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April 2014

Come Alive

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PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE Why write about the weather? By Dave Braun LO president


o state the obvious, it’s been a long winter. You certainly don’t need me to tell you it’s been one of the most intense winters in recent memory. You just need to look outside. So why am I writing about it? At Canada Blooms, I was speaking to our executive director Tony DiGiovanni about how I could write this month’s article about this snowy subject matter. In the next breath, I expressed my thought, “But who cares?” Tony then shared a story that made me realize that shared experiences, even when discussing the obvious, are worth highlighting. Tony said that he had once written an article about how difficult the winter had been. Years later at an event, a man Tony had never met approached him. “Tony,” the man said, “I just want to thank you!” “For what?” Tony asked.

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“Years ago, you wrote an article about how difficult the winter was. Even though it didn’t change my circumstances, it really changed how I felt. I felt much less alone. I felt that I was in this tough situation with everyone.” Simply put, anything affecting one of us is affecting us all, and knowing you’re not alone truly matters. We have had a winter that’s gone on too long, with persistent cold and the snow cover that never left. At our nursery, we are prevented from digging on schedule because of the weather. We have turned down orders from customers in the U.S. who wanted trees before our season has even started. This shortened season will also mean that when we are able to dig, many of our customers will want their orders as soon as possible (i.e. at the same time). Damage from the ice storm has had visible repercussions and the brutality of the winter may have created losses in some of our marginally hardy plants. Perhaps those who have “felt” this winter most are our friends in the snow removal sector. It’s been a brutal year for anyone involved in snow and ice. So much snow. So little sleep. So little salt. For some compa-

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nies the deluge of snow has been a financial boon. To others with fixed contracts, it has been a devastating experience given the high cost of salt and labour, and the enormous amount of snow to remove. As in almost all aspects of life, with the negative comes a silver lining. Payroll starts later. The extreme low temperatures may have killed insects that we would have had to tackle, potentially reducing labour and pesticide costs. We have more time to get our vehicles and equipment in shape for spring and ensure that our supplies are well-stocked. We have “bonus” time to brainstorm and plan as a team about our business. Most importantly, we gain additional opportunity to connect with customers both existing and potential. When we can’t go into the field and focus on a singular task, it can produce a springboard for exploring new ideas for our businesses as a whole. Landscape Ontario has a wide array of excellent courses that are offered during the winter, from courses that focus on technical expertise to seminars on sales and leadership. In addition, the Canada Blooms festival in Toronto certainly elevated our spirits. From a simple idea blossomed the largest indoor festival in Canada. What’s most important to know is that we are in this together, as friends and as colleagues. Your fellow Landscape Ontario members are walking in your shoes and are available as a true source of support. What I know for sure? Spring will arrive for us all. Dave Braun may be reached at

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From opening day, Mar. 14, to closing day, Mar. 23, crowds enjoyed the amazing gardens and displays at Canada Blooms. The fashion show of floral clothing was a big hit.

Canada Blooms provides welcome break from long, cold winter All media reports of Canada Blooms emphasized that Canada’s largest flower festival was a very welcome break in a long, cold winter. The annual event, from Mar. 14 to 23, continued its co-location with the National Home Show in the Direct Energy Centre. This year featured 24 feature gardens. LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni said, “The hard work, creativity, passion, ingenuity, craftsmanship and skill that went into creating Canada Blooms reflect the highest standard of professionalism, contribution and competency. It makes an entire industry look good.” Toronto mayor Rob Ford arrived at the opening ceremonies to present a certificate from the city to commemorate the opening of Canada Blooms to co-chairs Arvils Lukss of Landscape Ontario and Mary Lou Tigert of the Garden Club of Toronto. Something new at Industry Night this year was an auction to raise money for the Toronto Botanical Garden. Three major items were up for bid. The results were: Blooms Celebrity Lunch in the Heart of Toronto, Ron Holbrook, $1,400; Stratford Festival and Langdon Hall Escapade, Phil Charal, $1,600; and Quebec Getaway,


Sheila Murray-Belisle, $2,400. HUB Sinclair-Cockburn provided generous support of the Industry Night event. The public thought Blooms was great this year. On Canada Blooms Facebook page, one visitor wrote, “Canada Blooms is a very positive experience.” Another vis-

itor wrote, “Every booth looks great.” And, someone who has really had it with winter, wrote, “After this long, cold winter...Canada Blooms was a touch of heaven! This was my first time, and it was awesome.” One blogger wrote, “The annual flower fest is shaking off the cobwebs this year with its theme, Wild. Don’t expect to see all those oh-so-sophisticated gardens laid out for dainty tea parties. The folks behind Blooms (the Landscape Ontario trade association and the Garden Club of Toronto) have set

Taking a cue from this year’s Oscars, Landscape Ontario members gathered for a selfie on Industry Night at Canada Blooms.

their minds on bringing nature home.” The City of Goderich created an amazing garden this year to celebrate its renewal after the horrendous tornado in 2011. The town has recovered, and was at Canada Blooms with a garden to represent the countryside and shore of Ontario’s west coast. Goderich deputy mayor John Grace said, “This is a collaboration. This is all about marketing Huron County

as an attraction.” Grace said the entire project has a budget of about $100,000. A popular attraction at this year’s show was the collaborative effort of students from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, Halton Catholic District School Board and District School Board of Niagara to create the Backyard Habitat Garden for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The next generation of industry members educated the

public on how to garden with wildlife in a responsible and sustainable manner. Flowers and plants that were on display at Canada Blooms were donated to residents of long-term care homes in Toronto. See page 6 for a complete list of award winners. Next year, ‘Lets Play’ is the theme for Canada Blooms from Mar. 13 to 22, 2015.

Message at LO’s Canada Blooms garden sees public response

to get outside and exercise, and spend more time playing with their children outside. Intentions to plant a garden, grow milkweed for butterflies and plant 20 different types of heirloom tomatoes showed a dedication to gardening. We asked ourselves what would motivate someone to publicly declare their desire for a better, healthier life outside. Upon reflection, it seems to be the power of the message and the public’s personal connection to it. The message is intuitive; we need to get unplugged, get outside and re-connect with nature. People know they feel better in doing so. How each individual does this is as varied as the people themselves. This should be the essential lesson and legacy of the Landscape Ontario Green for Life display at Canada Blooms. The public wants the opportunity to Come Alive Outside, and Landscape Ontario members have Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life garden at Canada Blooms had a distinctive look this year with the willow arbour a stewardship position in makgreeting visitors. ing this a reality. We can do so with our families, helping them to connect By Scott Wentworth friends and family within the glorious diswith nature, despite the extreme busyLO garden project manager play of spring colours, the puzzling altered ness of our spring season. We can frame monitors and of the unusual structures the experience we provide our clients in a The 2014 Landscape Ontario Green for defining the Come Alive Outside message. way that creates greater benefit than just a Life Celebrates Come Alive Outside feaMore importantly, the legacy of the display commodity. Our services can change their ture garden wrapped up on Mar. 23, and lives on in the thousands of visitors who lives by giving the next generation of chilas with all temporary display gardens, it took the time to write down their stated dren those five years back that the health was dismantled and shipped away in a intentions of how they will live a healthier impacts of a sedentary lifestyle can rob fraction of the time it took to construct. life outside. them of. We can act as a catalyst within Hall A of the Direct Energy Centre The ‘Wall of Intention,’ a chalkboard our communities by providing events and was left clean, and without any signs of within the willow hut, took on a life of its facilities that get them outside, and teach Canada Blooms having ever been there. own, as the board was filled daily with visithem “the lost art of unstructured play.” The sights and sounds of the exceptional tors writing down their personal intentions. The public has great enthusiasm for craftsmanship and creativity demonstrated By mid-afternoon, the wall was typically so getting out and becoming active. The throughout the event left hopeful memofilled with colourful declarations that new wave of awareness of the related health ries of spring and a longed for summer messages had to be scrolled over existing, issues is before us every week in the season ahead. or space found within the letters of others. media, if not daily. Our hope is that collecThe legacy of the display lives on Some of these messages were tively we will not only respond to this need, though, through the thousands of phoextremely personal and obviously heartbut be leaders in providing the opportunitos that were taken; photos that showed felt. Statements ranged from promises ties to live a healthier lifestyle outside. WWW.HORTTRADES.COM  5

The Canada Blooms Judges’ Choice Award for Best Overall Garden went to Parklane Nurseries.

