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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Hard work required in tough times

ver the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to predict business cycles. When you don’t know what to to expect in terms of the volume of business, it makes it very difficult in terms of hiring new employees, equipment purchases and expenditures related to forward planning. The recent economic difficulties have created apprehension in our customers’ willingness to purchase our industry’s services. Many company executives are sitting on cash and bracing themselves in preparation for higher financial costs. They are worried about the potential disasters in Europe that will affect North American business in the months ahead.

is a huge change. Back then we all worried about how slow things had become, and if it would remain that way throughout the year. One of the changes I now see is that most of our customers demand more detail and options on landscape design and construction work. This high level of expectation also includes garden maintenance, with clients expecting exceptional service. I am not surprised, when you consider that most of our customers’ investment portfolios are not healthy. As well, the longterm investment prospect is not promising. With the disappointing economic data and profits shrinking, one has to wonder why we have not seen more downward revisions. We continue to see market analysts much too optimistic. When companies miss earnings projections, it does not sit well with investors. I say this because, generally when our customers’ portfolios show reasonable earnings, even though it’s only on paper, there is more willingness by them to invest in our products and services.

Busy spring

Lucky to be in Canada

By Phil Charal LO president


This spring was extremely busy for my firm. Compared to last fall and winter, this

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behind. The rest of Europe is in severe recession. My project manager just returned from a trip to Northern Ireland. He was devastated by what he witnessed in that country, and very sadly for him he saw evidence in his hometown. Upon his return, he said, “I had a great trip, but the state of my boarded-up hometown really depressed me.” If I compare Canada to the rest of the world, there is no better place to live. We are so lucky to have our way of life, a stable economy and natural resources. I try very hard to be optimistic about Canada, and for selfish reasons, Ontario. I prefer to see the glass half full. Our government has been somewhat fiscally responsible. The fact of the matter is that we are all going to need to work harder to achieve the same financial results we saw in years gone by. We need to be very focused on profitability and increasing margins, and making more from less. Europe’s problems will have some impact on Canada, but we must be prepared. However, we are more tied to the U.S. economy. That country appears to be weathering the storm and making good progress. Let’s all keep working hard, as we always do, and good things will come our way. Phil Charal may be reached at

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for small urban spaces is back after a year’s hiatus. Over 70 geraniums (from zonal to ivy and interspecific) are in the 2012 trials. SuperSonic, Sonic, Magnum and Sunpatiens series of New Guinea impatiens will be trialed side by side, as will a wide range of Calibrachoas. I’ve never grown vegetative-propagated violas before, but this year we have three new entries from Suntory. These will be planted alongside the seed-propagated trailing Cool Wave violas from PanAmerican Seed. The trial area devoted to Heuchera and Echinacea cultivars will double in size this year, with new additions from Proven Winners and Vanhof and Blokker. Again this year, there is a wide selection of new annuals to view. I welcome two new breeders, Fides and Ecke Ranch, to our trial program. There is continued representation from Ball, Goldsmith/Syngenta, Sakata, Suntory, Takii and Proven Winners in our annual trial beds, with representation of new perennials from Blooms of Bressingham, Jelitto Seed, Kieft, Vanhof and Blokker and Proven Winners.

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Rodger Tschanz has planted a huge number of new varieties in this year’s trial gardens.

This year’s trial gardens feature over 800 roses By Rodger Tschanz University of Guelph trial garden manager

Horticultural professionals need to mark the date of Aug. 17, for the annual open house at the LO trial gardens. This year visitors will see some big changes to the trial beds at Landscape Ontario’s home office. The most noticeable difference is the addition of the two large rose beds situated between the previous trial beds and Highway 401. Over 800 rose bushes representing a number of cultivars, donated by John Bakker of J.C. Bakker and Sons, St. Catharines, were planted this spring.The new gardens demonstrate the mass planting application of roses in the landscape.


At the August open house, Bakker will talk about new varieties of roses. He will be joined by other educational speakers beginning at 9 a.m. with Thelma Kessel discussing Alternatives to Ash. A rain garden demonstration will conclude the segment, followed by the tour of the gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The afternoon program starts at 1 p.m. in Guelph at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute with tours, self-guided or otherwise, of the Guelph trial plots.

Many highlights

Other highlights this year include display beds using annual bedding plants from both Goldsmith/Syngenta and Proven Winners. The trial to evaluate vegetables

The new rose beds did not magically appear, but were the result of at least two days of skid steer operation by John Hewson CLP of Greenscape Lawn Maintenance of Mississauga and chair of the Grounds Maintenance Sector Group. Thank you John, for taking the bull by the horns and getting the bed-making process started. And, thanks go to Keith Osborne from Gro-Bark for arranging the delivery of the new soil for the rose beds and Rob Ellidge from LO for spreading that soil in preparation for planting. Placing the rose bushes into the soil was largely accomplished by LO’s office and summer staff. This planting will dramatically increase the magnitude of the floral impact for those travelling on North America’s busiest highway. When coming to this year’s open house, feel free to bring along your greenhouse grower or client, so you can discuss plant options and get new ideas. If Aug. 17 doesn’t fit your schedule, attend the public open houses on Aug. 15 (noon until 8 p.m.) in Guelph, or on Aug. 18 (10-3 p.m.) in Milton. Both trial sites are open during business hours to allow you to view plant performance throughout the season. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities available with the trial garden, contact Rodger Tschanz at rtschanz@, or Kathleen Pugliese at

Windsor Chapter created a beautiful garden at The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

Windsor Hospice gives back to LO chapter volunteers By Rob Ellidge

The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County demonstrated its appreciation of the efforts shown by Landscape Ontario’s Windsor Chapter in building the Solidarity Garden at the facility. An open house on June 20 recognized the tremendous dedication and efforts by members. Completed last fall, the garden is now in its first full season at the Hospice, where patients, families and staff are all quick to recognize the many benefits of their newly-renovated space. Members in attendance at the opening included Nino Papa, Santerra Stonecraft, Mike Bellaire, Bellaire Landscape, Chuck Pronger, The Pond Store, Dan Garlatti, Garlatti Landscaping and Jay Rivait, Top Grade Landscaping. “The garden is like having another big room on to the building,” says hospice executive director Carol Derbyshire. She had many kind words and praise for the local members in attendance who contributed to the garden. “We are so grateful to Landscape

Ontario members, because they helped make all this happen,” said Derbyshire. The Canadian Auto Workers also contributed to the garden by raising $100,000 for the project, but Derbyshire is quick to point out that the garden could not have been built for that price. Also included were many extra materials and elements provided through the generous donations of Chapter members. Hospice staff members are also very proud of the Solidarity Garden. The Windsor Hospice is working with a Toronto hospice to help it take on a similar project. After the visiting hospice staff had a tour of the Windsor facility, they later commented to their Board, “Hospice Windsor is the Disney of all hospices.” Nurse educator Catharyn Ellis said the Solidarity Garden,” is great for a lot of people,” because even local residents visiting the hospice for group sessions or events can sit inside the lobby and still enjoy a view of the garden. Social worker Alex Katzenberger wanted everyone to know, “It is not only patients who benefit [from the garden], but also caregivers,” because it also pro-

vides them with a place to escape, relax and clear their own heads before heading back to work with patients. “It’s fulfilling a lot of people on a lot of levels. It is just beautiful,” she added. The project came about through a discussion at Winter Blooms a few years back, when a hospice board member mentioned they were thinking of building a garden. Chris Power from Bellaire Landscaping immediately offered help on the chapter’s behalf and spearheaded the project. Power, a landscape designer and a director on the Windsor Chapter board, said material left over from Winter Blooms was used, along with material donations from Stonecraft and The Pond Store. The rest of the donation came in the way of labour. Landscape Ontario thanks all of the participants, volunteers and members who provided labour and materials to make the Solidarity Garden a reality. Next on the Chapter’s radar is the St. Anne’s French Immersion School, where a green project is already underway.


