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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Don’t ignore benefits of vertical By Phil Charal LO president
n a column a couple of months ago, I wrote about balcony and terrace landscape design and construction. I would like to add to that topic on the issue of vertical landscapes. Lately I have been faced with the challenge of landscaping some small spaces, particularly balconies and terraces in high-rise condominiums. This challenge resulted in my firm designing and building vertical gardens, or green walls. Some people refer to them as living walls. Essentially, a vertical landscape is a living garden growing on a wall. These landscapes are very practical and designed to be modular, quick and easy to install and if necessary to remove. When designed and built properly, they require little maintenance and always include automated irrigation. They lend themselves perfectly to small spaces in that they can be customized to accommodate walls of any shape or size. The sky is the limit on plant choices, and if you choose, you can even incorpo-
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rate herbs and vegetables in the wall. The finished vertical landscape is a great addition to a vacant wall and gives a full, lush and colourful enhancement to an otherwise dull and cold masonry wall. Designers and architects can let their imaginations run wild with the use of unlimited plant choices to suit any design. If and when necessary, portable vertical walls can be rented for functions, and give guests something wonderful to look at and appreciate. It’s a lovely point of interest at cocktail parties and business functions. There are numerous benefits to vertical landscapes. They are a beautiful, living and breathing work of art. Numerous patterns may be displayed by using associated plant foliage, flowers, evergreens and perennials. What a great way to soften a concrete and brick wall. This can provide a much-needed connection to nature for our clients and help give them a sense of peace and relaxation. Another benefit that vertical walls provide clients is saving space in apartments, terraces and foyers. There are also ecological benefits to vertical walls, providing protective spaces for birds, bees and butterflies. Vertical landscapes also help to reduce the effect of city heat, known as heat islands. This is caused by vehicle exhaust, air conditioners, and the enormous quantity
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of high temperatures through the reflection and retention of heat in concrete, asphalt and massive buildings. There is also a financial advantage to vertical walls, with increased property value, and green building credits awarded to builders and developers who incorporate these wonderful and innovative landscapes. Generally, each living wall panel has between 10, 14 and 45 individual cells which regulate water flow so that plants retain water for a long period of time, without becoming waterlogged. The system allows water to filter down to a bottom panel. A bio blanket at the back of the panel then wicks the excess water back up through panel, which helps stop the plants from drying out between watering. Most of the panels have a manufacturer’s guarantee of five years and each one contains UV protection. The panels come in a variety of sizes and each one has angled cells to contain the soil and hold the plants in place. The panels are attached quite easily to the walls by using mounting strips. It is important to cover the wall first with a waterproof membrane. There are numerous exterior as well as interior vertical options today that can be incorporated to handle a variety of project requirements. I know I have mainly focused on residential use, but these walls also have many commercial applications. Regardless of the application, learn and embrace this relatively new area of horticulture expertise. Don’t miss an opportunity to expand your horizons. Phil Charal may be reached at email@example.com.
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Both days at Expo saw the floor busy, as visitors took in quality ideas from the suppliers.
Expo generates positive energy for both attendees and exhibitors A positive vibe was very evident among both attendees and exhibitors over the two days that Expo 2012 took place at the Toronto Congress Centre. Vivian Bowman of The Garden Helper in Barrie, said, “We went to the show on Thursday. The three of us all agreed it was one of your best shows ever. We will go again next year.” “There’s been a really vibrant buzz throughout the entire show which indicates that the future looks bright for the upcoming spring season,” said Beth Edney, show chair of Expo. “Attendees have come away with lots of great tips from our presentations and the exhibitors stepped up with even better displays, creative ideas and information on their products and services that will help make us all better retailers of horticultural products.” Expo opened bright and early on Oct. 17, with the Garden Centre Awards of Excellence (see results on page 6) and a breakfast keynote speaker presented by LO’s Garden Centre Sector Group.
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Domoney opens show
U.K. television personality David Domoney gave a lively presentation entitled Diamonds in the Rough. Domoney is a horticultural school graduate, who has managed garden centres, been a buyer for a large British DIY chain, run his own design firm and hosted television gardening shows in the U.K. He is also known for the creative and award-winning gardens he builds at Royal Horticultural Society garden shows. In Domoney’s words, he has “a passion for looking at gardens in a refreshing new way.” With Diamonds in the Rough, Domoney showed the standing-roomonly crowd photographs from his travels around the world, adding his thoughts on how the ideas could be adapted for Canada’s retail market. Some examples Domoney gave included a carpet market in Dubai, toy stores in Germany that made the shopping experience a family event and store facades in the Caribbean that have been
dressed up with signage. “Inexpensive and impressive,” said Domoney. The keynote speaker told his audience to have some fun in your stores, just like the shoe store that advertised on a large sign, “Buy one shoe, get one free! Humorous signs get customers talking about your store,” he said. Trends is a popular subject; but Domoney told his audience that garden centres can set their own trends for their customers. “Focus on the plants being the stars of your show.” Presenting sponsor was Fafard et Freres, and supporting sponsors included Canadale Nurseries, Langendoen Nursery and Valleybrook Gardens, and Landscape Trades was media sponsor. Hosted by Landscape Ontario’s Interior Plantscape Sector Group, Thursday morning’s breakfast presentation featured Jill Jensen, founder of Jill Jensen Botanical Specialties, and Sue Blaney, from Lechuza Canada. They spoke on maximizing profits.