Canada Blooms 2014 feature garden winners Canada Blooms this year featured some amazing gardens, making it very difficult on the judges to determine the following awards. The garden builders were presented their awards at Industry Night, Mar. 20. J Garfield Thompson Landscape Sheridan Nurseries Award for outstanding garden, small size Vaughan Landscaping The S.G. Ulbright Award for outstanding garden, medium size Parklane Nurseries The Gordon A. MacEachern Award for outstanding garden, large size Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Outstanding interpretation of the show theme “Wild!”, presented by Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Shawn Gallaugher Landscape Design Outstanding representation of sponsor message, presented by Hub Sinclair-Cockburn Town Of Goderich Best use of bulbs, presented by TradeWinds International Sales Shibui Landscaping Most imaginative garden design, presented by Tourism Ireland Green Masters Landscaping Outstanding use of artistic elements in a garden


Winkelmolen Nursery Outstanding educational garden (for students) Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Outstanding use of trees Parklane Nurseries Outstanding use of interior plants Creative Garden Designs & Hollander Landscaping Outstanding use of annuals and/or perennials J Garfield Thompson Landscape Perry Molema Award for outstanding use of water, presented by Aquascape Inc. Vaughan Landscaping Outstanding use of natural stone, presented by Beaver Valley Stone Near North Hardscapes Outstanding use of structures Earthscape Ontario Outstanding outdoor entertainment area Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association with The Scott Wentworth Landscaping Group Outstanding use of pre-cast pavers, presented by Permacon Group Elite Environments Outstanding use of walkways

Large number of volunteers make LO’s Canada Blooms garden a great success LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paul Brydges, Brydges Landscape Architecture; Jeff Lee, Lee’s Landscaping Design and Construction; Tara Galpin, Jim Philip, Cameron Trudeau, Andrew Wentworth, Scott Wentworth, Scott Wentworth Landscape Group; John Higo and Scott Sim CIT, Turf Care Products Canada; Alan White, Turf Systems; and Steve Tschanz, Weed man Canada.


Beth Edney CLD, Designs By the Yard - Design Studio & Boutique; Menno Braam, James D’atri, Ken Davies, Patrick Callon CLT, Mike Wade Henry, Andre Lemieux, Henry Mandawoub, Dean McLellan, Dale Thomas and Matt Wolfe, Dean McLellan Stonework / Saugeen First Nation #29; Jason Beatty, John Hordyk, Sean Kampen, Dave Kok, Justine Lodder, Joshua McCarthy, Edengrove Landscapes; Eric Abrams, David Comfort, Morwyn Griffith, Kyle Haskett, Skylar Holbrook, Corey Leader, Emily Lougheed, Evan MacAdam, Dylan McLeod, Mark Muehmer, Michael Pascoe CLT, Jessica Rowland, Brandy Suchostowsky, Jaimi

Uram, Fanshawe College; Gardens in the City, Chaz Morenz CLP; Don Voorhees, Landscape Ontario: Lawn Care Sector; Jeff Lee, Lee’s Landscaping Design and Construction; Peter Kriens, Moonstruck Landscape Lighting; Ben Szajnowski and Tom Szajnowski, Nutri-Lawn Burlington; Gina Brouwer, Brian Ferreira, Matt Ferreira, Steve Ferreira, Tara Galpin, Diane Hill, Jay Middleton CLD, Terry Moffat, Jim Philip, Sian Pritchard, Chuck Turner, Andrew Wentworth, Scott Wentworth, Andrew Wilson, The Scott Wentworth Landscape Group; Caroline de Vries, TradeWinds International Sales; John Higo and Scott Sim CIT, Turf Care Products; Alan White, Turf Systems; Steve Tschanz, Weed Man Canada; and Menno Braam, Whistling Dwarf Stonework.


Joshua McCarthy, John Hordyk, Justine Lodder, Sean Kampen, Dave Kok, Jason Beatty, Edengrove Landscapes; Amanda Coller and Teresa Matamoros, Garden Holistics; Tim Kraemer, Brent Kraemer, Robyn Saunders, Anna Kollmann-Suhr, Keith Heaton, Ground Effects Landscapes;

Royal Stone Landscaping and Design & AquaSpa Pools and Landscape Design Outstanding outdoor living space Forestell Outstanding use of innovative elements in a garden Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association with The Scott Wentworth Landscaping Group The Garden Club of Toronto Award for best overall use of colour Landscapes By Lucin The W.E. Bridgeman Award for best overall use of hard landscape elements Parklane Nurseries The Humber Nurseries Award for best overall use of plant material Genoscape The Leslie L. Solty Memorial Award for best overall creativity in garden design J Garfield Thompson Landscape The Landscape Ontario Award for best overall quality of workmanship Forestell With Shift Landscape Architecture, Mike Barker, OALA, CSLA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence J Garfield Thompson Landscape, James Thompson, OALA, CSLA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association with Scott Wentworth, OALA, CSLA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award of Honour

Jeff Lee, Lee’s Landscaping Design and Construction; Jim Philip, Brian Ferreira, Terry Moffat, Steve Ferreira, Matt Ferreira, Andrew Wilson, Andrew Wentworth, The Scott Wentworth Landscape Group; and John Higo and Scott Sim, Turf Care Products.


Beaver Valley Stone, Boots Landscaping and Maintenance, Connon Nurseries C.B. Vanderkruk Holdings, Designs By the Yard - Design Studio & Boutique, Global Arch, Grenville Stone Company, Ground Effects Landscapes, JP Horizons, Limberlost Stone, Nicholson and Cates, Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario, Outdoor Kitchens Canada, Picton Home Hardware Building Centre, Plant Products, Stonescape Quarry and Fabrication, The Branch Ranch, The Cutting Garden, The Scott Wentworth Landscape Group, Turf Care Products Canada, Unilock and Upper Canada Stone Company. If we missed anyone, please notify us and we will include the name in the next issue of Landscape Ontario magazine. Thank you to all of the volunteers who represented the industry in the Landscape Ontario Feature Garden throughout the festival.

Ecoman & Constant Van Ruymbeke with Victoria Taylor, OALA, CSLA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award of Honour Shibui Landscaping with Real Eguchi, OALA, CSLA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award of Honour Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association with The Scott Wentworth Landscaping Group Universal Access Award, presented by City of Toronto Near North Hardscapes Universal Access Honourable Mention, presented by City of Toronto Creative Garden Designs & Hollander Landscaping Universal Access Honourable Mention, presented by City of Toronto Parklane Nurseries The Canada Blooms Judges’ Choice Award for Best Overall Garden Judges Tier 1: Alistair Johnston, Martin Wade, Bruce Warren, Convener, Kristen McIntyre; Tier 2: Beth Edney, Ron Holbrook, Peter Guinane, Marjorie Harris, Convener, Ron Koudys; Tier 3a: Catherine Brown-Evernden, Ann Doggett, Magda Foremski, Iona Gherasim, Astra Milberg, Linda Milberg, Linda Nodello, Convener: Lorene Bodiam; Tier 3b: Sheila Murray-Belisle, Mark Hartley, Convener: Aina Budrevics.



Don Tellier and Jay Rivait handle booth duties for the Windsor Chapter

Chapter spreads the message at Windsor Home and Garden Show Landscape Ontario Windsor Chapter continues to spread the word about the Green for Life message. This year, members worked the Windsor Home and Garden Show. This is the first time that the Chapter has participated in this particular show and based on the experience of those members taking part, it will not be the last. This is the largest show in the Windsor region. The venue provided an opportunity to reach several thousand attendees over the three days of the show. The board felt it was important to keep promoting professional members and provide the public with insight into the benefits of using Landscape Ontario member companies. With the help of Windsor Chapter members Chris Power, Sal Costante, Jay Rivait, John Lein, Jay Terryberry, Sandy MacDonald and St. Clair College student Mark Hecnar, a small but effective 10 ft. x 10 ft. booth provided a wealth of information and a touch of spring. The Chapter appreciated Denis Flanagan braving


the harsh winter elements to answer gardening questions at the booth on Feb. 28. Don Tellier, Jay Terryberry and other members were also available on Mar. 1 and 2 to answer a number of questions from the gardening public. One of the most repeated questions was, “When is spring going to get here?” This was followed by numerous questions about Landscape Ontario and its affiliated members. A number of member companies had individual booths at the show with some strong leads to pursue for the 2014 landscaping season. Like much of the gardening public, Windsor Chapter members can’t wait until spring finally arrives. “Once again on behalf of the Windsor Chapter of Landscape Ontario, we greatly appreciate our volunteers’ efforts in supporting us for this month’s home show. The crowds were very heavy once again. Many people stopped by our booth on Saturday and learned a little bit about our organization and members,” said Chapter president Don Tellier.

