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VINES Ampelopsis glandulosa ‘Elegans’ 402 8.00 Campsis radicans ‘Balboa Sunset’ 397 8.00 Campsis radicans ‘Flamenco’ 165 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Diana’ 210 8.00 Celastrus orbiculatus ‘Hercules’ 265 8.00 Celastrus scandens 412 8.00 Hedera helix ‘Baltica’ 210 6.00 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 2 6.00 378 13.00 Lonicera x ‘Mandarin’ 198 8.00 Lonicera brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ 240 8.00 Lonicera heckrottii ‘Goldflame’ 198 8.00 Lonicera japonica ‘Halls Prolific’ 265 6.00 235 8.00 Parthenocissus quinq. ‘Engelmannii’ 112 6.00 844 8.00 Parthenocissus quinquefolia 1,000 6.00 Parthenocissus tricus. ‘Veitchii’ 1,000 6.00 Polygonum aubertii 1,000 6.00 Vitis riparia 355 8.00
Azalea ‘Golden Lights’ 271 13.50 Azalea ‘Mandarin Lights’ 201 13.50 Azalea ‘Orchid Lights’ 484 13.50 Buxus ‘Faulkner’ 246 5.00 754 11.00 Buxus microphylla 441 5.00 Buxus X ‘Green Gem’ 509 5.20 257 11.20 Buxus X ‘Green Mound’ 1,000 5.00 857 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Mountain’ 682 5.00 906 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Velvet’ 1,000 5.20 1,000 11.20 Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Pygmaea’ 215 15.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Aurea Sungold’ 120 5.00 241 11.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera’ 162 5.00 284 11.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’ 120 5.00 265 11.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’ 921 5.00 578 7.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Major’ 276 7.00 Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens’ 716 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Canadale Gold’ 375 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ 1,000 5.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ 1,000 5.00 1,000 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Goldtip’ 223 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Sarcoxie’ 240 7.00 Ilex X meserveae ‘Blue Prince’ 445 6.00 140 13.00 Ilex X meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ 765 6.00 488 13.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Coast’ 160 5.00 232 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Star’ 270 5.00 290 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Mint Julep’ 380 5.00 243 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitz. Compacta’ 205 5.00 583 11.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘San Jose’ 130 5.00 412 11.00 Juniperus communis ‘Repanda’ 386 5.00 283 11.00 Juniperus conferta ‘Blue Pacific’ 530 5.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Andorra Compacta’ 217 5.00 22 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’ 279 5.00 234 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Blue Prince’ 49 5.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Icee Blue’ 1,000 6.00 550 13.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Lime Glow’ 160 6.50 119 13.50 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Prince of Wales’ 419 5.00 5 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’ 315 5.00 870 11.00 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Yukon Belle’ 355 5.00 Juniperus media ‘Armstrongii’ 122 5.00 408 11.00 Juniperus procumbens nana 172 11.00 Juniperus sabina 276 5.00 59 11.00 Juniperus sabina ‘Buffalo’ 241 6.00 177 13.00 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Carpet’ 96 5.00 194 11.00 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 185 11.00 Metasequoia glyptostroboides 1,000 7.00 Myrica pensylvanica 1,000 7.00
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Picea abies 299 7.00 125 11.00 Picea glauca 577 11.00 Picea glauca ‘Conica’ 371 13.00 Pinus mugo var. mugo 260 11.00 Taxus cuspidata ‘Aurescens’ 218 15.00 Taxus X media ‘Densiformis’ 1,000 6.00 227 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Hicksii’ 941 6.00 937 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Hillii’ 630 6.00 80 13.50 Taxus X media ‘Wardii’ 627 6.00 1,000 13.50 Thuja occidentalis 503 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’ 27 5.00 180 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ 627 5.00 462 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ 601 5.00 1,000 11.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ 1,000 5.00 564 11.00 Thuja plicata ‘’Spring Grove’ 670 11.00 Tsuga canadensis 195 5.00 192 11.00 Tsuga canadensis ‘Jeddeloh’ 264 13.50 Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’ 215 13.50
DECIDUOUS SHRUBS Acanthopanax sieboldianus 367 7.00 Acer ginnala 419 7.00 Acer rubrum 1,000 7.00 Alnus glutinosa 210 7.00 Amelanchier humilis 442 7.00 Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea nana’ 60 6.00 261 13.50 Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ 230 6.00 409 9.50 30 13.50 Berberis thunbergii ‘Royal Cloak’ 581 6.00 100 13.50 Berberis x ‘Emerald Carousel’ 200 9.50 Betula alleghaniensis 200 7.00 Betula nigra 460 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Ellens Blue’ 435 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Ile de France’ 699 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Nanho Purple’ 317 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Petite Plum’ 390 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Pink Delight’ 445 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Purple Prince’ 773 7.00 Buddleia davidii ‘Royal Red’ 309 7.00 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ 216 7.00 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Grand Blue’ 417 7.35 Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Worchester Gold’ 234 7.00 Celtis occidentalis 778 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Nivalis’ 407 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Rubra’ 896 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Texas Scarlet’ 418 7.00 Chaenomeles sup. ‘Crimson and Gold’ 218 7.00 Clethra alnifolia ‘Pink Spire’ 356 7.00 Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ 782 7.00 Cornus alba ‘Red Gnome’ 440 7.00 Cornus alternifolia 532 7.00 Cornus kousa chinensis 335 7.00 Cornus racemosa 709 7.00 Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ 324 7.00 Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelseyi’ 329 7.00 Cotoneaster apiculatus 303 7.00 Cotoneaster preacox ‘Boer’ 1,000 7.00 Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’ 693 7.00 Deutzia gracilis 867 7.00 Diervilla lonicera 481 7.00 Euonymus alatus 255 5.00 581 8.00 Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ 1,000 5.00 Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ 503 7.00 Forsythia ovata ‘Ottawa’ 780 7.00 Forsythia X inter. ‘Northern Gold’ 1,000 7.00 Forsythia X intermedia ‘Goldtide’ 373 7.00 Forsythia X intermedia ‘Lynwood’ 780 7.00
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Forsythia X ‘Kumson’ 466 7.00 Fothergilla gardenii ‘Mount Airy’ 275 Genista tinctoria ‘Royal Gold’ 299 7.00 Gymnocladus dioica 20 8.00 170 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Aphrodite’ 289 5.00 70 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Collie Mullins’ 137 5.00 80 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ 435 5.00 292 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minerva’ 124 5.00 5 Hibiscus syriacus ‘White Chiffon’ 57 5.00 187 Hibiscus syriacus ‘Woodbridge’ 375 5.00 179 Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ 1,000 7.00 1,000 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ 289 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ 156 7.60 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ 340 7.00 Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ 405 7.00 Ilex verticillata 396 7.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ 1,000 7.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ 442 7.00 Itea virginica ‘Henrys Garnet’ 549 7.00 Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Pink Cloud’ 698 7.00 Ligustrum ovalufolium 243 7.00 Ligustrum vicary 167 7.00 Ligustrum vulgaris 333 7.00 Lindera benzoin 345 7.00 Liriodendron tulipefera 245 8.50 Lonicera tatarica 227 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Claveys Dwarf’ 298 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Emerald Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Miniglobe’ 555 7.00 Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ 207 Magnolia X Butterfly 133 Magnolia X loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ 236 Nyssa sylvatica 315 7.00 Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ 264 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Innocence’ 753 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ 171 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Natchez’ 238 7.00 Philadelphus X virginalis 285 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius 1,000 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ 1,000 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ 1,000 7.60 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Luteus’ 300 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius nanus 446 7.00 Populus deltoides 446 7.00 Populus tremuloides 135 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Coronation Triumph’ 1,000 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Dakota Sunrise’ 782 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Gold Drop’ 889 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’ 135 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Mango Tango’ 383 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Tangerine’ 352 7.00 Prunus cistena 289 5.00 1,000 7.00 Prunus incisa ‘Kojou-no-mai’ 150 8.00 Prunus virginiana 156 7.00 Quercus bicolor 90 7.00 Quercus macrocarpa 468 7.00 41 Quercus palustris 137 7.00 Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ 583 9.00 Quercus rubrum 621 7.00 Quercus velutina 123 7.00 Rhus glabra 85 7.00 Rhus typhina 1,000 7.00 Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ 150 Ribes alpinum 148 7.00 Rosa Bonica 365 7.00 Rosa ‘John Cabot’ 265 7.00
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Rosa rubrifolia 307 7.00 Rosa ‘William Baffin’ 185 7.00 Rosa ‘Winnipeg Parks’ 300 7.00 Rosa x ‘Champlain’ 350 7.00 Rosa x ‘Royal Edward’ 695 7.00 Salix bebbiana 740 7.00 Salix eriocephala 231 7.00 Salix exigua 250 7.00 Salix gracilis ‘Purpurea Nana’ 731 7.00 Salix repens 313 7.00 Sambucus canadensis 1,000 7.00 Sambucus canadensis Aurea 1,000 7.00 Sorbaria aitchisonii 495 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia 1,000 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ 125 8.00 297 9.50 Spiraea alba 1,000 7.00 Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ 245 7.00 Spiraea bumalda ‘Gold Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Crispa’ 562 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Dakota Goldcharm’ 511 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Flaming Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Froebelii’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Princess’ 968 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ 1,000 7.25 Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’ 107 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘White Gold’ 478 7.00 Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ 100 7.00 Spiraea vanhouttei 407 7.00 Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ 471 7.00 Symphoricarpos albus 1,000 7.00 Symphoricarpos chenaultii ‘Hancock’ 150 7.00 Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ 1,000 8.00 Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ 1,000 8.00 Syringa vulgaris 460 7.00 Syringa vulgaris ‘Beauty of Moscow’ 16 9.00 195 13.00 Tilia americana 248 7.00 Viburnum dentatum 200 7.00 Viburnum dentatum ‘Chicago Lustre’ 606 7.00 Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ 409 7.00 Viburnum plic. ‘Summer Snowflake’ 316 9.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ 228 9.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Shasta’ 415 9.00 Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’ 279 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Bristol Snowflake’ 331 7.00 Weigela florida ‘French Lace’ 312 9.60 Weigela florida ‘Nana Variegata’ 911 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Purpurea Nana’ 335 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Victoria’ 211 7.00
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Word of mouth marketing
He created his own packaging, and has marketed the program simply through word of mouth in his community. He even designed and put together his own brochure, Fun Garden Seeds. So far a number of local schools in the Durham area have taken part in his program. This isn’t the first time Mills has worked to encourage kids to enjoy gardening. Over the years, he has supported many projects. “They are our future.” He has sponsored allotment gardens and provided a number of incentives to have primary school children discover gardening, “so they may continue with it into their adult years.”
