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LO volunteers green empty yard at Waterloo school Page 20
Gold medal winners Benjamin Buchmuller and Kevin Martin with program teacher Allan Nason
Lessons learned at a garden centre this spring - Page 10 â€˘ Waterloo chapter honoured - Page 15
Burlington students win landscaping gold at Skills Ontario
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June 17 Interiorscape breakfast workshops LO office, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton The interiorscape sector group of Landscape Ontario is offering a series of hands-on introductory workshops for technicians involved in the care and maintenance of interior landscape plants. Start off your day with a sponsored breakfast, followed by an interactive workshop session led by qualified instructors. The first workshop is Introduction to Pruning from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
June 20 and 21 Through The Garden Gate Entitled, Through The Garden Gate: Beyond the Bridlepath, a tour of 14 private gardens will take place in the Bayview Ridge to Post Road area. The tour is sponsored by the Toronto Botanical Garden. For more information go to www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca/events/ttgg.htm.
M. PUTZER HORNBY NURSERY LTD.
June 24 to 27 SIMA symposium Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Ky. The Snow and Ice Management Association’s annual symposium features over 20 educational sessions and 70,000 sq. ft of exhibits. To register, or for more information, visit www.sima.org. June 24 Golden Horseshoe golf tournament Willow Valley Golf Course, Mount Hope Join the Golden Horseshoe Chapter for the 2nd annual golf tournament. Last year was a huge success and this year will be the same. Great opportunity to mix and mingle with industry professionals! Limited golf spaces and sponsorships are still available. Check out the flyer on www. horttrades.com/golf. July 2 CHT orientation LO office, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton Candidates registered for the July 17 CHT practical exam are strongly encouraged to also register for the orientation. Orientation runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For further information, please contact Rachel Burt at rachelb@ landscapeontario.com.
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July 11 London Chapter Garden Tour The London Chapter’s first annual Gardens of Distinction Tour is scheduled for July 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The garden tour will consist of 12-plus gardens that chapter members created, installed and/or maintained for their clients. Members will be on-site to talk to attendees and promote their business, professionalism and expertise. If you have any further questions, or did not receive the entry form or ad opportunity letter, contact wharry@landscapeontario. com, or 519-488-0818. July 16-17 CHT test days Sign up now for the full CHT test or the re-test. Test days are as follows: Milton on July 16 and 17, Ottawa, Kemptville College, on Aug. 13 and 14, and re-test day in Milton on Sept. 24 and 25. Order your manual so that you can practice in the workplace before test day. To register and order manuals, go to www.horttrades.com/ comingevents.php. Certified industry members are need to help judge.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
It’s an exciting time in the green industry Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director
couple of months ago, Tom Intven gave me a book entitled Last Child in the Woods. The author lamented that most young people today are not experiencing or interacting with the outdoors and nature, the way all the previous generations have done throughout history. He came up with the term nature deficit to describe this relatively new phenomenon. In many ways, we Tony DiGiovanni are instilling a fear of nature into young people. No one knows the long-term effect this will have on the lawn and garden industry. However, it is difficult to grow an appreciation for the landscape and nature without personal interaction. One of our members, Adam Bienenstock of Gardens for Living and Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, is doing something about this nature deficit. His company has acquired a great deal of knowledge and expertise about the huge benefits of natural playgrounds. Those of you who have visited his playgrounds at Canada Blooms and the Green Living Show know what I mean. I was fortunate to attend a playground opening at the YMCA (High Park area). The joyful enthusiasm of the YMCA staff, media and especially the children was wonderful to observe (see page 21). Most people enjoy the landscape for aesthetic reasons. Raising awareness for the envi-
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ronmental and life development benefits will elevate the entire industry. Adam is on to something very important. Greening our highways important work Also very important is greening our highways. Climate change has resulted from the burning of fossil fuels, especially from automobiles. The main culprit is CO2, which along with other emissions create the greenhouse effect that prevents heat from escaping the atmosphere. This results in a gradual increase in the earth’s temperature. There is now a huge focus on methods to reduce carbon emissions. One solution that should receive extra attention to combat the problem is plants. Plants love carbon dioxide. The gas actually performs like a fertilizer. Densely planting our highways, will bring huge benefits by trapping carbon, and also by ameliorating pollution, providing shade, buffering noise and retaining excess water. The main problem is that the harsh conditions on highways do not exactly favour good plant growth. This fall, the Ministry of Transportation, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Landscape Ontario are combining efforts to plant a research and a demonstration project at highways 401 and 427. The project was initiated by MTO landscape architect Nick Close, with advice and support from Francesco Pacelli, Glen Lumis, Sasha Terry, Uyen Dias, Hannah Mathers, Chris Hunter, Ron Koudys, Sasha Gollish, George Ivanoff, Ralph Mahler, Paul Olsen, Jennifer Llewellyn, Lorne Haveruk and Andrew Gaydon. This is an exciting project for many reasons. It will determine optimum processes and
the type of plants that can be used for successful highway plantings. Ontario-grown liners from retractable-roof greenhouses will also be used. Preliminary research shows that this type of planting method can replace many of the liners that are now regularly shipped from the west coast, which itself leaves a large carbon footprint. A component of the research will include the use of irrigation (from drilled wells) powered by solar pumps. This will be a first and could revolutionize highway planting maintenance. Exciting new trial gardens And speaking of irrigation…. I would like to publicly thank Lorne Haveruk of DH Water Management Services for lending his expertise in irrigating the new Landscape Ontario Trial Gardens. The trial gardens are doubling in size this year. The University of Guelph and Landscape Ontario, through the Grounds Management sector group, initiated this project a number of years ago. Due to popularity, it has expanded to include perennial and hanging basket trials. Ontario Parks Association has also joined us. Stay tuned for an announcement of the open house this summer. Thanks are due to Rodger Tschanz at the University of Guelph for growing the plants and orchestrating the planting. We also owe the students from Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Burlington a huge thank you. The enthusiasm that emanates from teacher Allan Nason inspires his students. Allan is helping to build our future membership base. Have a great spring! Tony DiGiovanni may be reached at email@example.com.
Spring is in the air By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations
sure sign of spring this year was seeing our members, once again, contribute to their communities on Earth Day. Toronto chapter members volunteered their time to clean up a large section of High Park. With the Green for Life banner proudly displayed, several members teamed up with students from Bloorview Collegiate to comb the ravines and grass areas, picking up litter, which is Denis Flanagan quite an eyesore in this beautiful and historic park. To keep everyone motivated on this very chilly morning, an impromptu competition was held among those removing the litter. The idea was to find the most interesting artifact that represented modern civilization. Contenders for the grand prize included various garments, including a brightly coloured bra, a plastic bag with hundreds of pennies and a large sack of unopened mail. Someone with a furtive mind and a penchant for mystery novels could have written quite a tale. It was decided that everyone was a winner that morning and a gift of a package of dahlias was handed out courtesy of Caroline de Vries from TradeWinds International Sales. By the way, Caroline celebrated spring in her own unique way by sharing photos of the stunning display of bulbs that delight drivers travelling the Don Valley Parkway this year. The bulbs were planted last fall using a large bulb planting machine to create the serpentine effect visible this spring. The wonderful colour gives frustrated drivers a reason to smile, and leaves them with a positive image of our industry. Thank you to the member companies that contributed to the High Park Clean Up: Landscapes By Lucin, Christine’s Touch, Yorkshire Garden Services, Fiona’s Garden Gate, Elm Landscapes, Creative Garden Design and Urban Garden Supply. Denis Flanagan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PROFESSIONAL AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Skilled trades are essential Sally Harvey CHT, CLP Education and Labour Development Department
ow often has the government given you a gift? I am guessing not often. But they are now through the introduction of the Red Seal Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship designation. What is the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program? The Government of Canada recognizes that the skilled trades are essential to building and maintaining Canada’s place in the economy. It has a clear role in supporting the skilled trades and in encourSally Harvey aging more Canadians to pursue apprenticeship, in order to meet the growing need for skilled trades people. With that, the Canadian Council of Directors for Apprenticeship approved our industry as a Red Seal trade last October. Red Seal allows qualified trades people to practise their respective trade in any province or territory without having to write additional examinations, thus improving labour mobility in Canada. Through the program, apprentices, who have completed their training and certified journeyperson’s certification, are able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their Certificate of Qualification and Apprenticeship by successfully completing an Interprovincial Standards Examination offered by each provincial training office. There are also now several grant opportunities available to both employers and apprentices, once you are accepted in to the program and fulfill all obligations. What does it mean to us as employers? The benefits are many. The human resource element is so very important in our business plans, as it is our people asset that carries out our company vision. With that in mind, we know through studies done by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), that hiring apprentices is important to replace the aging workforce and to reduce the turnover rate. Employers indicated that a homegrown journeyperson (i.e., trained as an apprentice within the organization) is more productive. On average, employers indicated that homegrown journeypersons are 26.5 per cent more 8 HORTICULTURE REVIEW - June 15, 2009
productive than non-apprentice-trained staff, which is an additional benefit of apprenticeship training. A staff turnover rate translates into unnecessary potential loss. We know that it takes over one year to gain full potential from a new hire, not to mention the loss of efficiency of the trainer by 14 per cent during that training time period. It’s easy to see that investing in apprenticeship is an easy decision. One additional advantage is the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit, a nonrefundable tax credit equal to 10 per cent of the salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices. The maximum credit is $2,000 in total for each eligible apprentice. For detailed information on the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for employers, go to: www.cra-arc. gc.ca/whtsnw/pprntcshp-eng.html. This is an amazing retention strategy for the “keepers,” particularly in these economic times. Train them on the job, send them to school during the slow season and have them back more skilled, more knowledgeable and therefore a greater benefit to your bottom line. What is in it for the apprentice? The apprenticeship program has been carefully designed to teach the skills young workers need to know in order to be a success in the landscape horticulture industry. Apprenticeship training is another valid way to receive the required skill and knowledge that one needs for a life-long successful career. Many people learn better by doing on the job, as opposed to classroom training. While there are knowledge-based information and skills required in the horticultural technician apprenticeship program, training focuses on 90 per cent doing and practicing together with 10 per cent classroom training. Most people who receive training in the skilled trades are making an excellent living and enjoying a successful and rewarding career. Apprenticeship training is another recognized way of continuing education after graduation from high school, or as a pathway to success as a second career. The landscape horticulture industry needs trained employees who can produce quality landscape/nursery projects and who know how to make it happen. An industry working committee of employers and employees, who know the industry’s requirements, prepares upto-date training standards. Employees develop