Chapters challenged to increase membership

In an attempt to grow membership in Landscape Ontario, the association has created Chapter Challenge. Any Chapter that increases its membership by five per cent from Mar. 1 to Dec. 31 this year will be granted $500 towards its coffers. As well, the Chapter that increases or retains its membership by the highest percentage will be granted an additional $500, and the rights to Grout the gnome’s cousin for one year. “I think that this membership challenge is great! It provides a little incentive to the respective boards to seek out new members, while promoting the Green for Life message at the same time. I have to admit that we did make some extra effort on seeking new members and hopefully it will pay off in the end,” says Windsor Chapter president Don Tellier. The LO membership department says the idea was inspired by association president Dave Braun, whose goal is to increase membership over the term of his presidency. Some ideas how Chapters may approach the task of increasing numbers includes encouraging all members to promote membership, distribute and display member decals, assign board members to promote membership at summer events, obtain non-member contact lists and ask for help from the Milton home office staff.

Upper Canada Squash Tournament won by Golden Horseshoe member

The Upper Canada Chapter conducted its third annual squash tournament, entitled ‘I Was There 3, Gananoque.’ The successful day saw competitors and sponsors receive full value for their time and money. The day started with a visit by Denis Flanagan, LO’s director of public relations and his partner the LO gnome Grout. This was followed by several hours of good squash. “A meal was slipped into the middle of the day with the thought that if we bought Perry Hartwick of Upper Canada Stone Company a lot of beer, he might have some difficulties in the final matches. He didn’t,” said tournament organizer Dan Clost CHT. “We’d like to thank our sponsor, Upper Canada Stone, and the representatives Perry Hartwick and Justin MacDonald. Significant in-kind donations (swag table)

came from Garant, Connon CBV and Thornbusch Landscaping. We are appreciative of their generosity,” says Clost. There were several changes to the tournament this year. The Dead Tin Award has been retired. “It was learned that there is no one on the planet in former LO membership coordinator Helen Hassard’s class. She will forever be its last recipient,” said Clost. Clost noted that in the interest of rational scoring, it saddened him to say that old-school squash racquet trophy for the best player was taken away to the Golden Horseshoe Chapter by Perry Hartwick. “He was undefeated throughout, giving me, the runner-up, a proper lesson in the final match,” admitted Clost. The overall champion of the tournament was the three-person team from Picture Perfect Landscaping Quinte, consisting of Elaine and Neil Bouma and Judy deBoer-Bell. They amassed an astounding total of 159, burying the Upper Canada Stone duo who only squeaked together 154. I Was There 4 is slated for January of 2015 (avoiding significant show dates) and will be held in the western reaches of the Upper Canada catchment. “We’ll be looking to take back our trophy, but more importantly we are anxious to enjoy some good times with our colleagues,” concluded Clost.

Lecture and dinner event features dynamic speakers It was full house with more than 140 contractors, designers and suppliers in attendance on Feb. 25 at the annual Contractors Lecture and Dinner. Hosted by LO’s Landscape Contractors Sector Group, each year the event’s location changes. In 2014, it was held at Paradise Banquet and Convention Centre in Vaughan. The relentness winter weather this year continued its influence leading up to the evening, but surprisingly cleared and held off until the lecture was well under way. Many came out to network with peers, have a great dinner and learn from the lecture. Dinner was significantly subsidized, which kept the price at only $15 per person. This was through generous event sponsors, Beaver Valley Stone, Eloquip, Gro-Bark (Ontario), Sheridan Nurseries, Unilock and York Region Equipment. Each of the event sponsors had exhibits that provided everyone an opportunity to see the products up close and talk to the suppliers throughout the evening.

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This year’s Contractors’ Lecture was an evening filled with passion for the trade.



Harry Gelderman, a director of LO’s Contractor Group, was MC for the lectures that provided two very different perspectives on landscape design and architecture, as it relates to a contracted landscape project. The first lecture was from Adrian Bartels of Cedar Springs Landscape Group, a Golden Horseshoe area-based landscape contractor with a broad spectrum of experience. Bartels highlighted many projects through a pictorial showcase and discussed his firm’s philosophy and areas of specialty. A noteworthy quote that has been repeated verbally and tweeted many times since, Bartels said during his presentation is, “Approach growth not primarily for personal gain, but to create opportunity for others.” The lecture resulted in many direct and to-the-point questions and answers following the presentation; the audience was engaged! You can learn more about Adrian Bartels’ firm at The next presentation contrasted with the opening lecture. Landscape architect John Szczepaniak, OALA, CSLA, brought with him a vast range of experience and inspiration from both local and international art and landscapes. Szczepaniak


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industry professionals”, said Peter Guinane, chair of the Landscape Contractor Sector Group. Guinane also remarked, “This event is made possible through the hard work of our committee members and we thank each one of them for volunteering their time.” Work has already begun on next year’s event. Announcements on plans for the 2015 event should take place soon. Any ideas, comments or suggestions to share, send to

Flora Rosa comes back from fire

Fire struck Rosa Flora Greenhouses in Dunnville in the early morning hours of Thurs., Mar. 6. Since then, the Dunnville company finalized a deal to purchase Peter Bulk Greenhouses, a nearly 9,700 sq. ft. snapdragon operation outside of Welland. The fire severely eliminated Rosa Flora’s snapdragon production. It is estimated the new facility will return the company to 20 per cent of pre-fire production. As well, the company will rebuild the Dunnville facility, with hopes to have production back by the end of June.

A total of 19 fire trucks and dozens of firefighters fought the blaze. Rosa Flora is a family-owned greenhouse facility with over 1.6 million sq. ft. of growing space, with between 150 and 200 employees. The company is North America’s largest gerbera grower, and also produces snapdragons, alstroemeria, sweetheart roses and stephanotis in the greenhouses. The following was posted on Rosa Flora Facebook page on March 6, “To our valued customers and friends: Early this morning we experienced a fire at our facility, limiting our ability to ship to you for the rest of this week. Your understanding and support would be gratefully received at this time. Please contact Joshua Bulk via his cell 905-981-9285, or, or Martin Otten on his cell phone 905-981-8439 for any sales related inquiries.”

Over 70 enjoy Georgian Lakelands Ski and Spa Day

Hitting the slopes for a great day of skiing has always been a successful event for the Georgian Lakelands Chapter. This year saw a major addition to the ski day allowing non-skiers to take part by having the oppor-



Nick Solty, left, presents Frank Solty with the trophy for fastest run of the day on the ski slopes.

tunity to enjoy the Scandinave Spa. The day began at Craigleith Ski Club in Blue Mountain with a registration and networking breakfast, sponsored by Braun Nurseries. Event chair Nick Solty and Chapter president Lexi Dearborn welcomed attendees. Everyone enjoyed a hearty breakfast before they went off to the slopes, or to enjoy the spa experience. The weather this year, with below average temperatures into the minus 20 C., did not deter the 70 registrants. Those attending the spa relaxed in the hot outdoor baths, the eucalyptus steam room, sauna and some even had a Swedish massage. A healthy lunch was included in the spa experience, sponsored by Hort Protect Insurance. Skiers took a mid-day break from the slopes, courtesy of Braun Nurseries. Clearview Nursery of Stayner provided apres-ski activities that attracted attendees for the final networking event of the day. Members appreciated their “I Survived Ski and Spa Day 2014” T-shirts. Everyone agreed that this year’s event was an outstanding success. The following sponsors made it possible for the annual Georgian Lakelands Chapter event to be a success: Cast in Stone, Braun Nurseries, Hort