Judges had a tough time to choose winners of the best booth and promotion awards. They named winners of the award, Hillen Nursery of Mount Brydges for an
exhibit area of under 200 sq. ft., and Maple Leaf Nurseries of Jordon Station for over 200 sq. ft. Said Heather MacRae, director of events and trade shows for Landscape Ontario, “Our judges always have a tough decision but found engaged staff along with a clever interplay of product and graphics in the compact, 100-sq. ft. display presented by Hillen Nursery. General manager of Hillen Nursery, Mark Endicott, said, “We are very honoured to have won this award. Our goal for this year’s show was to offer both new and existing customers a fresh look to our company. Having our booth recognized by Landscape Ontario at this year’s Expo as Best Booth is most rewarding!” In commenting on the Maple Leaf Nurseries booth, MacRae said, “Coloured fabric sails flying high, combined with a stunning display of larger-than-life tropical plants and attention to traffic flow, impressed the judges at Maple Leaf Nurseries’ island exhibit.” When presented with the award, Harry Brouwer, sales associate from Maple Leaf Nurseries, said, “Thanks very much to Landscape Ontario for a well run, dynamic show where we can meet all our friends in the industry. We are humbled to receive the Best Booth Award, considering the many other exciting and colourful booth displays.” Best Booth judges included John LeRoy of GSS Security, Hamilton, Deborah Dugan of CONEXYS Registration, Mississauga, and Lee Ann Knudsen, publisher of LO’s Landscape Trades. Canadale Nurseries of St. Thomas was recognized for its marketing efforts to attract delegates to pre-register for Expo. The company conducted an aggressive promotional campaign that included a chance to win an iPad for placing an order while at Expo. “Canadale embraced our new customized electronic VIP passes and added an additional incentive for their clients to attend Expo and place an order at Expo,” says MacRae.
Attendees enjoy Expo 2012 An informal survey of attendees on the floor at Expo showed a positive response to the event.
Gord McClean, Bloom’n Nursery/Georgian Sprinklers, Collingwood “I find attending this show very helpful. That includes products, ideas, networking and feedback. There is such a great variety of choices and suppliers.”
New Product Showcase
This year’s New Product Showcase saw a return to plants and flowers, including vegetables, herbs and native plants. Many of the plants featured in the showcase highlighted colour, texture, foliage and contrast. Delegates were invited by showcase sponsor Greenstar Plant Products to cast a vote for their favourite new product. continued >
Hillen Nursery of Mt. Brydges won the award for the best booth under 200 sq. ft. In photo during the award presentation, are from left, Beth Edney, chair of the show committee; Ben Hillen and Mark Endicott, of Hillen Nurseries; Terry Childs, vice chair of the show committee; and Heather MacRae, director of events and trade shows.
Kathy and Sandy McCord, The Flowerhouse, Thamesville “I really like this show. There really is a lot of variety of products. As well, there are some really good displays,” says Kathy. “I have attended the show for a number of years, and find the Congress Centre is a great setting.”
Stanley Roszak, Centennial Greenhouses, Mississauga “I really like the fact that there seems to be more horticulture in the show this year. As well, Landscape Ontario is always has a strong educational presence.”
Winner of the People’s Choice Award was Greenlander Boots. The product provides a removable and washable liner, is 100 per cent waterproof and rated down to -30 degrees C.
Supporting Expo 2012
Sponsors supporting this year’s event included Flowers Canada Retail, Global Arch Inc/StoneArch, Sheridan Nurseries and Greenstar Plant Products; Educa-
tion and Event Sponsors were Fafard et Freres, Lechuza Canada, Waterdale Inc. and Smithers-Oasis North America; Supporting sponsors were Valleybrook Gardens, Canadale Nurseries, Langendoen Nurseries, Jill Jensen Botanical Specialities and Ambius; Media partner: Landscape Trades. “Expo was my first major event with Landscape Ontario. Working with both the committee and staff was a very enjoyable
experience, the commitment and dedication from both parties were impressive,” said Heather MacRae. The next big event for Landscape Ontario is the 40th annual Congress on Jan. 8 to 10. For more information on one of North America’s largest horticultural, lawn and garden trade shows and conferences, go to www.locongress.com.