Born into industry
Norm Mills is known for his trademark hat.
Norm Mills nurtures future gardeners Norm Mills wants to help kids discover a love of gardening, one seed at a time. A director on the Durham Chapter board, Mills has worked for a number of companies that have been professional members of LO, right back to the Weall and Cullen days. Mills developed an idea to help engage kids with gardening. The program involves young people selling seeds to raise funds for their school, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, sports team, etc. “It’s a better alternative than selling chocolate bars,” he says.
Seeds come from his own garden
During the past winter months, Mills hand-packaged garden seeds, giving them names such as Easter egg plant, grandfather’s whiskers and Marvel of Peru. There are others more commonly known as California poppy, sunflower, evening primrose and cleome. Some seeds are obtained from his
own garden, and he sourced some from the U.S. “These plants are really easy to grow, fun, and unusual, with the intention of helping kids get into the garden and away from the electronic games, if only for a few minutes a week. And, it seems to be working!” says Mills. “No X-box needed to take part in this enjoyable pastime.” Mills set out to achieve three goals with the program: assisting schools and organizations raise much-needed funds; introducing younger Canadians to the love of gardening, and the benefits of outdoor physical activity; and to reduce the amount of chocolate used to raise funds, since one-third of Canadians are overweight or obese. The program is designed for the student to pre-sell the seed packages to their parents, or family members. That way the students, with help from their parents, can plant the seeds and experience the joy of watching their plants grow. “Students do not sell door to door,” says Mills.
He began working in the industry in 1974 as a garden designer. “I was born into it. My dad worked for Len Cullen, managing one of his stores, and I worked at a number of jobs there as I was growing up. One day his designer quit on him, and my dad told me to start the job. I haven’t looked back since.” Over the years Norm Mills has become known as the Gardenin’ Guy. With his trademark hat, it makes him easy to identify in a crowd. Three years ago Mills began a new retail garden service for Kobes Nurseries in Bowmanville. In just over the past two years, sales numbers have doubled. His volunteer record at LO goes back a number of years as a member of the board of directors for Durham Chapter for five years, the garden centre sector group, and volunteering at Canada Blooms.
Working with professionals
“I have always believed that if you work in the industry and believe in what you do, there is no question about belonging to LO.” He says that by associating with professionals, he keeps abreast of things happening in the industry. “This in turn helps me with information that I can give my customers.” His favourite volunteer memory is from Canada Blooms. “I was fortunate enough to spend two full days at the Blooms feature garden. It was a great time just answering questions from the public,” remembers Mills. If Norm Mills has his way, the future will see today’s young people become tomorrow’s garden enthusiast, even if it takes one seed at a time. Norm Mills may be contacted at email@example.com.
Canada Blooms provides the best environment to create new gardening enthusiasts.
Canada Blooms: 16 years of new energy By Gerry Ginsberg General manager
Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest Flower and Garden Festival, underwent many changes in 2012, co-locating with The National Home Show to create the largest consumer event in Canada and largest home and garden event in North America. Other changes included the expansion to ten days, more feature gardens, two flower shows and new cultural and educational programming to meet the needs of younger, diverse attendees. Canada Blooms and its founding part-
ners, Landscape Ontario and the Garden Club of Toronto, went through many meetings and strategic reviews to prepare for the 2012 co-location. Expanded support for our feature garden builders and Garden Club members was of prime concern, along with enhanced investments in garden and plant subsidies. Planners relished the opportunity that co-location allowed, to reach a new demographic of younger attendees from a diverse urban population. Canada Blooms has traditionally been the first sign of spring for many Canadian garden lovers. With beautiful spring weather reaching highs in the mid-20s,
many of our objectives were reached with over 203,000 guests. The challenge for Canada Blooms was to reinvent itself, and create a new environment enjoyed by returning guests and thousands of new attendees. The starting point was the engagement of the best of Ontario’s landscape industry, with an enhanced garden subsidy and larger investment in plant material. This proved to be one of the major factors in bringing forward more applicants to build feature gardens . The results were significant, with over 23 feature gardens created for this year’s celebration, including the Landscape Ontario Garden managed by Paul Doornbos and Brian Marsh and designed by Paul Brydges, Mathew Hooker and Fred Post. Over 35 supporting companies contributed to the effort. Canada Blooms was named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario, one of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association and the Garden Tourism Festival of the Year for 2011-12. We invite guests to join the 2013 celebrations, from March 15 – 24, at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
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Highlights of Canada Blooms 2012 One Ticket, Two Great Events: The co-location provided guests tremendous value with ticket prices held close to past year’s, and one price allowing admission to both premier events. First International Garden: In partnership with Taipei, Taiwan, this spectacular garden, created by Ronald Holbrook & Associates and Royalty Landscaping, reflected one of the world’s most beautiful garden destinations. Cultural performances: Cultural evenings featured CTS-TV Night with Canadian Idol Winner Brian Melo; A Special Salute to Taiwan with officials from Taiwan, Canada, Ontario and Toronto in attendance; CityCulturethemed programming with Juno Award winner Royal Wood and regional cultural associations and the NTD-TV Chinese Cultural Evening. Juno Rocks Celebrity Gardens: Included were the Feist Garden by OGS Landscape Services, Jann Arden Garden by North 44 Lands Designs and Garden Retreats, Keisha Chante Garden by Egreen Design and Sarah Slean, Royal Wood Garden by Great Garden Revival. Trips to garden destinations: These included the Chelsea Flower Show by Air Canada and the Goring Hotel; Taipei, Taiwan by Taiwan Tourism; Garden Destinations along Canada’s Garden Route by Via Rail; the 2012 Juno broadcast in Ottawa and a Belgium-Holland river and garden cruise presented by CTS-TV and Canadian Christian Tours. Canada’s premier educators: Mark Cullen, Frank Ferragine, Denis Flanagan, Marjorie Mason, Paul Zammit, Charlie Dobbin and many more presented over 200 hours of free seminars on the Unilock Celebrity Stage. Feature areas: Reif Wine Sensory Garden presented by Mori Gardens, set in a Niagara garden courtyard with tastings of award-winning Ontario
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wines and Canadian cheeses by the Dairy Farmers of Canada; the Parks Canada Playscape created by Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Sponsor garden: Created by Unilock Canada and Canadian Cancer Society. Beautiful floral features: Featured Growers of Ontario displayed fresh plants and flowers, introducing Medinilla magnifica, Pick Ontario, Twinings Tea Floral Areas and beautiful Professional Florists areas, which were special features of a beautiful event. Garden Club of Toronto Horticultural and Design Competitions: Over 10,000 sq. ft. of stunning floral designs, with international competitors from seven countries were presented. Industry Night: Sponsored by HUB Sinclair-Cockburn, it was one of the best-attended ever, with 28 Feature Garden Awards, including the Evergreen Brick Works SEED Award to Ecoman/Victoria Taylor and the Judges Choice Award for Best Overall Garden to Parklane Nurseries. Closing Ceremonies: Featured a $50,000 cheque presentation to the Garden Club of Toronto and City of Toronto for the June Callwood Park. People’s Choice Awards were announced for Taipei, Taiwan Garden created by Holbrook & Associates and Royalty Landscaping for Feature Garden and Feist Garden by OGS Landscaping for Juno Rocks Garden. A special thank you to the staff team of Charlie Dobbin, Kevin Foster, Colomba Fuller, Lisa Pascoe, new staff Paul Day and the over 1,000 dedicated volunteers and partners who assisted with the creation of one of the largest Canada Blooms events in our history.
Special fund-raising program has deep meaning for Willowbrook One of the most respected nursery operations in Ontario, Willowbrook Nurseries has taken on a project with deep personal and emotional meaning. The Fenwick-based business has entered the second year of a cancer fundraiser program that saw over $5,300 raised in its first season. The program offers one-gallon containers of perennials that are packaged in vivid pink and yellow. For every cancer program wrapped perennial that is purchased, five per cent of the sale is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Willowbrook’s owner John Langendoen says he began the program in honour of his wife Jocelyn, who passed away in 2009 after a long battle with the disease. Langendoen says Willowbrook is a true family operation. “When Jocelyn passed away it affected everyone at Willowbrook. It was a devastating time for us all.” It was decided that the special cancer pot wrap perennial program would be a great way to pay tribute to Jocelyn. Michael Della Valle, a sales representative at Willowbrook, says the presentation of the special pink and yellow pots is very eye-catching.
“Many garden centres use the cancer program potted perennials as part of a special weekend event,” says Della Valle. “A number of garden centres had staff dress in pink, and really made it a special occasion.”