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I am the first to admit that I don’t take the best photographs, but more often than not, I miss the boat on having photographs taken at all. I believe that a lot of successful Landscape Ontario companies have gotten better at this over the years, solely because of the Awards of Excellence program. As I sit and admire the images that are projected on the big screen at the Awards night, I am in awe at how our industry has matured, and how well the photographs are composed, lit and the attention to detail is impeccable. The one thing that is unsettling though, not just for me, but for many designers and landscape architects, is the lack of recognition that is given to the individual or firm that designed these projects in the first place. Even more unsettling are the numerous accounts of contractors depicting projects on their websites and promotional materials that they did not design nor build. Why are we using images and claiming them as our own? Is it that we lack confidence, or is it more the outcome of not taking the time to properly document our own works of art? It’s not just an ego thing for the designer; this can affect your business’ bottom line. If you are going around touting someone else’s work as your own, many consumers and members of the industry will be wise to your dishonesty. What is the downside to this? It’s about consumer confidence and lack of trust from your industry partners. What is the upside of giving credit to the designer or landscape architect? Well, if they are good, it gives you instant credibility with other designers, which could lead to more work from other designers and landscape architects. We all like to be acknowledged for our work, especially designers as it is our intellectual property. There is also a legal

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side to using other’s work to promote yourself. Here is what industry lawyer Rob Kennalley has to say on the subject when I broached it with him, “It is not, of course, proper to hold out the work of others as being your own, whether it be workmanship or design. If you do, the person who did the work or prepared the design will have a potential claim against you for copyright violation or negligent misrepresentation. In addition, anyone who relied on the representation might have a claim against you on the basis that they relied on it in hiring you. This might be particularly so with residential clients, who can rely on the Consumer’s Protection Act in that regard. Finally, LO members should keep in mind that that the picture itself is copyrighted — and that using a picture taken by others can result in copyright claims. In the end, members should consider obtaining the written consent of those whose pictures they use, or whose work or design they wish to display.” Now is the time to book your photographer for July to take this year’s Awards of Excellence projects or projects that are now coming into maturity. We are an industry that responds well to a schedule. So, be sure to get those pictures in for the Awards of Excellence deadline in October and give credit to those designers. — Beth Edney CLD Beth Edney of Designs by The Yard, Toronto, is past chair of Show Committee, Landscape Design Sector Group and member of the Provincial Board of Directors.

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LO members compete in program to beautify Waterdown

A program that provides an opportunity to beautify a community, promote local landscaping companies and create some friendly competition took place in Waterdown. Seven Landscape Ontario members took part in the Waterdown Blooms competition through that community’s Business Improvement Association (BIA). The contest began last summer and the winners were announced this year. Wilf Arndt, executive director of the BIA of Waterdown, says, “Response from the community was tremendous. Residents repeatedly asked me to thank the landscapers for taking part.” The landscapers in the competition included Gelderman Landscape Services, Garden Grove Landscaping, Lynden Lawn Care, Meadowbrook Landscape Contracting, CR Lawns, Carruthers Landscaping and The Gardener Landscape Maintenance. The Golden Horseshoe Chapter was heavily involved in the project, with Chapter president Jeff Smith, instrumental in helping bring the competition to fruition, and Chapter coordinator Lee Rozon, arranging for RBG staff to independently judge the projects. Winning the gold medal is Garden Grove Landscaping, along with the Judges’ Award and People’s Choice Award. Meadowbrook Landscaping won the silver medal and the Judges’ Award, while Lynden Lawn Care also received the silver medal and the People’s Choice

Golden Horseshoe Chapter held a very successful Family Skate and Shinny Day at the Gateway Ice Centre in Hamilton on Feb. 17. Grand River Natural Stone of Stoney Creek sponsored the event. In photo, some of the participants show how they enjoyed the event. They are, from left, Jay Atherton of Gelderman Landscape Services, Water-

down, and his son Daton, along with his friend Chad Campbell of Ontario Landscape Supply, Pickering, and his son Cooper. All Landscape Ontario members and their families are welcome to come out after fun on the ice, to lunch from Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, courtesy of Grand River Natural Stone.

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vards that were drab and underutilized. “Over several years, the Waterdown BIA had made an effort to beautify the BIA area. We installed annual hanging floral baskets, initiated a program, with the help of Gelderman Landscaping to install a number of street median floral containers. We worked with Garden Grove Landscaping to plant floral beds at our


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Federal grant approved for green industry software

The Barrie Advance reports that LO’s first vice-president Warren Patterson is one of 11 Barrie area businesses to recently share in a total of $1.2 million in federal funding. The owner of Barrie’s Garden Centre received $43,000 in federal grant money and used it to hire a software development company and two staff for data management for his idea. The funding came through Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The newspaper reports that Patterson applied for the IRAP after becoming frustrated with horticulture’s paperwork. Patterson presented a computer program to the LO growers group last year. He strongly feels that it’s a solution that can be used across North America in horticulture to connect growers and garden centre buyers. The complete news story may be read at

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Lawn Troopers wins another award

Matt Hill, founder of Lawn Troopers in Brampton, has won a second entrepreneur award within the year. The Landscape Ontario member’s latest honour is the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the inaugural Air Miles for Business Small Business Achievement Awards. Last year Hill won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Brampton. The story appeared in the June issue of Landscape Ontario magazine. The presentation took place on Feb. 24, at a special ceremony held at the Toronto Board of Trade. The awards were presented in five categories: Small Business of the Year, Start-up of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Social Impact and

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Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. For winning the honour, Hill received an invaluable mentorship from one of North America’s business leaders Kevin O’Leary, 10,000 Air Miles reward miles and a profile appeared in the April issue of Canadian Business magazine. Kevin O’Leary is chair of O’Leary Funds, and well-known across Canada. O’Leary opened the ceremonies with a keynote speech using colourful ancedotes from Dragons’ Den in which he appears. “We need to continue to support our entrepreneurs if we want to safeguard Canada’s future,” said O’Leary. Hill entered the business of lawn care in 1998 by servicing three neighbourhood customers with a single lawn mower and a passion for great service. What once started as a part-time summer business has evolved in to a yearround operation. Lawn Troopers provides residential and commercial lawn care services. With a degree in engineering, Hill applies his training in systems, data analysis, and efficiencies to generate profitability. Lawn Troopers has 40 employees, serving customers in the western GTA.



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Toronto Chapter Golf Tournament

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Saugeen First Nation #29, Southampton Interested stone wallers, enthusiasts, landscape contractors and masons can learn the fundamentals of the craft over two days. Canada’s own dry stone wall Master Craftsman Dean McLellan and Great Britain’s Master Craftsman, and Chief Examiner for the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, Andrew Loudon will teach an introductory dry stone walling course

sale prices, and tour Winkelmolen Nursery’s farms, while helping raise funds for industry research and scholarships. There is no admission fee or RSVP required. Farm tours 10 to 11:30 a.m., lunch and refreshments are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and the live auction is from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your staff and your trailer to bid on top quality plant material at below-wholesale prices and tour the production farm while helping raise funds for industry research and scholarships.

Nobleton Lakes Golf Club, 125 Nobleton Lakes, Nobelton The Toronto Chapter Golf Tournament is booked. Are you coming?? The Chapter is happy to announce the 2014 Golf Tournament will again be held at Nobleton. Stay tuned to the Toronto Chapter Enews and/or the Toronto Chapter Event page on www. for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, or contact Rachel at or call 1-800-2655656, ext. 354.