these skills on-the-job over a period of time that suits them. Because of this specific skill development, apprenticeship graduates are in high demand. As an added benefit, through the employment insurance system (www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/subjects/employment), the Government of Canada provides income support to eligible apprentices during their periods of in-school technical training. Many Canadians, who wish to pursue a career in the skilled trades, face financial barriers. This grant is available to registered apprentices who have completed their first or second year level, or equivalent, in an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades, on or after January 1, 2007. There is also a program that provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade. For detailed information, refer to the previous noted Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit website. I encourage employers to evaluate all of your permanent and seasonal staff by the end of June, once you have determined those who are what we call “best fit employees,” or keepers. Please engage them by offering them apprenticeship training. I have been told by the MTCU that we are entitled to register apprentices any time of the year through regional training consultants. The advantage is that you engage them right away, and they start right immediately on training and beyond the corresponding skills and signing of their practical standard, as they prove competency in each area. They know right away that they have a future with your company. This also gives them a bit of a head start, and a lot more confidence. This requires you to contact your regional MTCU office, talk to the training consultant assigned to our industry: www.horttrades.com/apprenticeship Employees should be asking their employers for this opportunity. The benefits are great. There is no question that apprenticeship is a win/win opportunity that has only become better with the Red Seal designation attached to it. I urge you to take advantage of this fantastic gift! Sally Harvey may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Project to research sustainable growing systems By Francesco Pacelli Nursery technical analyst
r. Youbin Zheng and his research team at the University of Guelph were recently awarded funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence to conduct a project entitled Development of Sustainable Growing Systems for Nursery, Greenhouse Ornamental and Vegetable Production. The Landscape Ontario Growers Group ($3,500 per year for three years) and Gro-Bark (Ontario) are cash contributors to this three-year project. A growing number of consumers want sustainably produced Francesco Pacelli ornamental plants. At present, the supply of materials and technology to enable sustainable production are not easily available to greenhouse and nursery growers (i.e. with minimal or no chemical fertilizers and pesticides, using recyclable or biodegradable materials). One of the biggest challenges is the availability of suitable growing substrates. The main constituent of the growing substrate in ornamental crop production is peat moss. Unfortunately, peat moss is a finite and non-renewable resource. Some European countries, such as the U.K., have committed to the reduction of peat use and have set a target for soil conditioners and growing substrate to be 90 per cent peat-free by 2010. Peat
moss is a first rate growing substrate. However, peat usage can be reduced without sacrifice to plant quality. Large quantities of organic waste are generated from agricultural (e.g. manure), landscape, and residential practices which can be composted. Compost is rich in plant nutrients and beneficial microbes which are able to suppress diseases. The use of these composted materials can not only mitigate the waste management problem and conserve peat bog ecosystems, but may also reduce chemical fertilizer and pesticide usage. Recent dramatic price increases in chemical fertilizers has negatively impacted our nursery operations. To help growers produce plants using environmentally friendly production practices, while staying competitive in the current global market, this new project will develop sustainable growing systems for nursery, greenhouse, ornamental, and vegetable production. To develop a sustainable nursery growing system, Dr. Zheng’s group will collaborate with Gro-Bark (Ontario), Dingo Farms (a manure composting facility), Aldershot Greenhouses and some other commercial nursery operators. The project will formulate growth substrates using organic materials, such as compost, pine bark and coir. The project will also search for some low-cost and readily available organic fertilizers to incorporate into the new substrates. The project will then test the performance of these newlydeveloped growing substrates in producing some of the common and important nursery and greenhouse species.
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There is no ideal growth substrate if fertilization, irrigation, and other production inputs are not managed properly. Currently, Dr. Zheng’s research group is developing a soil moisture sensor, based on automated wireless irrigation systems for greenhouse production. The project will integrate this irrigation system into nursery production and determine the optimal water schedule for each growth substrate. Natural sources of microbial inoculants, such as compost, compost tea, and other sources of beneficial microbes will be applied to the irrigation systems or growing substrates to create a diversified biological environment at the plant root zone. This integrated approach will provide a water, nutrient, and oxygen-balanced plant root zone, which can better defend against diseases and other abiotic stress (e.g. drought) naturally and therefore reduce water usage, chemical and pesticide applications, eventually leading to increased overall sustainability. Other University of Guelph researchers include Dr. Mike Dixon, Linping Wang, along with some post-doctoral research fellows and graduate students who will contribute to this undertaking. Dr. Zheng’s team invites interested suppliers and growers to participate in this exciting project. Dr. Zheng can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 519-8244120, ext. 52741. You may also contact Keith Osborne at email@example.com, or Gro-Bark 905-466-0077. Francesco Pacelli may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Staff member learns first-hand about life in a garden centre
Stephanie Smith talks to Mrs. Sibylla Peters during a recent visit to Humber Nurseries
By Stephanie Smith Membership and chapters coordinator
taff at Landscape Ontario are all very proud and happy to support our members. With that spirit, I chose to go on a quest that became a personal learning experience. I always love a challenge, so I joined the gang at Ontario’s largest garden centre, Humber Nurseries, to learn about plant material and get an inside view of working in this great industry. I had no idea how great a challenge I had taken on, and more importantly how much I love what the members do to feed their family and their passion. Running an operation the size of Humber Nurseries is like watching poetry in motion. Somehow, no matter how crazy it gets, everyone steps up to the plate and makes it work, all with a smile. The work environment is very fast-paced and labour intensive. I refuse to use a weigh scale, but I can tell you that I know I lost a significant number of pounds. I also now walk with a limp, and every muscle aches. It’s a close-knit family at Humber. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about garden centres. I was thrown into the fire. I kept thinking that maybe I should have done some research, but I knew that annuals die and perennials return the next year. How compli-
cated could it be? I also knew what worked and what didn’t work; that as a consumer, I would prefer to use one of our member garden centres because the box stores and parking lot vendors ended up costing more in the long run, leaving me to scramble around to find a garden centre that would have something left, because nothing I purchased was growing, or it had died. That was about the extent of my knowledge. I soon learned I know very little about plants. With the help and patience of the Humber staff and all of my mentors, I asked questions and made comments. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, and how much I learned. The customers are also very well versed about plant material. They helped me along the way. I would tell them I didn’t know much about the flowers, but I knew I could locate them in the store. I would also take feedback from the customer as to what they thought worked and what didn’t. Humber Nurseries has conveniently made lists of where the plant material is located. Those lists became my bible, and I worked with them all day long. Customers adore Mrs. Peters The other amazing resource at the garden centre is Mrs. Sibylla Peters. She was able to tell me everything I needed to know. Her wealth of information of plant material, the respect
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and adoration from the loyal customer base are truly admirable. One afternoon a lady came to me looking for Mrs. Peters, who at the time was on a break. This lady waited for over an hour to see Mrs. Peters in order to get an autograph on the tag of the rose bush she had bought as a gift for her husband. She had bought him the “Mrs. S. Peters, hybrid tea rose,” a rich pink that her sons Frans and Guy awarded to their mom on her 80th birthday. When I mentioned how cool I thought it was, Mrs. Peter’s response was one of surprise. She said that is the first time that ever happened. At the age of 90, Mrs. Peters continues to work. She is as passionate as ever for the industry. Mr. Frans L. Peters visits the garden centre each day. His gardens are a testament to what works and what doesn’t. He is very proud of his gardens, which are a library of plants. He seemed impressed with my quest for knowledge, and invited me to walk through the gardens. Every plant is labeled so that I could have a visual knowledge of what the plant looks like growing in the garden. Peters continues to cultivate trial gardens on his property every season. To watch everyone work with such passion, and realize how short the season is, made me understand that you have to make it happen quickly to keep the customer happy. I worked with Frans Peters, president of “things that are
alive” at Humber, past president of Landscape Ontario and a current volunteer on the Membership Retention and Recruitment committee, as well as chair of the Toronto golf tournament. Frans laughed at my antics, more than I care to remember. I had my blonde moments, but he found this enjoyable and didn’t fire me. There were a lot of laughs and moments where he was “in the zone.” I was also surprised with the work he gave me. There was no special treatment here. I loaded and unloaded trucks, just like anyone else, along with merchandising and keeping on top of making it work at Humber. It is crazy! On a number of occasions I mumbled aloud, wishing customers would be responsi-
ble and put things away. But at the same time, without them, I would not have learned what the plant is and where it goes. Green for Life decals are placed strategically around the centre, and they look great. Frans always made an effort to let everyone know about the Green for Life message. He is a very proud member of LO. The knowledge I gained from the time spent working at the garden centre is invaluable. I think that the best way to understand plant material and the overall operation of garden centre is to go out and work hands on. It has been a pleasure to help the public, as well and listen to their stories and educate them about the industry. I also have a better grasp of
how hard each member works to make things beautiful! Landscape Ontario has the best group of people to work with and tremendous collection of members. They create passion for the job! You should all stand up and give yourselves a big round of applause. Thanks to EVERYONE at Humber Nurseries for letting me have this learning experience. It has been my pleasure to work with you all. In closing, I look for more part-time seasonal work next spring. I would be pleased to come and work with you. I even have a reference or two!