Large posters are available to help promote the program. Each pot has a gift card attached to it, and space for customers to create a memory for a loved one who has been taken by cancer. The concept of “Cure, Courage, Hope” is displayed throughout the program. Langendoen estimates that last year 40 to 50 garden centres were involved in the program. “I want to thank Landscape Ontario for its great support with this program. It has been a big help.” Brian Lofgren, president of Horta-Craft in Strathroy and past chair of the LO show committee, assisted Willowbrook with the concept and acted as a go-between with the John Henry Company, a packaging company in the U.S. A presentation, complete with a giant cheque, took place at the opening reception at Expo 2011. On hand to accept the $5,380.04 donation from John Langendoen was Angela Daley, manager of the Cancer Society’s Niagara unit.
Small beginnings in 1979
Willowbrook had its beginning in May of 1979, when John and Jocelyn, along with their six-week-old son Chris arrived in Fenwick to begin their new business on 30 acres of rented land. “It was on a part-time basis, as both Jocelyn and I had full-time jobs,” reflects John, who at the time worked for Connon Nurseries. “I have many fond memories of working for Neil (Vanderkruk).”
Michael Della Valle, left, and John Langendoen show the special pink and yellow pots, along with the posters available to garden centres.
It wasn’t long until the opportunity came along to purchase 17 acres, and John left Connon to work full-time at his new venture. In 1991, John and Jocelyn purchased another 50 acres. A decade later, beautiful new offices and a shipping facility were constructed. Today, Willowbrook operates on 158 acres of land, with a peak season staff of around 120. The nursery has developed a solid reputation within the industry, winning Judges’ Choice awards at the annual Growers’ Auction operated by the Landscape Ontario growers’ sector group. Any garden centres interested in participating in the program, may contact Michael Della Valle at email@example.com, 1-800-661-5237, ext. 237. Garden centres may choose from a list of perennials.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS Ten applications for Waterloo school planting project Waterloo Chapter’s School Greening project has become so popular that this year, ten submissions were received from public and separate school boards from Waterloo and Wellington County. The proposals ranged from outdoor classrooms, arboreta, interpretive trails and community gardens to reflection gardens. Members of the Chapter’s committee were charged with making the decision on the winning submissions from among the ten schools. Because of the high quality of the proposals, it was difficult to decide. In the end the committee narrowed the field down to five schools. Members of the committee included Jason Dietrich, Ace Lawn Care, Rob Tester, TNT Property Maintenance; Mike Hayes, All-Green Tree Service; Thomas Blatter CLP, Dreamestate Landscaping; and and chair of the committee Don Prosser CLD, CLT, Don Prosser Landscape Design. “It was incredible — the passion, the value of the project to the school community, the importance in the community at large of these schools,” said Prosser. Once the ten schools were whittled down to five, a new judging panel was formed, consisting of Tom Foster of Irwin Foster Landscape Construction, Randy
Adams of Adams Landscape Supply, Jeff Dillon of Stone Landscapes, Phil Dickie of Fast Forest, and Dave Wright of Wright Landscape Services. This group had the difficult task to decide a winner from some very impressive video presentations. “The committee members were blown away,” said Prosser. St. James Catholic High School of Wellington Catholic District School Board was declared the winner. The school’s proposal included an outdoor classroom and gathering areas. The video demonstrated what the school had done so far, along with a concept drawing, planted trees and seedlings from the Grand River Conservation Authority, interviews with staff and board members about what this new space would mean to the school, a short hilarious clip about taking buckets outside to sit on, showing the obvious need for such a space. It won the judges over. At Randy Adam’s suggestion, and since passed by the board, the four other finalists will each get $500 toward their school project and an invitation to apply next year. The Chapter expects to start work sometime around Aug. 1, with a completion date of Sept. 15. The grand opening will be
held on National Tree Day, Sept. 21. Tom Foster agreed to take lead on the design, with Don Prosser and Thomas Blatter providing input. Members have visited the site to measure and shoot grades, and spoken with staff and board representatives to iron out any logistical issues. Seedlings planted last year were removed and potted-up. These will be adopted by staff and students until the project is completed, at which time they will be integrated into the new space. Contingent on funds, the project will feature a hard surface of permeable pavers and include a rainwater harvesting system to collect roof water to supply a proposed greenhouse and to water the new plant material. “In keeping with Landscape Ontario’s mission, the project must incorporate environmentally sustainable features and biodiversity,” said Prosser. “We have already had support from members who have donated pots and soil,” said Prosser. “Once the concept is done and approved by the school, we will generate a material and labour list and approach the membership for help.” The Chapter is looking for a project manager. The landscape project has a value from $30,000 to $50,000. The school community is required to donate a minimum of $5,000 towards this project. There have already been expressions of interest from companies to install the rainwater harvesting system, permeable pavers, a commitment for a crew for a day, and follow-up maintenance and providing the school with a maintenance plan. “All this before the design is done. This is the kind of members we have in Waterloo Chapter,” said Prosser.
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Landscaper’s canoe trip to aid river’s health
Quiet Nature’s Grand Adventure website has lots of information and the opportunity to pledge towards fund-raising canoe trip down the Grand River.
Derek Lippert CLP, owner of Quiet Nature of Ayr, agrees that it’s crazy to paddle a canoe 250 km down the Grand River during the industry’s busiest time of the year. “We couldn’t resist,” says Lippert. It’s all for a good cause. Lippert and his company’s designer JP Bartle took time away from the landscaping business to raise a goal of $15,000 that will go to the Grand River Conservation Authority’s tree planting efforts. ‘Greening the Watershed One Paddle Stroke at a Time,’ is Lippert’s name for the first annual edition of Quiet Nature’s Grand Adventure. The pair put into the river on Apr. 30 and arrived on May 5 at the mouth of the waterway that empties into Lake Erie.
around Argentina and the other painting statues in Spain. Having a few more commitments than I did in the past, I am no longer afforded such travelling luxuries. I was, however, feeling a bit left out and thought it would be nice to work in a little mini-adventure come spring. That was the start of it.”
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A regular canoeist and backcountry camper, and having paddled good portions of the Grand over the years, Lippert thought it would be nice to do a two-day trip down the river in mid-spring. “The thought of a two-day trip turned into thinking about paddling the whole river, from Grand Valley to Lake Erie. I quickly figured this would take a minimum of five days; and, as the owner of a landscape company, taking off five days in mid-spring was more or less out of the picture. So, I figured that the only way I could justify a five-day adventure/holiday during the busiest part of our season was by doing some good in the process.” Educated in ecology, and owner of a company that focuses on sustainable landscape solutions and ecological restoration, Lippert says he thought he would use the trip as an opportunity to learn and share information about the environmental issues facing the Grand River watershed. “With that notion in mind, partnering with and raising funds for the Grand River Conservation Authority for its tree planting and outdoor educational efforts was a no-brainer, and a perfect fit,” says Lippert. Pledges can still be made online at www. quietnature.ca/grandadventure. A Facebook page www.facebook.com/quietnaturesgrandadventure has photos and a journal from the journey.
Windsor celebrates Earth Day
The duo hopes to increase awareness of watershed-wide environmental issues while raising funds for the Grand River Conservation Authority’s tree planting and naturalization efforts. “Our goal is to raise awareness of the river’s importance to us all,” says Lippert. The Grand is the largest river in southern Ontario. Over its 300 km length, the Grand and its tributaries support nearly one-million people, over 6,650 square kilometres, in 38 different communities. Lippert admits there were some selfish reasons for taking the trip. “Two of my key staff members were off on wonderful trips this past winter; one backpacking
Members of the Windsor Chapter celebrated Earth Day with St. Anne’s French Immersion Elementary School on Apr. 20. Junior grades had a walkabout Earth Day Parade around the block with streamers, flags and noise makers. On their return, two trees donated by Garlatti Landscaping, LaSalle, one tree donated by the Chapter and six serviceberry clumps from the Windsor Home Show were all planted in the school yard as a continuation of the school greening program. Members of the Windsor Chapter board donated their time to work with the students.
ASSOCIATION NEWS Volunteers return to refurbish St. James Park Earth Day was celebrated a day early at St. James Park in Toronto this year, as volunteers from the landscape and sod industries, along with local residents and business owners, got together on Apr. 21 to perform some early-morning maintenance on the recently-revitalized green space. Industry volunteers spread fertilizer, aerated the turf, spread seed, and pruned mature trees in order to optimize conditions for the turf to grow and stay healthy. Once the machinery was put away, local
residents and business owners, armed with rakes, wheelbarrows, soil and seed, spread out in groups to fix problem areas in the turf — caused mostly by the many dogs that frequent the park. Each group of local residents worked with a turf expert and learned not only the importance of maintaining healthy turf, but also how to repair the damage. A barbecue lunch, provided by the St. Lawrence Market BIA, was held after the clean up.
The event served as a follow-up to the restoration of the park held in December 2011, achieved entirely through donations of materials and labour from members of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario and Project EverGreen. Officials have said that the city wants to nominate Landscape Ontario for an award. LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni says that they have asked for real donation numbers. He values the contribution at $364,770, involving 55 companies. Labour costs are estimated at $324,000, while material came in at $44,770. Early estimates came in at $150,000 to restore improve and revitalize the neighbourhood park, that was damaged by the Occupy Toronto protest. Many area residents came out to thank the industry volunteers for giving them back their park.
Both LO’s professional members and residents from the St. James Park neighbourhood volunteered to perform some spring clean-up duties in the refurbished park.
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The G&L Group supports children’s garden
Last summer the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto underwent a magnificent transformation with the help of The G&L Group. Truckloads of soil, sand, mulch and stone were provided by The G&L Group for use in a variety of gardening and construction projects, all built by children, their families and community groups during school, camp and public programs. The beautiful stone-seating circle accommodates 40 campers, while the mulch provides a soft surface for play and is also a great material for making hills to roll upon. The sand pit provides opportunities for endless experimentation and creating small worlds. The Children’s Garden also received a large amount of nutrient-rich soil to help the veggies and fruit trees thrive and produce a bounty of food for the children’s cooking program. The materials provided by The G&L Group will continue to provide a key ingredient in the “you-build-it” experience for all who participate in helping this magical space grow and change for years to come. More info about the contribution and Evergreen is on G&L’s website at www.gandlgroup.com/community/index.html. Colomba Lamanna says, “We’re really proud of these contributions and think it’s great that Landscape Ontario is documenting and helping to share it within the community.”