ASSOCIATION NEWS New program helps teach horticulture in Kitchener Rob Tester of TNT Property Maintenance in Kitchener has set up a program to help local high school students learn about horticulture and environmental stewardship. For the last 10 years, Tester, who is president of the Waterloo Chapter, has made it part of his business philosophy to bring horticultural expertise to the secondary school curriculum and create opportunities for young people to excel in this industry. From founding the Annual Regional Landscape Skills Competition for Secondary Students to chairing the Waterloo Region District School Board’s landscape/horticulture advisory council, or organizing Skills Ontario competitions for landscape students, Tester thrives on seeing young men and women blossom into avid horticulturists as they immerse themselves into the hands-on world of landscaping. “Helping to give these kids an opportunity to learn about environmental stewardship and about creating living, growing spaces and knowing that some of them will continue this as a career or as a lifelong hobby, is very fulfilling,” says Tester. He employees 12 landscape specialists in his property maintenance business, including two apprentices straight from high school. Tester created a new way to help Kitchener Collegiate Institute (KCI) with its green industries program. Having adopted KCI as a school to assist (Tester also provides a landscape scholarship for a worthy student entering apprenticeship), he knew that with educational funding cuts, the horticulture program did not have the equipment needed to meet the demand. In order to help purchase the equipment and feed the program requirements, Tester implemented a loyalty program this year that sees a two per cent rebate of the dollar value of


KCI supporter purchases from TNT Property being donated to the school’s green industries program. “People will feel good about making a difference simply by purchasing landscaping products or services they were buying anyway,” says Tester. “It’s a proverbial win-win situation.” Pat Rittinger, head of the KCI’s Green Industries program, says his class has grown in popularity since it was first proposed by the local landscape industry eight years ago. While most students taking the class go on to college or university for other programs, the hands-on nature of the green industries class is hugely appreciated. Students learn everything from landscaping and school property maintenance to planting and maintaining an orchard, a community garden, operating a green house and selling the produce at a market day with funds put back into the program’s operating costs. There are over 200 students taking part in this program. “My entire budget from the school board is only $2,200 for the whole year,” said Rittinger. “We couldn’t do it without TNT Property’s help and this loyalty rebate program will help us buy feed for the animals, seed, fertilizer, shovels and the equipment the kids need in this class.” Rittinger estimates that four or five students go on each year to choose a green industry as their career, while hundreds more have a new appreciation and knowledge of environmental stewardship. Supporters of KCI can obtain loyalty cards through the school, or TNT Property Maintenance in Kitchener. “Other schools, churches or organizations or associations can also set up their own loyalty program through TNT Property so their cause can benefit as well,” says Tester. More information on the loyalty program can be found at

Stormwater management workshops planned this summer

Landscape Ontario, Green Communities Canada, REEP Green Solutions, and

Green Venture have announced that they are working together with leaders in stormwater management to offer hands-on training opportunities to Ontario landscapers. The opportunities will include emerging trends in stormwater management such as rain gardens, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting for irrigation purposes. Workshops will combine classroom learning with practical experience. Concern has been raised that urban areas covered with impervious surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, and roofs are a major contributor to poor water quality in Ontario’s rivers, streams, and lakes. “Every time it rains pollutants such as heavy metals and chemicals, nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, and bacteria wash into adjacent waterways and the Great Lakes. Runoff from newer areas receives some treatment, however, it is not enough to adequately address the problem,” says Sharyn Inward of Green Communities Canada. “Runoff can make water bodies hazardous for swimming and can negatively impact aquatic life. This is because traditional stormwater systems have left a legacy of polluted surface water,” states Inward. There is a growing movement to improve on stormwater management in new developments. The legacy of poor stormwater management in older, more established areas requires immediate action, and this is where we can have a direct impact on the existing problems caused by runoff. Inward says a simple and effective way to improve on the present situation is to retrofit properties draining into the existing storm sewer system with raingardens, permeable paving, and by harvesting rainwater before it becomes a problem. Building rain gardens, installing permeable pavement, and harvesting rain water will help restore the natural cycle of rainwater and improve water quality in communities. Rain is a resource, not a waste product. RAIN is a joint program of Green Communities Canada and its members. The RAIN program mission is to help property owners manage stormwater in an ecological manner, before it leaves the property. The organization motivates action to

reduce pollution entering Ontario’s lakes and rivers via storm sewers. The program is encouraging property owners to: • Use rain barrels, cisterns and plant trees (trees hold up to 30 per cent of precipitation) • Install rain gardens and permeable paving • Avoiding polluting activities (spreading fertilizers, de-icing salts, flicking cigarette butts, driveway carwashing, leaving pet waste)

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“As a landscaper you play an important role in making wise choices for both your clients and the environment. You are leaders in natural systems and can influence site planning to make sure maximum infiltration of stormwater is achieved, improving the health of plantings, soil, water quality and the people who rely on it. We can all work together to reframe how people feel about the rain,” says Inward. According to Sally Harvey CLT, CLP, LO’s manager of education and labour development, the dates and locations of the workshops in Kitchener and Hamilton are not confirmed. Watch for LO e-news, or for updates.

Designs By The Yard blooms on Annette Street

The retail stretch along Annette Street in Toronto is getting a boost with the opening of Designs By The Yard, an upscale garden design studio and boutique. The specialty store, owned by award-winning landscape designer, Beth Edney CLD, offers area residents a one-stop shop for beautifying their outdoor spaces. Designs By The Yard will showcase everything from high-end garden furniture to unique perennials, urns and affordable accessories. Edney is well known among LO members, serving on numerous volunteer committees. She has been on the LO board of directors for the past four years, is chair of the trade show committee, and past chair of the designers sector group and a member of the Canada Blooms build team.

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ASSOCIATION NEWS The official opening of the new enterprise took place on June 9, with Toronto councillor Denzil Minnon-Wong presenting a congratulatory letter from Mayor Rob Ford and the city council. Edney is also excited about offering a venue for landscape contractors and designers to send their clients to get personal service when choosing outdoor furniture, artwork and urns. She can help put the finishing touches on the garden which will make them camera ready for the portfolio. The studio and boutique is is located at 584 Annette St. (at Beresford) between Runnymede and Jane Street in Toronto, and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beth Edney invites fellow LO members to drop by for a visit and a cup of tea.

Industry Auction at Putzer Nursery

The Growers Group annual fund-raiser is all set for July 19. This year the major fund-raising event will take place at Putzer Nursery, 7314 Sixth Line, Hornby (near Milton). Last year over $20,000 was raised towards industry research and scholarships. Attendees can bid on top quality plant material at below-wholesale prices. And top quality is the key here, with the pride of growers evident as they show off their high-end plant material. All industry donations are welcomed for auction, including plant material, related hard goods, garden giftware, silent auction items, etc. There will also be live judging of the Growers Awards of Excellence entries.

There is no fee to attend, just bring your staff and your trailer. A tour of the farm and preview of lots begin at 10:30 a.m, with lunch at 11:45. The auction starts at 1 p.m. sharp. To donate or for more information, contact Kristen McIntyre at, or 1-800-265-5656, ext. 321.

Blue Sky Nursery owner makes a difference

For the past four years the owner of Blue Sky Nursery in Beamsville, Alice Klamer, has served on the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Board and sponsored fundraising events. “I’m still a member of the Chamber and sponsor most of the fundraisers and attend meetings.” In answering the call from Tony DiGiovanni for members to send information on how they or their company helps their community, Klamer wrote, “I don’t want in any way to look like this is about me, I want to encourage others that they can make a difference in our communities.” A Rotarian since 2002, her company has sponsored numerous fundraising events on behalf of the club. She says, “I’m just starting to put some of the activities that the company has been involved in on our website so that people can see that I strongly believe in making a living by what we get, but that we make a life by what we give.” A list of those events is included on

Knippel Nursery donates to community groups Knippel Nursery of Gloucester supports the community through donations of plant material to such groups as Habitat for Humanity housing projects, Smitty’s Camp for Disabled Children, National Military Cemetery, Perley Rideau Veterans’ Hospital, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


As well, the nursery helps local schools with donations, along with the United Way campaign and many others. Knippel Nursery was among many LO members who responded to executive director Tony DiGiovanni’s request to members to share the great causes and projects their company was involved with over the past year or two.

the Blue Sky website at Since 2007, Klamer has served on the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, with the last three years as president. “It was a great privilege to serve on the hospital board. I’m still a member of the Foundation Board as past president and vice-president.”

Western Landscape Services helps students appreciate trees

Western Landscape Services of Elginburg, near Kingston, just launched its fifth annual Plant a Tree, Make our City Cool school program. Since the program started, Western Landscape Services has delivered fun and educational sessions to 975 students in 29 schools in Kingston and area. Ten schools took part in the 2012 program, where students will learn how trees increase the quality of life in an urban forest. During the 2012 growing season, a mature native tree will be planted with grade 6 elementary school students at each of ten schools. Students and their teachers learn and are engaged in planting a tree in their own school yard and how to nurture a tree once it is planted. Students put the new skill and appreciation for trees into practice by taking a seedling home to plant at a location of their choice. The Western Landscape Services school program has contributed 1,050 trees and seedlings through the United Nations Environment Program, called Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. For the past four years, citizens from 193 countries joined forces to ‘work in unison to protect our climate and restore ecosystems, one tree at a time.’ Plant a Tree, Make our City Cool school program has been made possible with the valuable support of community partners. Trees were generously donated by Homestead Land Holdings of Kingston, and seedlings were donated by LO member Lorne Park Nurseries of Colbourne and Friends of Lemoine Point Nursery of Kingston. “Inspiring children today will last for a century…… Let us all bring nature to our back yard to enable each and every one of us to understand how nature is a part of us – not for us,” says Carol VandenEngel, office manager of Western Landscape Services.