Pathways to Perennials among top ten marketing winners Pathways to Perennials in Kettleby is a top ten winner in the 2008 Perennials Marketing Contest, sponsored by Plant Publicity Holland and the Perennial Plant Association. Each year the organization opens the contest to North America garden centres who sell perennials. The other nine winners are from the U.S. “Pathways’ perennial display, entitled Combo Crazy, was created out of necessity,” admitted garden centre co-owner Lorraine Mennen, “as we are constantly challenged to find space to house, care for and properly display all our plant material. Being plant lovers first and stylists second, we have a million plant favourites that we just can’t do without,
as well as wanting to try out all of the hot, new things.” A cedar shelter not only provided shade for perennials that needed it, but also showed customers how to incorporate architecture into their gardens. For the past couple of years, the LO member has tried something different with displays. “Instead of the same, old, traditional row layouts in alphabetical order or by botanical name, blah, blah, blah, inspired by garden centres overseas, we started classifying our plants by their specific uses, such as: butterfly magnets, hummingbird attracters, simple, quick groundcovers, drought tolerant plants, shade lovers and collections categorized by
blooming season,” said Mennen. Planting diagrams/maps were given out to those who wanted them. “This procedure silently sold the package and educated the gardener, encouraging them to buy entire collections of plants, rather than just one or two,” Mennen continued. “The result was great success! We had customers buying more shrubs and perennials than ever before, as, they had plants for different purposes and could be assured that they would have colour and interest year-round.” “This display technique increased our average sale from $55 to $85, with many customers coming back weekly to see what collection would be featured next.”
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Rachel’s Garden in July Canadian Living Canadian Living’s August issue, which will be on the newsstands in July, will feature Rachel’s Garden. The garden came about through a team of volunteers from Landscape Ontario, especially the Toronto LO Chapter, designer Beth Edney, and members of the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association, who created a $100,000 garden in just five days. The program was part of the Make a Wish Foundation. See the October 2008 Horticulture Review for complete story. The garden features a two-tiered terrace, a bridge with shooting water, a bicycle path, a vegetable garden and numerous plants that attract butterflies. Also included in the design is a unique fence with butterfly etchings and a mural that was painted on the garage wall. Edney noted that the magazine representatives said that a list of all the names involved in the garden will appear in the source section of the magazine.
Devall tree planted A 40-foot maple tree is now planted on the grounds of CTV in Agincourt, as a lasting tribute to the career of announcer Dave Devall. The well-known CTV weatherman retired from his duties after nearly 50 years on the air. The tree was donated by PAO
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Associates in his name, after he was honoured with the Green for Life Award on Mar. 20 at Canada Blooms. The plaque read, “In thanks for all the rainy day forecasts that helped our gardens grow.” On May 8, Paul Offierski of PAO and his crew planted the tree.
Members win green awards Two members of Landscape Ontario were honoured during the Green Toronto Awards, handed out on Apr. 23 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Chris Le Conte, president of Smart Watering Systems, and Terry McGlade, owner of Gardens in the Sky, were among the winners of the prestigious award. The recipients were announced by Toronto mayor David Miller, deputy mayor Joe Pantalone and special guest Ed Begley Jr. Both LO members received an Environmental Award of Excellence. Terry McGlade was among the Green Roof Award recipients. Gardens in the Sky is renowned for rooftop gardens and green roofs. McGlade has won a dozen LO Awards of Excellence over the years. The Toronto awards brochure stated that Gardens in the Sky won a Green Toronto Awards of Excellence, “Proving what a green roof can do for an urban environment. The Training Academy for Toronto’s men
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and women in blue had one built in 2008 by Gardens in the Sky. Its modular LiveRoof trays, made of 100 per cent recycled materials, reduce storm water runoff and the need for air conditioning. Almost best of all, its drought-tolerant plants create a habitat for butterflies, insects and songbirds.” The Awards program highlighted a system installed by Le Conte’s company, Smart Watering Systems, at Yorkdale Mall, “Although Yorkdale Mall only has 3½ acres of landscape, vandalism and aging infrastructure were resulting in significant potable water use. Smart Watering Systems stepped in, identifying water waste—and remedies. It installed efficient nozzles and central control technologies that allow Yorkdale to use water efficiently and only when needed. The end result is water savings of nearly 12-million litres and a GHG reduction of 2,400 kilograms.” Chris Le Conte serves as chair on the LO irrigation sector group and as vice-chair on the environmental stewardship committee.
Community comes out for compost support the Halton Region Green Cart program and Plant a Row Junior provided activities for children to create seedling pots and seed balls for guerilla gardening efforts. Thanks to Tim Hortons, free coffee and doughnuts were supplied, and Scotts Canada and Gro-Bark provided the soil and compost. Thanks also goes to the Composting Council of Canada staff of Susan Antler, Danielle Buklis, Tyrone Biljan and Mary Ho, and LO staff members Kristen McIntyre, Kathleen Pugliese, Jane Leworthy, Lorraine Ivanoff and Robert Ellidge for helping with the event. Two happy customers take advantage of the great deal offered on bags of soil.
A number of organizations, LO members and local residents came together for a successful compost sale at the Landscape Ontario office in Milton on Sat., May 2. The event also kicked off International Compost Awareness Week from May 2 to 9. Organized by the Composting Council of Canada, over 45 skids of bagged growing medium and numerous yards of compost were sold to the general public in less than three hours. More than $2,000 in proceeds from the sale will benefit the Composting Council of Canada’s Plant a Row Grow a Row Junior to teach children about vegetable gardening.
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More than 250 people patiently waited to load their vehicles with compost and many stopped to obtain more information from the groups in attendance. Representatives from Halton Region offered composting tips and answered questions on the region’s composting program and residential Green Cart program. The Beavers from the 7th Milton Scouts Group held a fundraising barbecue and sold cotton candy, raising over $200 for the group’s events. Landscape Ontario distributed flyers listing local LO member garden centres where consumers can purchase colourful plant material and garden supplies. Bag to Earth supplied residential composting bags to
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Chapter News GreenTrade Expo awards prizes GreenTrade Expo has announced prize recipients of its online registration contest. Show chair Bruce Morton presented the prizes to the winners on May 5th at his business, Greenscape.ca. Kevin Archambault of the Upper Canada
District School Board won a Shindaiwa trimmer with power broom attachment and LO member Fred Sova of Root Plus Landscaping in Rockland won a Shindaiwa backpack blower. GreenTrade Expo boasted its second-
highest attendance in 2009, with just shy of 1,000 trade professionals attending in one day. Watch Horticulture Review this fall for more information on GreenTrade Expo 2010â€™s impressive line-up of quality exhibitors and cutting-edge education. Mark your calendars for Wed., Feb.17, 2010 at the Ottawa Civic Centre. See www.greentrade.ca for updates.
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Keeping your chapter connected Waterloo chapter rewarded for helping education system The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and the Waterloo District School Board presented LO’s Waterloo Chapter an award for providing continuous support to students in technological education. Two Waterloo members were recognized for outstanding support of high school students, co-op programs and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Rob Kerr won an Award of Excellence and Elmira Farm Service was recognized for hosting the local Skills Canada Competition. Chapter members Dave Wright, Rob Tester and Linda Tester also received recognition for their work with high school students. Rob Kerr has been an active member of the school board’s landscape sector advisory group since 2005. He has also championed the support of local programs through his role on the board of directors of the Waterloo chapter of Landscape Ontario for the past 10
years. Kerr and Kerr has contributed to annual school-based Earth Day landscaping projects. Rob Kerr has been part of the organizing group responsible for making the local landscaping skill competition a reality including judging the competitors. Kerr and Kerr has been a strong partner for Glenview’s landscape program, donating materials, equipment and manpower for projects around the school, along with hiring graduates and providing opportunities for co-op students. Kerr also supports the professional development of teaching staff by providing internship opportunities. Chapter involved in Fast Forward Waterloo chapter members are involved in the Fast Forward program working to develop programs for high school students. Currently the chapter has representation on horticulture and landscaping, construction industry, and transportation Industry.
Fast Forward is a unique school-to-work transition program that teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to move successfully from the classroom to the workplace. While earning their high school diplomas, students are also earning certificates that are developed and recognized by local employers. To date, 40 certificates may be earned in seven industry sectors: construction, hospitality and tourism, landscape and horticulture, manufacturing, personal care services, retail and business support and transportation. Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in the Waterloo area’s five Fast Forward programs. A total of 45 employers across the region sit on sector advisory councils. For more information on the Fast Forward program, contact Tracey Kelly, learning services consultant, at 519-5700003, ext. 4539, or check out the website at www.wrdsb.on.ca/fastforward.php.
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Hillen Nursery Inc Botanical Name
1 gal 2 gal 3 gal price price price
Vines - 1, 2, 3 gal.
Akebia quinata ‘Silver Bells’ 8.00 Ampelopsis glandulosa ‘Elegans’ 8.00 Aristolochia durior 6.00 11.00 Campsis ‘Balboa Sunset’ 11.00 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 6.00 Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ 8.00 Lonicera X ‘Mandarin’’ 8.00 Lonicera per. ‘Belgica Select’ 8.00 Lonicera per. ‘Serotina’ 8.00 Polygonum aubertii 6.00 Parthenocissus quinq ‘Engelmannii 6.00 Parthenocissus tri ‘Veitchii’ 6.00
Evergreens - 1, 2, 3 gal.