Rooms ‘N Blooms helps families feel positive
For the last few years Rooms ‘N Blooms of Waterdown has donated time and resources to Walls of Hope — www.wallsofhopecanada.org. Walls of Hope is a grassroots nonprofit organization, based in Oakville. Its
goal is to help families trying to help themselves. These families, in spite of their efforts, find the challenges they face are beyond their control. They are losing or have lost hope. Walls of Hope renovates, customizes and/ or decorates homes for these special families and provides them, when required, with resources and life tools to enrich their lives. The organization believes that one’s environment impacts how we feel. “When we feel positive and have hope, things inevitably improve. This has proven to be a successful recipe,” says the Waterloo Chapter continued its generosity with funds raised at the 2011 golf tournament. The latest donation was to the group’s website. Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation. The Foundation Anne Vernon, coreceived $2,600 towards its scholarship program, while the owner of Rooms ‘N Chapter has donated an equal $2,600 each to KidsAbility Blooms, says “This past and the greening schools project. In photo, John Wright, left, September our comaccepts the cheque on behalf of the Foundation, from chair of pany designed and the Waterloo Chapter golf tournament, Jason Dietrich of Ace installed a complete Lawn Care. landscape makeover for the recipient family. We are firm believers in giving back to the massive tornado. community, not for notoriety, but because “We donated a value of $20,000 in it is the right thing to do.” building services to restore the deck, Deck Masters of Canada railings and stairs to its original historic assists with family’s grandeur,” says Dave Bartnik of Deck loss from tornado Masters. “The amount of damage to the Recently, Deck Masters of Canada, Beedowntown core was unimaginable without ton, coordinated involvement with two clivisiting to see it firsthand!” ents, Benchmark Building Services and Deck Masters of Canada was briefly Your Deck Company, assisted a Goderich acknowledged for its efforts on the Marifamily whose deck and property were lyn Denis Show http://bit.ly/IpAGtU. seriously damaged from last summer’s
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ASSOCIATION NEWS Putzer NURSERY to host Industry Auction July 19
Work is presently underway in preparation for the one event each year when LO growers show off their work. The 2012 Industry Auction, presented by Landscape Ontario’s Growers Group, will take place on Thurs., July 19. This year’s event will be hosted by M. Putzer Nursery, at 7314 Sixth Line in Hornby, near Milton. The Auction is open to all landscape trades people, and is a popular event where proceeds benefit horticultural research and scholarships. It is a great opportunity to purchase high-end plant material at below wholesale prices. Make sure you bring your staff and your trailer, as all items are ready for pick-up immediately after bidding. Typically the auction has skids full of the industry’s best offerings of deciduous shrubs, trees, perennials, ground covers and evergreens up for bid. Also available are hard goods and related supplies – skids full of fertilizer, pots, gardening tools, plant tags and labels – it’s all there. There is no admission fee. Before the live bidding begins, everyone has the opportunity to have some lunch and pre-
view the lots. Attendees can sign up for a bidder’s number (hand in a business card, to receive a card with a number on it). Also this year, winning bidders will be entered into a draw for a special prize. Last year it was a TV! The day gets underway at 10:30 a.m., with wagon tours of the farm, while the Growers Awards of Excellence submissions are judged near the bidding area from 9 a.m. until 12-noon. Winners will be announced at the end of the bidding, and presented with a certificate. Winning skids will then be auctioned off. Donations of plant material, hard goods and gift certificates for the auction are welcome and appreciated! For more information please contact Kristen McIntyre at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 321, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solty offers soil App
In early April, Solty Garden Centre in Cookstown announced the launch of the new Soil Calculator App, now available on iTunes for free. This free app, compatible with Apple products, will help homeowners figure out how much soil, mulch or aggregate they need for the gardening projects. Need to
do some quick calculations on the go? Check out Solty’s website at www.soltygardencentre.com.
Member-only savings with John Deere
Landscape Ontario members can take advantage of many special discounts available through the CNLA Members Savings Program. John Deere provides significant discounts on commercial and consumer equipment. The discounts depend on equipment type, but range from 15 to 25 per cent. The discounts cannot be combined with John Deere’s special financing or lease rates. However, Deere offers coupons on special rate financing or leasing worth up to $750. These benefits are available to all active Landscape Ontario members. At the dealership, let your sales representative know that you are a member of the association and qualify for the discount program. John Deere will request a member verification letter from CNLA and you’re done. It’s as easy as that. Available discounts include lawn and garden products with savings up to 20 per cent, and up to 25 per cent off on commercial products. For the complete list of equipment discounts visit www. canadanursery.com/benefits and select John Deere. Over 40 LO members are presently using the program.
Landscapers’ Appreciation Night
Over 200 contractors attended the annual Landscapers’ Appreciation Night held by Hamilton Builder’s Supply in Burlington. The Apr. 19 event featured summer-like weather, great food, prizes, over 22 vendors and what was described as “funky jazzy groove” music,
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provided by The HBS Jam Band. A big, flat screen TV was won by Mount Nemo Garden Centre. In photo, a few of the contractors visit the vendors just before a long line formed to chow down on roast pig and salads.
Work is already underway to ensure Expo and Congress continue to provide an exceptional experience for attendees.
Trade show planning underway Teams are busy already preparing for Landscape Ontario’s two largest trade shows, Expo 2012 and Congress 2013. “January seems a long way off, but really it’s not. Once you finish your spring rush, move into the summer schedule and look at your fall wrap-up... we’re there! Our Congress trade show will celebrate its 40th anniversary Jan. 8 to 10, 2013, and we are looking forward to it!” says Heather MacRae, LO’s trade show manager. Expo will take place on Oct. 17 and 18, in the North Building, in the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building.
people’s lives. Retailers attending Expo are guaranteed to meet growers of distinctive flowers, plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, indoor tropical plants and assorted collateral products that will drive sales and increase store profits. The main stage will feature dynamic education programs designed, developed and hosted by Landscape Ontario’s Garden Centre and Landscape Designer sector groups. The conference schedule, speaker profiles, Awards of Excellence ceremonies, fees and registration will be available online at www.loexpo.ca on June 1.
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VOLUNTEER PROFILE Randy Adams has served his Chapter for 15 years In the early 1990s, after Randy Adams of Adams landscape Supply in Kitchener moved into the topsoil business, he began to hear from his customers that he should become a member of Landscape Ontario. As always, Adams listened to his customers and joined. It wasn’t too many years after joining the association, that Adams became a director on the Waterloo Chapter board. “I have now been on the board for approximately 15 years; the last few as the vice president. During that time, I have helped run various events.” For the past four years Randy Adams
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has also served on the Snow and Ice Management Sector Group.
Recognized for projects
Adams says he finds it very rewarding to have people recognize the association’s efforts to beautify local communities. “Networking within the industry has proved very valuable in creating long-term friends and customers. I feel LO is now getting much more recognized for the projects we do,” he says. Helping educate young people is also very satisfying for Randy Adams. He feels it is important to help those just getting into the trade. “It can be very rewarding to help the new people.” Adams has always supported education events in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. “We have given yard tours
and the students have enjoyed the experience.” Few LO members are as aggressive as Randy Adams when it comes to encouraging newcomers, as well as some long-time members of the industry, to join the association that represents them. He reflects how, with the support of his customers, Adams Landscape Supply grew into the largest hardscape supply yard in the tri-city and Guelph area.
Green for Life important
The Green for Life brand is very important to Randy Adams. “I encourage all LO members to promote the Green for Life brand in order to keep us all growing for the future.” Chapters across the province know these are not just idle words, as Adams has backed it up with his Green for Life stone monuments. One of the monuments currently sits at the front entrance of the LO home office in Milton. Executive director Tony DiGiovanni remembers, “He (Adams) showed up one day with his crane truck and the gift of the stone monument.” Other Chapters have used the monuments as donations to local projects. Adams sold his business last year, but along with his two daughters, he continues to work for the new owner. “My wife, Eva, who offered 100 per cent support and effort when we ran the business, is now enjoying retirement.” Randy Adams consistently spreads the message to potential new members on the benefits of belonging to Landscape Ontario.
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LANDSCAPE ONTARIO AND INDUSTRY EVENTS
CO-AN Park Middleside Rd., McGregor, Diamonds 4 and 5 Bring your staff, family and friends to the Windsor Chapter’s 2nd annual baseball tournament. It is free to enter a team to play! After the games there will be a barbecue Social at the Park Pavilion; food tickets are $5.00. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tournament. Proceeds to go to St. Clair College Fund.
Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach project launch
Evergreen Brick Works Garden Market, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto All are welcome to join the Ontario Invasive Plant Council at its official launch of the Grow Me Instead Nursery Outreach Project. Invasive species are recognized as a great threat to biodiversity. The Grow Me Instead campaign focuses on invasive plants sold by the horticultural industry and offers alternatives through two guides, for northern and southern Ontario. The event begins at 10 a.m. with short presentations and a tour of non-invasive plants on the Brick Works property. For more information, contact Colleen Cirillo at CCirillo@trca.on.ca.