Great schedule of summer events

The summer of 2012 promises to deliver more great events for LO members, with

lots of golf and baseball tournaments and barbecues. The season begins on July 25 with the Waterloo Golf Tournament, and ends on Sept. 22 with Windsor’s golf tournament. July 25, Waterloo Golf Tournament, Rebel Creek Golf Course, 1517 Snyder’s East Petersburg, with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. July 27, Upper Canada Golf Tournament, Loyalist Golf Club, 1 Loyalist Blvd., Bath. Registration is from 10 - 10:30 a.m., with tee-off at 11 a.m. Aug. 15, Golden Horseshoe Golf Tournament, Willow Valley Golf Course, 8475 English Church, Mount Hope. Aug. 19, Toronto Baseball Tournament, Richmond Greens Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill. Aug. 22, Ottawa Golf Tournament, Canadian Golf and Country Club, Ashton. Aug. 23, Durham Chapter’s Annual Barbecue, Durham College, Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Ave., Whitby, from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 9, Waterloo Chapter Baseball Tournament and Summer Picnic, Breslau Memorial Park,


Ottawa Chapter had great weather and good times at its tournament last year.

10 Joseph St., Breslau at 8 a.m. Sept. 13, Golden Horseshoe Chicken Roast, Legends Landscape Supply, 1150 Heritage Rd., Burlington, at 5:30. Sept. 14, London Golf Tournament, Pine Knot Golf Course, 5421 Hamilton Rd., Dorchester. Sept. 14, Georgian Lakelands Golf Tournament, Horseshoe Valley Resort

on the Highlands Course. Lunch begins at noon, with tee-off at 1 p.m. Sept. 22, Windsor Golf Tournament, Fox Glen Golf Club, 7525 Howard Ave., McGregor. For more information about any of these events, please go to www.horttrades. com/comingevents, or watch for your weekly e-news.

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ASSOCIATION NEWS Expo offers many professional development opportunities

It’s July. It’s hot. You are tired and your staff needs motivation. Look no further! Give them something to look forward to – sign up for Expo and get tickets for everyone to Planning for Profit! Fabulous professional development opportunities await LO members and their staff. Prepare to maximize your profit through innovative sales and marketing initiatives with containers and plant material at a special ticketed event on Oct. 18 at Expo. Expo is your destination to re-energize your staff and celebrate the great world of retailing and design. Canada’s premier fall show for the floral and garden industry, Expo 2012 will take place in the stylish new North Building of the Toronto Congress Centre on Wed., Oct. 17, and Thurs., Oct. 18. “It has been a great season to date and the prevailing positive mood has been contagious,” notes Heather MacRae, Expo 2012 show manager. “We are all looking forward to a new energy at the show.” A great deal of time has been spent ensuring events are relevant and will help you and your staff take away usable ideas to implement in your business after the show. The second day of the show kicks off with the power breakfast event,


‘Planning for Profit,’ hosted by Landscape Ontario’s Interior Plantscape Sector Group. The event will feature an interactive session led by Jill Jensen of Jill Jensen Botanical Specialties and Sue Blaney from Lechuza Canada. Jensen specializes in the supply of tropical plants to the interior landscape and retail market in Ontario. She has managed sales and marketing for a Canadian nursery, specializing in interior landscape design, sourcing, installation and maintenance, as well as a tropical plants producer in Florida and worked with the retail market in both the U.S. and Canada. Sue Blaney is a lifetime entrepreneur and has traveled internationally for business. She has been owner of a successful graphic design and print production company, Pinnacle Communications, since 1993. Labatt, Sleeman, and Corby Distilleries were among her clients, and she produced POS and business materials; shipping worldwide. Blaney has embraced a career change and is now a sales agent for Lechuza self-watering planters. “Business owners are faced with a myriad of issues in today’s financial climate. We need to help each other and share best practices – learn what works,” says Stephen Schell, chair of LO’s Interior Plantscape group, and owner of The Plant Lady, a Kitchener-based company


that creates interior tropical plant installations. “This session will provide the opportunity to learn from two talented and successful business women who will offer some real ideas to implement in your business.” This interactive session will drill-out solutions and is a must-attend event for retailers and interior, floral and landscape designers. Ticket price includes a breakfast and an Expo 2012 trade show badge. Attendees will enjoy the cost savings; ticket price of $55 for Landscape Ontario members and $75 for non-members who purchase by Oct. 1. After that date, prices will increase. Comments, questions or ideas for future Expo sessions and events are welcome. Send them to, or visit to register, or for more information. — Kristen McIntyre CHT

Caterpillar offers savings on new machines

LO members can save up to $2,000 on the next purchase of new machines from Caterpillar, which include backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, multiterrain loaders, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders or small track-type tractors. Save $250 on your choice of select Cat Work Tool attachments. Better yet, get both! For details, and to redeem these offers, fill out the savings card and take it to your local Cat dealer. Members can download a discount form at www., or at To redeem your credit, present your card to your local Cat dealer at time

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Recent member benefit updates

Petro-Canada no longer owns Certigard. Therefore, members no longer receive five per cent off of parts and labour at Certigard. In the original information provided about Mark’s Work Wearhouse discount card, it was mentioned that members with smartphones could have the cashier scan the PDF on your phone and that would suffice. However, this is not necessarily the case at all Mark’s Work Wearhouse locations.

LO member begins new mission in Ecuador

Landscape Ontario member Vince Vetro has added a new title to his resume, that of executive director of The David/Jonathan Project and The Lending Journey. Vetro and his family have operated a successful lawn maintenance and irrigation business, BethStar Irrigation in Mississauga, for the last 24 years. About ten years ago Vetro was invited to join a team traveling to Ecuador to help out with a number of social justice projects. “I was amazed by the work ethic of

the women I met and their industriousness, but I was perplexed by their poverty,” Vetro. He says many of the women he met had a desire to either develop a business or expand a small business they had already started. “I also learned that many of these women who did not know how to approach a bank were paying loan Vince Vetro with some of the women he is helping achieve business success in Ecuador. sharks 50, 60 and sometimes 100 per cent in interest.” impossible,” he says. Although he was initially overwhelmed Vetro has amassed a number of partners by the needs, he decided to get involved. with an expanse of knowledge and educaVetro says, “I understood about starting tion in a variety of fields. They join him on businesses. I started very small. I would his trips south to add that expertise to help give loans to people, literally taking the the women build sustainable businesses. money right out of my pocket. Little did I “We have senior vice presidents from know back then that almost ten years later, a variety of businesses join us, website I would be involved in spending months experts, social workers, motivators and a overseas running a micro-finance charity.” slew of other successful business entreVetro says that it’s a very rewarding preneurs,” says Vetro. “Many of the busitime in his life. He says that it’s an opporness people who have travelled with me tunity to move from success to signifiof late to South America have developed cance and an opportunity to give back to strong careers and businesses and now the world community at large. “My staff are thinking about their legacy.” at BethStar is a huge part of the success He notes that most of the women borof The David/Jonathan Project and The rowing money have been abandoned by Lending Journey. If it was not for them their spouses. “Because of their position allowing me the time to develop the projin society, they are quite vulnerable. We ect and watching over business while I provide a 26-week training program for am away, this dream would have been our loan recipients and work with them

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ASSOCIATION NEWS quite closely to help them succeed. In the process, we also teach them about the need to give back to their own communities,” says Vetro. The owner of BethStar Irrigation says that what excites him and his team more than anything else is that they are creating a sustainable model for these ladies. “Many of them after they have repaid their first loan take a second and then a third. It is great to go and visit them once they are finished with us and see their businesses thriving. I have enjoyed many a good meal at one of the restaurants that we have financed.” Businesses include restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and the most recent one, a recycling business in a slum. Many of the streets in the barrios are strewn with garbage everywhere. Vetro tells the story of a local woman who came up with the idea to collect old plastic and glass bottles and steel and then sell the garbage to a recycler. “Not only has she cleaned up the area around her business and home, but she is making a difference in her community. This has been a really great story,” he says. For those who want to learn more about The David/Jonathan Project and The Lending Journey, go to

Awards programs allow members to shine

The horticultural community is full of imaginative, artistic and innovative people. LO’s Award of Excellence program provides an exclusive opportunity for our members to showcase their talents, and allows the association to shine a light on the best of our best. The awards not only recognize projects that stand out in quality, workmanship and design, but they also allow us to promote our industry’s high level of skill and professionalism to the public. LO’s award programs include: Retail Garden Centre with 14 categories, Growers with 11 categories and Construction, Maintenance and Design with 41 categories. Winning entries are viewed each year by thousands of people — both consumers and the trade. Award-winning projects have been featured on HGTV, in Garden Inspiration magazine, dozens of newspapers and media publications, at Canada Blooms and Congress. Photographs have also been used to illustrate articles on


numerous websites and in The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The London Free Press, and many more — not to mention numerous trade publications. Award-winning projects and companies are also frequently profiled in Landscape Ontario magazine. A recognition ceremony for the Garden Centre and Grower Award winners is held during LO’s Expo trade show in October, and a ceremony with more than 600 industry professionals, media and special guests is held in January in conjunction with LO’s Congress for the Construction, Maintenance and Design programs. Taking beautiful photos of your projects is important when entering the competitions. But, there are some rules when it comes to photographing your work. To capture a landscape properly in your picture, you need to remember several things, such as keeping shadows in mind. They detract from your picture.

