for later to bid on the auction items As the tables opened, everyone began moving to the front of the hall, to participate, watch, or mingle, often having a chance to talk with people they sometimes don’t have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis. It was wonderful to see the life of the party build. Later in the evening, Nick Solty again called for people’s attention. Tables closed, and the auction began. Using the LO dollars won, saved, or collected, people began bidding on boxes and bags with unknown contents. People paid ridiculous prices for the unknown, and laughter erupted when the prize ended up being a jar of peanuts, or a lump of Christmas cake. The laughter and chatter continue right to the end of the evening. Nick Solty, Terry Kowalski, Lexi Dearborn, Lynne Barnes, and everyone else involved, deserve full marks for their hard work bringing the Georgian Lakelands Chapter its most exciting and entertaining Christmas Social yet. And thank you to everyone who attended the evening, through the weather and back. Keep an eye out on how to collect LO dollars throughout the year, in order to gain an advantage at next year’s Christmas Social.

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Improve your sales capacity in 2011 By Mark Bradley


t’s January, and Dan is eager to set up his budget for the 2011 season. As soon as Dan and Bill sit down, Dan hands his budget over to Bill. “I’m struggling to get my net profit above ten per cent. I just can’t see us hitting the sales numbers that I need. We’re already run off our feet,” said Dan. Bill offered some advice, “Typical. You think you’re busy, but look at your budget. You’re still not operatMark Bradley ing anywhere near your company’s actual capacity,” referring to Dan’s crews. “Your crews are losing too many hours to non-billable time,” he explained. “It might be time on a job – but it’s time that your customers aren’t paying for.” Dan was puzzled, “And that will help my sales?” “What’s really hurting your sales is your lost capacity” said Bill. “What do you mean?” asked Dan. “Let me explain.” Bill started by asking Dan his average crew wage and billable hourly rate. Dan replied that his cost was around $17 per hour and that his billable hourly rate averaged around $55 per hour. “Last time we dropped in on one of your jobs, the guys were standing around waiting for a delivery of crusher run,” Bill recalled. “That was a mix-up,” says Dan. “We didn’t get our order in until about two hours before we were going to need that load.” Bill raised an eyebrow, saying, “And how many times a week does it happen that guys are standing around, getting fuel, waiting for materials, or waiting for their next instructions from you? You can’t blame your guys all the time – there’s no plan for them to follow.” Bill continued to drive his point home. “There are hundreds, possibly thousands of lost time hours that, when eliminated, increase your sales capacity.” He pointed several out: • Your crews drive to the gas station and three or four guys wait while a $5 gas can is filled. • Your crews forget the required tools and equipment. • Your crews drive over to your vendors to pick up small consumables.

• Drive time is not recovered on your estimates. • Your crews don’t know how long a job should take, and take too long to complete it. • You’ve unit-priced a task, but site logistics or complications eat your profit and more. Bill pointed to Dan’s sales budget, “You’re telling me you can’t add $40,000 to your sales, but I’m telling you that your numbers prove that you have the capacity. Most of the reasons for that lost capacity come back to the same solution: better planning and systems.” Planning and systems improve sales “Plans start with a profitable budget. You need to know how much work you need to sell, resources (people, equipment, materials) required to do the work, and how to look at your numbers throughout the year to ensure your productivity is on track.” Bill picked up Dan’s budget off the table. “Just look at the potential you have. Multiply your field labour payroll hours by your average hourly rate. If you billed just those hours alone, you’d almost hit the sales goals you need, and that doesn’t include any equipment and material billing.” Dan paused, “Yes, but those field labour hours include downtime, breaks, drive time, etc.” Bill stopped Dan dead in his tracks. “But the cost of that time is included in your billable rate, isn’t it? If it isn’t included, who is paying for it?” “No, you’re right,” said Dan. “We included a downtime factor when we calculated my billing rates.” “The fact that you’re under-selling isn’t standard down time. It’s unexpected down time, and that’s what I want you to focus on. You can start to solve those problems with a good estimating system,” explained Bill. He continued, “You’re building estimates that only get handed to the customer. Then your crews arrive at the site, and the circus begins. That’s when they figure out what they didn’t plan for. They leave behind necessary equipment, tools, or materials, because they didn’t know the plan. Now they’re spending time running around, or losing productivity. Worse, you’re getting calls to drop stuff off to them. It’s costing you money and sales capacity!”


Bill continued, “Then, without a clear picture of what the estimator was thinking, your crews don’t know how long anything is supposed to take. It gets worse. They’re paid hourly, so they don’t mind standing around for a bit here and there, and they really don’t mind going for a ride in the truck. Day-by-day, these mistakes are eating your company’s capacity to do more sales for essentially the same costs.” Bill listed the following problem areas: • Labour – you’re exchanging non-billable hours for billable ones • Equipment – you’ll burn a bit more fuel, but your payments won’t change • Materials – might go up, but that’s OK if you’re doing more work • Overhead – no need for much change. Give the crews the right information and they become accountable to the plan, and begin to manage their own work Bill’s words really sunk in with Dan. “I was busy,” Dan thinks, “but he’s absolutely right. What we’re really busy doing half the time is running around in circles chasing our own tails.” “You’re spot on again, Bill,” Dan says with a laugh. “So where do I go from here?” “Well, there are three things you need to do,” explains Bill: 1. Start with your budget. Plan your sales goals, plus make sure they are profitable. 2. Turn your estimates into job planners for your office and crews. You’ll price jobs more accurately, and your people can plan the work using detailed breakdowns of labour, equipment and materials. 3. Teach yourself how to pull all this together. This winter, Landscape Ontario and the Landscape Management Network are offering Plan for Profit and Estimating to Win courses. Get yourself to a course, and learn how to: • Build a plan for profit • Estimate with a system that’s based on the plan • Turn your estimates into a plan that improves productivity, sales, and profit Information about Landscape Ontario’s and LMN’s Plan for Profit and Estimating to Win courses are available in the Professional Development Guide, or online at www. under the Professional Development heading. Mark Bradley is the president of The Beach Gardener and Landscape Management Network.