Azalea ‘Golden Hi Lights’ 13.50 Azalea ‘Orchid Hi Lights’ 13.50 Buxus microphylla 5.00 11.00 Buxus semp. ‘Green Mound’ 5.00 11.00 Buxus semp. ‘Green Gem’ 5.20 11.20 Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ 5.00 11.00 Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ 5.20 11.20 Buxus micr.’Faulkner’ 5.00 Chamaecyparis pis ‘Filifera Aurea 5.00 11.00 Chamaecyparis pis ‘Aurea Sungold’ 11.00 Cotoneaster adpressus ‘Compactus’ 5.00 9.00 Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’ 5.00 7.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Major’ 7.00 Cotoneaster microphyllus 5.00 9.00 Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens’ 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Canadale Gold’ 7.00 Euonymus fort.’Emerald Gaiety’ 5.00 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘E.T.’ 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold 5.00 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Goldtip’ 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Sunrise’ 5.00 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Sarcoxie’ 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Surespot’ 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Vegetus’ 7.00 Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Prince’ 5.00 11.00 Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus media ‘Mint Julep’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus media ‘Pfitz.Compacta’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus procumbens nana 5.00 11.00 Juniperus communis ‘Repanda’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus conferta’Blue Pacific’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Blue Horizon’ 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Blue Prince’ 5.00 Juniperus hor ‘Icee Blue’ 6.00 13.00 Juniperus hor ‘Andorra Compact’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Torquoise Spreader 5.00 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Wiltonii’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Yukon Belle’ 5.00 11.00 Juniperus hor ‘Youngstown’ 11.00 Juniperus sabina 5.00 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Carpet’ 5.00 11.00
1 gal 2 gal 3 gal price price price
Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 5.00 Juniperus virginiana ‘Grey Owl’ 5.00 Larix laricina 7.00 Microbiota decussata 5.00 Metasequoia glyptostroboides 7.00 Myrica pensylvanica 7.00 Picea abies 7.00 Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ 5.00 Picea glauca 7.00 Picea glauca ‘Conica’ Picea pungens ‘Baby Blue’ Picea glauca ‘Densata’ 7.00 Picea omorika 7.00 Picea pungens kiabob 5.00 7.00 Pieris jap ‘Mountain Fire’ Pinus mugo mughes Rhododendron ‘Northern Starburst’ Rhododendron Aglo(PJM) Thuja occidentalis 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Danica’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Hetz Midget’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Giant’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ 5.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ 5.00 Thuja plicata ‘Spring Grove’ 5.00 Tsuga canadensis 5.00 7.00 Tsuga canadensis ‘Jeddeloh’ Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’ Taxus cuspidata ‘Aurescens’ 5.00 Taxus cuspidata nana 5.00 Taxus media ‘Densiformis’ 5.00 Taxus media ‘Hicksii’ 5.00 Taxus media ‘Hillii’ 5.00 Taxus media ‘Wardii’ 5.00 Yucca filamentosa 5.00 Yucca flaccida ‘Golden Sword’ 5.00
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Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’ Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion Berberis thunbergi’Rose Glow’ 6.00 11.00 Betula papyrifera 11.00 Caryopteris cland. ‘Dark Knight’ Cephalanthus occidentalis Cercis canadensis 11.00 Cercidiphyllum japonicum Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’ 11.00 Chaenomeles superba’Texas Scarlet 13.00 Clethra alnifolia ‘Paniculatum’ Clethra alnifolia ‘Pink Spire’ Cornus alternifolia Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ 11.00 Cornus alba ‘Ivory Halo’ 11.00 Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ 11.00 Cornus amomum 11.00 Cornus kousa chinensis 11.00 Cornus racemosa 11.00 Cornus stolonifera (sericea) 11.00 Cornus stolonifera ‘Bud’s Yellow’ 11.00 Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelseyi’ 11.00 Corylus avelana 11.00 Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ 11.00 Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’ 11.00 Cotinus coggygria’Royal Purple’ Cotoneaster acutifolius 11.00 Cotoneaster horizontalis 13.50 Diervilla lonicera 13.50 Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’ 5.00 11.00 Deutzia gracilis Deutzia x ‘Strawberry Field’ 11.00 Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ 5.00 11.00 Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ 11.00 Forsythia X int. ‘Goldtide’ Forsythia int.’Lynwood’ 11.00 Forsythia ‘Northern Gold’ 11.00 Forsythia ‘Kumson’ Forsythia ovata ‘Ottawa’ Hibiscus syr.’White Chiffon’ 5.60 Hydrangea arbor. ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea macroph.’Forever Pink Hydrangea macroph.’Nikko Blue’ Hydrangea’Endless Summer Blushing 8.00 Hydrangea mac.’Endless Summer’ Hydrangea macroph.’Glowing Embers Hydrangea macroph.’Merritt’s Beau Hydrangea macr’Princess Beatrix’ Hydrangea macroph.’Penny Mac’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Grandiflora’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Kyushu’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Little Lamb’ Hydrangea pan.’Limelight’ Hydrangea pan.’Pinky Winky’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Tardiva’ Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ Hydrangea serrata ‘Little Geisha’ Hamamelis virginiana
Deciduous Shrubs - 1, 2, 3 gal
Acanthopanax sieboldianus Acer campestre Acer ginnala Alnus rugosa Amelanchier laevis Aronia melanocarpa Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic” Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’ Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ Buddleja davidii ‘Ile de France’ Buddleja davidii ‘Nanho Purple’ Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’ Buddleja davidii ‘Petite Plum’ Buddleja davidii ‘Purple Prince’
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Ilex verticilata 7.00 Ilex vert.’Afterglow’F 7.00 Ilex vert.’Winterred’F 7.00 Ilex vert.’Southern Gentleman’M 7.00 Kolkwitzia amab ‘Pink Cloud’ 7.00 Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ 7.00 Lonicera tatarica ‘Arnold Red’ 7.00 Lonicera xylost.’Clavey’s Dwarf’ 7.00 Lonicera xylost.’Emerald Mound’ 7.00 Magnolia loebneri ‘Leonard Messel 11.00 Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ 11.00 Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Innocence’ 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Natchez’ 7.00 Philadelphus schrenkii ‘Snowbelle 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Minn.Snowflake Dwar 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius’Coppertin 7.85 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ 7.60 8.60 Physocarpus opulifolius’Dart’sGol 7.00 Physocarpos opulifolius ‘Luteus’ 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius’Summer Wi 7.85 Populus tremuloides 7.00 Prunus cistena 5.00 7.00 8.00 Prunus virginiana 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Abbotswood’ 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Cor.Triumph’ 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Dakota Sunrise’ 7.00 Potentilla ferrari ‘Gold Drop’ 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Goldstar’ 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Pink Beauty’ 7.00 Potentilla frut ‘Tangerine’ 7.00 Quercus bicolor 7.00 Quercus robus ‘Fastigiata’ 7.00 Quercus rubra 7.00 Ribes alpinum 7.00 Ribes aureum 7.00 Rosa Bonica 7.50 Rosa Carolina 7.00 Rosa Henry Kelsey 7.00 Rosa X ‘J P Connell’(ex) 7.00 Rosa ‘Pavement Scarlet’ 7.00 Rosa rugosa 7.00 Rosa rugosa ‘Hansa’ 7.00 Rosa x ‘Champlain’ 7.00 Rosa X ‘The Fairy’ 7.00 Rubus odoratus 7.00 Rhus aromatica 7.00 Rhus aromatica ‘Low Grow’ 7.00 Rhus typhina 5.00 7.00 Salix bebbiana 7.00 Salix discolor 7.00 Salix eriocephala 7.00 Salix exigua 7.00 Salix gracilis ‘Purpurea Nana’ 7.00 Salix integra ‘Flamingo’ 7.00 Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nashiki’ 7.00
1 gal 2 gal 3 gal price price price
Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’ Salix nigra Sambucus canadensis Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’ Symphoricarpos chenaultii ‘Hancoc Spiraea alba Spiraea arguta Spiraea bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ Spiraea bumalda ‘Crispa’ Spiraea bumalda ‘Froebelii’ Spiraea bumalda ‘Goldflame’ Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ Spiraea fritschiana Spiraea japonica ‘Alpina’ Spiraea japonica ‘Dakota Goldchar Spiraea japonica ‘Dart’s Red’ Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Princess Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ Spiraea japonica ‘Manon’ Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’ Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’ 5.00 Spiraea japonica ‘White Gold’ Spirea tomentosa Spiraea vanhouttei Sorbaria aitchisonii Sorbaria sorbifolia Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ Syringa hyac. ‘Pocahontas’ Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ Syringa vulgaris Syringa vulgaris ‘Beauty of Mosco Syringa vulgaris ‘Monge’ Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Tilia cordata Tamarix pentandra Viburnum dent.’Chicago Lustre’ Viburnum ‘Emerald Triumph’ Viburnum lantana Viburnum lentago Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ Viburnum recognitum/dentatum Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact Viburnum trilobum ‘Compactum’ Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’ Weigela ‘Elvira’ Weigela florida ‘French Lace’ Weigela florida ‘Minuet’ Weigela florida ‘Purpurea Nana’ Weigela florida ‘Rumba’ 5.00 Weigela florida ‘Victoria’ Weigela florida ‘Nana Variegata’ Weigela ‘Red Prince’ Weigela ‘Polka’ Weigela ‘Tango’
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Evergreens - 5 gal.
5 gal price
Chamaecyparis nootk ‘Green Arrow’ Chamaecyparis nootkatensis’Pendula’ Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’ Juniperus scop. ‘Blue Haven’ Larix laricina Metasequoia glyptostroboides Metasequoia glyp. ‘Goldrush’ Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ Picea glauca ‘Conica’ Pinus mugo mugo Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’ Thuja plicata ‘Green Giant’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Giant’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ Tsuga canadensis
36.00 36.00 19.00 16.00 17.00 25.00 40.00 35.00 28.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 33.00
Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ Acer rubrum Cercis canadensis Cotinus coggygria’Royal Purple’ Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ Hydrangea mac.’Endless Summer’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Compacta’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Grandiflora’ Hydrangea pan. ‘Kyushu’ Hydrangea pan.’Limelight’ Magnolia loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ Magnolia ‘Susan’ Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ Populus tremuloides Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ Spiraea bumalda ‘Flaming Mound’ Spiraea bumalda ‘Goldflame’ Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ Syringa prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman’ Syringa pres’James Macfarlane Tilia cordata Viburnum ‘Emerald Triumph’ Viburnum trilobum ‘Compactum’
51.00 51.00 51.00 25.00 19.00 18.00 35.00 21.70 17.00 17.00 17.00 17.00 25.00 25.00 25.00 16.00 25.00 13.00 13.00 16.00 16.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 16.00
Deciduous Shrubs - 5 gal.
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Evergreens - 15 gal.
15 gal price
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis’Pendula’ Metasequoia glyptostroboides Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ Thuja plicata ‘Spring Grove’
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Ontario Skills competition brings out the best in students
Landscape competition at Ontario Skills.