Windsor Chapter’s 2nd Annual Baseball Tournament
M. Putzer Nursery, 7314 Sixth Line, Hornby (Near Milton) All industry members are welcome at the Growers Group annual fund-raiser. Bid on
top quality plant material at below-wholesale prices, while helping raise funds for industry research and scholarships. Lunch is included, and there is no fee to attend. There will be judging of the LO Growers Awards of Excellence entries. All industry donations will be accepted for auction: plant material, related hard goods, garden giftware, silent auction items, etc. Contact Kristen McIntyre at email@example.com, or 1-800-265-5656, ext. 321. July 25
Waterloo Chapter Golf Tournament
Rebel Creek Golf Club, 1517 Snyder’s Road, Petersburg Join the Waterloo Chapter on July 25 for a great day out on the links. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. All tournament proceeds will be divided equally between Kids Ability, School Greening Project and The Waterloo Chapter’s Education Fund. Earlybird special price of $150 per golfer is available for those who register before June 30, when the price will go up to $175. That is a saving of $100 per foursome, so register today!
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Simonis Landscaping Roderick Simonis 15600 Jane St, King City, ON L7B 1A3 Tel: 905-727-0481 Membership Type: Active Solujan Lawn Sprinklers Ltd. Marcin Gawelek 116 Sandfield Dr, Aurora, ON L4G 6T3 Tel: 905-726-3116 Membership Type: Active Stilescape Inc. Brian Stiles 24114 Warden Ave, Keswick, ON L4P 3E9 Tel: 905-955-1778 Membership Type: Interim Unionville Property Care Tom Wolfe 16064 Warden Ave, Newmarket, ON L3Y 4W1 Tel: 905-470-1845 Membership Type: Active WSI Milton Denise Gervais 201 - 801 Nipissing Rd, Milton, ON L9T 4Z9 Tel: 905-864-1110-x301 Membership Type: Associate Waterloo Balsam Creek Landscaping Nick Verhey 1650 Powerline Rd W, Lynden, ON L0R 1T0 Tel: 289-682-7407 Membership Type: Interim
INDUSTRY NEWS Ironwood offers some interesting features
The shape of the fruit gives this tree its other name, hop hornbeam.
Ostrya is yet another tree that may not be the eye-catcher in the landscape, but it has some very interesting features that definitely place it on the list of trees one should try in the urban landscape. Some describe the clusters that appear at the end of the branches during autumn as looking like ostrich feet. On the same tree, this year’s fertilized female catkins produce the hop-shaped fruit that give the tree one of its other names: hop hornbeam, with its thin papery sacs that hang together in clusters of up to 20. The branches of simple, finely toothed leaves end with pendulous clusters of hops.
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fine textured shagginess is a recognizable contrast to the natural neighbours of black cherry, sugar maple, beech and its cousin the musclewood. Ironwood is a hardy member of the deciduous understory. It grows easily in the shade of other trees, but just as easily tolerates full sun. Ostrya has a distinct trunk and pyramidal shape that changes slowly with age to a wide spreading crown with long slender branches. Ironwood will dependably grow into a small, trouble-free tree in many types of urban conditions. There are no real pest or disease issues. Soils can be well drained to hot and droughty, and have a wide range of acidity, but deicing salt, compaction and excess moisture are challenges for Ostrya. In the past, the very dense wood was often used for tool handles, cogs and sleigh runners. Many an inexperienced camper has tried in vain to chop a dead ironwood stem, only to reel at the jolt as if hitting an iron pipe. For the nursery grower, production has its challenges. Growth rate is slow. Adequate germination should follow three months of warm, then three to five months cold stratification. Germination success may be highest by directly sowing slightly green seeds in August. Root pruning during production helps overcome slow growth at transplanting. Planting an Ostrya will reward the landscape. The attractive ironwood will dependably grow into a small, troublefree tree in many types of urban conditions. Each year it will contribute interesting fall colour, winter form and food for wildlife. —Thelma Kessel
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Protect outdoor workers from heat stress When heat is combined with other stresses such as hard physical work, loss of fluids, fatigue or some medical conditions, it may lead to heat–related illness, disability and even death. Heat exposure is a concern for those in the landscape industry. Direct sunlight is usually the main source of heat, but humidity also contributes to heat stress. It is recommended that outdoor workers develop a workplace heat stress prevention plan. Some helpful tips to get you started, will help take the next step in keeping this summer safe and healthy for everyone on your crew. Heat stress can take many forms, depending on the severity of external and internal factors and the condition of the individual. A worker expending large amounts of physical energy in a hot and humid environment, without regular rest or water breaks, may eventually experience heat exhaustion, fainting, heat stroke or heart attack. The five symptoms of heat stress are heat rash; fainting; muscle spasms in stomach, legs, arms; heat exhaustion, which resembles shock (feeling of faintness/nauseated, low blood pressure, skin may be hot and red, victim may have a fever); and body overheats, with victim experiencing mental confusion and needing immediate medical attention. It takes seven to 14 days of continuous exposure to heat for the body to adjust to high temperatures. Because extended periods of extreme temperatures are so brief in Ontario, many times workers don’t have enough time to acclimatize.
Eliminate heat stress by preventing the warning signs from happening. There are lots of ways workplaces can take measures to ensure their staff is healthy and safe from heat stress, including: • Develop, communicate and implement a heat stress plan for all workers. • Have a first-aid response system and trained first-aid providers in place in the event it does occur. • Policies for the recording and reporting of incidents should be developed and made available. • Provide air-conditioned rest areas or put up shade barriers to block sun heat. • Increase the frequency and length of rest
breaks. • Provide cool drinking water near workers and remind them to drink a cup every 20 minutes or so. • Consider the types of clothing employees wear and if adjustments can be made in hot weather. • Set-up a thermometer and humidity meter. • Measure and monitor the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT). The WBGT is a composite temperature used to estimate the effect of temperature, humidity, wind speed and solar radiation on humans. • Workers on medication or with preexisting medical conditions may be more susceptible to heat stress as some medication may impair the body’s response to heat. These workers should speak to their personal physicians about work in hot environments. As for drinking water, do not to wait until you’re thirsty because by that point you’re already dehydrated. Workers should drink water on a regular basis, even if they don’t feel thirsty. The common assumption is people with lots of risk factors are going to succumb first. In fact, it is usually young males, the least suspected, who end up ignoring their body’s signals. Workers need to listen to their own bodies and take precautions.
Employers have a duty under section 25(2) (h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. This includes developing hot environment policies and procedures to protect workers from hot weather. The Ministry of Labour recommends reading the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for Heat Stress and Heat Strain published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
INDUSTRY NEWS LO and OPA play major roles in Green Infrastructure presentation On the eve of the Ontario Government’s budget, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition presented its report, Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: The Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario. The 40-page report contained six recommendations that ask the Ontario government to have a greater focus on green infrastructure projects.
Landscape Ontario is well-represented on the Coalition’s steering committee by executive director Tony DiGiovanni. Also on the Coalition is the Ontario Parks Association (OPA), represented by executive director Paul Ronan. Other members of steering committee are Janet McKay, founder and executive director of LEAF, Steven Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Deborah Martin-Downs, director of the Ecology Division at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, David Stonehouse, director and site development of Evergreen Brick Works; and Doris Chee, a practicing landscape architect for over 25 years. In commenting on the report, Ronan stated, “We need to think about public infrastructure the same way we think about health care, with an eye towards prevention. Taxpayer dollars can go further, and provide a wider range of economic, health and environmental benefits, when significant green infrastructure investments are made to support more common ‘grey’ infrastructure spending.”
Report important for industry
DiGiovanni stated, “The reason that the Green Infrastructure Coalition report is so important is because of its focus on the economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure. As an example, the report provides solid and credible research on the millions of dollars that communities could save by managing storm water
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using low-impact landscaping rather than traditional grey infrastructure pipes and catch-basins. Another example is the huge reduction of energy costs available through proper landscaping. The report is full of examples.” Ronan says that OPA got involved with the Coalition because it was a perfect fit for the organization’s mandate of ‘Protecting Tomorrow Today.’ “We are very proud of both our contribution to the development of this report, and something even more powerful, the education and promotion of the health and financial benefits of this crucial component of public infrastructure,” said Ronan. “Our board saw the diverse team which the Coalition was assembling and knew that working together with such recognized sector leaders, we could make a profound and well researched impact on the future of green infrastructure in Ontario.”
Improves quality of life
DiGiovanni stated, “At the core of all of Landscape Ontario’s public awareness activities is the idea that the landscape improves quality of life. Most people understand that plants and gardens are beautiful. Not many understand the economic, environmental, social, recreational, health and legacy benefits.” The report’s list of recommendations asks the Government of Ontario to: • Change the definition of public infrastructure to incorporate green infrastructure. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Transportation, and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs should all refine the definitions of infrastructure to include green infrastructure. • Fund green infrastructure projects through
various mechanisms such as: eligibility for public infrastructure funds; stormwater fees/utilities; and incentive programs. • Capture opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure into existing legislation, policy and programs. Priorities include: incorporate green infrastructure into the Planning Act and the updated Provincial Policy Statement and make green infrastructure a consideration in planning and development; update the MOE’s Stormwater Management Planning and Design Manual so that new development and redevelopment projects require a creative suite of lot and conveyance (low impact development), as well as end-ofpipe measures that address local needs and provide multiple benefits; feature green infrastructure prominently in regulations of the Ontario Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act; feature green infrastructure prominently in the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act; and employ green infrastructure as a means to reach provincial energy conservation targets in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan. • Improve inter-governmental coordination and co-operation, specifically among the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Transportation, and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. • Assemble a group of experts to gather information on existing research and programs, and create a comprehensive plan to eliminate barriers and develop provincial targets for green infrastructure. • Establish a research and development fund to support green infrastructure planning, evaluation and implementation activities such as i-tree eco studies; ecosystem services valuation studies; and Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP).