Awards honour garden centres and growers
Receiving Garden Centre Awards of Excellence for display of hardgoods are from left, Susan Richards of New North Greenhouses of Sault Ste. Marie, Terry Vanderkruk of Connon Nurseries/CBV, Waterdown, Phil Charal, LO president who handed out the award, and Sonja Reardon of Sheridan Nurseries.
The best of the best were honoured Wednesday morning when Landscape Ontario named the winners of the Awards of Excellence for Garden Centres and Growers at Expo 2012. Landscape Ontario created the awards to recognize the growers of the best plant material, and retailers who showcase excellent products and provide outstanding services. It’s a celebration of the fact that Ontario nurseries and garden centres consistently provide quality and outstanding service to consumers. This year, executive director of the Toronto Botanical Garden Aldona Satterthwaite was the master of ceremonies. The following are the winners of the 2012 Awards of Excellence for Garden Centres. Baseline Nurseries and Garden Centre, London: Display of plant material — annuals and/or perennials. Canadale Nurseries, St. Thomas: Display of plant material — evergreens and/or broadleaf evergreens; Display of plant material — plant material your business is noted for; Display of plant material — annuals and/or perennials; Merchandising techniques — outstanding promotional event. Connon Nurseries/CBV Holdings, Waterdown: Display of plant material — deciduous shrubs and/or trees; Display of goods — hardgoods. Cudmore’s Garden Centre, Oakville: Display of plant material — deciduous shrubs and/or trees. DeGroot’s Nurseries, Sarnia: Merchandising techniques — promotional event. Georgina Garden Centre, Keswick: Display of plant material — annuals and/or perennials.
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Landale Landscape Management, Thunder Bay: Permanent display gardens — under 500 sq. ft. New North Greenhouses, Sault Ste. Marie: Display of goods — hardgoods; Merchandising techniques — promotional event; Display of plant material – specialty your business is noted for. Parkway Gardens, London: Display of plant material — annuals and/or perennials; Display of plant material — specialty your business is noted for. Pathways to Perennials, Kettleby: Display of goods — hardgoods. Peter Knippel Nursery, Gloucester: Permanent display gardens over 500 sq. ft. Sandhill Nursery, Huntsville: Merchandising techniques — website development; Merchandising techniques — promotional event; Merchandising techniques –print advertising; Display of goods — seasonal; Merchandising techniques — promotional event; Display of goods —giftware. Sheridan Nurseries, Georgetown: Display of Goods — hardgoods; Display of goods — giftware; Merchandising techniques — promotional event; Merchandising techniques — creative P.O.P. area (Cash register or immediate surrounding area); Merchandising techniques — print advertising. The Pond Clinic, Ottawa: Merchandising techniques — promotional event. Vermeer’s Garden Centre and Flower Shop, Welland: Display of plant material — annuals and/or perennials. The 2012 list of Growers Awards of Excellence winners was published in the August issue of Landscape Ontario magazine.
A dry stone masterpiece now resides in Hanover.
Unique dry stone event attracts world’s best to Ontario By Paul Brydges
Now that the dust has settled from the Stonewurx International Dry Stone Walling Festival held Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 in Hanover, we can look back on the largest event of its kind. The team that was put together with professionals from across the globe was phenomenal. From an idea and dream discussed on an empty hillside, through to concept drawings and presentations to local council, to eight months of on-site construction, the dream of building a dry stone stable became a reality.
The most amazing side-effect of the whole event is the realization of how a dream can unite a community. Countless local businesses and service groups offered equipment, materials and time to make this event a true community festival, as well as a world class dry stone walling event. Volunteers from several local communities offered their time to assist. They continued to show up and take part throughout the entire festival. Dean McLellan of Highland Masonry was part of our coordination team. His connections and expertise allowed us to be linked to some of the world’s best dry stone wallers. Stephen Harrison of the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) summed up his thoughts on the event, “A group of master craftsmen arrived on a site half-way around the world, where complete strangers came together from different continents with a single goal in mind. When the roof was
finally lowered into place on Sunday evening, many of us were lost for words.” Brian Fairfield, an accomplished dry stone waller from Maine, said, “Last night, I left what was the absolute highlight of my walling career. You are all my family for life now.” Thanks to Dean McLellan’s perseverance, the stable was 50 per cent complete when the team arrived on-site a week prior to the start of the festival. In the early spring, stone was dressed and the layout of the building completed and partial wall construction was underway. Within a day of the wallers arriving, the hammers began to sing and the stable continued its transformation from a shell to having a crane place a timber frame green roof upon the shell.