Algonquin re-designs horticulture program Algonquin College’s horticulture program has survived the threat of closure. In November, the college announced that the horticulture program would undergo redevelopment. A great deal of credit for saving the program goes to LO members of the Ottawa Chapter, along with current and former students, alumni and teachers. When it was learned in May 2010 that the horticulture program was under the threat of closure, many Ottawa area LO members came forward to protest the move. Several other programs were also threatened, but the landscape industry filled the venue at a public meeting with college officials to discuss the proposals. Following that meeting, college officials announced they would re-evaluate the horticulture program. Again, many industry members came forward to take part in the process to redevelop the curriculum. Algonquin had provided a two-year diploma program in horticulture. The college will now offer a 16-month program that includes instruction in computer skills, design, and organic gardening. One of the main industry members to spearhead the campaign to save the horticulture program at Algonquin is LO’s first vicepresident Tim Kearney CLP. A graduate of Algonquin, Kearney owns Garden Creations of Ottawa. Working with Phillip Tuba, the horticulture program coordinator at Algonquin, the group re-designed the program that will be offered in the fall of 2012.

Another new addition at Algonquin will be a 12-week work placement with industry and a mandatory requirement for laptops to help students learn computer-assisted land-

scape design. The college’s greenhouse will be closed in order to boost the program’s financial viability. Kearney credits the college for responding to industry feedback.

Clarification on WSIB 2011 rates

The November issue of Horticulture Review published the new Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rates. The information included only the premium rate changes as a percentage of 2010 payrolls. The information should also

have included the actual premium rates and the percentage change over the 2010 rate. The figures include five rate groups that cover the horticulture industry. For more information, go to the WSIB’s website at

WSIB rates for horticulture industry categories Rate group


WSIB description

2011 Rate premium rate increase


Nursery Growers

Fishing and Miscellaneous Farming




Lawn Care

Poultry Farms and Agricultural services




Landscaping and related services




Snow Plowing

General trucking




Garden Centres

Other sales




Many have supported Prosperity Partners since 2008 Since 2008, industry members have supported Landscape Ontario’s Building Your Prosperity workshop. The following have taken valuable steps towards building a better balance in their business, Jesse Turner, A Step Above Johan Bossers, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping and Garden Services Jason Dietrich, Ace Lawn Care Bill McAvoy, Advance Landscaping Brian Alcock, Alcock Nurseries Bill DeLuca, Aldershot Landscape Contractors Wes James, All Canadian Gardening Stephen Schleimer, All Exterior Improvements John Pavicic, All Seasons Landscaping and Design Phil Charal, Allweather Landscape Susan Smith, Ambiance Catherine Geraats, Aphrodite Design Group Paulo Domingues CIT, Aquaman Irrigation Ian Armstrong, Armstrong Landscaping Zhaoxian Hou, Arton Landscaping Brian Baun, B.K. Baun Landscape Robert Farlie, Bala Garden Centre John Moore CHT, CLP, Baltimore Valley Produce and Garden Centre Bill Groenewegen, Baseline Nursery - Division of Peeters Landscaping Michelle Peeters, Baseline Nursery - Division of Peeters Landscaping Bill Beamish, Beamish Landscape Services Daryl Bell, Beaver Integrated Services Mayra Lopez, Beaver Integrated Services Peter Santos, Beaver Landscaping and Gardening Bob Bellaire, Bellaire Landscape Chris Power, Bellaire Landscape Cindy Cluett, Beyond The House Bruce Lively, Blue Jay Sprinkler Systems Roy Gucciardi CLT, Blue Willow Garden and Landscape Centre Katie McGrath, BlueStone Properties Gerald Boot CLP, Boot’s Landscaping and Maintenance John Bos CLT, Bos Landscaping Steve Suter, Breakaway Landscaping Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson Services George Schellingerhoud, Bright Lawn and Gardens Chris Bush, Bush Brothers Landscaping Robert Campagna, Camrob Enterprises Tom Intven, Canadale Nurseries Roderick Samuel-Stevens, Canlawn Landscape Maintenance and Snow Removal Jeff Mcgee, Changing Seasons Landscape and Maintenance Pierre Chevrier, Chevrier Asphalt and Interlock Christine Moffit, Christine’s Touch Gardening Janet Mott CLP, Christine’s Touch Gardening Byron Hobson, Classic Landscape Lighting Stephen Kertesz, Colour Landscaping - Design + Build

managing people better and focusing their efforts more effectively. To register for the next Building Your Prosperity workshop, go to

Stanislao (Lino) Genova, Connecting Stones Lisa Purves CLT, Connon Nurseries/CBV Holdings Paul DeGroot, Connon Nurseries/NVK Holdings Darin Cooper, Cooper and Son Contracting Ken Martin, Copper Expressions Landscape Lighting and Design Paul Forbes, Countryside Gazebos Canada Erin Van Gilst, Create it! Andrea Ng, Creative Landscape Depot Iris Ng, Creative Landscape Depot Monty Ward, Creative Landscape Depot Mike Mugford, Cubic Yard Design Terry Ryan, Cubic Yard Design Peter Cullen, Cullen Landscaping Matthew Boven, Curtis Construction and Landscaping Leendert Deblieck, D & D Commercial Property Maintenance Limited Daniel Shoag, Daniel Shoag Landscaping George Harrietha, DarMax David Turnbull CLT, David Turnbull and Associates Paul Boonstra, Delaware Nursery Derek Stevens, Derek Stevens Designs Jay Bricknell, Direct Landscape Supply Sharon Humphries, Direct Landscape Supply Tracy Eastman, Direct Landscape Supply Ann Todt, Dirt Girl Landscaping Don Prosser CLD, Don Prosser Landscape Design Anthony Lombardi CLP, CLD, Dr. Landscape Heidi Campbell, Dragonfly Thomas Blatter CLP, Dreamestate Landscaping Steve Mothe, Dreamscape Contracting Rob Van Veghel, Dreamscape Landscaping Twan Van Veghel, Dreamscape Landscaping Mike Dufour, Dufour Landscaping Walter Hasselman, Dutchman’s Landscaping Cory Hendrick, Dynamic Property Services Kris Hall, Earth Elements and Landscape Design Andrew Anderson, Earth Impressions Susan Rydell, Earthworks Landscape Development Victor Jaunzarins, Earthworks Landscape Development Mike Thiessen, Eco Landscape Design Eric Brooks CLP, Eco Landscaping Jonas Spring, Ecoman David Kampen, Edengrove Landscapes Gary MacPhail, Ego’s Nurseries Kristin Ego, Ego’s Nurseries Ilse Mozga, Eko Landscaping Marcelo Manfrini, Elite Designed Concrete Raffy Hanimyan, Elite Designed Concrete David Nemeth, Elm Landscaping Darlene McIntosh, EnviroMasters Lawn Care John McIntosh, EnviroMasters Lawn Care Leonard Paruag, Enviroscape Landscaping