Did you know that most landscape photography experts say that an overcast day is prime for taking vivid landscape shots? A bright, sunny day does not capture the hues and deeper shades in a landscape, and often results in a washed out-looking photo. Also, remember to take more shots than you need; that way you have more to choose from. But don’t take my word for it — learn more about how to maximize the visual potential of your own creativity and gain a greater understanding of the elements that make a powerful photograph at one of two special photography seminars being held at the LO office this summer. On Mon., Aug. 13, a seminar, Taking Better Photographs – Part 1, is aimed at people with little or no photographic experience, and will help you take better photographs of your landscape and garden centre projects. You will learn to easily and properly capture images of your projects, including taking sweeping panoramic images and a few special effects. Part 2, Edit Your Photos to Perfection, will run on Tues., Aug. 28. This seminar will help prepare images for use in web and print communications. Proper image

editing techniques will make the final version of your images look professional, and also help you deal with technical requirements for print and web use. More details on the sessions can be found at Look for the Events listing. I hope everyone has a great season, and remember to take lots of photos on your job sites and at your retail operations this summer. Images from before your project begins really help to sell your work. Photographs from projects that have won in the past are available for viewing at Online awards entry opened July 1. Deadlines are as follows: Growers Program, July 19 (enter at the Industry Auction on July 19 at Putzer Nursery, 7314 Sixth Line, Hornby); Garden Centre Program, July 31; Construction, Maintenance and Design Program, Oct. 1. For more information on the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence programs contact Kristen McIntyre at, or visit www. —Kristen McIntyre CHT

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE Jay Rivait covers a lot of ground for Windsor Chapter Whenever an event happens in the Windsor Chapter, Jay Rivait’s name inevitably pops up. Her title within the Chapter is volunteer secretary and chapter assistant, but that unassuming title covers a lot of ground. Rivait has worked in the industry for 18 years. She says she was first introduced to Landscape Ontario in a funny way, when, as a student in the Landscape Technician program at St. Clair College, she won an academic award sponsored by the Windsor Chapter. The association has always been on her radar in her professional life, but it wasn’t until a previous employer became president of the Windsor Chapter, that she was encouraged to give some of her time to chapter projects and events. Now working as general manager at Top Grade Landscape and Garden Solutions in McGregor, Rivait says her current employer fully supports her volunteer involvement within the Windsor Chapter community. As the Windsor Chapter has the smallest number of members in Landscape Ontario, a lot of work is carried out by a few volunteers. That means there can be a heavy time commitment for board members. “I’d been the Windsor Chapter secretary for a while, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that the board decided they needed to have a consistent liaison with local members, and they added the chapter assistant title,” explains Rivait. “The idea with the new Chapter position was to have some continuity on the

board, as well as develop a community connection that people could put a name and a face to.” The restructuring efforts of the Windsor Chapter board has paid off, as Rivait explains there are less than 40 member companies within the Chapter, yet meetings and networking events draw between 60 to 65 people. “I’m really a go-between for the board and the Chapter members, as well as the Chapter and the local community. The Windsor Chapter has been involved in some worthwhile community initiatives, most recently Olivia’s Garden and the Windsor Hospice Solidarity Gardens (see page 5), and I’m proud to help promote our connection with these projects.” Rivait is always on the lookout for ways to extend the reach of the Windsor Chapter. “Last year I touched base with a friend who is an instructor at St. Clair College, and have set up email contact with St. Clair students. They now have a go-to person working in the industry who can help them make connections and answer any questions they might have. We want students to take advantage of the networking benefits of Landscape Ontario, as they begin their careers.” While Rivait is proud to herald the contributions and accomplishments of the members of the Windsor Chapter, she also benefits personally from her involvement with the chapter, saying, “On a personal level, volunteering with Landscape Ontario has been a great way to meet people. I’ve sat on the board for eight or nine years now, and have made some good friends.”


For more information, contact Landscape Ontario at 1-800-265-5656, or email

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July 27


Loyalist Golf Club, 1 Loyalist Boulevard, Bath Take a break from the busy season and join the Upper Canada Chapter for a fun-day on the links. Registration is from 10 - 10:30 a.m., with tee-off at 11 a.m. The day will conclude with a steak dinner and prizes. Cost is only $120 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, steak dinner and prizes. If you register a foursome before July 13, you will receive 10 per cent off the cost of golf. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or

July 19

Industry Auction

M. Putzer Nursery, 7314 Sixth Line, Hornby All industry members are welcome at the Growers Group annual fund-raiser. Bid on top quality plant material at below-wholesale prices, while helping raise funds for industry research and scholarships. Lunch is included, and there is no fee to attend. There will be on-site judging of the LO Growers Awards of Excellence entries. All industry donations will be accepted for auction: plant material, related hard goods, etc. Contact Kristen McIntyre at, or 1-800-2655656, ext. 321. July 25

Waterloo Chapter Golf Tournament

Rebel Creek Golf Club, 1517 Snyder’s E., Petersburg

Join the Waterloo Chapter for a great day out on the links. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. All tournament proceeds will be divided equally between Kids Ability, School Greening Project and the Waterloo Chapter’s Education Fund. To rergister, or for more information, go to July 26

Certification written test

Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton All certification designation written tests can be completed at Landscape Ontario on July 26, at 1:30 p.m. (with pre-registration). Note: Landscape Industry Certified Technician practical tests will take place the following day, along with written re-tests for all designations. July 27

Certification practical test and written re-test date

Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton All Landscape Industry Certified Technician practical tests can be challenged on this day! Re-writes for any designation are also offered.

Upper Canada Golf Tournament

August 13

Taking better photographs

Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton This one-day seminar is aimed at people with little or no photographic experience to help you take better photographs of your landscape and garden centre projects. The seminar takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m at the LO home office in Milton. For more information, go to

NEW MEMBERS Georgian Lakelands PhytoServ Jeanine West 6 William Dr, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0 Tel: 705-796-8812 Membership Type: Associate Golden Horseshoe Compass Creative Jason Bouwman 3228 South Service Rd, Suite 201 Burlington, ON L7N 3H8 Tel: 905-331-1850 Membership Type: Associate Foras Group Gabriel Ortisi 321 Johnston Dr, Burlington, ON L7N 1V5 Tel: 905-208-1732 Membership Type: Active London Partridge Landscaping Brian Partridge 46 Longbow Rd, London, ON N6G 1Y6 Tel: 519-204-2657 Membership Type: Active Ottawa Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes 23 Wellfleet Cres, Ottawa, ON K2J 2Y3 Tel: 613-823-6709 Membership Type: Horticultural

Surgenor Truck Centre (Ottawa) Bob Mitchell 1571 Liverpool Crt, Ottawa, ON K1B 4L1 Tel: 613-745-0024 Membership Type: Associate Toronto Paul Acquaviva 625 Birchmount Rd, Toronto, ON M1K 1R1 Tel: 416-696-0049-x6503 Membership Type: Horticultural Apaland Landscape Contracting Ltd Teresa Apa 77006 - 7766 Martingrove Rd Woodbridge, ON L4L 9S3 Tel: 905-794-7205 Membership Type: Active EC Drury High School Wendy Peters 215 Ontario St S, Milton, ON L9T 4N5 Tel: 905-599-1133 Membership Type: Horticultural Lechuza Canada Inc Richard Brookes Unit D - 6430 Kennedy Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 2Z5 Tel: 905-696-7529 Membership Type: Associate

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Botanical Name

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

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


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


Botanical Name

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

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

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

Many More Cultivars and sizes available

Botanical Name

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

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

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Botanical Name

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

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



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Mature height is about 20 metres.