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The opening day of the festival saw almost 100 college and high school students from across Ontario try their hand at stone work, listen to lectures from the wallers, and walk the site with a landscape architect who explained the many aspects and uses of natural stone. Over the course of the weekend, it is estimated 2,500 spectators enjoyed the event. Starting on the Friday, more than 60 professionals, students, contractors and designers alike from across North America continued their labourious task of building almost 180 linear feet of dry stack training walls. These walls were constructed to teach students the different purposes of walls and the techniques to build them. Monday’s training and certification day saw 17 students successfully achieve
either their level 1 or 2 certification from the DSWA. LO members Tim and Donna Kraemer, owners of Ground Effects Landscapes, and the engines behind the festival, now have the near completed stable on the grounds in Hanover to inspire them daily on an everevolving site that is open the public. Their take on the overall build, “The moment our new walling friends arrived, the stable began to take on a life of its own. The historic stable that they left behind now holds so many memories of wonderful moments, held together by hard work, a love of the craft, and teamwork among old and new friends from near and far.” As co-coordinator of the festival, I still am humbled by the teamwork and camaraderie that came together to build a shared dream of mine. Standing alongside Tim Kraemer and Dean McLellan, as the keystone for the free-standing stone arch was put into place, was a moment in my career that will always have incredible meaning. To be able to continue to build the dream and to educate students and the public is an incredible opportunity for myself and all involved. My sincerest thank you and heartfelt wishes to all who supported us. There can never be enough to thank all involved. Pictures and words cannot explain the complexity and artistic beauty of the site, so please visit the stable and see our small contribution to Ontario’s landscape legacy. The group hopes to have an event concerning dry stone next year, but nothing definite has been decided at this time. Pictures and videos are available of the build and site at www.stonewurx.ca and www. groundeffectsinc.ca and www.brydgeslandscapearchitecture.com. — Paul R. Brydges is the principal/senior landscape architect at Brydges Landscape Architecture, Guelph, and is also treasurer of Landscape Ontario. WWW.HORTTRADES.COM 7
Inspiring keynote speakers open each day of Congress conference Excitement is building for Congress 2013. The trade show will take place from Jan. 8 to 10 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Attracting close to 13,000 industry professionals, Congress is the opportunity for them to come together under one roof to see what’s new, renew old friendships and build new ones and to build their business. The event will include the ever-popular New Products Showcase, student gardens and the green infrastructure area. Before the trade show even opens, there are three great events to consider: The IPM Symposium for lawn care and grounds management operators will run all day, on Mon., Jan. 7, including an exciting keynote presentation and networking reception for attendees. The Landscape Designer Conference takes place the same day at the Doubletree
in that schedule is a newly formatted lunch session. Each day has a unique twist on some of the primary issues affecting our industry; Tuesday’s lunch will be Job-Costing Smackdown, featuring Mark Bradley, Charles Vander Kooi, Mike Beadle and Jim Huston. The Wednesday line-up is equally exciting. The morning keynote Communicate with Strength will be delivered by Nevada’s Karen Purves. The lunch session will focus on some big goof-ups. Our panel of highly reputable contractors will highlight some doozies and share (legal!) solutions. Hear from Alistair Johnston, Chris Heiler, Mark Bradley, Karen Purves and Jody Shilan. The final day of the conference will welcome back Roy Prevost, as he shares his outspoken views on Customer Service Activism. The theme will continue with the lunch panel of Prevost, Phil Harwood, Chris Heiler, Andrew Wall and Jeffrey Scott tackle Customer Service...PLEASE! The education, networking and entertainment value makes the 2013 Conference at Congress the professional development event of the year. Register before Dec. 7 to save money on admission at www.locongress.com.
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Scott Duff of Aura Landscaping, on left, and Nancy Christie of Ridgeview Garden Centre, far right, pose with students and teachers at St. John School in Grimsby.This photo appeared in Niagara This Week.
LO members celebrate National Tree Day For the second consecutive year, Landscape Ontario members marked National Tree Day with plantings at provincial schools. Organized by CNLA, it is estimated
that 80 schools took part in the event on Sept. 26. On March 2, 2011, the House of Commons passed Motion-575 to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week, as National Tree Day.