Grant Harrison CLT, Escapes Outdoor Living Designs John Holdstock, Evergreen Landscaping Services Bryan L’Ecuyer CIT, Expert Irrigation Ottawa George Joao, FloraTech Landscaping and Maintenance Anthony Roy, Focus On Landscapes Paul-Britman Rapai, Fox Hollow Farms Frank Selles CLT, Framar Landscape and Maintenance Contractors Frenk van Herpen, Frenk van Herpen Landscaping Diana Cassidy-Bush CLP, Fresh Landscape and Garden Solutions Ryan Kearney CLT, Garden Creations of Ottawa Charlie Dobbin, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin Collette Hackl, Gardens By Collette Glenda Forward, Gardens By Collette Paisley Fisher, Garland Landscaping Ron Hinde, Garland Landscaping John Fulford, Gerrits Property Services Darren Allen, Golden Mean Landscape Danielle Gordon, Gordon Landscape Company Eric Gordon, Gordon Landscape Company Peter Solti CLP, CLT, Green Apple Landscaping Rick Harvey CLP, CLT, Green Design Landscaping Douglas Kennedy, Green Side Up Environmental Services Merri Corrigall, Green Space Design Tony Graci, Green T Lawns and Landscaping Donna White CHT, Green Things Garden, Gift and Maintenance Services Wally Earl CLT, Green Things Landscaping 2010 Sarah Johnston, Greenlife Joe Natale, Greenscape Exterior Design John Hewson, Greenscape Lawn Maintenance Bruce Morton CLP, CIT, Greenscape Watering Systems Carmine Filice CLP, Greentario Landscaping Frank Tchorek, Greentec Landscape Design and Construction Ian Andrews, Greenwood Interlock Bill McKague, Gro-Bark (Ontario) David Gunn, Gunn-Duncan Landscaping Kevin Hackson CLT, Hackstone: Stone Craftsmen Ed Hansen, Hansen Lawn and Gardens Kevin Fay, Hardship Acres Landscaping Nolan Bader, Highbush Landscaping and Property Maintenance James Godbold CLP, Hill’N Dale Landscaping Sonja Hirsig CLT, Hirsig Landscapes Greg Hogan, Hogan Landscaping

Mike Pennington, Holman Landscape Restoration Susan Beduhn, Horticare Landscaping Blair Deutekom, Humphries Landscape Services Mark Humphries, Humphries Landscape Services Tracy Eastman, Humphries Landscape Services Colin Padgett, Husky Landscaping Services John Hutten, Hutten and Co. Michael Kenel CLD, Ideal Landscape and Design Melissa McKerlie, It’s About Thyme Garden Design and Landscaping John Alblas, J. Williams Landscaping Jake Maarse, Jacob M. Landscapes Carlos Da silva, JC Group Carolyn Begg, Ken Begg Nursery Sales Ken Begg, Ken Begg Nursery Sales Michael Martins, Kimmick Landscaping Chris Klingbeil CLT, Klingbeil Landscaping Anna McQuaid, Kobes Nurseries Ben Kobes, Kobes Nurseries Tim Mcleish CLP, Kontiki Mature Landscape Specialists Jay Ladell, Ladell Landscaping and Gardens Keith Evans, Land Effects Outdoor Living Spaces Dean Schofield, Landmark Landscaping Colin Holwell, Landscape Gate and Garden Sally Harvey CLT, CLP, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Arvils Lukss, Landscapes By Lucin Jim McMillen, Landscapes in Bloom Chris Vogel, Landscaping Concepts Chris Kidney, Lawnscape Simon Stevenson, Leaside Landscaping Grace Henderson, Li’l Acres Lawn and Garden Care John Muller, Limited Addition David Galloway, Listowel Landscaping Kim Goodwin, Living Landscapes Reginal Gurney, Llolyn Farms Russel Loney, Loney Landscaping Cory Davis, Lorco Property Maintenance Trevor Garner, LP Landscape Plus Bob Maitland, Maitland and Maitland Tim Sieders, MapleRidge Landscapes Brian Varnas, Marios Gardening and Snow Removal Mark Zammit, Markstone Landscaping Phillip McFadden, McFadden Contracting Leo McPherson, MCP Landscape Contractors Michael Meyer CLP, Meyer’s Landscaping Michael Scott, Michael Scott’s Landscaping Peter Hogenbirk, MMD Property Services Andre Ypma, Modern Earthscapes Land Design Irfan Motala, Mr. Lawnmower Landscaping Services Jamie Munger, Munger Lawnscape Distribution Jeff Thompson, Native Plant Source Derek Lippert CLP, Naturally Maintained Wayne Michaud, Nature’s Pride