Kentucky coffeetree is a native of Ontario While Kentucky coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus, can certainly be found in Kentucky and surrounding states, it is also a native species, although uncommon, in Ontario. It is theorized that this species was likely moved into the province by aboriginal peoples, as natural, established populations are found predominantly along human migration and trade routes. In natural settings, this member of the legume family is most often found in moist soils. In the urban landscape it has proven durable in conditions that are hot and dry


These coffee beans are toxic.

with compacted soils. This attribute, in addition to a tolerance to road salt, alkaline soils and pest damage, has led to it being used with increasing frequency for urban cores and streetside plantings. Gymnocladus , meaning “naked branch,” refers to the tendency for this species to leaf-out quite late in the spring and drop its leaves relatively early in the autumn. Taking into account the entire dimensions of the very large, doubly-compound leaves, Kentucky coffeetree has the largest

leaves of any tree native to Canada – up to a metre long. These leaves produce a very distinct, blue-green, fern-like texture that instantly stands apart from every other tree. Rich yellow colour in the autumn extends the ornamental characteristics into the subsequent season. The second half of the botanical name, dioicus describes the dioecious character of Gymnocladus. Male and female flowers are on separate trees, and while small and inconspicuous, they are interesting upon close inspection. Female trees develop thick, leathery bean pods with brown, nickel-sized beans, lending to the common name coffeetree. Early settlers attempted to use the seeds as a substitute for coffee, however, the taste left something to be desired. The beverage is toxic when consumed in large quantities. Kentucky coffeetree is ultimately a medium-sized tree that may reach 20m tall and 12m wide in ideal cultural conditions. An expected size of 15m x 10m is more reasonable in most urban conditions. This species transplants very successfully. It has a medium growth rate and can look spindly for the first decade, however, once the canopy starts to fill out it is hard to beat this species for its unique architectural form and the comforting, dappled shade it produces. The interesting, flaky bark provides interest year-round, regardless of age. If the pods on female trees are considered a litter issue for certain applications, then male cultivars, such as Espresso, are available, though, it isn’t advisable to rely on this, or any other cultivar, too heavily for mass plantings. Propagation is usually by seed. The hard seed coat requires scarification (typically with acid) prior to cold stratification. Root cuttings provide a means of clonal propagation. Kentucky coffeetree should definitely be considered for any environment where a tough, problem-free tree is needed. This species, coupled with a large selection of other trees, will ensure that our urban forests contain a high level of biodiversity that will keep these canopies healthy well into the future. — Sean Fox, University of Guelph Arboretum This is the seventh in a series of articles highlighting one of the 29 trees selected by the Landscape Ontario Growers’ Sector working group as recommended alternatives to ash and Norway maple. Funded by the Agriculture Adaption Council, the complete list and the factsheets on each, can be found at

Bill to establish one-call centre passes

Bill 8, known as the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012, is now law. The Bill establishes a not-for-profit, single point-of-contact call system for all underground infrastructure location services in Ontario. It was passed by the Legislative Assembly on June 14. Formerly the Ontario One Call Ltd. Act, the new law will establish an industry-funded mandatory one call centre. Introduced as a private member’s bill last October by Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, the process included formal presentations and submissions from over 50 supportive stakeholder groups. Bailey stated, “This new law isn’t just about streamlining a confusing system; it’s about preventing accidents and saving lives. But also, this law will cut red tape, allow shovels to get into the ground quicker and put job creating plans into action faster.” Research by the Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) has shown that when an excavator notified a locate call centre before digging, damage occurred less than one per cent of the time. ORCGA president Jim Douglas said, “Today marks a significant milestone for the province. The Ontario Legislature has responded to the expressed wishes of hundreds of stakeholder groups who have long recognized how important a ‘one call’ system is in terms of protecting critical underground assets, and more importantly, the health and safety of all Ontarians.” Douglas continued, “ORCGA would like to thank all of its member companies who have provided support for the one call legislation initiative over the years. Also, thanks to those members who took the time to present at the committee meeting and for all the others who sent in letters of support.” LO has representation on ORCGA in Terry Murphy, retired Year director of education Anniversary and safety at LO. “I am very proud to be part of the team and represent LO in this regard. It is always satisfying to be part of something that has real value and especially this one, which will save lives and keep societal costs at a minimum,” said Murphy. His column appears each month in Landscape Ontario magazine. The Act will enable any excavator to call just one number in order to receive all required underground locates at no cost. This corrects the previous system that forced excavators to call up to 13 different numbers, which contributed in part


to the thousands of accidental strikes that occur each year. “By streamlining the locate process, a one call system will assist businesses and municipalities across the province to launch projects and get shovels in the ground sooner, bringing jobs in on time and under budget — a must in today’s tough economic environment,” said Bailey.

Hamilton council requests change to pesticide ban

The City of Hamilton approved a report from its public works committee on June 14, “That the Premier of Ontario and leaders of the opposition Parties be requested to support amendment to the Pesticides Act.” The city has requested that the province allow the use of pesticides by licensed operators, provided the application of pesticide is part of an accredited Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. The city resolved that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to local MPPs, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Ontario Parks Association, Landscape Ontario, the Sports Turf Grass Association, and the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals.

The amendment is being pushed by Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, who is quoted, “Our community was embarrassing this year. The sports fields are grossly infested with weeds.” Craig Murdoch, Hamilton’s director of environmental services, has stated that the number of weeds in city parks has increased five per cent each year since the cosmetic pesticide ban. It is estimated that some Hamilton parks have weed-to-turf ratios up to 40 per cent. Councilor Ferguson also claims that the province has unwittingly created a black market for pesticides, with residents buying banned pesticides from Buffalo stores, and even local farmers.

Ontario well-represented in national recycling event Final numbers have not been determined to date for this year’s National Plastics Recycling Event that ran from June 22 to July 1, but indications are that this year’s event will move well past last year’s total of 63,150 pounds. In Ontario nearly 20 garden centres signed up for the project this year, adding to the national total of 50 participants from eight provinces accepting recycling

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INDUSTRY NEWS plastics at their garden centres. Originally begun by Landscape Ontario in 2009, the program spread across Canada in 2010 and offered six locations, which collected more than 53,000 pounds of plastic. CNLA took over the administration of the program last year. Ontario garden centres taking part in the program include, Alcock Nurseries, Campbellcroft; Bala Garden Centre, Bala; Barrie Botanix, Barrie; Black Forest Garden Centre, King City; Greenbelt Farm, Mitchell; Holland Park Garden Gallery, Burlington; Kamstra Landscaping, Oshawa; LittleTree Horticultural, Fergus; Make It Green Garden Centre, Kanata; Plant World, Etobicoke; Sipkens Nurseries, Wyoming; Richmond Nursery, Ottawa, Ridge View Garden Centre, Beamsville; Sheridan Nurseries: Georgetown, Mississauga, Whitby, Markham, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, Kitchener; Tarantino Nursery, Vaughan; Van Dongen’s Garden Centre, Hornby; Walter’s Greenhouse, Paris and Windmill Garden Centre, Orillia. “Consumers are looking for ways to recycle their plastics after doing their part for the environment by planting trees, shrubs and flowers each season. By promoting plastics recycling opportunities at local independent garden centres, we are showing the public that our members truly care about the environment and servicing their customers,” said Rebecca Doutre, retail priorities manager at CNLA. Watch the August edition of Landscape Ontario magazine for details on the 2012 recycling program. For more information, visit and click on National Plastics Recycling Event.

Employers required to post SAFETY poster

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are required by law to post the Act and explanatory material prepared by the Ministry of Labour, including a new poster. The poster summarizes workers’ health and safety rights and responsibilities and the responsibilities of employers and supervisors. The ministry has announced it wants to ensure that employers have sufficient time to become aware of the new require-


Seasonal workers face new rules for EI

ment to post the poster. Inspectors will begin enforcing this requirement effective Oct. 1, 2012. Employers can now obtain a free new workplace poster in English, French and 15 other languages online at www.labour. php. Once downloaded, you can print the poster in black and white, or in colour. The Ministry requires that the poster be printed at least 8.5 x 11 inches. The message reminds employers that they must not take action against workers for following the act or for raising work-

Health & Safety at Work Prevention Starts Here

Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act gives workers rights. It sets out roles for employers, supervisors and workers so they can work together to make workplaces safer.

Improve Health and Safety: • Find out about your Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative. • Talk to your employer, supervisor, workers, joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative about health and safety concerns.