Mark Mastantuono of Clintar Landscape Management, said, “We celebrated National Tree Day by planting a sugar maple at Alexander’s Public School in Burlington. This is the second year we have participated with this school and many of the teachers and students remembered us from last year. The ginkgo that we planted last year is doing well. The principal, staff and students appreciate our involvement with them.” Similar events took place across Ontario that day. In Grimsby, Ridgeview Garden Centre of Beamsville donated the tree and Aura Landscaping of St. Catharines donated the labour to plant a tree at St. John School. “I wanted to teach the kids about giving back to the environment,” said Aura’s Scott Duff. The event was covered in the local newspaper, Niagara This Week. “Association members demonstrated the true spirit of our industry by partnering with local schools to teach students about trees by donating and planting one on school property,” said Joe Salemi CNLA’s membership services manager who coordinated the event. LO members that registered for the event include Sheridan Nurseries, Eco Landscape Design, D. F. Wilby Tree Surgeons, Not so Hollow Farm, Enviroscape, Proscape Landscape Design and Construction, Nu Image Lawn Care, Paysagement Trillium Landscaping, Greentario Landscaping, Sycamore Landscape, Western Landscape Services, Aura Landscaping, Clintar Landscape Management, Botanical Designs and Installations, Lee’s Landscaping, Leaf Landscape Solutions, OGS Landscape Services, Lawn Savers
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London members continue work on tree planting project
Members of the London Chapter continued their strong support of the Veterans Memorial Parkway tree planting project with 225 more trees going into the ground on Sept. 29. The project, which had its official beginning last year, aims to plant 6,500 trees by 2017 along the London highway to honour Canada’s military veterans. The latest planting saw 300 volunteers take to the area with assistance from Landscape Ontario volunteer professionals and their equipment. Also taking part were 85 members of Fanshawe College’s horticulture technician program. Michael Pascoe, program
coordinator, said the students learned a number of valuable lessons from the experience. Pascoe related that traditionally each year Fanshawe students become involved in a community project. He plans to bring the students from the horticulture program to fulfill the annual tradition to help complete the Veterans Memorial Parkway tree planting project. “I hope the students take away from this that they should be volunteering,” Pascoe said. “I am a big believer in volunteerism and I hope they see the benefit to their career in horticulture, giving back to the city, to the community, working with different groups, working and learning with each other.” Barry Sandler, executive director of the Parkway program, says the project is all about community, environment, and veterans. He noted the great co-operation from the local landscapers. In particular Sandler was pleased that, thanks to professional LO members, large trees 15 ft. tall and
300 lbs. could be planted. “We are working in some tough environments, ditches and slopes, so we are learning a lot. We hope to really accelerate things in the next few years,” said Sandler during the tree planting day. “It feels great to have everyone out here. The quality and survivability of the trees is up. So we have learned a lot every time we do this. It is quite encouraging.” To also assist with fundraising, Sandler suggests people purchase trees, which the program will then plant along the parkway. For more information, visit www.treesfortheparkway.ca.
Durham hosting new horticulture tech program
In September, Durham College began an exciting new horticulture technician program. Designed to meet the rapidly growing interest in contemporary landscaping, gardening and urban agriculture, the twoyear program offers students new opportunities in the horticulture and landscape industries. Landscape Ontario and members of the Durham Chapter have supported all aspects of the program development, including offering expertise and resources in the initial industry focus group and curriculum development. In addition, Landscape Ontario was actively involved in the creation of a special partnership with Parkwood National Historic Site (Parkwood). The unique partnership with Parkwood will provide students the added benefit of studying and training at Parkwood’s renowned historic gardens and greenhouses in a living lab environment beyond regular schooling. In exchange, the collaboration will help Parkwood support and expand its ongoing preservation program, which is designed to rejuvenate the architectural and horticultural features of its gardens; create additional horticultural jobs; and enable the college to increase placement and co-op opportunities for students. The horticulture program offers several courses in landscaping, plant propagation, From left, Grant Harrison CLT of Escapes Outdoor Living Designs of London, Chapter past president; Jason Zehr soils, arboriculture, integrated of Rural Roots Landscaping of London, and Mike Martins of Kimmick Landscaping, both Chapter directors, and an pest management, entomolunnamed volunteer set a tree.
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ogy and plant pathology, along with many other related subjects to prepare students and graduates with the job-ready skills to work as future employees in the horticulture and landscape sectors. This fall 30 full-time students are enrolled, with the program held at Parkwood Estates in Oshawa. It will move to the college’s Whitby campus for the winter semester with some field trips and project time scheduled at the City of Oshawa’s greenhouses. By September 2014, plans call for the program to be in a newly-constructed building, Centre for Food, as well as new greenhouses. Durham has announced it will continue to partner with organizations such as Parkwood and Landscape Ontario. To learn more about the horticulture program, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/programs/horticultural-technician, or call 905721-3000.