More than 1,600 students from across Ontario competed in over 60 categories at the 20th Ontario Technological Skills Competition at RIM Park in Waterloo on May 4th and 5th. Among them were 14 two-person teams from secondary schools competing in landscape gardening. The teams had to demonstrate skills in paving, planting, retaining walls, wood construction and more. “The youth of Ontario have demonstrated their abilities in the skilled trades and technologies with tremendous passion! All of the com-
petitors should be very pleased with the results achieved at this year’s competition – they are all winners for choosing a vocation that they enjoy and have the opportunity to excel at in the future,” said Gail Smyth, executive director of Skills Canada – Ontario. Gold medal winners from the Ontario competition, Benjamin Buchmuller and Kevin Martin of Halton CDSB, Burlington, qualified to compete in Charlottetown, P.E.I. from May 20 – 23 for the national competition. Next year Waterloo will host the national event.
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Landscape Ontario’s Sally Harvey and Rachel Burt, and CNLA’s Joel Beatson and Liz Klose were on hand to assist the competition. Sponsors included Waterloo Flowers, Sheridan Nurseries, CT Canada, Valleybrook, and Zomer’s Gardens. Suppliers to the secondary level contest were Unilock, Adams Landscape Supply and Sheridan Nurseries. For a complete listing of results, visit the Skills Ontario website at www.skillsontario. com. Skills Canada – Ontario is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to promote the skilled trades and technologies as a first-choice career. The competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and their peers from across the nation. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline for a chance to earn a position on Team Canada, representing the nation at WorldSkills in London in 2011. Team ranking 1 - Benjamin Buchmuller and Kevin Martin, Halton CDSB, Burlington 2 - Alexander Moreira and Danny Cardoso, Toronto CDSB, Toronto 3 - Adam Barbe and Andrij Sulypka, DufferinPeel CDSB, Mississauga. Other competing teams included: Troy Nurse, Halton DSB, Georgetown, and Jason Corlett, Halton DSB, Oakville Jesse House, Niagara CDSB, Dunnville, and Bruce Vandelaar, Niagara CDSB, Wainfl eet Martin Hilton, Upper Grand DSB, Rockwood, and Jessica Ince, Upper Grand DSB, Guelph Aaron Miltenburg, Bluewater DSB, Priceville, and Derek Roychel, Bluewater DSB, Proton Station Robbie McDonald and Keeryn Horton, DSB of Niagara St. Catharines Jake Borrow and Keith Wells, Peel DSB Brampton Chad Frey, Waterloo Region DSB, Waterloo, and Jeremy Bowman, Waterloo Region DSB, Elora Pharen Wilson and Kate Wilson, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, Castleton Aaron Duplaise and Danielle McKeown, Toronto DSB, South East Toronto Marie-Claire Groulx, CEP de l’Est de l’Ontario, Hawkesbury, Andréanne Fournier, CEP de l’Est de l’Ontario, Chute à Blondau Erik Post and Tobias Ireland, Thames Valley DSB, London
LO representatives work to help create species at risk legislation Early in 2006, the Ontario government announced its plan to review and update existing species at risk legislation in response to recommendations made in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy. The intent of the new legislation was “to provide broader protection for species at risk and their habitats, and to include requirements for recovery planning, assessment, reporting and enforcement.” Bill 184, The Endangered Species Act, received first reading in March 2007 and Royal Assent in May 2007. The Act came into force on June 30, 2008, under the control of the Ministry of Natural Resources. The comprehensive legislation is designed to protect not only species of vascular plants, but also mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects…virtually any living organism deemed native to Ontario. In its review, the provincial government needed to be sensitive to many other existing pieces of provincial and federal legislation related to species at risk. As a result, the Act has the potential to affect each and every Ontario resident. Given the scope of this undertaking, a very broad range of stakeholders was invited to participate in a series of public meetings. Landscape Ontario had an active voice in the process. Concerns were expressed and duly documented regarding what the association felt were serious flaws in the legislation, possibly
resulting in a negative impact on members. As much as many stakeholders would have liked to have the legislation amended to address their concerns, this is almost impossible once a bill has been proclaimed. However, the regulations that follow the Bill and guide its implementation are more flexible. LO representatives continued to state the association’s position and provide viable, positive alternatives that would mitigate unreasonable and punitive parts of the legislation and, perhaps more importantly, contribute to protecting species at risk and lead to their recovery. As it now stands, the reporting and documentation requirements for anyone growing and selling any plants listed in the appended schedules of Bill 184 are not particularly onerous, but they must be completed. Members with land holdings that include non-cultivated lands will need to be aware and sensitive to those parts of Bill 184 and its regulations that address habitat protection. From the earliest discussions, LO representatives maintained the stewardship and custodial roles that LO members play in preserving the environment and LO’s professional members should be seen as part of the solution, not the problem. For complete copies of Bill 184 and its regulations go to www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/ index.html.
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Willowbrook celebrates 30 years On May 1, Willowbrook Nurseries, in Fenwick, proudly celebrated its 30th anniversary. The business began in 1979 by John and Jocelyn Langendoen with their six-monthold son Christopher, who today continues the family’s involvement in the business.
Unfortunately, the family is celebrating the anniversary with sadness after Jocelyn passed away earlier this year. John Langendoen says, “It is with great pride that Willowbrook continues to stand strong with dedicated staff and loyal customers.”
Province offers incentive to hire summer students An Ontario government program helps students find a summer job through free job search support and placement services. It also provides a $2 per hour hiring incentive for employers hiring a student during the summer. Students, 15 to 30 years old, who plan to return to school in the fall, qualify for the program. Those employers who qualify for the program are private, not-for-profit, or broader
public sector organizations operating and offering summer jobs in Ontario. To receive a hiring incentive for a summer student placement, an employer must also ensure liability and workplace safety insurance coverage for the student placement, and not be related to the student. For more information on the program, go to: www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/summejbe.html. HORTICULTURE REVIEW - JUNE 15, 2009 19
Acclaimed speakers coming to garden centre symposium Three of the most dynamic presenters of business, sales and marketing in the nursery trades will headline the lineup for the Garden Centre Symposium on Mon., Oct. 19. This educational event for garden centre and nursery business professionals will feature Tom Shay, Kip Creel and Jeff Morey. As part of the Garden & Floral Expo trade show, the symposium is being held at the Toronto Congress Centre. Tom Shay of Profits Plus is well-known
as a fourth-generation business owner, author, columnist, business coach and speaker. He shares and teaches proven methods of building business with existing customers, increasing their overall return on investment and having fun at the same time. As president of Standpoint Marketing Research, Kip Creel brings invaluable information on shifting demographics and how the different expectations of Generation X and Y shoppers are shaping the garden centres of the future. As the publisher of several
industry magazines and producer of the Independent Garden Center show, Jeff Morey knows that independent garden centre retailers cannot allow themselves to be comfortably content. Garden & Floral Expo will take place on Oct. 20 and 21. More details online at www.gardenexpo.ca.
Wasps used to detect emerald ash borer Monitoring the emerald ash borer can be as simple as observing wasps return to their nests with their beetle prey. It has been shown that by observing the ground-nesting wasp, Cerceris fumipennis, it is possible to quickly identify the presence of an EAB infestation. A program has been developed involving volunteer wasp-watchers. A similar program in the U.S. has been found it a successful method to manage invasive pest species. Current Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s research is to enhance the practicality of using wasps (C. fumipennis) to monitor for EAB by testing mobile C. fumipennis nests. Wasps can then be moved into areas of expected infestation where there are no known wasp colonies. During these trials the mobile wasp nests will be compared to the standard passive EAB monitoring tools, trap-trees and prism-traps. While the wasps have proven themselves unique in their ability to find EAB infestations, most of the province’s natural colonies remain undiscovered. During 2006-2008 field seasons in Ontario, the focus was on observing wasp behaviour and development of mobile colonies. Of the 19 known C. fumipennis colonies in Ontario, only three are closely monitored: Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Woodland Trails Scout Camp in Stouffville and Broadway Park in Windsor. Work in New England has provided a model for Ontario. Referred to as wasp watchers, the participants both search and monitor colonies. In Ontario volunteers would be informed and trained to help in their local areas. Volunteers count the number of active nests, taking a collection of prey, and watching out for EAB. To find out more contact, Wasp-watchers CFIA Cerceris project, the website address is www.cerceris.info.
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Natural playgrounds are a big hit with kids On May 12, children at the YMCA High Park Child Care Centre, Toronto, enjoyed their play time in a new natural playground, created by LO member Adam Bienenstock. One of the biggest attractions of the playground is that it lets kids connect with the environment, while providing a safe play space that uses natural elements, such as mature trees, fallen logs, flowers, hills, valleys and boulders. “Traditional playgrounds have one focus while natural playgrounds promote openended play and support the full development of the child,” said Bienenstock, founder and principal designer of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds of Dundas. Over the past year, the YMCA has opened seven natural playgrounds across the GTA, and expects to open more this year. “Natural playgrounds fit perfectly with the YMCA’s Playing to Learn curriculum,” said Jillian Sewell, YMCA Child Care Development Manager. The cost of building a natural playground is comparable to that of a traditional play structure, however, the maintenance fees are significantly lower. A natural playground’s lifespan is up to 30 years. Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds are built
Adam Bienenstock with a couple of young friends trying out the new playground at the YMCA
by Gardens for Living. The playgrounds include natural features and elements such as rolling green landscapes, mature trees, slides embedded in hills, amphitheatres, garden beds, fallen logs, tree stumps for seating and tables. “Natural playgrounds fit perfectly with the YMCA’s Playing to
Toronto approves green roofs bylaw The City of Toronto passed a bylaw on May 27 that makes green roofs mandatory on all classes of new buildings. The by-law requires up to 50 per cent green roof coverage on multi-unit residential dwellings over six storeys, schools, non-profit housing and commercial buildings. Larger residential projects require greater green roof coverage, ranging anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of the roof area. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, a major proponent of the new by-law, said, “This bylaw is a major part of the solution to climate change, the creation of green jobs and it represents a whole new mindset on how our cities approach the 20 per cent or so of surface area that are roofs.” Industrial buildings were given a reprieve until January 31, 2011, while city officials explore options such as reflective white roofs that will help achieve the city’s environmental goals, without incurring heavy costs. Toronto already requires green roofs on city-owned properties. The city has established a financial incentive of up to $5.00 per
square foot for existing buildings, and is currently building a publicly accessible green roof on its city hall. The project will be unveiled at CitiesAlive (see accompanying story) in October. See www.citiesalive.org for details. Developers argue that green roofs bring capital and maintenance costs with little payback, but Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, says opponents of this proposed bylaw are exaggerating the costs and minimizing the benefits. Deputy mayor Joe Pantalone noted that if green roofs spread across the city, the average temperature in August could be reduced by two degrees, meaning less energy would be needed to cool the city. New York City recently passed a city bylaw that rewards building-owners who cover 50 per cent of available rooftop space with a green roof with a one-year property tax credit of up to $100,000. The credit would be equal to $4.50 per square-foot of roof area that is planted with vegetation, or approximately 25 per cent of the typical costs associated with the materials, labour, installation and design of the green roof.