Call the Ministry of Labour at 1-877-202-0008 Report critical injuries, fatalities, work refusals anytime. Workplace health and safety information, weekdays 8:30am – 5:00pm. Emergency? Always call 911 immediately.

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Workers have the right to: • Know about workplace hazards and what to do about them. • Participate in solving workplace health and safety problems. • Refuse work they believe is unsafe.

Workers must: • Follow the law and workplace health and safety policies and procedures. • Wear and use the protective equipment required by their employer. • Work and act in a way that won’t hurt themselves or anyone else. • Report any hazards or injuries to their supervisor.

Employers must NOT take action against workers for following the law and raising health and safety concerns.

Employers must: • Make sure workers know about hazards and dangers by providing information, instruction and supervision on how to work safely. • Make sure supervisors know what is required to protect workers’ health and safety on the job. • Create workplace health and safety policies and procedures. • Make sure everyone follows the law and the workplace health and safety policies and procedures. • Make sure workers wear and use the right protective equipment. • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness.

Supervisors must: • Tell workers about hazards and dangers, and respond to their concerns. • Show workers how to work safely, and make sure they follow the law and workplace health and safety policies and procedures. • Make sure workers wear and use the right protective equipment. • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness.

place health and safety concerns, and seeking enforcement of the OHSA. The poster encourages workers to get involved in health and safety and explains when and why to contact the Ministry of Labour. In March, 2010, the Minister of Labour appointed an Expert Advisory Panel to review Ontario’s occupational health and safety system. The Panel included representatives of organized labour, employers, and the academic community. The Panel found that many workers had little or no understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including their rights and obligations as workers or the obligations of employers and supervisors. The Report advised that a health and safety poster be made available in multiple languages.

The federal government’s amendments to Employment Insurance will take effect in early 2013. Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley, announced the changes are intended to advance the Canadians First policy initiative to the Employment Insurance (EI) program, to connect Canadians with existing jobs. The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) prepared a press release, noting that at this time the exact impact and implementation of the changes are unknown. Some members say seasonal businesses will suffer with the new rules, resulting in the loss of good employees. Green industry business owners feel that the new rules will result in constantly retraining new employees, taking a heavy toll on finances and business opportunities. “Our climate dictates the seasonality of our industry, not our lack of willingness to work in our chosen careers,” said one owner. Items identified by CNLA as areas of potential interest for the green industry include: The delay or loss of seasonal agricultural or temporary foreign workers. CNLA says, “We believe this is unlikely, given the distance and wage criteria for postings. The greater concern is delay in receiving positive Labour Market Opinions and thus filling the positions.” Repeat users of EI are going to face additional pressure to find alternate employment. They will be required to take jobs at 70 per cent of former wage, as early as six weeks after starting EI. Reductions in the claw-back amount to 50 per cent of earnings will apply against EI claims. This helps reduce the disincentive to work by allowing workers on EI to keep more of what they earn for casual labour. Personal circumstances will be taken into consideration when determining what is considered suitable employment. A person receiving EI will not have to accept work if he has a health problem that prevents him from taking a particular job, family obligations prevent him from working at certain times of the day, there are limited transportation options in terms of commuting to and from work, or he is not physically capable of performing the work. Turning down a job that is considered suitable could result in EI benefits being

discontinued. Applicants will be filed into one of three categories. These include frequent claimants, occasional claimants and longtenured workers. Seasonal workers fall under the frequent claimants’ category. This includes anyone who has filed three or more EI claims in the past five years. Under the new rules, right away claimants will be required to take any work that is a “similar occupation” to their old job and pays 80 per cent of their previous earnings. After six weeks, the EI claimant must take any job at 70 per cent of his previous earnings Under Occasional Claimants, seasonal workers are those averaging seven weeks a year on EI. This includes people who don’t go on EI enough to be considered frequent claimants, but also who haven’t worked steadily enough to be long-tenured workers. In this category, for the first six weeks of receiving EI, claimants will be required to take a job in their same occupation, if it pays at least 90 per cent of their previous earnings. After six weeks, they will be required to take a job in a similar occupation that pays 80 per cent of their previous wage. After 18 weeks they must take any work at 70 per cent of their previous earnings. Long-tenured workers must work for seven of the past 10 years while paying at least 30 per cent of maximum EI payments and have received no more than 35 weeks of EI over the past five years. These claimants will have 18 weeks to

find a job in their existing occupation that pays at least 90 per cent of their previous earnings. After 18 weeks they must move to a similar occupation that pays 80 per cent of previous earnings Any questions or comments may be directed to Joel Beatson at the CNLA office, 1-888-446-3499, ext. 8610, or

Banking hours is an Alternative to EI

A strategy to tackle the issue of retaining valued employees in seasonal work is banking hours. LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni says, “The system of banking hours is ultimately the best solution. The other strategy is to start an employee association that trains and supplies labour to the industry. It’s a union model, without the union.” The system allows employers and employees to put the emphasis on the total hours worked in a year, rather than the number of weeks that the employee needs to be laid off. With pay cheques equalized throughout the year, reliance on EI is eliminated or greatly reduced and employees can take time off during the winter months, knowing that their personal cash flow will still allow the mortgage and other bills to be paid. Several years ago, Landscape Ontario’s Labour Task Force identified the seasonal nature of the landscape industry as a significant barrier. Who wants to consider horticulture as a career alternative when winter layoffs and unpleasant dealings with Human Resources and Skills Development are an unavoidable part of

the future? The concept of hours banking is often looked at as a viable alternative. But while some companies claim to use an hours banking system with great success, some feel it is impractical and others question the legality of such a system. Hours banking is the equalization of the hours worked by an employee over the course of a year. If you work 2,000 hours, you get paid for 2,000 hours, but the system evens out the payment schedule. The system is similar to salary in that the employee’s pay cheque is similar from week to week. The employee is paid an hourly rate for actual hours worked, thereby avoiding the potential for misunderstood expectations on the part of both the employers and the employee. If the many advantages of an hours banking system are so obvious, why isn’t it used by more seasonal businesses? For a smaller company, the administration required to calculate income taxes and other deductions on two different amounts might be onerous. There is also a problem of educating employees who are accustomed to pay cheques that reflect the actual hours worked each week. Some people still feel entitled to EI benefits in the winter months. The seasonal nature of the horticulture industry in Ontario dictates that long hours will be required at certain times of the year. While the long spring hours are offset by fewer or no hours during the winter months, many seasonal employees still work approximately 2,000 hours per year. To make the hours banking system work, employers and employees must form an agreement and the

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INDUSTRY NEWS employer must pay WSIB premiums on the hours worked, not the hours paid. But if the system solves some the industry’s seasonal issues, it certainly deserves a closer look. To view the sample hours banking agreement, go to banking-hours-alternative.

Grow Me Instead project has official launch

Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) officially launched the Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach Project on June 7 in Toronto. The Grow Me Instead Guide highlights a variety of native and non-native plants that do well in gardens and are non-invasive in Ontario. It is a helpful resource for anyone adding new plants to their garden, starting a landscape project, or removing invasive plants. English Ivy, periwinkle and winged euonymus are just some of the plants that are listed as invasive. These plants are defined as having the potential to establish themselves and disrupt ecosystems, forcing out native plants. One of the ways invasive plants are being spread is through sales at garden centres. OIPC and its partners, including Landscape Ontario, are working with garden centres to inform consumers about popular garden plants that escape gardens and cause problems in nearby natural areas. “Invasive species cost Ontario’s economy millions of dollars each year,” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural

Resources, at the official launch. “We have found that gardeners are very eager to avoid these invasives and to learn what species are good alternatives,” said Owen Williams, chair of OIPC. In 2012, the Grow Me Instead Nursery Recognition Program was piloted in the GTA. This program recognizes nurseries that carry and promote the sale of the non-invasive and native garden plants featured in the Grow Me Instead Guide. These nurseries also distribute copies of the guides. The pilot project resulted in 10 nurseries joining the program, leading to stronger engagement with growers, retailers, landscapers and gardeners. In the next five years, the program will expand to include additional regions in Ontario, including Northern Ontario, through partnerships with local organizations. The Grow Me Instead Guide can be found at participating garden centres across Ontario, or can be downloaded at