Terry Childs, Nature’s Way Landscaping Mike House, Nutri-Lawn - Sudbury David Vandersar, Oakleaf Gardens and Landscapes Ryan Marshall CLT, Oasis Creations Landscaping Amin Nizami, Oasis Garden Creations Barb Kerr, Oasis Garden Design Sean O’Keefe, O’Keefe Landscaping Bren Silk, Old South Lawn, Garden and Construction Mike Alderman, Outer Beauty Landscapes Jason Brown, Outside Design/Build George Araujo, Pacific Paving Mike DaSilva, Paradise Views Landscaping Graham Sandiford, Paragon Landscapes Wolfegang Bonham, Peace, Love, and Landscaping Peter Vanderley CLP, Pete Vanderley’s Lawn Maintenance and Landscape Services Kennedy Johnston CLT, Peter Knippel Nursery Martin Johnston, Peter Knippel Nursery Peter Cox, Peter M. Cox, Consulting Arborist Paul Snyders, PGS Landscape Colin Vos, Pinecorner Tree Farm Diana Vos, Pinecorner Tree Farm Glenn Curtis, Plantenance Rosy Mignacca, Plantenance Joanne Carlsen, Polyanthus Landscapes Bob Van Zeyl, Pro Lawn Care David Milne, Quercus Horticultural and Garden Services Richard Rogers CLT, R J Rogers Landscaping Justin Berube, Rain Gods Brian Macartney CIT, Raintree Irrigation and Outdoor Systems Steve Macartney CIT, CLT, Raintree Irrigation and Outdoor Systems Doug Cutler, Ray’s Power Equipment and Landscaping, Rejean Chartrand, Rejean Chartrand Tree Farm Andrew Mulder, Renaissance Landscape Group Darrell Kekanovich CLT, Ritchie Feed and Seed Martin Schoones, Ritchie Feed and Seed Patrick Forbes, RMF Property Services David Pritchard, Ruppert Holdings Jason Zehr, Rural Roots Landscaping Mike Wardell, Rural Roots Landscaping Ryan Heath CLP, CLT, Ryan Heath Professional Landscaping Scott Nicholas, S.J. Nicholas Property Maintenance Joanne Draper, Schoolhouse Country Landscapes Harry Hutten CIT, Select Sprinklers Garrett Graham, Signature Stone Construction Hetty Teuber, Silverthorn Landscape Supplies Pamela McCormick CLP, Simply Landscaping and Garden Designs Joseph Szolopiak, Sitescape Skai Leja, Skai Leja Landscape Design Steve Snider CLT, Snider Turf and Landscape Care Ghassan Amro, So-Green Canada (Landscape Design Build) Dan Brubacher, Southern Stone Outdoor Creations Tim Cekrezi, Spring Flowers Landscaping Keith Snider, St. Jacobs Country Gardens Gerwin Bouman, Stam Nurseries Hella Keppo CLT, Stems Interior Landscaping

Steve Vogel, Steve’s Landscape and Construction Brian Stiles, Stiles Landscape Construction Doug Stiles, Stiles Landscape Construction Mitch Taylor, Taylor Boyz Lawn Care Angela Fox, Taylored Gardening Doug Frehs, The Escarpment Company Mark Fisher, The Escarpment Company Vic Palmer CLP, The Green Team Shawn Foley CIT, The Waterboys Contracting Mary Trudelle CLP, The Well-Tended Garden Paul Doornbos CLP, CLT, Thornbusch Landscaping Company David Kilmer, Timeless Landscapes James Walke, Total Gardening Services Jim Materiuk, Tree and Garden Service Judy Bell, Treefrog Design Dave Gerl, Treelawny Groundskeeping Services James Wegenast, Tuitman’s Garden Centre and Landscaping Jason Murphy CIT, Turf Cover Adrian Tyman, Turf King (Brockville) Bob Cumming, Turf King (Brockville) Kevin Marshall CLT, Turf-Pro Landscaping Todd Gould, TWG Landscaping and Property Maintenance Scott Kenyon, Upper Canada Sod and Landscape Allan Kling CLP, Urban Garden Supply Co. Vince Basso, V & F Landscape Phil Goodfellow, Valleybrook Gardens (Ont) Michael Van Dongen, Van Dongen’s Landscaping and Nurseries Harry Van Staveren, Van Staveren’s Mark Falconer, Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre Debby Westlake, Vissers Nursery and Sod Farm Fiona Edmonds, Visual Impact Landscaping Diane Hutchinson, Walter’s Greenhouse Brad Ware, Ware-With-All-Contracting Chuck Pronger, Watergardens Unlimited Luke Pattman, Way to Grow Irrigation Steacie Lachance, Weed Man – Muskoka Welwyn Wong, Welwyn Wong Landscape Design James Irwin, Wildrose Gardening Rob Reid, Wildrose Gardening Ian Stewart, Yards Unlimited Landscaping Chad Yates CIT, Yates Custom Lawn Sprinklers Chuck Yates CIT, Yates Custom Lawn Sprinklers Garry Moore, University of Windsor Nicola Kamp Jeff Scott



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Publisher, Director of publications and communications What is your job description at LO? Communicating is my specialty, a key responsibility because communications are the glue that holds an association together. The LO communications team must stay light on its feet, because we are continually working in a variety of media -magazines, websites, electronic broadcasts and print promotions. To make it more complicated, we prepare messages for several distinct audiences; sometimes we are talking to the trade, sometimes suppliers and sometimes to the public. Producing publications and promotions for the green industry is very satisfying, because our work really helps drive its prosperity. Communicating with the suppliers is fun, because for one reason, our advertising opportunities offer unique reach and effectiveness. And, I really enjoy promoting our Green for Life message to the public alongside the talented Denis Flanagan. What was your background before coming to LO, and when did you begin work at LO?

Ten years ago, my experience with magazines brought me to LO. I had worked with business and consumer magazines on both sides of the border, in wideranging topic areas including travel, dairy herd management and sport fishing. I come from a farm background, and I knew I had found a home at LO because its members live by the same values -- faith, hard work, fair dealing and respect for nature. What inspires you during your time at LO? I have never seen anything like the volunteer power behind LO. Every organization depends on a few committed leaders to benefit a body of members, but LO’s volunteer participation rate is way off the scale. I marvel at how this industry is so forward-looking in creating better economic opportunity for all. Having the vision to co-operate with your competitor is one thing, but our unique, multi-sector structure adds a whole different dimension. The level of volunteer participation within LO, across such diverse sectors, is truly inspiring.


Name your all-time favourite movie, musical group and TV show. I rarely watch movies or TV. Cowboy Junkies is the most-played group on my iPod. Tell us one thing that few of your colleagues know about you. My husband and I enjoy Thai cooking, especially bold recipes calling for ingredients like 40 fiery-hot chilies.