The OPA executive director says that since the launch of the report, “We (Coalition) are now getting requests for more information on scientific data, which quantifies the social, physical and environment impacts of a healthy and adequately funded green infrastructure management program.” He said that the Coalition is looking to the province to open the doors to greater awareness and appreciation to green infrastructure value and to ensure that all projects embrace and employ green infrastructure technologies to save taxpayers’ dollars, create new jobs and ensure Ontario residents have a healthy sustainable future.”
Garden centre recycling program RETURNS
The 2012 National Plastics Recycling Event will run from June 22 to July 1. The 2011 version saw over 76,000 pounds of material collected across Canada from June 25 to July 4. Last year six provinces and over 40 garden centres participated in the program, collecting 210 skids of plastic for a total weight of 63,150 lbs. This year, it is hoped to have garden centres participating from all provincial associations across Canada. The pilot project began four years ago at Landscape Ontario’s home office. It has since grown to the national level, with Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) taking over the project. Last year a total of 25 LO members acted as depots and actively worked with their customers to encourage the recycling of plastic pots and trays. During the event, participating garden centres will be plotted on a map on the CNLA website so that consumers can find their closest drop-off point. The program will promote participants and provide participating centres with a toolkit to help organize a successful event. If interested in getting involved in the program, contact Rebecca Doutre, CNLA provincial relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final report approved on alternatives to ash
The final report on the Alternatives to Growing Ash and Norway Maple Trees in Nurseries has received approval from the Agricultural Adaptation Council. The report states, “The Growers Sector has a truly sustainable list of trees to take them into the next stage of the development of the urban forest. This will benefit both farm sales and the health of the urban forest.” The main objective of project is to provide Ontario nursery growers with a list of ash (Fraxinus spp.) and Norway maple (Acer platanoides) alternatives to grow on their farms. This list was compiled from Ontario-based and neighbouring Northeastern United States research. The trees on the list are species that can withstand stressful urban environments. “Growing what their clients can use will enable Ontario growers to plan future production cycles confidently,” says the report. The report outlines, “After reviewing the current condition of urban forests, the potential for subsequent pest infestations and the available species for urban forests in Ontario, the limit of only ten recommended trees seemed imprudent. Many designers only choose the most popular plants due to their unfamiliarity with a wider range of material. The report predicts that farmers will increase revenue of shade tree sales by five to ten per cent. “It may well be greater than that when the project benefits from increasing attitude shifts about urban forests,” states the report. The project team included Thelma Kessel of Lacewing Horticulture, Sean Fox, assistant manager, University of Guelph Arboretum, Jennifer Llewellyn, OMAFRA nursery crops specialist, and Dr. Glen Lumis, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph. There are now 29 trees listed as alternatives. That list is available on the Landscape Ontario website www.landscapeontario.com/treesfor-urban-landscapes. As well, each issue of Landscape Ontario magazine features one of the trees listed by the committee.
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INDUSTRY NEWS More insects in 2012
Pam Charbonneau, OMAFRA turfgrass specialist, says this spring has seen an increase in grub calls and infestations. “I think that there are many factors. Weather last summer and fall would determine grub survival going into winter. I don’t think there is ever mortality in the winter
with grubs, so I don’t know if we can blame it on the winter,” she said Charbonneau added, “I think that we are seeing the results of not having products like Merit anymore. That being said, there seems to be lots of grubs in many other jurisdictions, including those that still have insecticides (New York State, Michigan).
LO part of Trees for Life project
High pressure from bluegrass weevil, bluegrass billbug, black turfgrass ataenius and hairy chinch bugs is expected this season. Charbonneau says there is an increased population of leatherjackets this spring.
CFIA expands areas regulated for the emerald ash borer
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded the ministerial order for the emerald ash borer in two areas of Ontario. The new area regulated for the emerald ash borer includes Manitoulin District in Ontario, and the existing regulated area that includes the city of Ottawa, the united counties of Leeds and Grenville and now also takes in the united counties of Prescott and Russell. Under the Emerald Ash Borer Infested Places Order, the movement of all ash tree materials and all firewood is regulated. Those moving designated materials from a regulated area without prior permission from the CFIA could face fines and/or prosecution. A list of all the areas regulated for the beetle, including maps, can be found at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests.
Calls for halt to ash sales Members of the Trees for Life project are working to double Toronto’s tree canopy by 2050.
The Trees for Life project, formerly known as Toronto Tree Canopy Coalition, has set a goal to double the tree canopy of Toronto and surrounding areas by 2050. Landscape Ontario is a member of the group, along with other organizations such as Ontario Urban Forest Council, Tree Canada, City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation for the Living City, Compost Council of Canada, LEAF, Ontario Parks Association and Green Living Enterprises. The group’s vision is healthier, cleaner, more economically viable and socially beneficial urban spaces through the planting and maintenance of the tree canopy. Goals set out by the group include: Marshalling the resources of not-forprofit organizations — private/corporate and public — that are dedicated to tree planting and maintenance; Work with existing municipalities to enhance the tree canopy; Oversee
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the work that is financed and supported by the Coalition to ensure professional planting and maintenance standards are met; Communicate the core messages of urban forestry; Educate public on core messages; and solicit funds from government and private sources to invest in the urban tree canopy and ensure that the value of the monetary investment is maximized. Mark Cullen is the driving force behind the group and chair of the committee. He says, “It is wellknown that trees provide a myriad of environmental benefits, including production of oxygen, cooling the atmosphere, filtering toxins, and providing a nice place to sit under and have a picnic.” Landscape Ontario is represented on the Coalition by executive director Tony DiGiovanni. He said, “To witness the passion of Mark Cullen on the project is truly inspiring.”
In Peel Region, a group calling itself, Peel Region’s Urban Forest Strategy, called for a halt to the sale of ash trees in the municipality. It received council’s endorsement. In Mississauga, Mayor Hazel McCallion has called for council approval to keep the ash out of subdivision agreements. She suggested nurseries and landscaping companies be asked not to sell them. Most nurseries have already destroyed ash crops as sales of the trees disappeared in the past two years. Landscape Ontario Growers Sector Group has created a list of alternative trees. See story on page 16.
Municipalities concerned with loss
Many Ontario municipalities are spending large portions of their budgets dealing with the ash borer issue. In London, 1,000 ash trees received a stay on a removal order, while council investigates Oakville’s program of injecting TreeAzin into ash trees. Oakville injects 40 per cent of its trees, while London only injects four per cent of its trees. A London group felt that killing 96 per cent of its ash population would devalue private properties by $20 million across the city.
Golden Horseshoe Golf Tournament: Wed., Aug. 15, Willow Valley Golf Course at 8475 English Church, Mount Hope. Toronto Baseball Tournament: Sun., Aug. 19, at the Richmond Greens Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill. Durham Chapter’s Annual Barbecue: Thurs., Aug. 23 at Durham College. Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Ave., Whitby, from 3-7 p.m. Ottawa Golf Tournament: Fri., Aug. 24, at Canadian Golf and Country Club, Ashton.
September Chapters are planning an exciting line-up of summer events for members to enjoy.
Great schedule of summer events By Helen Hassard Membership coordinator
t’s that time of year again at LO home office, when the phones stop ringing and emails slow down, all because our members are off improving landscapes all across the province. But, it’s also the time of year to start thinking about golf, baseball and barbecues. We have an exciting line-up for this summer that our dedicated volunteers and chapter staff have put together.
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Windsor Baseball Tournament: Sat., June 30, at CO-AN Park, Middleside Rd., McGregor, Diamonds 4 and 5, from 10 - 1 p.m.
Waterloo Golf Tournament: Wed., July 25, at Rebel Creek Golf Course, 1517 Snyder’s East Petersburg, with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Upper Canada Golf Tournament: Fri., July 27, at Loyalist Golf Club, 1 Loyalist Boulevard, Bath. Registration is from 10 - 10:30 a.m., with tee-off at 11 a.m.
Waterloo Chapter’s Annual Baseball Tournament: Date and location will be determined shortly. Golden Horseshoe Chicken Roast: Thurs., Sept. 13. Location to be determined shortly. London Golf Tournament: Fri., Sept. 14, at Pine Knot Golf Course. Windsor Golf Tournament: Sat., Sept. 22, at Fox Glen Golf Club, 7525 Howard Ave., McGregor. For more information about any of these events, please go to www.horttrades.com/ comingevents, or keep your eyes peeled for the enews. Also, if anyone would like your staff added to our enews mailing list, all you need to do is ask. All events have a range of sponsorship opportunities available, so check out the website, or contact me at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 354, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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fines or charges are required. Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of listening to a TSSA inspector address our horticultural technician apprenticeship students from Mohawk College. He went over several key suggestions for the students from his industry experiences such as locates, tolerance zone, white painting planting areas, colour codes and more.
The Underground Police: TSSA By Terry Murphy CLP
he Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is as much of a police organization as the Ministry of Labour (MOL). Both can enact a work stoppage and close your business; both can issue fines; both can arrest you; both have safety and worker protection as a main focus; both can bring in the police to investigate under Bill C-45, which can lead to a criminal prosecution including fines, penalties and prison time, and both are watching industry safety practices.
Specific target area
The two agencies are very similar in mandates and goals, but the TSSA has specific target areas as its focus, while the MOL’s focus is overall safety in industrial and manufacturing, construction and farming industries. TSSA is the organization that investigates any type of accident that involves
fuel and elevators, or any underground utility strikes such as gas or electricity hits by excavators. If a landscaper hits a residential or commercial gasline, it will be investigated by TSSA.