Learn curriculum because they allow us to give children the opportunity to learn through creative, interactive, sensory play,” says Sewell. Bienenstock was a speaker at Canada Blooms in March, where one of his gardens was on display.
Toronto hosting conference The City of Toronto and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will host the inaugural CitiesAlive World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, this October. CitiesAlive 2009 will gather the international green infrastructure community together to address the issues as they relate to environmental, social and economic needs. Green infrastructure embraces the relationship between green roofs and green walls, as well as other forms of urban greenery, such as urban forests. The Congress will take place at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto from Oct. 19 to 22. More than 1,000 participants within the building design, development, construction and management sectors, as well as policymakers, government officials, students and the public are expected to take part in the event.
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New conduct guidelines for members Recently, LO’s bylaw committee revised the Statement of Conduct, Principles and Ethics. The statement outlines the most important principles of ethical and professional conduct. Members are encouraged and expected to observe these principles in spirit as well as letter. General principles: • To serve clients with integrity, knowledge and creative ability. • To act fairly, honestly and in a manner they would be prepared to defend publicly. • To maintain conﬁ dence and trust in the profession of horticulture. • To protect, at all times, the integrity of the profession, the interests of the client and the general public. • To continually improve their own professional knowledge and skill and keep abreast of new developments in their industry. • To encourage and support education and research within the horticultural ﬁ eld. • To provide other members with helpful, constructive and professional advice, coaching and mentorship when necessary in
order to improve the professional reputation and image of the industry. • To consistently maintain the conﬁ dence and trust in the profession. Operating principles: • Members have an obligation to deliver goods and services in an efﬁ cient and cost-effective manner (according to contract speciﬁ cations) in order to protect the client’s interest while maintaining acceptable standards. • Members advertising shall be neither false, nor in any way misleading. • Members shall respect and improve the environment. • Members shall treat employees fairly, honestly and lawfully. • Members shall not make false or malicious statements that may injure the professional reputation of other members. • Members shall endeavour to attract to the profession, individuals with a high degree of honesty, courtesy, integrity and competence. • Members shall meet their obligations and responsibilities to clients, suppliers and employees.
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Speed limiters mandatory on trucks As of Jan. 1, 2009, most large trucks driven in Ontario are required to use electronic speed limiters that cap speed at 105 kilometres per hour. Trucks that fall under the law include commercial trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 11,794 kg (26,000 lbs.) and more. The provincial government claims that the benefits include environmental improvement, safety and cost savings. A speed limiter is a built-in microchip that enables a truck engine’s top speed to be preset. All trucks built in the last decade come equipped with the technology. Ontario Trucking Association president, David Bradley is quoted as saying, “This is a great step forward for highway safety and for the environment.” Police and MTO enforcement officers will use both existing traffic control techniques and portable electronic testing units to verify the activation of a vehicle speed limiter at 105 km/h maximum. The use of portable electronic testing units will provide access to the vehicle engine data and confirm if the limiter has been activated at a speed of 105 km/h or less. It will be necessary for officers to plug into a data port located within the cab of the truck. An educational enforcement period of six months after the Jan. 1 start time allowed carriers to have the vehicle speed limiter set during the normal course of maintenance avoiding unnecessary additional costs. MTO officials say that enforcement starts in June.
LO’s trade shows among top 50 The magazine Tradeshow Week has named its top 50 trade shows in Canada. Among the shows are LO’s Congress and Garden and Floral Expo. For 2008, Congress moved up to number eight, from 11 the previous year, and Garden and Floral Expo remained at number 42. The rating is for all trade shows, not just the horticulture industry.
Fire strikes Martek of Burlington
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On May 25, fire destroyed a building that housed Martek Corporation in Burlington. But the fire didn’t stop Martek owner Gerald Marshall, who says he is still serving his customers. “We are working hard to keep our customers in product,” said Marshall, “even though the logistics are tough.” The fire started around 3 p.m., in Burlington near Walker’s Line and Harvester Road. No one was injured in the blaze. Nine
Employers and workers are reminded to be aware of the health and safety dangers of heat stress and to protect themselves. All those in the landscape industry need to be aware of the symptoms of heat stress in order to know how to work smart and stay cool. When heat is combined with other stresses, like hard physical work, fluid loss, fatigue or some medical conditions, it can lead to heatrelated illness, disability and even death. Heat stress can affect anyone, including the young and fit. Symptoms of heat stress include rashes, sunburn, cramping, fainting, excessive sweating, headache and dizziness. If working in a hot environment, drink lots of fluids. Try to drink a cup of water about every 20 minutes, and when possible, try to: • Increase the number of breaks and take breaks in cool or shaded areas • Schedule heavy work for cooler periods • Avoid direct sunlight • Wear light-coloured and/or light-weight clothing • Reduce the physical demands of work by using aides. • Reduce the pace of work
people work at Martek. Marshall, a long-time member of LO, said that the fire left the structure in rubble. Martek leased the building. “I expect to be up and running normal with a new place by sometime in June,” said Marshall. Martek began operations in 1990. The company ships throughout Canada, with its own fleet of vehicles for regional deliveries.
Alpine welcomes new family member Miranda and Howard Colcuc of Alpine Nurseries, Niagara-on-the-Lake, have announced the birth of their daughter, Mariska Linette, born on Thursday, May 7, at 1:43 a.m.,
at St. Catharines General Hospital. Jonathan has a new sister, who is also another grandchild for Carl and Gemma Colcuc and John and Jane Kooijman.
Fertilizer act is amended The Government of Canada has announced an amendment to the regulations that will lengthen the fertilizer and supplement registration period. Currently the registration period lasts between 13 and 24 months. The amendment will extend the registration period to three years. Under the authority of the Fertilizers Act and Regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency carries out pre-market assessment and registration of certain fertilizers and supplements imported into or sold in Canada. The purpose is to verify that fertilizers and suppleETEL07_BA Hort.Review.qx 1/30/07
ments are safe, effective and labeled appropriately. The existing wording of section 5.(9) of the regulations states, “Every certificate of registration issued after June 30, 1978 expires on June 30 in the year specified in the certificate that is not later than two years from the date of registration unless the registration is sooner cancelled.” With the coming into force of the April 1st, 2009 amendment, the wording has been replaced by “Every certificate of registration expires 36 months after the day on which a registration number is assigned the fertilizer or supplement.” 7:43 AM to Page 1
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OMAFRA TURF REPORT
Sugar beet juice extract tested as a herbicide for weeds By Pam Charbonneau OMAFRA Turf Specialist
Per cent broadleaf weed cover
Treatment Rating Dates n evaluation took place on the efficacy of Juicy Lawn, Nature’s Weed and Feed, Par III and a turf 23-05-06 18-10-06 20-11-07 06-18-08 07-16-08 11-08-08 fertilizer (25-3-20) to control broadleaf weeds in Weedy turf. Plots were located in a turf research area at the Guelph Check 47.4a1 52.8a 25.5ab 32.75a 58a 64.5a Turfgrass Institute. The site is an area of established turf Fertilizer (25-3-20) 43.8ab 46.2b 28.5a 26.25ab 49.7ab 62.5a (predominantly turf-type perennial ryegrass infested with dandelions, clover and other lawn weeds). It is maintained Juicy Lawn 41.8ab 48ab 19.5bc 22.25b 40.25b 52.75b as a low maintenance turf with weekly mowing at 6 cm and Nature’s Weed and no supplemental irrigation. Feed 37.4b 44.8b 13.25c The treatments were two different formulations of Par II 2.4c 0.8c .25d .75c .5c 2.25c sugar beet extract products that were applied at one rate, a complete turf fertilizer applied at one rate, Par III (a commercially available three-way broadleaf herbicide consisting 1Mean percent broadleaf weed cover by point quadrat estimation. Means of 4 of 2,4 D, mecoprop and dicamba) applied at one rate and an replicates; means within columns followed by the same letter are not significantly different (Fisher’s protected LSD, p=.05). untreated control for a total of five treatments (see Table 1). Each treatment was replicated four times in 5 x 5 m plots in a randomized complete block design. The percentage of weed cover was Nature’s Weed and Feed and Juicy Lawn was substituted for the Nature’s measured in each plot three times per season and all measurements were Weed and Feed treatment. Juicy Lawn and Nature’s Weed and Feed were analysed by the appropriate statistical method. applied on Aug. 15 and Sept. 7, 2005, May 29, June 12, Aug. 8, and Sept. 14, 2006, June 6, June 11, Oct. 11, and Oct. 24, 2007, May 23, June 2, Sept. Treatment Application rate 8, 2008 and Sept. 17, 2008. Par III was applied on Aug. 15, 2005, June 7 (mL 100 m-2) and Sept. 28, 2006, June 28, 2007 and Oct. 12. 2007, July 8, 2008 and Sept. Untreated control 18, 2008. Fertilizer was applied on Aug. 15, 2005, June 12, and Sept. 14, Par III (2,4 D, 2006, June 10, 2007 and Aug. 13, 2007, June 9, 2008 and Sept. 18, 2008. mecoprop and dicamba) 55 mL Juicy Lawn (15-2-3) Fertilizer (25-3-20) Nature’s Weed and Feed
1100 mL 800 g 2000 mL