Attend GreenTrade Expo on Feb. 16 GreenTrade Expo has become the mustattend event for green industry and landscape professionals in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. The 18th annual GreenTrade Expo is set to go Wed., Feb. 16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, with doors opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m. Over 100 companies will exhibit thousands of new products, services and ideas that will help grow your business and save time and money. GreenTrade will also feature new educational seminars, great contests, draws, and door prizes and much more. Special guest at the show is Brian Kilrea, well-known former coach of the Ottawa 67’s Junior ‘A’ hockey club. He will be part of GreenTrade Expo’s Profit Builders’ Program. For more information, go to www., or contact mwalsh@


Prosperity Partners applies its own tools to re-adjust program’s path By Bob Tubby CLP Prosperity Partners Committee chair


ive years ago, when I became president of Landscape Ontario, I called a meeting during Canada Blooms, gathering about a dozen or so industry mentors. I posed the question, “What can we do to help our industry members elevate their level of business acumen and professionalism?” I referred to the group as the Prosperity Task Force. We brainstormed lots of ideas, and planted the seeds of the Prosperity Partners program. Many meetings later, the idea gelled, and grew into the concept of creating a businessowner journey to prosperity. The Prosperity Partners Committee was formed, and worked diligently to develop the concept and direction of the program. It started with a foundation: core values (wisdom, leadership, prosperity and leadership), a purpose (“To encourage and support our partners in achieving personal and professional prosperity.”) and a vision (“We will be known as a world-class horticultural management institute, providing effective tools and processes promoting business skills.”). With a solid foundation to work from, the Prosperity Partners program adopted the five pillars, based on Bob Prosen’s work in Kiss Theory Goodbye, hired a consulting team (Value Profit Group, now known as Jump-Point) to bring content and tools to the program, that would be managed and coached by Jacki Hart. In the first few years, Jacki travelled to every chapter, delivering workshops and information sessions to more than 150 business owners. She went on to develop the Best Practices workshop as the next step, and created our online template library. In the past two years, Jacki has focused on the Best Practices workshop delivery, and mentored several other instructors, who now deliver our introductory Build Your Prosperity workshop. Trends are changing. With the new economic demands on business, our members tell us that they are too busy to leave their business to attend business workshops. It’s a Catch-22 – they can’t get away from their businesses because they haven’t learned what the program teaches. The Prosperity Partners Committee has worked closely with membership services staff, monitor-

ing workshop uptake, and connecting one-on-one with those who struggle to attend. The end result is, the Committee has used one of the program’s problem-solving tools to determine next steps. The S.I.M.P.L.E. Tool Box uses these steps: Step back and review the circumstances. Identify what you can control. Measure your resources. Define your performance focus. Leverage your resources, and execute with speed. The end result is that the committee identified dwindling attendee numbers were driven primarily by tougher business challenges, and a lack of resources to deliver content in a different way to meet our purpose. We had already endorsed the Internet-based LMN (, owned by one of our members, Mark Bradley. It was agreed that this delivery agent supported the Professional Operations, Sales Success and Financial Health pillars. We were missing accessible content for Leadership and Customers for Life (loyalty). At the time this challenge emerged and

became apparent to the Prosperity Partners Committee, Jump-Point (authors of the Build Your Prosperity Seminar), began work on an Internet-based entrepreneurial offering, which focuses solely on the people component and challenges in business. They named the project, Clarity for the Boss. The program aligns with and fills the gap for our Leadership and Customers for Life pillars, and also supports the other pillars with an effective and focused program. The Prosperity Committee reviewed the Clarity for the Boss program, and endorsed it as a next step for LO members on their prosperity journey. As committee chair, I am pleased to be able to add another unique training opportunity to our list of Prosperity oriented programs. It is my hope that our collective efforts will result in improved prosperity for LO members and beyond. I challenge you to take the next step on your journey towards your definition of real prosperity.



Ministry hands out $180,000 fine By Terry Murphy CLP


masonry firm, performing a landscape function without locates, struck a propane line. The gas backed up into the house, ignited and destroyed the house. One person died. The Ministry of Labour fined the company $180,000 and the supervisor $12,000, for negligence. There was a large propane tank on the private property, with no locates considered in the private area around the tank. Apparently, the company drove a large stake into the ground, puncturing the propane line. It seems innocent enough. But the results are not innocent, and considering locates were not obtained, it’s unthinkable. This death could have been prevented.

Lessons learned It may not be enough to just request locates, considering the normal utilities that may exist on a property. If you are digging into the soil in any capacity, it is your responsibility to make sure that there are no underground utilities present.

The only way to do this is to obtain locates. Just because the locate company mapped and marked an underground utility entering from the street, it doesn’t mean that there are not other potential hazards on the site. Any contractor breaking the soil needs to look around and make sure that there are not other dangers present. Examples may include lighting, buried fuel tanks, an above-ground accessory (such as an outdoor gas barbecue) or buried item (heater for a pool), etc. All these private area items need to be checked for underground dangers before digging. Potential liabilities The case noted above, may not be the end of this sad example. There could be civil action, resulting in charges under the criminal code through Bill C-45. This makes safety violations punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada. Ministry of Labour prosecutions are increasing each year. The case could just as easily have involved a landscape company. Can you imagine one of

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our small industry contractors in this situation? Let it be an example that under no circumstances should your company dig without a locate. Over 60 per cent of the utility hits last year in Ontario involved not having locates. Never make the assumption that no other private dangers exist on a site. This should be one of the first questions for your client. Please inform all your employees about this case, and discuss an action plan to prevent such an occurrence on one of your jobs. Terry Murphy may be contacted at

Concern from LO clarifies cause of explosion Back in early November, newspapers and TV stations blared out the heading, ‘Niagara Falls landscaping company fined $180,000 in connection with a 2008 explosion.’ Concern was soon expressed by Landscape Ontario that the media announcements were creating a negative image of the landscape industry. It was in fact not a landscaper involved in the incident, but a masonry company attempting to perform landscaping. The explosion took the life of a Niagara Falls woman. It was learned that the information sent to the news media originated from the Ministry of Labour. After a number of requests from Landscape Ontario, the ministry corrected its Court Bulletin, to remove the word “Landscaping” from the heading. The heading now reads, ‘Company fined $180,000 total for health and safety violations.’ “This was a masonry firm unsuccessfully undertaking landscape duties,” said Sally Harvey, LO’s manager of education and labour development. Terry Murphy, who writes the column The Underground World in Horticulture Review, wrote to the ministry, stating, “If a painter is painting a fence, or a house, and performed this function, DOES it make him a landscaper doing landscaping work?”