As I have previously noted, the minimum fine or charge is $700. In addition, the gas utility will repair the damaged line and charge your firm anything from $1,000 to $3,000, and more, depending on the extent of the damage. TSSA is an Ontario organization, not national. Its inspectors do not require an apprenticeship or any other special training, however, many do have their gas licenses and other certifications, in addition to training in associated fields. When a fuel leak is detected, or there is a utility fire, accident or potential hazard regarding fuels, elevators, or underground utilities, TSSA will often partner with other organizations such as WSIB, MOL, MOE, fire department, police or other organization to inspect and determine the root cause of the problem. They will also assess the safety aspects of individuals who were involved in the incident to determine if any other penalties,
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In his experience, the key challenge for the landscape industry is still obtaining locates and too few contractors using Ontario One Call. Many landscaper hits are due to the lack of locates. He is still very surprised, because locate information is available at no cost and may save a life, in addition to saving the excavator a great deal of money if he hits a utility line. The students had many questions and were very impressed with the detailed answers and knowledge and experience level of the TSSA inspector. If you have questions on any underground issue, TSSA is available and very willing to assist you with an answer or any further explanation you may require. TSSA is in our industry’s corner to help us minimize underground hits and prevent underground utility assets. Contact TSSA at 1-877-682- 8772, or visit its website at www.tssa.org. Please send any comments, suggestions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SAFETY AND TRAINING Leverage tax dollars to develop human resources By Sally Harvey CLT, CLP Manager Education and Labour Development
s your partners in prosperity, your Education and Labour Development team diligently works to provide training and professional development opportunities, as well as solutions and tools to help resolve your challenges with human resources. We now have an HR Toolkit available with templates and samples for employers to adapt for their own business. We also do our best to communicate opportunities and updates on government programs, which is a result of the federal budget announcement late last month. In case you missed previous announcements, LO is proud of our HR Toolkit that was made available to us last January, thanks to funding by Employment Ontario. The toolkit is intended to guide employers towards compliance
awareness and best practices when managing your HR asset, your people. The toolkit provides the following: • Employers’ policy and procedure manual • Employee handbook template • Recruitment and selection resource • Retention guide To browse the HR Toolkit, go to www.horttrades.com/HRtoolkit.
Economic action plan
In addition, jobs growth and long term prosperity was a main focus of the federal budget delivered on Mar. 29. The Economic Action Plan 2012 announced measures aimed at strengthening support for small business and provides incentives for employment and skills training. It calls for an investment of $205 million to extend the temporary hiring credit for small business for one year, and provides an additional $50 million over two years to the Youth Employment Strategy to assist more young people to gain tangible skills and experience. What does this mean to the landscape horticulture industry? It means the hiring credit for small business will be available and continue
to inspire small business to hire new workers with a maximum credit of up to $1,000 against a small employer’s increase in his or her 2012 EI premiums over 2011. For more information go to www.cra.gc.ca/hiringcredit. A $50 million injection over two years will help more young people gain tangible skills and experience and connect young Canadians to jobs in fields that are in high demand. This is the case in our industry that is experiencing a serious skilled labour gap due to demographic changes in our population as identified in the Deloitte Report, The Impact of Ornamental Horticulture on Canada’s Economy. To download the summary and/or full report go to: http://bit.ly/HLmVsm. For more information and how to apply for skills training programs, visit www.youth. gc.ca and follow the link to the Youth Employment Strategy. Our apprentices, as participants in one of the designated Red Seal trades, can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools and other expenses. For more information and how to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/ apprenticeship. I encourage us all to take advantage of as many of these programs provided by our tax dollars as possible to ensure our continued growth and prosperity. What have we got to lose? Contact Sally Harvey at email@example.com.
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EXECUTIVE DESK Why does Landscape Ontario exist? Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director
n 1973 our pioneers created a unified Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association by merging three pre-existing associations: Ontario Nurseryman's Association, Ontario Landscape Contractors Association and Ontario Garden Maintenance and Landscape Association. The merger resulted in one of the largest and most active associations of its kind in the world. The reason is simple. Associations are built on synergy. Synergy is when the result is greater than the sum of the parts. Synergy is created when people work together for a common goal. I never tire of talking about Landscape Ontario’s common goal. Our end point is a prosperous, professional, ethical, recognized and valued industry. Our means to achieve this end is to work together for mutual benefit and improvement. Or, in simpler terms, our purpose is to help each other prosper. Prosperity is defined broadly as financial, personal, professional, social and legacy growth. Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) CNLA is an industry federation comprised of provincial associations. CNLA proactively attempts to align the goals and agendas of the provinces, so that the federation works more efficiently. CNLA’s major representative role is at the federal government level. Approximately 28 per cent of LO dues go to CNLA to leverage the power of working together across Canada. Pesticide Industry Council (PIC) The Council was initially formed to deal with the pesticide issue by encouraging the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to raise the competency level of pesticide technicians. We developed the Pesticide Technician Program (PTP) in partnership with MOE and another group, the Pesticide Industry Regulatory Council (PIRC). This program became part of Regula-
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tion 941 in the Pesticides Act. Landscape Ontario is the agent and administers the PTP program. IPM Council Landscape Ontario formed this council to develop an accreditation program for all stakeholders interested in managing pests by utilizing the principles of Integrated Pest Management. Council members include Ontario Golf Course Superintendents Association, Ontario Parks Association, Structural Pest Control Association of Ontario, International Society of Arboriculture, Ontario Vegetation Management Association and Crop Life. Under Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban, our sector was generally excluded from using pesticides, regardless of IPM accreditation. Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) The Canadian National Exhibition Association is comprised of agricultural and community-related organizations, including government officials. It is responsible for the CNE. Landscape Ontario has long held a seat with the association. Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council (CAHRC) This council is focused on human resource issues in agriculture and horticulture. It is a major funding source for HR-related projects. The council includes agricultural/ horticultural organizations, as well as educators. Our sector is represented through CNLA. Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance (COHA) This alliance is made up of CNLA, Flowers Canada and Federation Interdisciplinaire de l’ Horticulture Ornamentale du Québec (Fihoq). It is focused on raising awareness of our sector at the federal government level. COHA was responsible for the Deloitte Economic Impact Study (2009) and the George Morris Centre document Health and Environmental Benefits of Horticulture. Canada Blooms Canada Blooms began as a joint venture of Landscape Ontario and Garden Club of Toronto in 1996. It has grown to the largest flower and garden festival in Canada (number two in North America). Originally Landscape Ontario staff administered Canada Blooms. After the first year’s enormous
success, it became necessary for risk management purposes to create a standalone legal entity. It now has its own general manager and staff. In the new structure the Garden Club and LO each appoint four representatives to the board. There is also one neutral position. Communities in Blooms This organization promotes community beautification by offering recognition to communities that reflect a high standard of horticultural, environmental and community activity. Horticultural Ontario Secondary Teachers Association (HOSTA) This organization unifies horticultural teachers at the secondary school level. Results have been amazing. HOSTA and LO worked to create the Specialist High Skills Major Program, as well as the development of a common high school curriculum. Ontario Horticultural Educators Council (OHEC) OHEC is an organization of post-secondary horticultural teachers. It advocates horticulture at the college and university level. Smart about Salt Council (SASC) Formally incorporated in 2010, SASC involves the Region of Waterloo, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Landscape Ontario and the Ontario Good Roads Association. It promotes the Smart about Salt accreditation program across Ontario. The SAS program provides excellent information to deal with slip and fall claims. Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) Comprised of many agricultural associations, this group allocates government money to support programs and projects that advance the sector. All projects are approved by an industry-directed board. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) VRIC is a world-class organization focused on industrydirected, relevant research and innovation to solve industry problems and stimulate economic growth. Landscape Ontario demonstrated its alignment for this new vision by acting as a catalyst bringing together Flowers Canada, AG Energy, CNLA and Ontario Horticultural Trades Association in a consortium that purchased a 4.5 acre property at Queen Elizabeth Highway and Victoria Road, adjacent to VRIC. In the future, the land may be home to a satellite office. Flowers Canada Ontario (FCO) FCO represents greenhouse growers supplying floricultural product. Together with nursery production, the sector is responsible for one-billion dollars in farm