Pathway to Perennials raises record amount for cancer fund
For the ninth consecutive year, LO member Pathway to Perennials in Kettleby hosted its annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party. The three-hour event on Sept. 20 raised $3,500 for Southlake Regional Cancer Unit. It was a record for the event. This now brings the nine year total to almost $25,000. “Close to 100 people were in attendance and the weather held off once again making it an incredible night in the gardens. We want to thank everyone who came out to see us, all who were involved and all who so generously donated to make this night a huge success,” said Angie Mennen, general manager of Pathways to Perennials. Statistics say that by 2014, in York Region alone, as many as 4,500 new cancer cases will be diagnosed each year, which is almost double the provincial average increase. “It is an important cause dear to the hearts of many,” said Mennen. Visitors were able to peruse the fragrant perennial beds and lifestyle displays that were lit up with outdoor lighting. Many companies came together to donate prizes the cause. The raffle featured more than three dozen pieces of interior and exterior décor, plants, trees and garden accessories. A new feature this year was an engraved granite rock donated by another LO member Stonemen’s Valley, also of Kettleby, which was placed in a silent auction in hopes to raise more money.
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Judy Bell accepts the Community Partnership Award from John Klein, a board member with Community Living Quinte West.
Work of Upper Canada Chapter is rewarded
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This past year, 13 members of Landscape Ontario’s Upper Canada Chapter partnered with seven other local businesses to provide a beautiful green space in the back yard of the Joan Scott Developmental Centre. The project included trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, walkways and a bird bath. It is part of the Sensory Garden. The Centre is part of Community Living Quinte West (CLQW). At the 53rd Annual General Meeting for CLQW on Sept. 18, at Timber Ridge Golf Course in Brighton, members of the Upper Canada Chapter were front and centre when a number of awards were handed out. The Community Partnership Award went to the Chapter, and was accepted by its treasurer Judy Bell of Picture Perfect Landscaping of Belleville. Last year, about 30 volunteers worked diligently over one weekend to bring the Sensory Garden to life. This past spring and summer, beautiful flowers, shade trees, pear trees, as well as three raised beds were planted with lots of flowers, tomato and pepper plants.
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“The bird bath situated between the cedars attracted many birds and watching their antics brought a smile to anyone watching. Without the community spirit of Landscape Ontario, this would never have happened,” said Toni Kirby, CLQW executive assistant. “We would like to thank the members of Landscape Ontario Upper Canada Chapter for their community spirit in giving us this wonderful space.” Connon Nurseries CBV was presented with the Business of the Year Award, and was accepted by manager Steven Poole. The Chapter’s involvement continued, when Dan Clost, past president, received the Award of Distinction, which is presented to community members as Benefactors of the Year.
Jeremy Spanninga was recognized for receiving a certification designation in last month’s issue, but incorrect company information appeared. He is employed at Hackstone Landscapes.
VOLUNTEER PROFILE Volunteering benefits Harry Gelderman
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(also in Waterdown), who was the driving force behind the project.” Harry Gelderman doesn’t understand why a number of people in the industry do not see the benefit of being more involved in Landscape Ontario. “There are so many benefits to being a member of LO. We are known for being a very co-operative industry. It’s something others outside our industry covet.” Like many volunteers in Landscape Ontario, Harry Gelderman also gives his free time to work within his community. He presently serves as the chair of Anchor Association, a group that serves those with special needs. Harry Gelderman’s next big volunteer duty will take place at Congress, where the Designers Sector Group will host its annual conference on Jan. 7.
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Volunteer work provides many benefits for Harry Gelderman One could say the landscaping industry has been a life-long pursuit of Harry Gelderman CLT, having started working in the industry at the age of 14. He attended Sheridan College for horticulture and Ryerson University for design. After that he ran a small landscape maintenance company for three years. Gelderman went on his own with Landview Landscape Contractors for seven years. He started working in 1993 at Gelderman Landscaping in Waterdown as a designer, a salesman and a site worker. Today, he is responsible for design and landscape sales. For many years, his volunteer time with Landscape Ontario has involved the contractors and designers sector groups. Gelderman serves as the contractors’ liaison with the designers. “I became involved with the association, because I like the professionalism that it brings to the industry,” says Harry Gelderman. He also reflects that through his membership, he has learned so much about his chosen industry from others he has met being involved with LO. “I like to think I also give back, but I have learned so much from my colleagues in this and related industries. I know no school could provide this knowledge.” Many great memories have been generated over the years, along with developing new friendships, but the one experience that really stands out for Gelderman is helping to build the Ecotopia Gardens at Canada Blooms. “I met so many dedicated people when working at Blooms. A few special ones come to mind, such as Rich Kuizenga of Shademaster Landscaping
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5. 1. The Toronto Chapter’s Dick Sale Memorial Charity Golf Tournament raised over $1,500 towards the Hospital for Sick Children. In photo, Maurice Le Blanc, left, receives the prize for the longest drive from donor Marty Lamers of Allan Block. 2. Horticulture Review publisher Rita Weerdenburg wrote a profile article on Summerhill Nursery and Floral in Toronto. In photo are store manager Jennifer Reynolds and then-owner Joe Gentile. 3. Humber
Nurseries announced the appointment of J. Paul Lamarche as operations manager. In photo, from left, Frans Peters, Lamarche and Guy Peters. 4. Official opening of Niagara College greenhouse. 5. In celebration of Landscape Ontario’s 25th anniversary, trees were planted on LO’s property in Milton.