Growers’ Group Short Course focuses on important production issues The annual LO Growers’ Group Short Course in February promises to provide an opportunity for nursery growers to network, share information and learn more about important issues affecting their businesses. This year’s Short Course takes place on Feb. 9 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/ Burlington. As always, the day concludes with the always-popular Growers’ Good Idea session. The line-up of topics is diverse, including weed management, developing and testing woody plants and effective IPM strategies. Again this year, there will be several exhibitors who supply products used by the nursery industry. The New Products Showcase returns after its successful debut in 2010. Exhibitors will have two minutes each to highlight new or significantly improved products for 2011. Agrium Advanced Technologies is this year’s Short Course sponsor. Register online at by Feb. 4 to take advantage of pre-registration fees: $65 for LO members, $75 for potential members and $25 for students. Onsite registration is $90. Short Course line-up: A Digital Guide to Nursery and Landscape Pests Dave Cheung, University of Guelph Testing and Developing Woody Ornamentals Rick Durand, Prairie Shade Nursery Weed Control in Container Production Charles Gilliam, Auburn University

Fungus Gnat Biocontrol: Mites vs. Nematodes? Ernie Morimoto, Niagara College Using Native Plants in Green Roofs Joanna VanLuttikhuizen, Niagara College Root-Pruning Pots for Native Oaks Jason Wrixon, Niagara College New Product Showcase Various exhibitors Boxwood Blight and Dogwood Anthracnose Tom Hsiang, University of Guelph Reduced Risk Controls for Insect Pests on Cuttings Cythia Scott-Dupree, University of Guelph Sustainable Nursery Production and Green Roofs Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph What the World Needs Now is Trees Hannah Mathers, VRIC Biocontrol of Black Vine Weevil Michael Brownbridge, VRIC Management Strategies for Verticillium George Lazarovits, A&L Biologicals Agroecology Under-utilized Trees for the Urban Landscape Sean Fox, University of Guelph Arboretum Nursery Crops Specialist Update Jen Llewellyn, OMAFRA Better Weed Control in Field Production Charles Gilliam, Auburn University

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Award to honour memory of pioneer The 38th Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony will see more than 600 leading industry professionals in attendance at this year’s event on Tues., Jan. 11. The evening begins at 4:45 p.m. with the President’s Reception, featuring Landscape Ontario president Tom Intven. He will be on hand to mix and mingle with guests during the wine and cheese event. The reception leads into the highly anticipated and always sold-out awards presentation. Awards will honour the best in landscape construction, maintenance and design. New this year is a memorial award for one the industry’s leading pioneers, Horst Dickert. The award will recognize the best use of native

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Education events reveal new and improved methods By Jennifer Llewellyn OMAFRA nursery crop specialist


am lucky to have attended some really good meetings and conferences this past fall. Some of the events were in the form of webinars. I want to share a few highlights of these educational events. We are fortunate to have so many good people working on ornamental nursery and landscape plants. Their enthusiasm and zest for new and improved ways of doing things should inspire us all. Effective EAB techniques I attended a webcast on Dec. 1, featuring Krista Ryall of the Canadian Forestry Service. She presented a sampling protocol that was developed to detect emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in ash trees. For years, we have tried to detect emerald ash borer (EAB). And for years, we have failed. The reality is that an ash tree will show virtually no symptoms, and yet still be significantly infested, resulting in it sometimes dying suddenly the very next year. So where on the tree do we look for larval galleries? How many samples do we take, and how big should the samples be? The research team took large, asymptomatic ash trees on the edge of infested areas. They cut them into small pieces, so they could transport them back to the

lab. The pieces were carefully labeled, providing exact identification as to location on the tree from where the samples were taken. The researchers even labeled them as to north or south facing. Some interesting results were that of all the asymptomatic trees they sampled on the edge of known infested areas, 50 per cent were infested with EAB. The south aspect had slightly higher numbers of larval galleries. Open-grown trees that are ≼ 20 cm DBH were the most often infested. The highest proportion of larval galleries was found on branches from the mid-crown. After they dissected all of the branch samples, they found that most of the larval galleries were within the first 1.5 cm of the branch (nearest the trunk). Because they dissected the complete tree, they were able to randomly choose branch samples and found that they had an 80 per cent chance of detecting EAB if they chose two branch samples per tree. They also determined that a branch diameter larger than 6 cm was needed to ensure the possibility of larval galleries. The exciting thing is that this sampling method is being used, and is effective. If we can detect infested trees earlier, we will perhaps do a better job at slowing the spread of this devastating insect. Breeding for disease resistance I had the opportunity to travel to New England for the IPPS Eastern region meeting in late


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September. IPPS is always an excellent meeting for networking with other growers, researchers and extension agents for nursery crops. There’s just no other conference like it. I had the good fortune to meet with researchers who are actively breeding ornamentals for improved pest resistance and other ornamental traits. During one session, I found out about Dr. Tom Molnar’s work at Rutgers University. His research team has several hundred crosses of ornamental filbert (hazel, Corylus avellana). These seedlings show resistance to the very serious disease, Eastern filbert blight (Anisogramma anomala). Currently available cultivars Contorta and Red Majestic are susceptible, though they are quite popular in the landscape. In addition to disease resistance, some of the improved seedlings are showing novel traits such as defoliating bark, contortedness and cutleaf morphology. The research team needs to do further evaluation of disease resistance and stability of novel ornamental traits before the new cultivars can be released commercially. Improving spray application Dr. Heping Zhu is an agricultural engineer who has been studying application technology in nursery crops with USDA/ARS in Ohio. He gave an excellent seminar at the IPPS Eastern Region in New England this past fall. Dr. Heping’s team has been looking at various factors to improve spraying application precision and reducing drift. Dr. Heping designed and built intelligent sprayers. These are one-of-akind variable rate sprayers with output governed by crop plant volumes to improve crop coverage, while reducing total spray volume. The result is a significant reduction in non-target spray application without compromising efficacy. The research team was able to reduce spray volume by 50 per cent. With the high cost of pest control products and concerns over the environment, this technology has the potential to revolutionize spraying in nursery crops. Unfortunately, Dr. Heping’s lab was virtually destroyed when the research station was hit by a tornado back in September. The team is rebuilding and finding support to continue its important work. In the meantime, Dr. Zhu is presenting at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention on Feb. 23-24 at Brock University. Jennifer Llewellyn may be reached at 519-824-4120, ext. 52671, or by email