gate value. Flowers CanToronto Georgian ada also administers the Lakelands Ottawa Pick Ontario branding program. FCO is an ally on Windsor most government relations Durham initiatives. LO Ontario Fruit and VegFinancial Social London etable Growers AssociaBenefit Benefit Upper Canada tion (OFVGA) OFVGA is Golden Waterloo generally successful at Horseshoe generating a great deal of funding support for various risk management programs, such as the Plum Pox Virus Program, CanaDesign Contractors dian Agricultural Income Interior Learning Contribution and Plantscape Stabilization (CAIS) Grounds Benefit Legacy Benefit Management Program, etc. Although focused on edible horticulLawn Care ture, government relations LO Irrigation work benefits our sector. Industry Advisory Lighting Committee (IAC) Hor“Means” “Ends” Snow Garden Synergy ticultural Technician Growers Centres Apprenticeship Program This committee is the main industry conduit to the Minister of Training, Diagram illustrates the structure of Landscape Ontario in order to facilitate prosperity. Colleges and Universities on issues related to the Horticultural Foundation (OHTF) The Foundation is cultural workers. Authorized by Human Technician Apprenticeship Program. In a registered charity promoting research Resources and Skills Development Canthe near future, the committee will merge and scholarships. It is a separate legal ada, FARMS performs an administrative into College of Trades. entity, which aspires to raise capital to role to the Caribbean and Mexican SeaGreat Lakes Conference This orgagenerate funding to advance horticulsonal Agricultural Workers Program. nization is comprised of nine landscape/ ture. The Foundation has raised approxiCity of Toronto Low Impact nursery associations operating around mately $1-million. OHTF pays out at least Landscaping Committee This group the Great Lakes. LO is the only Cana$20,000 per year in scholarships. includes OPA, City of Toronto and LO. dian member. Each association hosts one Ontario Parks Association (OPA) The alliance is developing an environmeeting per year to discuss issues and OPA represents the municipal parks secmental accreditation program for the challenges related to the advancement of tor. It is important for the future growth of landscape and parks sector. the industry. the horticultural industry to raise the proCanadian Garden Tourism Council Landscape and Environmental file of parks and green infrastructure with The council was formed to raise awareness Horticulture Alliance (LEHA) LEHA municipal governments. The more trees for the significant tourism potential offered includes University of Guelph, Vineplanted, parks constructed and green by gardens. It offers a number of projects: land Research and Innovation Centre, space maintained, the more benefit for Garden Route, linking Canada’s best garLandscape Ontario, Ontario Horticulour industry. den experiences; Garden Tourism Confertural Trades Foundation and Ontario Turf Ontario Agricultural Commodity ence, to be held next year on Mar. 18 and Research Foundation. It was initiated Council (OACC) This group includes 19 during Canada Blooms; and Garden by Landscape Ontario in 2008 to raise all producer-oriented agricultural orgaTourism Awards. Landscape Ontario is a awareness for the importance of landnizations. It acts as the voice of agriculmajor supporter of the program. scape and environmental horticulture ture/horticulture. It is the primary point World Garden Event Landscape within the University of Guelph. of contact with the Ontario Ministry of Ontario is aligned with Region Network Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Agriculture and Food and Agriculture Development and Employability NetGIO was initiated by Steven Peck of Canada. It was responsible for convincwork of Ontario (Ontario RDÉE), NiagGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC). ing government to allocate research and ara Parks Commission and the Niagara In addition to GRHC, it includes Everdevelopment funding to the Agricultural Region Tourism Partnership to bring this green Foundation (EF), Ontario Parks Adaptation Council. major event to Niagara in celebration Association (OPA), Toronto and Region Labour Issues Coordinating of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Conservation Authority (TRCA), LO, Committee (LICC) This group was The world garden event will inject huge OALA and Local Enhancement and formed in 1990. It deals with collective excitement and development into OntarAppreciation of Forests (LEAF). GIO labour issues in agriculture/horticulture. io’s horticulture industry. advocates the importance of green infraForeign Agricultural Resource structure at all levels of government. Management Services (FARMS) This Tony DiGiovanni may be reached at Ontario Horticultural Trades group facilitates foreign seasonal firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC RELATIONS LO community spirit strong in Sarnia By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations and membership services
he perfect place to live, work and play,” is the official motto for Lambton County. The area is on the shores of Lake Huron, and boasts 126,000 residents who are well served by a group of loyal Landscape Ontario members. I had a chance to speak with a few of our members while working at the Sarnia Home Show in April. Let me share some of their thoughts with you. Brett King from SS Greenhouses, Sarnia, is a great believer in being an active member. Green for Life branding is prominent in his store and on his printed material. Brett also appreciates the educational aspects of staying connected with the industry. This year he took an innovative approach, which led him to add ‘bling’ to his garden centre with an impressive display of brightly coloured shoes, sandals and purses. With emotion in his voice, Brett told
the association. For them, the 80 km trek to London to attend Chapter meetings often proves a challenge. We explored the idea of Lambton County members getting together to tackle a community project. It’s an idea that we will follow up on. As part of the weekend at the home show, I presented some seminars with the horticulturalist from the City of Sarnia Lance Allen on how to plant containers. The local radio stations 103.9 and K106 broadcasted live from the demonstration area, which was constructed by Servayard Fence Patio and Deck, which after 30 years in business intends to become a member of Landscape Ontario. Welcome! It’s good to have you on board for what promises to be a terrific year for Green for Life members not just in the perfect place to live, work and play — Lambton County — but right across the province.
me the story of how one of his buildings burned down a couple of years ago. Within hours, many local LO members were offering help in any way they could. Innovation was also evident at De Groots Nurseries, Sarnia, which was hosting its spring open house when I visited there. The greenhouse was full of creative displays, customized containers and a pottery show and sale that featured local artisans. Back at the Home Show, Windover Nurseries of Petrolia, was busy promoting the fact that its open house was the follow- Denis Flanagan may be contacted at ing weekend. At the same time Windover email@example.com. was enjoying the early-season arrival of all its liners. During one of the breaks, I chatted with a new Landscape Ontario member, Adam Allison and his wife Jasmine, of Leaf Garden Design, Petrolia. They were looking forward to a busy season and Adelle Richards, left, was joined by Denis Flanagan on the live broadcast of keen to find out her radio program during the Sarnia Home Show. Standing is Anne Marie how they could get Gillis, councillor for City of Sarnia, Lambton County and Communities in Bloom more involved with coordinator for Sarnia-Lambton County.
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE What a winter! What a spring! By Phil Charal LO president
ach year I find the transition from winter to spring a shock to my lifestyle. This year the level of shock was to the extreme. We came out of the fall and winter with very slow sales, but then April arrived and... boom. It was the busiest April I can ever recall. And, I know I’m not the only one to experience this turnaround. It’s difficult to understand the cause of this dramatic increase in business. During our slow months, we take time to reflect on the past year and examine methods on how to improve the company. Part of that process involves equipment and truck repairs, website upgrades, improving promotional handouts, assessing staffing requirements, and of course estimating the coming year’s potential.
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ation in Europe and the U.S. Ontario still faces increasing challenges in its economic environment that will persist for at least the next few years. Over the longterm, this province will face slower labour force growth due to our aging population. This aging population will also demand more public services, such as health care that will make the efficient delivery of those public services even more important.
taxes will not grow our economy. As we do in our own businesses, we cut spending and strive to balance our own budgets when we are confronted with difficult time periods.
In our industry, the labour shortage will have greater impact as the demand increases for green roofs, rooftop gardens, and functional and sustainable landscapes. These new elements of design have been utilized by landscape designers and growers for some time now. We are ready. I truly wish that our provincial government would better understand that raising
In recent years, corporate taxes were officially cut in provincial budgets. New low rates were assumed by Ontario businesses to be coming with the latest budget. I for one am disappointed with this development. It is vitally important in a struggling economy to put more money into the hands of businesses and the general populace if we are to overcome this recession. With spring season upon us, I know we are all working very hard and have very little time to focus on what is unfolding within our provincial government. As our government makes changes to policy, it’s important for us to stay informed, create our individual assessments and understand the impact that this will have on each of our personal businesses. I wish everyone a successful and prosperous spring season. Phil Charal may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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hope when you mange to take time out of your frantic schedule to read this, it might help you examine the many levels of stress you have experienced during this crazily busy month. Reflect on the great people with whom you have networked during the past winter. Remember, we are all in our own pressure cooker right now, but we are all here to support each other’s goals and successes. Joining Landscape Ontario launched my business success in ways I had never anticipated. It also enriched my career beyond my wildest imagination. When I began my involvement with Landscape Ontario offerings, my business was running me. I didn’t know it then, but I sure do now. I thought back then that the harder I worked, the better and easier things would become. By talking to my industry peers, I learned about putting systems in place and how to manage people. Isn’t hindsight absolutely 20/20? I struggled to work my way through the myriad of rumours about health and safety compliance, the unmanageable burden of expense to train and sign-off on everything we do, managing remittances in a timely
way, learning how to manage my cash flow, and so on and so on. I just wanted to work. I didn’t want to get mired in the red tape of regulations and government imposed rules. Boy, was I flying blind. By working like a bulldog, I didn’t make the problems go away. I exaggerated them. I could not have made things more difficult for myself if I had done so intentionally. Back then, I felt like my company had a revolving door of employees coming and going. There was a stack of resumes on my desk. But, I didn’t know how to hire properly, and because of that, paid the high price of training new people over and over again. I attended Congress every year, going to seminars, and roaming the show floor hoping to find a miracle. But, I kept thinking about my business in the same way, so I kept getting the same results. It wasn’t until I really started to engage with people who I met at various seminars and workshops in Milton, that I learned to step back and consider how I was running my business and that the business was running me. May is the busiest month of the year for most of us. It is a time when I think about the people who I have met through the Prosperity Partners program. It feels good to know that the program has helped them ease the stress of running a business. There are countless ways to network, and it all starts with meeting people in the same industry, who have similar business challenges. There are so many informal peer
groups created by fellow participants of the Prosperity Partners seminars. Some of them have structure, and some do not. Sign up for one of many structured and managed peer groups for a hefty fee, or leverage your LO membership as your peer group fee. Most peers meet at your convenience. Ask them questions, mentor and be mentored. The real value comes in sharing common goals, road blocks, solutions and ideas, regardless of the structure. From peer discussions comes the confidence to create improvement and new potential in your own business. By expanding the base, you establish through exploration and reflection. I have been exposed to thousands of years of experience. I have been able to pluck ideas, resources, reading materials, new product ideas, systems and technical savvy. Not once has anyone declined to give me their best advice, share a template, system or helpful information of any kind. I have given back by helping hundreds, if not thousands of business owners, by sharing my experience. The best part is that I still feel indebted and grateful for all of those who have shared ideas with me. So, while you rush your way through this busy season, reflect for a moment on your connections, people you have met with similar challenges, ideas you’ve learned, and friendships made by being a part of this green community that we call LO. We are truly fortunate to have programs like the Prosperity Partners, which serves as a conduit for engagement, provides a framework which demystifies the questions of ‘now what?’, and is an invaluable tool to help navigate the challenges of business one step at a time. It is because of this successful model which combines peer-to-peer engagement with sound business management skills that has made the Build Your Prosperity seminar so important for new members to LO. It serves as an introduction to the quality of professional development, mentoring and mutual improvement goals of this association. Networking is the life blood of the new economy. It is also a huge benefit to all in our Landscape Ontario community to engage with each other, share experiences and ideas. Jacki Hart may be reached at email@example.com.
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