Landscape Ontario celebrates 40 years
Growth and change have marked Landscape Ontario’s history, but pride in the association shines throughout. The year 2013 is occasion for special pride, as your association’s 40th year. Anniversary preparations are underway, to kick off at Congress in January. Landscape Ontario magazine is search-
ing its archives to publish nostalgic annual highlight spreads through the end of next year. Upcoming issues will cover years 2000 to the present. LO’s first 25 years were documented in a special yearbook, available at www. horttrades.com/yearbook. Photos or material about LO’s history are appreciated; please send to Allan Dennis, email@example.com.
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Mega storm ploughs into Congress
Congress 1999 saw a major expansion, with more than six acres of show floor featuring about 640 exhibitors. But that achievement was hampered with reduced attendance when an extreme snowfall hit the area. The event at the Toronto Congress Centre was held during the infamous January snowstorm that compelled the
Green Landscape Contractors came before the Ontario Municipal Board. The issue concerned allowing horticulture businesses to exist on agriculturallyzoned land. In the case of Heritage Green, Landscape Ontario executive director Tony DiGiovanni met with municipal representatives to help them understand the importance horticultural businesses in agricultural zones. “Usually these cases are settled once the municipality understands,” DiGiovanni said. But an application by Heritage Green to build a separate office on its rural property was denied by the Town of Ancaster, and subsequent appeals were also defeated due to pressure from neighbours and local politicians. To that end, Heritage Green owners, the Schuttens, took their case to the Ontario Municipal Board in 1999. Testifying on their behalf was DiGiovanni, who Bernie Schutten said gave his company’s case a major boost in credibility. “Helpful? You’re darn right,” Schutten told Horticulture Review when asked about the case in 2008. He said that DiGiovanni helped illustrate to the OMB, “how landscape companies came about.” The OMB ruled in favour of Heritage Green, however, DiGiovanni said the ruling was not as clear as he’d hoped. “Unfortunately, this means that we are going to have to keep on arguing these sorts of cases on an individual basis,” he said. Heritage Green was granted permission to expand its operation, but Bernie Schutten said the OMB process cost him about $50,000 in legal fees.
mayor of Toronto to dispatch the military. The ‘storm of the century’ generated mixed feedback from attendees, which led the LO board of directors to consider a motion to either keep Congress as a January event, or move it to the fall or spring. The board voted to keep Congress in January. “Fear not, for I have looked into my crystal ball and see a week of mild weather for Congress 2000,” wrote Robert Adams, chair of the Congress 2000 Planning Committee, in his 1999 annual report.
Heritage Green wins zoning battle with LO’s help
A landmark case involving Ancaster municipal government and Heritage
Niagara College opens greenhouse centre
Opened for the 1998/1999 school year, Niagara College’s Niagara-on-theLake campus featured a state-of-theart, 16,000 sq. ft. greenhouse facility. The opening of the Greenhouse Centre increased the region’s access to local, skilled labour force, and also created synergies between Niagara College, Brock University and the Niagara Parks Commission’s School of Horticulture.
Landscapers dodge WSIB
When WSIB premiums reached high levels in the late 1990s, some landscape construction company owners decided to subcontract their staff to avoid paying the insurance obligations for their employees. Reports came into Landscape Ontario
in 1999 that landscape construction firms were asking their employees to work for them on ‘contracts.’ The idea was to keep a labour force without having to pay the WSIB, as premiums were only required for employees on payroll. By sub-contracting, employees were off the payroll. This made it possible to beat a system that required the owners of landscape construction companies to pay on behalf of employees to the WSIB more than $8 for every $100 of payroll. Strict consequences were leveled upon employers when the WSIB received a phone call from an injured, pretendsubcontracted employee who required insurance coverage. WSIB announced that if fraud was discovered by its special investigation unit, a fine would be levied, as well as payment owing of all outstanding WSIB premiums for that worker. The landscape industry was urged to work together to improve its safety record to reduce WSIB rates.