Year-end trial garden report reveals results for 2010 By Rodger Tschanz University of Guelph Trial Garden manager


t the end of 2010, it is time for me to gather together the successful — and not so successful — stories from the Guelph Trial Garden. Many will be looking ahead to the 2011 growing season to determine what to offer clients in the way of new and exciting bedding plants for use in containers, or ground beds. I hope I provide some inspiration from my 2010 trial experiences. Petunias Breeders continue to release many new smallflowered petunias every year. Small flowers typically have good rain resistance, resulting in them less likely to look like sodden rags after a pounding rain, compared to larger flowered forms. Here are some of my favourites from 2010. Picnic Light Pink: With a semi-trailing habit, this selection is more compact and upright than trailing petunias, such as the Wave series. It has excellent rain tolerance and prolific seasonlong bloom, and is suitable for both container and ground applications. It needs spacing no greater than 12 inches to achieve good groundcover in the beds. Charm series: This series stands out because of exceptionally small flower size, approaching that of calibrachoa. We trialed both Indigo Charm and Sangria Charm with good success. It is suitable for both ground and container applications, with a moderately vigourous trailing growth habit and good rain tolerance. Shockwave Coconut: Shockwave is the small-flowered series in the Wave family of seedpropagated petunias. It has excellent groundcovering vigour and looks good in both beds and containers. It stands up well to pounding rain, and spent blooms fall to the ground, thereby not marring the white appearance of the planting. Picobella Rose Star: This is another smallflowered plant propagated from seed. It has more of an upright, bushy habit and excellent seasonlong bloom. Plant at 12 inch spacing, rather than 16 inch, in order to fill in the canopy. Midsize-flowered petunias Black Velvet, Phantom, and Pinstripe: This is the black family of petunias, newly released from Ball Horticulture. Black Velvet is the first released all-black (really dark purple) petunia flower. Under certain growing conditions, the flower doesn’t open fully and may partially

revert to a black and pale yellow star pattern of Phantom. Pinstripe is more noticeably dark purple with a fine white strip running the length of the petals. Of the three, Pinstripe seems to have the best rain tolerance, but in general, the group does not stand up well to heavy rain; these plants will show best if protected from challenging weather conditions. All three can be used in both ground beds and containers, but keep in mind that the colour black can get lost in the landscape of soil and shadows. Inter-planting with contrasting colours (yellow, orange) may help bring out the uniqueness of this flower. Surprise Hot Rod Red: This catchy name tries to describe this unique colour – a bright red with a hint of blue. This plant has moderate vigour and rain tolerance, and fair season-long bloom. Pelargoniums Pelargoniums, or garden geraniums, are another standby of the landscape industry. Breeding efforts have focused on improving bloom quality and increasing the range of colours of this plant group. The Calliope and Caliente series of geraniums are examples of such inter-specific crosses. Calliope Dark Red was one of the best performers this year with its large inflorescence, continuous blooming and healthy foliage. It did well in both ground beds and containers, under both high and moderate nutritional levels. The Caliente series has a smaller inflorescence, but it is equally prolific in bloom. Caliente Orange had exceptional bloom performance. Schone Von Rheinberg Coral: This geranium had bloom performance as memorable as its name. There are three colours in the Schone Von Rheinberg series; all bloomed well, but the coral stood out in 2010. Horizon Deep Red: This is a seed-propagated zonal-type geranium with excellent ground bed bloom performance. Trailing verbena Close to 30 different trailing verbena cultivars were evaluated in the 2010 trial, with a full range of colours, flower and leaf sizes. This plant demonstrated effective performance in both beds and containers. It typically does better in the spring and fall. Breeders have worked to increase its heat tolerance, and have also tried to increase its powdery mildew resistance. Of the 30 plants in the trial, only two showed signs of powdery mildew in the fall. Temari series: We trialed the Temari Cherry Red and Temari Blue cultivars of this large-leaf

verbena type; both had excellent summer-long bloom and powdery mildew resistance. Empress Soft Pink: Bloom performance on this selection was moderate to good. The unique soft-pink colour of the flower made it stand out in the trial beds. Lanai Strawberry and Cream and Magelana Plum Frost: These two new releases showed moderate to good summer bloom, coupled with good resistance to powdery mildew. What really stood out for me were the eye catching bloom colours; a white and red bi-colour for Strawberry and Cream and a mauve fading to a white centre for Plum Frost. Something different I will conclude this article by examining some unusual plants that were trialed and caught my attention. GoldDust is a cultivar of mecardonia available from Proven Winners. It is a mat forming plant with small dark green leaves that contrast nicely with its tiny yellow flowers. I grew this plant in both containers and ground beds with equal success. It is a relatively slow grower, so in mixed containers, pick companions of equal slow growth. In the ground, this plant would look great trailing over rocks or along a gravel verge. Sassy Compact Yellow (Argyranthemum) had great season with long bloom performance. Resembling a small-flowered, more compact version of the Argyranthemum Butterfly, it has applications in both containers and beds. The Spring Celebrities series of hollyhock will bloom readily in the first year, producing multiple flower stalks throughout the growing season, and never exceed three feet. At this height, it can be grown successfully in containers. The Spring Celebrities’ colours (lilac, pink and crimson) in our trial were affected by rust, but the rust was only noticeable under close observation. With over 500 different plants in the 2010 trials, it is not possible to describe in this article all the new colours, etc., that are available to you for this coming season. Visit the Guelph Trial Garden website trialgarden for complete ratings on all trial plant materials. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me, at The 2011 trials are currently being planned. The selection of plants will become finalized in the next few months. If you have plant trial requests, or other suggestions for our trialing program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Momentum is building for LO members to create the largest garden ever at Canada Blooms Momentum is building among LO members as they prepare to create the largest garden in the history of Canada Blooms. Tim Kearney, who is again this year coordinating the LO garden project, refers to this year’s task as 9,000 square feet of PASSION. As a comparison to the last few years, the Green for Life garden by LO members measured 3,000 square feet in 2009, and 5,300 square feet last year. Haig Seferian is finalizing design details on the ambitious project. He has a tough act to follow, as Beth Edney’s masterpiece received rave reviews in 2010, showcasing the talents of over 200 LO members. Watch for the February issue of Horticulture Review to read an interview with Seferian and view some of his designs for the 2011 Canada Blooms garden. This year, everyone attending Canada Blooms will enter through LO’s garden. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the 15th