Application of the treatments Juicy Lawn, Nature’s Weed and Feed and Par III treatments were applied with a Chapman RB2000 4 L hand held pump garden sprayer. Nature’s Weed and Feed was diluted 1:1 with water for a total volume of 4,000 mL/100m2. Juicy Lawn was applied at a ratio of 1:3 Juicy Lawn to water for a total volume of 4,400 mL/100m2 and the fertilizer was applied with a Scotts drop spreader set at #16 fertilizer setting. Par III was applied at label rate with 3,000 mL/100m2 of water. Juicy Lawn and Nature’s Weed and Feed were applied one to two weeks apart during spring (May) and fall (mid-Aug. to mid-Sept.). During the 2008 season, we were unable to obtain
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Efficacy assessments Efficacy assessments were made once in 2005, because the project began in the fall of that year and three times each year from 2006 to 2008. Four randomized point quadrats, measuring 60 cm x 60 cm, with 25 points in each quadrat (points 10 cm apart), for a total of 100 points in each plot, were used to record estimated percent of broadleaf weed cover per plot at each assessment date. Efficacy assessments were made prior to the start of the experiment on Aug. 5, 2005. Efficacy assessment dates were Sept. 9, 2005, Nov. 14, 2005, May 23, 2006, July 5, 2006, Oct. 18, 2006, June 1, 2007, July 5, 2007, Nov. 7, 2007. The only data presented below are the dates where there were significant differences among the two beet juice products and fertilizer treatment (Table 1). Conclusions Par III was significantly different from all the other treatments at all rating dates and gave superior post-emergence broad-leaf weed control. When comparing the two beet juice extract products, Nature’s Weed and Feed performed significantly better than the fertilizer at one rating date (20-11-07) and Juicy Lawn performed significantly better than the nitrogen only plots on the final rating date (8-11-08). The post-emergence broad weed suppression from the two beet juice was not consistently better than fertilizer alone and was far inferior to Par III. Acknowledgements: H. Carey, C. VanDamme, N. Dunn and A. Cummings. Pam Charbonneau can be reached at 519-824-4120, ext. 52597, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PMC supports ornamental trials PLANT
By Jen Llewellyn OMAFRA nursery crops specialist
ach year OMAFRA specialists participate in the minor use workshops in Ottawa, organized by Agriculture Agri-Food Canada’s Pest Management Centre (PMC). By using the term minor use, I am referring to label expansions for pesticides that are already registered in Canada, but on other crops. We meet to set priorities for pest management for various crops across Canada. We also do a lot of networking with government, industry, consultants and the registrants. Peter Isaccson, CNLA minor use coordinator, and I have been successful in past years in obtaining pest management priorities for outdoor ornamentals (nursery, landscape). After the priority has been appointed (e.g. leafhoppers on outdoor ornamentals), we work together to plan research trials that will demonstrate efficacy and crop tolerance. This data is required in order to expand the product label to include outdoor ornamentals. This year, the PMC is supporting trials for leafhoppers on aphids, tar spot on Norway maple and assembling and submitting data for the pesticide label expansion package. There are new active ingredients for pest management in outdoor ornamentals. In many cases, these newer products are a lower toxicity than some of our traditional products. Diseases and insect pests In June a) In areas where the following phenology plants (250-400 GDD Base 10oC): Kolkwitzia amabilis (beautybush) are blooming Philadephus coronarius (mockorange) are blooming Syringa reticulata (Japanese tree lilac) are blooming Catalpa speciosa (Northern catalpa) are blooming Monitor for the following pests and diseases: PLANT
ash birch cedar cherry (Prunus)
evergreens honeylocust juniper larch
mountain ash pine
rhododendron, yew rose
oystershell scalecrawlers, nymphs bronze birch borerlarvae cedar leafmineradults, larvae peach tree boreradults, eggs, larvae Eastern tent caterpillarpupae, adults plant bugs, aphids, leafhoppers, Gypsy mothlarvae, pupae elm leaf beetlelarvae Euonymus webwormlarvae, pupae Euonymus scalecrawlers black vine weeviladults spruce spider miteadults, eggs, nymphs leafhopper, pod gall midgelarvae juniper scalecrawlers larch casebeareradults
lilac boreradults, eggs
mountain ash European pine shoot mothlarvae pine needle scalecrawlers black vine weeviladults rose chaferadults, rose slug (sawfly)larvae two-spotted spider miteadults, eggs Viburnum leaf beetlepupae, adults
b) I n areas where the following phenology plants (500-700 GDD Base 10oC Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora’ are in full bloom Sambucus canadensis are in full bloom Yucca filamentosa are in full bloom Monitor for the following insects and diseases:
honeylocust juniper maple, silver mountain ash
viburnum yew, cedar
leopard mothlarvae emerald ash boreradults, eggs, larvae Lecanium scalenymphs aphids, plant bugsnymphs, adults leafhoppersnymphs, adults European elm scalecrawlers black vine weeviladults, eggs euonymus scale2nd generation crawlers leafhopper, podgall midge, honeylocust mite juniper scalenymphs cottony maple scalecrawlers, nymphs mountain ash sawflylarvae rose chaferadults redheaded pine sawflylarvae white pine weevilpupae, adults Japanese beetleadults rose chaferadults rose slug (sawfly)larvae two spotted spider mite pine tortoise scalecrawlers pine sawflylarvae European pine shoot mothadults, larvae spruce bud scalecrawlers strawberry root weeviladults, eggs viburnum leaf beetleadults, eggs Taxus/Fletcher scalecrawlers, nymphs black vine weeviladults strawberry root weeviladults
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Important to confirm you’re properly insured By Monique Gaudet Sinclair-Cockburn Financial Group
magine you suffered a fire loss at your business location. Your insurance company provided coverage on a blanket basis, subject to a 90 per cent co-insurance clause with replacement cost. The building and contents were a total loss. It was discovered that at the time of loss the values insured were 55 per cent of the actual replacement cost. In order to restore the facility and resume operations, you had to assume over 60 per cent of the reconstruction and replacement cost. Although blanket limits of insurance and policy contracts written without a co-insurance penalty may allow some losses to be adequately insured, they should not be a substitute for accurate valuation. In many cases, policy holders base property values on market value at the time of acquisition of the asset, not the cost to replace or rebuild. Book value, or original cost less depreciation, may be used to report values. The fact is the actual cost to rebuild or repair a
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building, or replace equipment is generally far greater than the property’s book value or market value. In the event of a partial or total loss, you may make the grim discovery that you are significantly underinsured. You may face the very costly and unpleasant reality of having a financial burden you thought would have been taken care of by your insurance. Without proper, upto-date limits to restore property, this unanticipated and considerable expense could cause the some people to struggle, or even fail to resume operations. Replacement cost Establishing the replacement cost of business machinery and equipment will require more effort. It usually requires that it be done on an item-by-item basis. You should contact equipment suppliers to obtain current replacement cost information. Consideration should also be given to issues such as increased cost of manufacturing, transportation costs on imported property, advancements in technology, obsolescence and custom designs. Another important consideration in determining building replacement cost is the existence of municipal bylaws that regulate the reconstruction of damaged buildings and structures. Constantly increasing labour and material costs, debris removal costs, as well
as geographic location, are key elements to understanding true property replacement value. These factors also need to be taken into account to determine insured values. However, the most accurate way to establish the proper replacement cost is to have an appraisal completed by a qualified professional. Your contents coverage limit is usually based on a percentage of the amount of your building coverage. Depending on the type of policy you have (standard, broad or comprehensive), the amount ranges from 60 to 75 per cent. For example, if you have a comprehensive policy with $200,000 building coverage, then the amount of contents insurance you have is $150,000 (75 per cent of $200,000). While these amounts are adequate for most people, it may not be enough for your situation. The best way to determine how much coverage you need is to complete an inventory of all items and then consider how much it would cost today to purchase all of these items brand new. If this amount is greater than the coverage you have, consider buying more contents coverage. For more information regarding your personal insurance, contact Monique Gaudet at Sinclair-Cockburn Financial Group, 416-7902164, or e-mail Monique.Gaudet@scfg.ca.
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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada. The primary cause of skin cancer is sun exposure. Members of the green industry who work outdoors have a higher risk for developing this type of cancer. Often this exposure happens during those times in the day when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which will harm the skin, is at its strongest, between 12 noon and 2 p.m. The good news is that skin cancer is largely preventable by protecting yourself. The Canadian Dermatology Association offers the following suggestions to cut down on your chances of getting skin cancer. • The most dangerous time in direct sun is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Seek shade from buildings, trees, canopies, etc., as much as possible, especially during lunch and coffee breaks. • Wear clothing that covers as much of the body as possible. Fabrics which do not
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let light through work the best. Make sure clothing is loose and comfortable. • Wear a wide-brimmed hat (more than eight cm or three inches). Attach a back flap to a construction helmet to cover the back of the neck and a visor for the front of the face. • Apply an SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB) sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin. Reapply at midday, or more often if you are perspiring heavily. Spray on sunscreens may be less sticky and may be more suitable for use when there are moving particles in the air, such as dust or grass. • Apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher lip balm. For more information, including posters, fact sheets, and a sun safety policy template, visit www.dermatology.ca/outdoorworkers.