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NEW MEMBERS Durham Desjardins Landscaping Inc Keith Desjardins 53 Robmar Cres Manilla, ON K0M 2J0 Tel: 905-377-5073 Membership Type: Interim Henry Kortekaas & Associates Inc Henry Kortekaas 599 Liverpool Rd Pickering, ON L1W 1R1 Tel: 905-839-5599 Membership Type: Active Small Jobs Landscaping Mark Veenstra 5 McAvliffe St Newcastle, ON L1B 1K4 Tel: 905-244-8551 Membership Type: Active

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE Brian Baun uses his inspiration to help his industry Brian Baun of B.K. Baun Landscapes in Ajax has had some great role models to help him create a successful business, and as Durham Chapter’s representative on the Landscape Ontario’s provincial board of directors for the past three years. “I have been surrounded by great people all my life. Two people who I can mention are my father and father-in-law,” says Baun. His father is Maple Leafs great Bobby Baun. Yep, the man whose legend was born 50 years ago on April 23, after returning to a playoff game with a broken his leg suffered earlier in that game against Detroit Red Wings. He ended up scoring the game-winning goal and lead the Leafs to Stanley Cup glory. It’s a feat that still inspires Leaf fans. “Firstly, my father, while playing hockey for the Toronto Maple Leafs and after his career was over, tirelessly volunteered to community and charity events, hospitals and universities. I wish I had his energy, though I did complete my first marathon last year,” says Baun. “My Father-in-law spoke to me many times about how he came to Canada with nothing. As an accomplished chef, he became one of the pioneers who set up the apprenticeship programs for chefs. He told me to get involved in my industry.” Brian Baun graduated from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, which he says gave him a passion for plants. He began his design/build business in 1987. “Most of our business is high-end residential landscape construction. We pride ourselves in quality workmanship. Most of our clients come from word-of-mouth referrals,” says Baun. With a slow steady growth, he always is working on making the business better. Recalling a recent Chapter meeting, the question was raised among members what inspired them to join Landscape Ontario. Baun says most members in attendance stated that is the people you

meet through networking that help you both personally, as well as professionally. “I totally agree. “At local Chapter meetings or Provincial Board meetings, I have surrounded myself with great people, all with the same interests. So like my business, it has been a slow steady climb up through Landscape Ontario,” says Baun. He began attending local Chapter meetings in 1987. “I recall Renee Theibaud from OGS bugging me to get involved with the association. I thought back then that I was unable to commit to any time during the young stages of my business. Looking back, it might have been a good idea for me to have been more involved. There is an abundance of information, courses and networking available to our business,” says Baun. As a recent example, B.K. Baun Landscapes sent staff members to a

two-day On-the-Job training course. “It was very informative, and we will be expanding our training of procedures using this method now.” Baun feels that the processes and implementation taking place now will improve the relevance of the association. “All changes take time, and the association will continue to build and grow. There is an amazing and dynamic group of people at head office and volunteers surrounding them,” he says. Brian Baun also volunteers outside of Landcape Ontario. “We hold a fundraiser in the Spring. It is outside of the box and not related to horticulture, It is a display of pyrotechnics and music. I have my pyrotechnic licence, and we have put on a few good displays, which raise money for local charities. It is always a great time and a great event.” When it comes to volunteering, Baun says his wife and business partner, Claudia, says it best, “Do what you are able to do. If you can, do it, and if not, life will go on.” He relates that in today’s society there are a lot of people pulling for your time, such as family, friends, business, employees. “Know what is important to you, and what is going to make you a better person. Now I feel I have the time to volunteer, helping other people in our association learn to develop better standards and safer practices.” Brian Baun has had the fortunate opportunity of great people inspiring him. Now he works at passing that onto others.


INDUSTRY NEWS Latest WSIB recommendation reduces rate group numbers If the Ontario government accepts many of the recommendations in the Doug Stanley Report, there will be a consolidation of rate groups, from the current 155 down to 20 to 25. The WSIB has released the longawaited Doug Stanley Report, entitled Pricing Fairness: A Deliverable Framework for Fairly Allocating WSIB Insurance Costs. The document recommends broad changes to the current WSIB funding system. Consultation on the report will continue until April 30 of this year. It is expected that the WSIB will develop the details of the proposals and consult on them in 2015. After that, the new system will be phased-in, starting in 2016. The classification system suggested by the report is modeled on the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). It proposes a significant consolidation of rate groups from the current 155, and that employers be assessed on predominant business activity, with no

distinction for size of employer or the ability to segregate earnings for both classification and rate setting purposes. The report also recommends that a new model include a “risk adjusted premium rate setting.” Employers would be grouped by risk and accident costs in low, average, or high risk bands. Based on the employers’ class rate, the class premium rate would be the average premium rate for the employer. Individual employers would move up or down from the average premium rate based on their own accident experience. Stanley wrote, “I recommend the WSIB introduce a transition process so that changes in premium rates are spread over a number of years to ensure a smoother process for employers. However, it is important to ensure that a balance is maintained between rate increases and decreases for this transition period. Otherwise, the WSIB will affect its revenue objectives and lead to further unfunded liability and deterioration

U. of G. to close Kemptville campus The University of Guelph has announced that it will close two of its Ontario Agricultural College satellite campuses, Kemptville and Alfred for financial reasons. The university says that stalled enrolment and rising costs are the main reasons for the move. Students will no longer be accepted starting in the fall of 2014, and classes and research programs will stop by the end of 2015. Guelph’s Ridgetown campus will remain open and take in some of the Kemptville and Alfred research projects, the school announced. Landscape Ontario ran certification evaluations out of Kemptville. One is scheduled for Sept. 13, 2014. The Kemptville campus opened in 1917 and plans were in the works for “a massive celebration of 100 years in the community,” The two campuses, which Guelph began managing in 1997, enrolled about 145 students this year in diploma and bachelor programs ranging from horticulture to food and equine disciplines, plus dozens more in short-course certifications like welding. The closures will eliminate at least 75 full-time positions at Kemptville and 37 at Alfred, as well part-time and casual workers. Dr. Robert Gordon Dean of OAC says that there have been pressures to close the campuses in the past.


of its funding position.” The report also suggests that the WSIB could establish a set of rules whereby premium rates would increase or decrease no more than a set percentage for each year of the transition period. “This could provide a fair and equitable distribution of costs without disruption to a great degree to the current Schedule One employers,” says the report. The report suggests that in the actual design of a working model, it will require a tremendous amount of work by the WSIB. “That work will involve technical analysis and modeling of design features to ensure objectives are met and that undesirable outcomes do not also result. The transition to a new system will be a technical and administrative challenge for the WSIB,” says Stanley. He also says there needs to be extensive consultation with stakeholders who have a right to be assured that this is a secure and efficient system for raising the necessary funds. The government has legislated a three-stage plan for reaching 100 per cent funding. The WSIB must achieve at least a 60 per cent funding level by 2017; 80 per cent funding level by 2022, and 100 per cent funding by 2027. The Doug Stanley Report may be accessed online at

Province introduces Invasive Species Act

The Ontario government has begun the process to adopt an Invasive Species Act. The proposed legislation, which was introduced in the provincial legislature on Feb. 26, would give Ontario the power to ban activities such as possessing and transporting certain high-risk invasive species, and enable rapid response actions to address urgent threats. Addressing the legislature to introduce the bill, Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti said, “The proposed Invasive Species Act would provide a strong legislative framework to better prevent, detect, rapidly respond to, and eradicate invasive species in the province. It would help by providing the powers to intervene earlier, so invasive species don’t become established and lead to significant social, environmental and economic costs for Ontarians.” Dr. Jeanine West represents Landscape Ontario on the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC). OIPC is a nonprofit, multi-agency organization, founded in April 2007 to help coordinate provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants. “In September 2013, our industry