annual event from Mar. 16 to 20 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. “For some it may be intimidating, but at a recent team meeting, the attitude wasn’t how, it was ‘let’s get going,’ ” says Tim Kearney. “We have by no means filled all our team positions, but a most interesting feeling is creeping across the province.” Three well-known members involved in last year’s project have jumped at the opportunity to become involved again this year. Kearney says the following testimonials demonstrate that “taking part in the Canada Blooms project may change you for the rest of your career.” Testimonials Ryan Heath CLP, CLT, Ryan Heath Professional Landscaping, Keswick “Being a part of the LO build at Blooms really opened my eyes to the amazing talent our

industry has to offer. I was a little intimidated by the size of the project and the fast pace of the build, but once things got going my crew and I found our niche and contributed in our own way. You would think the tight timelines of the build would result in stress and tire everyone out, but that was not the case. The place was electric and the energy and enthusiasm was contagious. Being on the LO Team was an honour and a privilege, not a chore.” Paul Doornbos CLP, CLT Thornbusch Landscaping Company, Lansdowne “Being the part of this venture gives you a high; a feeling of being part of something significant, bigger than yourself and your company. You leave feeling charged about the coming season, confident that anything is possible. Most of all, you feel immense PRIDE in your industry and your peers.” Bob Tubby CLP Moonstruck Landscape Lighting “The team at Moonstruck Landscape Lighting has been volunteering the lighting for the LO display feature since the show opened. We take great pride in presenting the industry to the gardening consumer, and we get the added satisfaction of giving back to an industry and association that has done so much for us. We look forward to joining the LO team again this year for what I’m sure will be a fun and rewarding experience at Canada Blooms 2011.”

Taking part in the building of LO’s feature garden at Canada Blooms is a time of pride and an opportunity to work with a great team.


Tim Kearney says that leaders have stepped forward in Windsor, Toronto, Durham, Upper Canada and Ottawa, while other members from across the province have indicated their desire to help. “Tough work? As tough as you want it to be. Long hours? As long as your part of the legacy takes. Rewarding? Money comes in different ways. Your payment is being part of a team who desperately cares about your industry and love the chance to show off a wee bit. No egos exist on our team. The only thing there is an abundance of is pride. Pride, pride and more pride.” To become involved in this great project, contact Tim Kearney at timkearney@, or his cell, 613-913-8543, or Denis Flanagan, LO director of public relations at


Brian Lofgren celebrating his fourth year as Congress chair accomplish and hope to bring in to improve our industry.” Outside of LO, Lofgren volunteers for his church, has served as chair of his area separate school board, and a post-secondary educational institute. Asked if he is looking forward to any spe-

cific events at this year’s Congress, Lofgren says he hopes to see a continued moving forward of business opportunities, building on last year’s positive results from the show. “We (the committee) have done our best to provide a great show, and now it’s up to everyone to bring a positive attitude, which will make the show a real success.”

Congress offers full line up of educational sessions

Brian Lofgren


rian Lofgren didn’t wait too long after becoming a member of Landscape Ontario, to take on a volunteer position in the association. Eight years ago Lofgren became a member of LO. It wasn’t long after joining the association, that Paul Day, trade show manager, talked him into joining the Show Committee. After a couple of years, Lofgren became chair of Canada’s largest green industry event for landscape professionals. In his non-volunteer duties, Lofgren is president of Horta-Craft located in Strathroy. The company supplies the Canadian horticultural industry with tags and labeling products. Normally a chair serves two consecutive years, and then steps down. But, Lofgren had done such a good job of handling his duties on the show committee, that members talked him into taking on another two-year term. “This will be my last year as chairman of the committee,” says Lofgren, noting that he will remain on the committee. “I get back so much from my volunteer involvement with the show,” he says. “The enjoyment of accomplishment and so many great people whom I have met and now call friends, are just two benefits from my volunteer work.” Brian Lofgren also volunteers for another LO position. He has recently taken on a new challenge, devoting his time to the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee. “It’s a different type of work, but it’s also very satisfying with some of the things we have managed to

The 2011 Congress line up promises some of the most relevant educational sessions in many years. The program begins Jan. 11 with a bang, as keynote speaker Jody Urquhart presents Lighten Up, it’s Only Work: The Power of Levity. She demonstrates how to use humour to stay in control while maintaining balance and Jody Urquhart perspective. Other sessions quickly filling up are Tuesday’s hot button topic, The Sustainable Garden, presented by Candace Carter, who will examine how to spin ecologically sound practices for better client acceptance and profit. Wednesday’s Techniques and Issues

in Greenroof Installation and Maintenance will be presented by New York State’s Richard Heller. He will discuss how to price a green roof, the different types in today’s market and their value. A timely topic that is sure to deliver information relevant to the state of our current economy is Thursday’s Managing Your Company in a Tight Economy, delivered by perennial favourite Charles Vander Kooi from Colorado. The 2011 schedule offers a broad range of topics and speakers. A complete list is available at, as well as the online registration form. Questions may be directed to

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New products has a green theme at this year’s Congress showcase The New Product Showcase at Congress 2011 will feature over 60 new or green products. Congress is traditionally a launch pad for innovative products that appeal to the landscape contractors, those companies involved in snow and ice management, irrigation and lawn maintenance. The main focus of many products high-

lighted in the New Product Showcase is around environmentally-friendly solutions, particularly for ponds, irrigation, snow and ice management and paving. There are several innovations in the areas of small and large equipment and tools, such as chainsaw sharpeners, a new zero-turn mower, etc., and for products that are easier to set-up and maintain.

Some of the products will include sensors that report in real-time to a central computer or handheld device on soil moisture, temperature and irrigation flow, and a solid ice melter made from military grade runway de-icer.

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Terry Childs, a member of the LO show committee, looks over one of the new products that will be on display at this year’s New Product Showcase at Congress 2011.

Horticulture Review welcomes letters to the editor. Send them to, or Allan Dennis, Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton, Ont. L9T 2X8.






















Horticulture Review - January 2011  

The Voice of Landscape Ontario

Horticulture Review - January 2011  

The Voice of Landscape Ontario