Rules change on terminating employees

A recent decision issued by the Ontario Court of Appeal appears to have raised the cost of terminating employees. The Court of Appeal recently reviewed the case of DiTomaso v. Crown Metal Packing Canada LP. DiTomaso had been employed with Crown Metal Packing for 33 years as a mechanic and press maintainer. Upon closing the facility, Crown Metal terminated his employment at age 64. Dissatisfied with the notice of termination provided by Crown Metal, DiTomaso

sued his employer for 24 months pay in lieu of notice. Crown Metal defended its actions by relying on the long established principle that non-managerial employees (and certainly unskilled employees) were not entitled to the same level of compensation in lieu of notice as managerial employees. Two noteworthy findings were made by The Court of Appeal. It noted that the cap of 12 months’ notice for unskilled workers is no longer good law. It also rejected the principle that higher paid, more skilled employees are entitled to a longer notice period than lower paid, lowskilled employees. Employers may no longer be able to rely on the principle that unskilled workers are treated differently than managerial employees and are subject to a cap of 12 months; and it is critical that employers ensure a properly drafted employment agreement incorporating a termination provision to all newly-hired employees. By incorporating termination provisions, the issue of employee entitlement to compensation in lieu of reasonable notice is no longer relevant. In other words, termination provisions create certainty. —Michael Thomas, Investment Guild

Agricultural Adaption Program expires March 2014

The current Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) will expire March 2014. Ontario’s AAC is one of 14 regional councils representing every Canadian province and territory. The program was launched in 2009. Since its inception, federal funds totaling approximately $140 million have been made available to the Ontario agriculture

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and agri-food industry through the AAC. That works out to approximately $7 million per year. This funding has been proven to improve the competitiveness of Ontario farmers, food processors, and the rural community within national and global markets. A number of LO-backed research projects have involved AAC funding. The federal government announced it had decided to consolidate and centralize all program administration to one area within the department in order to reduce the risk of duplicating project work across regions; to provide greater consistency, monitoring and accountability on selected projects; and to improve access by producers and processors to AAFC services and programs they want and need. The impact of this decision will not be felt immediately as the current CAAP program remains open. The government says that innovation programming will continue to help build a stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy.

Many Ontario members travel to snow and ice event in Buffalo

America gathered to learn about new and innovative products, as well as compare notes on how their companies fared through the winter that wasn’t (unless you lived in Colorado or Alaska). The Snow and Ice Symposium kicked off with a breakfast keynote presentation, Reaching Resonance: Engaging Employees through Emotional Intelligence. Business coaches Carol Grannis and Cindy Maher gave a high energy presentation on how to create a working environment that promotes creativity and productivity. Their keynote used comedic sketches

and audience participation to drive their points home to an engaged audience. Over the next three days, a wide variety of educational sessions were offered under the headings of Sales and Marketing, CEO to CEO, Management and Leadership and Operations and Equipment. The Snack and Chat lunches were well attended, offering mentoring and open information sharing. Next year, SIMA’s Snow and Ice Symposium moves to Minneapolis, Minn., from June 19 to 22.

LO hosts its own snow show Missed the Snow and Ice Symposium in Buffalo? The Snow and Ice Sector Group of Landscape Ontario hosts its own conference and expo at the Landscape Ontario home office in Milton on Thurs., Sept 20. Learn about managing your risk and ice melter success stories in the morning, and visit the outdoor exhibits and demonstrations after lunch. For more information, and to register, visit

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PROSPERITY PARTNERS Be tech savvy or step aside By Jacki Hart CLP Prosperity Partners program manager


hen I think back to when I started my business in 1991, I realize how much has changed in the way we now do business. First and foremost, technology has drastically changed. Obsolescence is built into every device we buy, so that within six months or less, whatever gadget you invested in is replaced by something faster, smarter, better, trendier and pricier. Beyond the obvious changes brought by technology, is the pace of business. The high expectations of the consumer/ client are accompanied with far less patience. In my business, I’ve moved through the growth of technology starting with everyone having a landline, and no one having a cell phone. We then embraced the newest communication tool that was a three-pound monster in a bag, and then to an analog phone screwed to the dashboard with an external antenna glued to a window. From here we began a long list of sundry cell phones, until landing in 2012 with my trusty and preferred Blackberry Torch. Yes, I am a Luddite of sorts, and refuse so far to dive into the iPhone/ pad/pod pond.

Incredible changes

Similarly, there have been other business changes that have morphed the rate of communication from a week or more to instantaneous. The advent of Internet and email is the greatest example, and more recently ‘the cloud.’ When I started off, most businesses had a fax machine, and those who didn’t borrowed one to return a contract. There was no such thing as email and the average person didn’t have a home computer. There were no laptops. No tablets. No wireless. Internet was dialup. Remember the tape back-up systems for computers? Now it’s all done daily or hourly online. Remember having reams


of paper so everyone had hardcopies of everything? Now we share documents in the cloud, editing them from multiple locations simultaneously if we choose. No more liquid paper. In my office, we use very little paper, period. Along with these changes has come impatience. At one point several years ago, I remember discussing with peers at LO how frustrating it was that a client would call me to see if I got their email. They’d call five minutes after sending it — and I was on a jobsite up to my elbows in perennials. “No, I didn’t get your email.” That was because a short eight to nine years ago I couldn’t get their email if I was working in their garden.

Instant communication

Company communication now is also instantaneous. Years ago if I wanted to talk to the crew, I had to drive there. Now we use radios and texts. Cell phone pictures are worth a thousand words when asking questions. Jacki’s quick tailgate sketches have thankfully been retired to the archives and replaced with digital information that can be shared and sent everywhere. My oh my, how times and attitudes have changed. Now we communicate vast amounts of information, and photos in split seconds. Gone are the days where it was quite acceptable for a reply to be sent by (snail) mail. Imagine that. Websites now are even way different than just a few short years ago. We just re-did ours, and also hired a videographer to do a time-lapse video of a project for us — moving content has become a tool to get noticed on the Internet. So, my Prosperity question to you: How are you leveraging technology to ensure your business is up-to-date, savvy, slick, and responsive by today’s timeline standards? I’ve done my own research on this. Of the retailers, wholesalers and contractors I’ve spoken to this year, the results are consistent. The busy ones are those who are savvy, up-to-date and communicating at the pace of their clients. At the other end of the scale, there are those (and there are many this year) who are laying people off, shortening

work weeks (yes, even as I type this in early June) and seeing sales flat or down. They are the ones with out-of-date websites, and who don’t have a system in place to respond quickly to requests for quotes or information. They are mired in their own obsolescence.

Convenient access

I’ve realized in the past year or so, and more so this season, that we are doing more and more business by being convenient to access. I have dozens of new maintenance contracts this year from clients with whom my staff never met. We’ve never spoke on the phone. Much of my landscape renovations, upgrades and even design work comes through emailing suggestions with a price – and poof. We usually get approval to start immediately. No site meeting. No appointments. No kidding. It’s all digital, instantaneous professional communication, meeting with the clients in their realm: the Internet. We are in a whole new era of communicating without face-to-face meetings. It’s not my preference, yet I’ve flexed my style to adapt and it’s really paying off. Perhaps it’s a bit different for me, because many of my clients are not fulltime residents at the properties on which we predominantly work. I’d guess you are all finding a similar trend of developing customer loyalty by being professional and delivering information and service at their pace, in an uncomplicated, effective way to those who prefer it that way. As an industry, we gravitate toward face-to-face networking. It’s proven time and time in seminars and conferences. The reality, relative to business style, is that we are not early adopters to the trend of dwelling on the Internet. Yet, our clients are primarily using the Internet to source all things they need. Whether it’s your Sales system, Operations or Financial Management, technology and the rapid pace of information exchange are crucial to being state-ofthe-art. Jacki Hart may be reached at Visit for more information on LO’s Prosperity Partnership

MEMBERSHIP Customer service By Helen Hassard Membership coordinator


ith summer in full swing, I’m sure many of you have had the chance to brush up your customer service skills. I say skills, because it certainly doesn’t come naturally to everyone. At Landscape Ontario, you are our customers. As such, we’re always looking for new ways to make you happy and keep you coming back. At the office, Jane is the main receptionist, but Kathy, Kathleen, Laura and I all help with answering phones as needed. You never know who you’ll get. The main job we have is to answer member questions, although we’re not all from the industry. I myself am more prone to killing plants than nurturing, but we know a lot about the LO programs and benefits. If there’s something we don’t know, we will do our best to find an answer, whether it’s from another staff person, another member, or of course, Google. We also answer consumer questions. Most times this results in directing them to our website, so they can find a member. Sometimes it’s playing guess-whattype-of-plant I’m describing. This usually ends with directing them to a member.

Keeping you informed

Besides that, the communication team tries to cover relevant industry news and answer your questions in our magazines before you even ask the question. The e-news is meant to keep you informed about all the local happenings, not just what LO is doing, but also our partners. Members who are interested in keeping up-to date with association and industry events can add themselves to the mailing list for any of the nine chapters. We also work with hundreds of members on our local chapter boards, sector groups and committees to make sure all of our LO programs and events reflect your needs and expectations. If there’s something you’d like to see happen in your chapter, or with your sector group events, you are welcome to participate and make a change.