to Dr. Jeanine West, and partners created a guide in 2011 705-796-8812. to help gardeners and landscapThe Landscape Ontario’s representaers choose ‘non-invasive plants.’ tive on the Ontario Invasive Plant CounThe Grow Me Instead guide identicil, says she will be responding to the fies common garden plants that may minister on the nursery sector’s behalf. invade natural areas, thereby reducing native biodiversity and changing Gerry Ginsberg inducted environmental conditions. into hall of fame Not everyone agreed with some of The late Gerry Ginsberg, General Manthe plants under the heading Invasive ager of Canada Blooms, was inducted Plants. Some of the plants contained into the Festivals and Events Ontario in the list are periwinkle, Japanese (FEO) Hall of Fame. honeysuckle, miscanthus, English ivy The honour took place on Mar. 1 durand more. To view the guide, go to ing FEO’s Annual Conference Excite and If the proposed legislation is Energize held in Richmond Hill. passed, Ontario will be the first jurisGinsberg died at his Naples, Fla. diction in Canada that has standhome on May 4, 2013. He took on the alone invasive species legislation. leadership of Canada Blooms in 2007, It is estimated that there are over after working in senior management posia thousand non-native species are tions with major Ontario municipalities spreading throughout Ontario. Curand private corporations in the areas of rently the Fish and Wildlife Conserspecial event planning and sponsorship In 2011 the Ontario Invasive Plant Council released vation Act and the Ontario Fishery development. Prior to joining Canada this guide, Grow Me Instead. Regulations, 2007 uses an allowed Blooms, Ginsberg was the executive species approach for bait and aquadirector of the Edison Festival of Lights responded to the Ministry of Natural culture. Some hope that this approach in Florida, and general manager of the Resource’s discussion paper on invamight be appropriate under the proposed Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. sive species, presenting our concerns invasive species act.. “Gerry is remembered and celebrated regarding the impact of this legislation Dr. Jeanine West notes that the Invafor his dedication, commitment and proon nursery growers, the extent of powsive Species Act is now open for public fessionalism,” says Tony DiGiovanni, ers requested by MNR, and the chalcomment. She is asking for comment Landscape Ontario Executive Direclenges associated with an ‘allowable’ from industry members “so your voice tor. “He worked tirelessly for the benefit species list. At the same time, our induscan be heard.” Forward your comments of Canada Blooms and the horticultural try members recognized the seriousness of invasive species and asked to be part of stakeholder discussions to promote a risk-based, integrated approach to invasive species management,” stated Dr. West. Ontario has identified some key invaApril 25 - May 11 sive species of concern such as Asian Help someone plant a tree, it is an act of carps and emerald ash borer, however, optimism and kindness, a labour of love there is no comprehensive list of invasive and a commitment to stewardship. species. Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC)

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industry.” Landscape Ontario is a founding partner of Canada Blooms. Since 2000, FEO has inducted 32 people into its Hall of Fame representing festivals, municipalities, organizations and events from across the province. Each individual named to the FEO Hall of Fame is someone who has dedicated their career to the festival and event industry and who has made a lasting contribution to their community, festival, event or organization. FEO believes it is important to recognize the significant contributions of these individuals to the festival and event industry; without passion and dedication, this industry could not survive.

Guelph’s Garden Day will mark anniversaries The University of Guelph will be part of Canada Garden Day, a coast-to-coast annual celebration of Canada’s unique garden aesthetic on June 13 this year.


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The event will start at 12:30 at the Conservatory and Water Garden. The on-campus Garden Day celebrations will be extra special to mark the University of Guelph’s 50th anniversary, the OAC’s 140th and the 65th anniversary of the OAC Class of 1949. As part of Canada Garden Day, an initiative of the Canada Garden Council, the university is providing free shuttle buses and tours of its Guelph Turfgrass Institute, Arboretum, Conservatory Gardens, newly -renovated Branion Plaza and Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming. The celebrations will include music, a ceremonial planting of a tree in the area of the Water Garden, a brief official welcome, refreshments and shuttle buses to deliver guests to the guided tours. The Class of 1949 has supported the addition of the clock faces on Johnston Hall, the building of the Water Gardens adjacent to the Conservatory, and the restoration of the Portico on Johnston Green. The class also established four annual scholarships for Bachelor of BioResource Management students. The University’s Canada Garden Day committee looks forward to welcoming the Guelph community to campus on June 13.

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ticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) creating the College. It began accepting members in April 2013. It’s the first of its kind in North America, according to Matt Moir, a spokesperson for the Ontario College of Trades. “The College puts decision-making back in the hands of skilled tradespeople,” says Moir. Moir feels that the College protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades. “One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practise that trade in Ontario.” The College is led by a 21-member Board of Governors comprised of trades industry representatives, members of the public and a representative from the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. Industry representatives are both employees and employers, and chosen from union and non-union workplaces. Who are the College’s members? Apprentices, certified workers in compulsory trades, employers who employ journeypersons or who sponsor/employ apprentices, and those in voluntary trades who choose to join. The Ontario College of Trades members pay an annual fee. The fee was set following public consultations. “It is the lowest of any regulatory body in the province,” says Moir. There are five different membership classes, while apprentices, journeypersons candidates and tradespersons pay an annual fee of $60 (+HST). Membership fees for journeypersons and employers/sponsors are $120 (+HST) annually. Members’ names are listed on the College’s website. “This ensures that customers know that they are hiring a qualified professional. And employers will know that you have the right training and skills and are in good standing with your profession,” says Moir. The College’s spokesperson said that soon some added benefits through an affinity program will entitle members to discounts on various services. “These benefits will more than offset the membership fee,” says Moir. “Though Ontario’s economy is growing, it faces a significant skills shortage in the near future. The College is here to ensure that the voices of tradespeople in Ontario are heard, and that we can respond to that challenge,” says the College’s spokesperson.

EXECUTIVE DESK Canada Blooms build — an inspiration and lifetime impressions Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director


here is a very popular saying, “People will never forget how you made them feel.” If you reflect on your own life experiences, you will probably agree. I still remember my grade one teacher because of how caring she was to me. Artists and poets are skilled at communicating on a ‘feeling’ level. I once heard LO member Randy Tumber CLD say to an audience that the goal of his work was to communicate at an emotional level. This experiential goal is the essence of Canada Blooms. It is our industry’s opportunity to communicate at an emotional level. It is our chance to deliver an impression that will last a lifetime. Canada Blooms gives us the opportunity to emotionally connect with hundreds of thousands of people. By providing the public a memorable experience, we are able to communicate in a simple way the diverse, complex and profound environmental, social, aesthetic, economic, therapeutic and spiritual benefits of our great industry. Marketers and media professionals use the term “cost per thousand impressions” when measuring the effectiveness of a communication campaign. The cost per impression of a Canada Blooms garden is negligible when measured using a ‘lifetime’ scale. The value of the impression is also at the highest level. All members of the industry owe a debt of gratitude to members, volunteers and staff participating in Canada Blooms garden build. Their hard work, creativity, passion, ingenuity, craftsmanship and skill reflect the highest standard of professionalism, contribution and competency. Their work makes an entire industry look good. A special thank you to those involved in the Landscape Ontario Green for Life

Garden. The theme was “Come Alive Outside”. The message was about the importance of outdoor living especially in an age of unhealthy sedentary lifestyles. “Come Alive Outside” aligns perfectly with our Green for Life message. It also elevates our work, because it gives us the sense that we are part of a greater movement to reconnect people (especially children) and nature. Our members are the specialists that provide, maintain and are stewards of outdoor living spaces. Scott Wentworth Landscape Group’s contribution to the garden was amazing and inspiring. Many team members spent hours designing, pre-building, installing and interpreting the garden to visitors each day. They went way beyond the call of duty and did so in a professional, humble and unassuming way. Thank you Jim Philip, Tara Galpin, Andrew Wentworth, Brian Ferreira, Cameron Trudeau, Terry Moffat, Steve Ferreira, Matt Ferreira, Andrew Wilson, Chuck Turner, Diane Hill, Jay Middelton, Jason Partridge, Sian Pritchard (and others), and especially Scott Wentworth. The wonderful drystone wall was built by a talented and passionate team led by Dean McLellan, and included Patrick Callon, Ken Davies, Dale Thomas, Andre Lemieux, Jeff Lee and Menno Braam. James D’atri, Mike Wade Henry and Matt Wolfe, students from Saugeen First Nation #29, also joined in the build. Jennifer Kewageshig was the program manager who arranged for them to come down. The students are learning the drystone walling craft so that they can participate in the enhancement of the Saugeen Shores Ampitheatre. A talented and professional team from Edengrove Landscapes participated in the construction of the log wall and Hardscape elements. Thank you, David Kampen, Joshua Mcarthy, John Hordyk, Justine Lodder, Sean Kampen, Dave Kok and Jason Beatty. The Wentworth staff had high praise and really enjoyed working with you. Coordinator Michael Pascoe CLT sent along wonderful students from the Fan-