Adding your client to your insurance policy By Rob Kennaley and Michelle Kunnel McLauchlin & Associates
erally identified at the conclusion of the legal action, while the duty should be determined once a claim is made.
ontractors will often find that their clients (property owners) wish to be added as an additional insured under the contractor’s liability insurance policy, for protection in the event that a claim arises in relation to the contractor’s duties. When clients are added to the contractor’s policy, they are named as an additional insured. As will be discussed below, they have the right to claim coverage from the contractor’s policy in certain circumstances. Contractor liability insurance can generally be divided into two type of policies, the first being errors and omissions insurance (E & O), which generally covers errors in the design and (where applicable) inspection and supervision of the contractor’s work. The second type of insurance is comprehensive general liability (CGL) insurance. This type of policy generally responds to claims by third parties who allege either personal injury or property damage from an accidental occurrence. Generally, the CGL policy will not provide the additional insured owner with the full benefits and rights provided to the named insured contractor. Being named as an additional insured also provides comfort to the owner in regards to the existence of the contractor’s liability insurance, as the contractor’s policy cannot be changed or cancelled without notice to the additional insured. An additional insured should be distinguished from an ‘additional named insured,’ which in most cases refers to an affiliate of the contractor who enjoys the same rights and benefits as the insured contractor. When a claim arises, which falls within the scope of the contract and thus under the policy, the insurer is generally required to provide two types of coverage, the first being the duty to defend the claim and the second being a duty to indemnify. This entails the duty of the insurer to pay any amounts legally obliged to pay in relation to the claim. The duty of an insurer to defend is broader than the duty to indemnify. In other words, if your insurer is required to indemnify you, they are also required to defend you. However, if your insurer is required to defend you, it does not necessarily mean they are also required to indemnify you. The duty to indemnify is gen-
Clearly define scope of work Although the coverage provided to the additional insured is dependant on the actual terms of the policy, the policy will generally limit the additional insured’s coverage to claims relating to the contract between the contractor and the additional insured and to the operations performed by the contractor. Thus, if a claim against the owner/additional insured alleges failures which can be attributed to the failures of the contractor under the contract, such a claim would generally fall within coverage and trigger a duty by the insurance company to defend the owner. However, such a policy would generally not protect the owner’s own negligence in regards to an accident which occurred due to circumstances that fell outside of the contractor’s scope of work. It is important that the contract contain clearly-defined terms as to the contractor’s scope of work, in order to reduce ambiguity as to whether the client is covered in the event that a claim is made. Issues can arise when a claim contains several allegations against an owner, some of which fall within the contractor’s scope of work and some of which relate to the owner’s own negligence. In the recent Ontario case RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust v. Lombard General Insurance Co., (2008) 91 O.R. (3d), in the context of a winter maintenance services contract, the Superior Court of Justice held that when a claim against a property owner contains allegations that fall both within and outside the policy, the additional insured need only demonstrate a slight possibility that the
claim could fall within the policy, to trigger the insurer’s duty to defend the entire claim. This duty to defend can only be avoided if the insurer can show that the claim falls entirely outside of the coverage due, for example, to a specific exclusion within the policy. Conflicts can arise for the insurer when it has a duty to defend the contractor as well as the additional insured owner, as part of the contractor’s defence may involve allegations against the owner. In this case, arrangements are sometimes made for the additional insured to obtain independent counsel, for whom the insurer must often pay. Ultimately, when a contractor agrees to have a client named as an additional insured, it is advisable that the contract be drafted with well-defined terms outlining the scope of work, as well as well-defined terms outlining the extent to which the policy will respond to claims against the additional insured. This will better ensure that should a claim arise, all affected parties will have a clearer understanding as to the extent to which the additional insured is covered. Robert Kennaley and Michelle Kunnel are with McLauchlin & Associates, a construction law practice. Robert Kennaley is a former landscape design-build contractor and an honorary member of Landscape Ontario. They can be reached at 416-368-2555, or at email@example.com. This material is for information purposes and is not intended to provide legal advice. Readers who have concerns about any particular circumstance are encouraged to seek independent legal advice in that regard.
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Sometimes, we just need to take a breath By Jack Hart CLP Prosperity Partners program manager
reathe. Just breathe. In my experience, this is one of the hardest months in our industry. You’ve been running flat out for a month or two. The phone is ringing more often than you have time to answer it. A long list of loose ends to tweak, finish, or fix, are piling up. Production schedules aren’t quite following your ‘Plan A.’ The questions are coming at you at break-neck speed from all directions. Your Jacki Hart brain is crammed full of all the stuff you need to get done, what you should probably be doing today, and should have already done, but avoiding doing for whatever reason. It’s then that you might say to yourself, “Would someone please remind me why I am doing this again?” Okay, I will: This is the time when we are all in our rhythm, and right smack dab in the middle of our passion. We are talking to customers, building brand and relationships, handling all the green living things we love, and just getting out there. We are outside, and doing what we love to do. We have that immeasurable sense of accomplishment and pride for how we earn our living. And, we do it without being in an office all day, or on an assembly line. We coax tired muscles up the stairs to bed at night. We wonder how we’re going to make it with our sanity intact, yet, we always do, year after year. So smile...you’ll
Erin Schuler of Create It!
make it. In the meantime, thrive on the pace and stop to smell the Syringas. This too is the time to toss thoughts into your November file. The November file is that file folder in the middle of your filing drawer. The one that holds all the ideas, revelations, questions, affirmations and frustrations which you will turn your attention to after all the craziness subsides later this year. Download as you go. Do a ‘brain dump’ every week, and just write out what’s emerging with your thoughts (‘I-should-have’, ‘I’d-like-to-change’, ‘next-year-we-need-to-dothis-differently’). Free up some brain space for stuff that has to be done now. Make a place for stuff that can done later. This month, I’m featuring a very clever young lady who has a wonderful fresh outlook on her new business, and who has put all of her ducks in a row before jumping into the pond. Erin Schuler of Williamsburg, about 70 km south of Ottawa, has worked hard in the winter months over the past two years learning how to plan and implement her business dream. It’s great to see how the Prosperity Partners program is helping business people in our industry navigate the challenges of business in productive and effective ways. Create It! is Erin Schuler’s business, established in January of 2008. She performs primarily garden design, installation, maintenance, and consulting. It’s primarily a one-woman show with tons of potential to grow. Q: What is the vision you have identiﬁed your business as a result of what you learned in the Prosperity Partners Program? A. Create It!‘s vision is to provide quality service from consultations to installations, where customers’ ideas grow into full bloom with professional, courteous service. Q: What are the core values that are non-negotiable in your every day business dealings? A: Creativity, courtesy and quality. When I have completed a job, I ask myself these two things: does it have the quality the client desires? Is the customer happy with all aspects of the job? Q: What are the things that keep you awake at night? A. This would have to be to understand the ﬁ nancial aspect of running a business. Becoming more than just
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sustainable, but also being proﬁ table. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is also key to keeping the stress load down. There is a balance between work and pleasure. Q. What stuck with you the most from the Prosperity Partners Introductory seminar? A. Discovering that you are not the business. Creating a business refl ects who you are, yet is sustainable without you and able to still keep the core values upon which you have built the company. This I ﬁ nd a challenge during the beginning stages of your business. Q. How have you been able to apply the things you learned to improve your business? A. I am able to apply the knowledge taken from the prosperity seminars and incorporate it into my every day life. I use the manuals as business guides to ﬁ gure out what’s next, and what I’ve missed. I have a greater understanding of how to manage all aspects of a business. I am also able to take advantage of the awesome opportunity to network with peers. I love that part about how the seminars are taught. Q. What are your next steps to improve your business, and did the program help you to clarify what they are? A. I continue to educate myself through the CLP program and other seminars offered through LO. I remind myself that it is okay to ask questions and I am grateful to the more experienced landscape owners/ managers who are willing to offer great advice. The prosperity program has helped me to understand my weaknesses, grow in my strengths and develop opportunities to succeed in this ever-changing economy. We are currently developing next winter’s Prosperity Partners events and tools. Stay tuned to this space to learn more as the season progresses. The BIG question for you to ponder (or toss in your November file) is: how can the Prosperity Partners program also help my business? Remember, breathe. Just breathe. To arrange a Prosperity Partners seminar in your local Landscape Ontario chapter, please contact me at prosperity@landscapeontario. com.
NEW MEMBERS DURHAM CHAPTER EFW Property Maintenance Ernst Wallner 23 Vincent St. Newmarket, ON L3Y 4G3 Tel: 905-505-5310 Membership Type: Active Vandebor Paving Mike Vandebor 1308 Stewart Line Cavan, ON L0A 1C0 Tel: 705-742-4554 Membership Type: Active
Kesmac Inc. Eric Brouwer 23324 Woodbine Ave. Keswick, ON L4P 3E9 Tel: 905-476-6222-x301 Membership Type: Associate
Ray & M Landscaping Reza Mostafavi 100 Sharpe St. Scarborough, ON M1N 3V1 Tel: 416-261-5678 Membership Type: Active
MBR Stonework Inc Stephen Rice 1158 Kipling Ave. Toronto, ON M9B 3M6 Tel: 416-237-1763 Membership Type: Interim
Strathmore Landscape Contractors Jessica Milligan PO Box 388 Stn Pointe-Claire/Dorval Montreal, QC H9R 4P3 Tel: 514-992-8010 Membership Type: Active
GEORGIAN LAKELANDS CHAPTER Darylâ€™s Custom Landscapes Ltd Daryl Eyolfson 881 6th Street W Fort Frances, ON P9A 3W6 Tel: 807-274-0458 Membership Type: Active Mercuri Landscape Contractors John Mercuri 2021 Commerce Park Dr. Innisfil, ON L9S 4A2 Tel: 705-431-7777 Membership Type: Active GOLDEN HORSESHOE CHAPTER Bigfoot Landscaping Martin Trojahn 5514 Cedar Springs Rd. RR 3 Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0 Tel: 905-334-3432 Membership Type: Active KIVA Landscape Design Build Inc. Doug Glancy 40 Tecumseh St. St. Catharines, ON L2M 2M6 Tel: 905-228-6960 Membership Type: Interim TORONTO CHAPTER Aggregate Central Dispatch Limited - ACD Paul Derikx 8085 Esquesing Line, RR 5 Milton, ON L9T 2X9 Tel: 905-878-0433 Membership Type: Chapter Associate Cedar Grounds Maintenance Inc. Claudia Aichele 2 - 95 Joymar Dr. Mississauga, ON L5M 3S8 Tel: 905-858-8528 Membership Type: Active Couture Landscapes Rob Couture 4177 Wheelwright Cres. Mississauga, ON L5L 2X4 Tel: 416-707-9492 Membership Type: Active Envision This Development Inc. Vincent Sequeira 9 - 10 Newkirk Rd. Richmond Hill, ON L4C 5S3 Tel: 905-918-0021 Membership Type: Active Genus Loci Ecological Landscapes Inc Jean-Marc Daigle 270 Main St. PO Box 341 Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Tel: 905-939-8498 Membership Type: Active
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