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So enough bragging about what we already do, I’d like to hear from you. Is there anything you can recommend on how to improve our customer service? All suggestions are welcome, but as mentioned previously, asking us to help you with your landscaping projects won’t be of much benefit. But it is our goal to make LO programs and benefits as easy to navigate as possible, so that members continue to use their membership to its full potential. If you would like your staff members added to our e-news mailing list, all you need to do is ask. Contact me at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or

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UNDERGROUND WORLD Do not assume your MPP knows By Terry Murphy CLP


hat happened three weeks ago was a complete surprise to me. For some time now our underground industry has had Bill 8, The Ontario One Call Act, before the Ontario Legislature. After the excitement of seeing the Bill become law, I realized I had learned something about our politicians during the process to receive support for the bill. I had naturally assumed that all Ontario MPPs and their office personnel would be familiar with Bill 8. To me they would have analyzed the benefits of the pending legislation and be well versed in its workings. WRONG! Here is the situation. In May, I called my local MPP’s office to discuss Bill 8 and ask for his support. The legislation had already passed second reading and was before a committee for review. Here is what I had assumed about the awareness of my MPP and his office on Bill 8: • Aware of the Bill.


• Reviewed its content. • Understood the importance of the Bill to the safety of Ontario workers. • Had an opinion and knew if he would support this non-political, lifesaving legislation. The fact was, when I called my MPP’s office, the lady who answered the telephone knew nothing about Bill 8. I was then transferred to his assistant, and he too knew nothing about Bill 8. He said, “Can you tell me a little about the Bill?” I spent the next 15 minutes explaining the Bill, its purpose, the advantages to Ontario industries, costs and benefits. I answered all his questions. I asked if our MPP knew about the Bill. The assistant said he didn’t know, but if I would send him an email with the details, he would make sure that a copy would be put in his file. Apparently the MPP reads the file each week before he goes to Queen’s Park. The important point is that we can’t assume that our elected representatives know all aspects of pending legislation. They don’t. Local MPPs need to know what their constituents are thinking. In the case of Bill 8, nobody else had contacted my MPP’s office, or his staff. And so, no one in the office knew about the Bill. What was considered important by my

MPP’s office? They wanted to know if I was one of his constituents (yes), the cost to Ontario for this legislation (zero, funded by industry), and why was it important It is very important that each of you reading this article realizes that when an important issue arises, you need to contact your local MPP and request that they support our industry. Odds are they won’t know much about it. In the case of Bill 8, we let our MPP know the reasons why it is very important to our industry. Now Bill 8 is law. Terry Murphy may be contacted at, or 905-279-5147.

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LO’s public relations director educates gardeners and learns a bit about greening Sudbury.

Healing the Landscape By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations and membership services


fabulous book entitled, Healing the Landscape: Celebrating Sudbury’s Reclamation Story, by Nicola Ross, documents the incredible story of the greening of Sudbury. Visitors to today’s Sudbury may wonder what happened to the community’s infamous moonscape. Thanks to the vision and dedication of all Sudburians, much of the 84,000 hectares of blackened treeless rock, that gave this industrial city its lunar reputation, have been reclaimed. Since taking up the re-greening challenge, the community has planted more than 11-million trees. And now some 25 years after the re-greening began, nature is taking over the restorative process. It’s truly a remarkable sight; I was able to marvel during a recent trip to northern Ontario. The purpose of my trip was to give a seminar at a fund-raising

event organized by the Sudbury Master Gardeners and sponsored by Landscape Ontario member Azilda Greenhouses, a family-run garden centre that belongs to the Botanix Group. During my stay, I met with a local botanist who explained one of the experiments

employed during the 1970s. It involved applying large quantities of crushed limestone. This had the desired effect of altering the pH level of the barren rocks and allowing dormant plants to re-grow and initiate the re-greening process. The use of limestone was just one of many methods used during the quarter century of dedication by local citizens, students and scientists. That same dedication is still in existence in 2012, as was evident by an evening event organized by the Master Gardeners of Ontario and local horticultural societies. This was followed by a gardeners’ event the next day that included dozens of companies all promoting a green message. Proceeds from plant sales will go towards future projects to continue the greening of Sudbury. An afternoon trip out to Azilda Greenhouses was a delight. The friendly knowledgeable staff members were busy helping local gardeners. The greenhouses were well organized and full of healthy plant material, LO information, signage and how-to sheets were prominently displayed. It is a fabulous example of a professional LO Green for Life garden centre. It’s always rewarding to see our members and partners in the green industry having a positive effect in many areas of the province. If you live or have a business in a community you think we should profile in a future article, please contact me. Denis Flanagan may be contacted at


EXECUTIVE DESK The family nature of Landscape Ontario Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director


andscape Ontario has a distinct family feel to it. Even though we are a trade association that is in business to advance the green industry, I am reminded daily how Landscape Ontario is really a community. It’s a family made up of many individuals who truly care about the industry and the people who are in it. When we purchased our home site in Milton, I remember how proud the members were of their collective home. One day Frans and Guy Peters from Humber Nurs-

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eries of Brampton sent over a crew to build and plant the front bed full of ornamental grasses. A few weeks later Joe Melo and his sons Jim and Nelson from Melo Landscaping of Cambridge and Allstone Quarry Products of Schomberg came by with large granite boulders and a large granite ‘Landscape Ontario’ sign. Months later, we were creating an entrance boulevard, when John and Bill Putzer from Putzer Nurseries sent over a crew to plant an allée of ornamental pear trees. (I sometimes wonder if John and Bill are sorry that Landscape Ontario moved into the neighbourhood because we are constantly asking them for help with planting trees, weeding beds or supplying equipment.) When Paul Olsen from BTN Nurseries, Schomberg, completed his presidency, he sent over a large granite rock with our name and logo commemorating our 25th anniversary.

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These types of contributions of time and product are very commonplace. They are what make Landscape Ontario such a great place to work. And the examples are many. One day we received a cheque from Connon Nurseries (NVK) of Waterdown for a sizable amount. I doubt Neil Vanderkruk will even remember, but when I asked what the cheque was for, he said he just wanted to support the association. This year at Canada Blooms a number of rose growers under the leadership of John Bakker of Bakker Nurseries in St. Catharines arranged to force 600 roses. At the end of the show, we moved them to the LO greenhouse until the spring. They are now planted in two beds facing the 401. John Hewson, chair of our Grounds Management Sector Group, generously volunteered his time and equipment to outline the beds and remove the sod. Keith Osborne of Gro-Bark in Caledon arranged for Putzer Nurseries to send over a tractor to break up the very hard subsoil. Gro-Bark also supplied many yards of soil at a very low discounted price.


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After the rose beds were constructed, I asked John Bakker to give us advice on how to arrange and plant the beds. After his visit, I received a phone call to let me know he was sending over 200 more rose plants. Speaking of Gro-Bark…it was owner Bill McKague’s idea to take one of his 50-foot trailers and place the LO Green for Life brand on it with the inspirational message, “Plant a garden...Believe in tomorrow!” I am almost hesitant to point out individuals in this article, because there are hundreds more who should be recognized. I want to apologize upfront for not having the space or memory to mention everyone. We all know about the huge contribution of the membership in restoring St. James Park. I recently received an email from the St. James Park community. I had to share this with you, because it is another example of the wonderful caring people our industry seems to attract. “When your members rescued St. James Park last winter, I’m sure you know you became heroes to people everywhere. Here around the park you also inspired us to share the results of your work. The attached poster announces six free evening concerts this summer that will be enjoyed by hundreds of people across the city. This is to warmly invite you and all your members to come and enjoy the ‘fruits of your labours.’”

And speaking of family

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Geneva Tubby’s farewell breakfast. For those of you who don’t know, Geneva was the office manager for Moonstruck Landscape Lighting and Arbordale Landscaping in Concord. She is past-president Bob Tubby’s daughter. Geneva is moving to Scotland to pursue a new direction at the University of Edinburgh, where she will study Public Policy in her quest of a Masters degree. While listening to the heartfelt, emotional and bittersweet speeches from Bob and fellow Arbordale and Moonstruck employees, I felt a curious sense of pride. I was proud of the family nature of our industry. I was proud of the caring attitude and culture that Bob and Mitzi have been able to instil within their extended business family. I was very proud that the Tubby extended family is part of the Landscape Ontario family. They reflect the best our industry has to offer. Tony DiGiovanni may be reached at

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Landscape Ontario - July 2012  

The Voice of Landscape Ontario

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The Voice of Landscape Ontario