shawe College Horticulture Program to participate in the build. If I had to judge the future of our industry by the calibre of students, I am happy to say the industry has a very bright future. Michael told me that the students volunteered to help out. This makes their contribution extra special. Thank you to Evan MacAdam, Eric Abram, Mark Muehmer, Brandy Suchostowsky, Corey Leader, Dylan Mcleod, Jaimi Uram, David Comfort, Emily Lougheed, Kyle Haskett, Morwyn Griffith, Jessica Rowland and especially Michael Pascoe. The lawn care group and the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario Association are tireless promoters of the benefits of turf. They made sure that turf was available to use in the garden. It certainly fit the “Come Alive Outside” theme. Reporters were lying on the grass. Children were playing on the grass. Thank you to Ken Pavely CLT, Steve Tschanz, Alan White, Claus Zander, Kyle Tobin, Paul Grotier, Don Voorhees, Don McQueen and the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario. Your passion for turf shines. Alexander Dickie, Matt Gauthier, Tom Bayford, Steve Tschanz, Don McQueen CIT, Ken Pavely, Kyle Tobin and Lee Ratcliffe acted as the turf education team at the learning stage. There were many other contributors to the garden build. I hope I didn’t forget anyone. Tiffany Byrd and Paul Brydges helped with the design. Don Voorhees came down on numerous occasions to help the public understand what the garden was all about. Jeff Lee helped out on many elements, especially the stone pillars and the recognition wall. John Higo, Brad Willis, Scott Sim CIT and Gord White from Turf Care Products Canada created drama and emotion using their illumination skills. Moonstruck Landscape Lighting participated, as well. The talented Beth Edney CLD helped with the creative detailing. Caroline de Vries, Steve Tschanz, Michael Pascoe, Chaz Morenz CLP and Gregory Sumsion helped with floral rotation. There were also many members who helped with tear down. Thanks Tim Kraemer and members from the Georgian Lakelands and London Chapters. On the staff side, high praise goes to Sally Harvey CLP, CLT for her detailed organizational skills and multi-tasking ability, and Darryl Bond for his wonderful contributions to the recognition wall and other elements. Darryl was also instrumental in helping with other Canada Blooms displays. One of the Canada Blooms staff described Darryl as a Godsend. Our newest staff member Allie

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McInnes was amazing during the long build process. Her work ethic, cheerful attitude, organizational ability and everpresent smile helped to create a family feel. Denis Flanagan CLD is one of the most effective communicators in the garden industry. He is a true professional. His educational messages inspire thousands of people to “come alive outside” in the garden. He reflects LO extremely well. Ian Service and Robert Ellidge did an amazing job at social media, photography and web messaging. Lee Ann Knudsen CLP was always in the background making sure our communications worked at the highest level. Our resident visual communication expert Kim Burton made sure we looked good in print. This note includes only the staff involved in the garden build. All of our staff was involved in Canada Blooms in some way. Space does not allow a full recognition. I am very proud of our team. Last, but certainly not least, please join me in thanking our wonderful garden sponsors. Beaver Valley Stone Boots Landscaping and Maintenance Connon Nurseries C.B. Vanderkruk Holdings Ltd. Designs By the Yard - Design Studio & Boutique Global Arch Grenville Stone Company Ground Effects Landscapes JP Horizons Limberlost Stone Nicholson and Cates Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario Outdoor Kitchens Canada Picton Home Hardware Building Centre Plant Products Stonescape Quarry and Fabrication The Branch Ranch The Cutting Garden Turf Care Products Canada Unilock Upper Canada Stone Company Gro-Bark Dufferin Aggregates Tony DiGiovanni may be contacted at, or at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 304.


OMAF Florida professor talks roots and shoots By Jennifer Llewellyn OMAF Nursery Crop Specialist


r. Ed Gilman, Professor of Urban Trees and Landscape Plants from the University of Florida, delivered several lectures nearly 200 nursery growers on canopy structure and root morphology at the annual Nursery Growers Short Course this year in Burlington. To obtain great canopy structure, Gilman says to prune away all competing codominant branches while trees are juvenile. Making these corrections early will make the most positive change without negatively impacting the tree’s ability to photosynthesize. As the tree becomes of caliper size, Gilman emphasizes the importance of maintaining the canopy structure by, “taking away all that is not the leader.” Another goal is to keep every lateral branch diameter less than half of the trunk diameter. Nursery growers and arborists can achieve this by making reduction cuts on laterals to slow growth. This is a common arboricultural practice in the landscape. In the juvenile whip phase, leaving small laterals all along the lower stem is very important. You’ll commonly see whips growing in this manner in Ontario nurseries. These lower lateral branches are a huge source of carbohydrates and, because of their proximity to the root system, they actually contribute more significantly to root growth than the larger upper branches. Quite often when we buy in whips, we receive small trees with naked trunks below the head and we know this is not a best management practice. Gilman encourages growers all across North America to grow whips with lower laterals intact since he has seen time and time again that trees grown in this manner will grow bigger and faster. Some growers in Florida will actually leave a bare stem of about eight inches just below where the canopy head should begin. This simplifies the task of removing those small laterals, leaving no room for error by workers. Some growers will begin to remove lower laterals a few at a time, while others will remove them all at once. Dr. Gilman spent quite a lot of time dis-

cussing root morphology and production practices that can reduce the incidence of circling roots in container production. In a large established tree that grows from seed in field soil, we will see most of the big roots emerging perpendicular to the trunk and extending horizontally beyond the canopy drip line. This is because the seedling’s tap root will grow down in the first year, and once it hits something it doesn’t like (e.g. clay layer), the tap root signals for lateral root production. New lateral roots will grow out from upper region of the taproot perpendicular to the trunk, and these laterals are important for anchoring the tree against wind by sending down sinkers as the tree develops. Unfortunately in container production (and sometimes in seedling beds on light, fluffy soils), we sometimes see very few large lateral roots at the top of the root system. Instead of hitting undesirable conditions and growing horizontally, many of those large lateral roots are growing effortlessly, right down to the lower part of the pot (descending roots). This is because the tap root is growing in such a luxurious environment, it never hits a layer of media that it doesn’t like. If not checked, it will continue to grow around and around inside the pot, usually at the bottom. The problem is, once these container-grown root systems are planted in the soil, they produce an adventitious root system (very stressful on tree’s resources and can increase transplant shock) or even worse, those low laterals will start growing back up into the top layer of the soil (ascending root defects). Lowgrowing laterals do not contribute much to anchor the tree, and ascending roots can grow up and against the main trunk, causing bark inclusions that lead to vascular restrictions in the trunk and in those roots (girdling roots). Many growers are utilizing various techniques to produce trees with horizontal roots at the surface. Jiffy pots, Elle pots and other propagation media systems are commonly used to help produce root systems that are more common in nature. They do this by providing a layer of air surrounding the plug media, instead of a smooth-

makes a turn. Root shaved plants (1 – 3 gallons) can be salvaged, and research shows that you can get nice horizontal root system radiating out from the trunk that anchors the tree in the landscape. However, it takes extra labour and someone who knows what they are doing. Growers buying plugs and liners from other producers may find some of these root defects already exist, and are not being corrected during growing on. Indeed, Dr. Gilman’s work has stimulated south-

ern nursery growers to take a look at the root systems they are buying in, and now demand higher standards for juvenile trees. In Florida, tree liners are all grown in the state and many growers have formed an alliance to ensure trees are grown without root defects. Gilman says it took the Florida nursery industry about 15 years to adapt and change their practices. For more information, check out Ed Gilman’s website,

Good roots 1: This red oak seedling has excellent horizontal laterals ready for field or container planting.

Good roots 2: Nicely horizontal roots close to the surface on this tree liner will result in quick establishment and excellent stability.

Bad roots 1: Deep containers with no air pruning at the side result in downward roots with most laterals too far below the surface.

Bad roots 2: One year after field planting this seedling grew well. However, the imprint from the propagation container will eventually result in tree failure.

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walled plastic container. The media is held together by porous paper, by an open mesh or something similar so air can circulate around the media (‘air’ pot type system). When the primary root grows out into the air, it doesn’t like it and it sends a signal to produce laterals near the top of the root system. Once these laterals form and thicken, the plug is then transplanted into the next system. More and more, we are seeing container media systems that utilize air pruning in the stages beyond propagation, and that is key to producing a tree with a proper root structure. What is interesting to note is that manually pruning root tips at the juvenile plant phase will not elicit the same response. Instead of signalling for upper laterals to form, multiple roots will be generated at the cut tip, which will lead to more descending roots. This causes a ‘root shank’ to form in the lower root region and that later, the tree will look like it was grown too deep. When these trees are transplanted into field soil, they try desperately to produce horizontal laterals. The energy expenditure will cost the tree a lot in transplant shock. In Gilman’s experience, some of the very deep containers used for plug production may also encourage descending roots, leading to an undesirable root system. Gilman has followed the development of several hundred, or perhaps thousands of landscape trees in the United States that started either as a smooth-walled pot grown, an ‘air’ pot grown juvenile plant, or a traditional field-grown tree. As you can imagine, the root morphology of these trees can vary considerably, as we previously explained. Gilman and his research team then exposed these trees to 70 m.p.h. winds with a large wind machine. Gilman’s team found that the trees grown in a system that allowed them to form proper horizontal roots were much more stable in the high wind experiment. Containergrown trees with some of the previously mentioned root defects did not stand up. It should be noted that transplanting a tree into a planting hole consisting of a heavy clay soil will also impede the growth of lateral, horizontal roots and even the wellstructured root system can turn into a root-circling and root-girdling nightmare in planting sites of clay soil. So what can we do? If a container grown tree has a pot ‘imprint’ that is visible in the root system, can we correct this? Dr. Gilman has also been experimenting with root ball shaving and scissor-type pruners to remove long, circling roots and studying the performance of these trees. Some experiments involved more careful root pruning, just before the point where it


PUBLIC RELATIONS The underground economy By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of Public Relations and Membership Services


ost months we run a column in this magazine that gives updates on the issues concerning underground utilities, and the knowledge, skills and training that are needed to run a professional company. I will take a few words in this column to focus on another type of underground activity that we are all aware exists within our industry. In my role as public relations director, I get to visit many parts of the province. Last month I was at our Windsor Chapter attending a home show where the Chapter had a booth promoting to the public to hire our professional members.

Our neighbouring booth happened to be Revenue Canada. It’s the first time I have seen them at a consumer show. Judging by the reaction from other exhibitors and the public, many people wondered why they were there, which resulted in lots of interesting questions and some solid answers. I gathered from the conversations that in areas like Windsor, which have experienced tough economic times, job losses, etc., we are seeing a rise in the underground economy. This, of course, is not only a threat to any company running a legitimate business, but also a concern regarding lost revenue to ‘The Taxman.’ This has resulted in Revenue Canada focusing on the underground economy concerning the home repair industry. The agency is using an outreach program to consumers that will educate them about hiring contractors. It is interesting to see the brochure Revenue Canada handed out. It includes much of the same advice found in our LO litera-

MEMBERSHIP Together we are stronger By Rachel Cerelli Membership and Chapter Coordinator


his past month we challenged our Chapters to grow our membership this year by five per cent across the board. It’s a healthy little competition that we hope will maintain a standard of professionalism and cement LO’s reputation as the leader in representing, promoting and fostering a favourable climate for the advancement of the horticulture industry in Ontario.


There are so many fantastic companies, both large and small within Ontario. They should all be a part of our association. Together we are strong, and together we learn and thrive. You don’t want to just ride on the coattails of our many leaders…Join them. You too can lead the way. The climate in Ontario has taken a bit of a slip (to play on the pun of all the ice/snow we had this year) off the norm, which has taken a toll on some of you. There are several members though, who have embraced their fellow Chapter colleagues and by working together managed to get through this tough time. Sometimes it is who you know that can make a major difference. One member in particular managed to maintain the cost of salt all season in

ture, such as check references, make sure contractors have liability insurance, WSIB, etc. I think this awareness campaign can only benefit our members. The other side of the coin involves conversations about being audited by Revenue Canada. One contractor admitted he made a mistake once on his taxes. When he was audited, part of the process involved an investigation that checked every delivery order from his stone supplier, a follow-up to see if work was completed at the delivery address, and if that work corresponded with the contractor’s books. I am sure many of you have heard similar stories. Revenue Canada representatives in Windsor hinted that our industry is going to be a focal point of agents. This is another reason you need to take advantage of everything your membership has to offer, such as business courses, networking, training, Chapter meetings, advice and branding tools such as logo stickers and links to the website. Perhaps the whole topic of discussions with this outreach program from Revenue Canada needs to take place. Should we invite them to our trade shows, or ask them to give seminars and provide information for our members? Your feedback would be welcomed, so please reply to me at

which some members paid over 300 per cent more than normal. This member helped several of his colleagues along the way. And, this is just a small aspect of how powerful it is to be a part of a large organization of people who all have the end goal of being prosperous and bettering the industry. So, back to the Chapter/Membership Challenge. There are many of you who could use a helping hand, and many who could give a helping hand. A helping hand may mean nothing more than passing on words of encouragement and giving advice from years of experience. I would like to challenge each of you to attend at least one chapter/sector event within the next six months, and bring along one non-member. I can confidently say the experience will be rewarding for both of you. Remember, in order to grow and prosper as an industry, we need to band together. There is no better time than the present. If you have questions about membership or what is happening in your Chapter, feel free to contact me by email rachel@, or call 1-800-2655656, ext. 354.

PROSPERITY PARTNERS Hiring headaches By Jacki Hart CLP Prosperity Partners Program Manager


ithout a doubt, one of the most talked about challenges in this industry across every sector is finding good people. If you don’t agree, then you needn’t read on, because you’re obviously hiring right-fit engaged people, who are a valued part of your team. If you agree with me, that right-fit hiring is a challenge, you may find this helpful. One of the most important terms of the Prosperity Partners language is Right-Fit. As simple and obvious as this sounds, what’s not as obvious to people who go through the Prosperity journey with us is the importance of taking the time to define exactly what right fit is in YOUR company. If you’ve struggled with wrong-fit employees, consider what your answer to these questions would be if you had the ideal (right fit) team: • “What are the things I’m discussing with staff at the start of every day?” • “What are the questions I’m being asked during the day?” • “When my staff is engaged and properly trained, the conversations I hear them having with each other sound like this……” • “When my clients phone me with feedback on their experience with my staff, they typically say things like…….” So, if you’ve managed to paint the perfect picture for the answers to these questions, why is there a gap between what’s ideal for your company, and what you have now? My guess is it all boils down to the gap between the core values of the company culture and the core values of your team. When a business is clear on who it is, and why it is, very cool things happen. People who just get it, both staff and customers, seem to gather and engage with each other in a seamless way. The rea-

son they get it is because internally, they are aligned with the core values inherent to the exchange of services and value. This core value stuff is what drives the invisible dot connecting and attitudes found in the dynamics of every company. It’s staff to staff, staff to customers and vice versa. If you hire just warm bodies, what do you expect the result will be? If you can’t find anyone except warm bodies, then at least make the effort to find ones who are wired in a similar way to how your company leadership and core team think. First impressions are SO important. And, so are meaningful conversations with applicants. If you have a stack of resumes and none of the candidates have the hard skills (technical knowledge) that you’re looking for, consider what soft skills they can bring to ease your headaches. One of my best mentors told me many years ago, “You can’t teach someone to smile.” It’s true. Some people either have a genuine natural tendency to be pleasant and co-operative, while others just don’t. Some were raised with respect for their elders, and some weren’t. Who would you rather have in your midst? What questions can you think of to ask in an interview to discover these traits? Better yet, what are the core values of your company (the non-negotiable attitudes, like respect, adaptability, happiness, @LOMembership diligence, mentorship, professionalism, integrity, pride etc.)? @LOevents Consider this: If you’re aiming at nothing, you will hit it with huge accuracy. So, what are you aiming at when you interview candidates? What is Right Fit? Here are some questions you might consider asking: What is the best job you ever had and why did you like so much? Tell me about the best boss you ever had — what was it about him/her that you liked so much? Please give me an example when a coworker corrected a task you had completed — how did it make you feel? What are some of the qualities you appreciate most in your co-workers? Describe the best day at work you ever had. What is it about this company that interests you? What do you hope to learn by working here? What is the worst day you’ve ever

had at work? Can you tell me about a time when you did something with friends outside in the rain? It’s absolutely amazing how quickly you can rank applicants who lack the hard skills you’re looking for, in order to find those who are most likely to contribute value to your business when you ask open ended questions like these. What are the perfect answers for your company an applicant could give? Would that candidate be likely to show up on time every day with a smile, eager to learn? Will they pull their weight and be engaged? In this employment market where most applicants lack the skills you need, what more can you ask for? So at this crucial time of year, when you’re building (and sometimes re-building) your team, save yourself the headaches — hire Right-Fit people. Jacki Hart may be contacted at

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