LO president meets with Ontario Premier
On Sept. 16, 1999, LO president David Turnbull snagged one of 11 invitations to meet with the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Premier Mike Harris. It was the first time LO had been chosen to attend the International Plowing Match, an annual event organized by OMAFRA, which allowed a shortlist among more than 200 farming groups intimate access to Queen’s Park. “This was the first time ornamental horticulture was represented at this event,” Turnbull said in his monthly Horticulture Review column. “I received significant amounts of questions and interaction from the premier relating to the issues I raised.” Turnbull was able to press the three issues he wanted to in his allotted four minutes with the Premier: labour shortages, pesticide bans and WSIB. Turnbull encouraged Harris to keep municipalities from acquiring the legal right to pass bylaws restricting the use of pesticides. The LO president highlighted to the premier a pilot project with WSIB and Landscape Ontario that would pool together premiums to create better safety programs and ultimately reduce insurance costs.
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Qty. 2 Gal Qty. 3 Gal Qty. 5 Gal Avail. Price Avail. Price Avail. Price
Campsis radicans ‘Balboa Sunset’ 214 8.00 Celastrus scandens 300 8.00 Hydrangea anomala petiolaris 167 9.00 559 12.75 Lonicera x ‘Mandarin’ 294 8.00 Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ 139 8.00 Parthenocissus quinq. ‘Engelmannii’ 375 8.00 Vitis riparia 305 8.00 Wisteria sinensis ‘Alba’ 114 13.75
Acer ginnala 380 7.00 250 9.00 160 17.00 Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ 125 49.00N Acer saccharinum 773 7.00 Acer saccharum 989 9.00 Alnus incana 180 7.00 100 9.00 Amelanchier canadensis 631 7.00 211 9.00 500 19.00 Aronia melanocarpa 267 7.00 Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea nana’ 880 12.75N Berberis thunbergii ‘Concorde’ 682 12.75N Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ 283 9.00N 634 12.75N Berberis thunbergii ‘Royal Burgundy’ 719 12.75N Berberis thunbergii ‘Royal Cloak’ 75 9.00N 205 12.75N Berberis x ‘Emerald Carousel’ 160 9.00N Berberis x ‘Ruby Carousel’ 419 9.00N Betula alleghaniensis 173 7.00 Betula papyrifera 900 7.00 Callicarpa japonica ‘Issai’ 160 9.00 Celtis occidentalis 1,000 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Rubra’ 278 7.00 Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Texas Scarlet’ 364 7.00 Chaenomeles sup. ‘Crimson and Gold’ 245 7.00 Cornus alba ‘Ivory Halo’ 918 8.00 Cornus alba ‘Regnzam’ 388 7.00 Cornus alternifolia 839 7.00 25 17.00 Cornus amomum 669 7.00 Cornus racemosa 1,000 7.00 Cornus stolonifera (sericea) 1,000 7.00 Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelseyi’ 400 7.00 Corylus americana 360 7.00 Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ 280 12.75 25 21.00 Cotoneaster acutifolius 680 7.00 Cotoneaster apiculatus 1,000 7.00 Cotoneaster preacox ‘Boer’ 1,000 7.00 Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’ 257 7.00 Deutzia gracilis 1,000 7.00 Euonymus alatus 145 19.00 Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ 1,000 12.75 84 19.00 Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ 150 25.00 Forsythia X inter. ‘Northern Gold’ 465 7.00 Forsythia x intermedia ‘Courtasol’ 333 7.00 Forsythia X intermedia ‘Lynwood’ 632 7.00 Fothergilla gardenii ‘Mount Airy’ 268 10.75 Genista tinctoria ‘Royal Gold’ 250 7.00 Hamamelis virginiana 800 10.75 Hydarngea paniculata ‘DVPinky’ ® 446 9.00N Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’® 361 10.75N Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ 1,000 7.00 1,000 10.75 Hydrangea Endless Summer ‘Twist n Shout’ 414 14.75N Hydrangea macr. ‘Bailmer’ 284 14.75N 200 24.00N Hydrangea macr. ‘Nikko Blue’ 360 8.00 Hydrangea macr. ‘Penny Mac’ 345 8.00 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bombshell’ 399 9.00N Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire and Ice’ 438 9.00N Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ 542 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Interhydia’ 504 7.00 Hydrangea paniculata ‘Jane’® 900 9.75N Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’® 733 9.00N Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lamb’® 344 9.00N Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ 458 10.75N Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ 250 8.00 Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ 216 8.00 Ilex verticillata 1,000 8.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ 230 8.00 Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ 650 8.00
EVERGREENS & BROADLEAF EVERGREENS
Azalea ‘Golden Lights’ 216 12.75 Azalea ‘Orchid Lights’ 309 12.75 Buxus ‘Faulkner’ 260 11.00 Buxus microphylla 150 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Gem’ 1,000 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Mound’ 1,000 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Mountain’ 717 11.00 Buxus X ‘Green Velvet’ 621 11.00 Chamaecyparis nootk. ‘Green Arrow’ 179 31.00 Chamaecyparis nootk. ‘Pendula’ 285 31.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’ 261 11.00 Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mops’ 422 11.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Coral Beauty’ 280 7.00 Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Major’ 262 7.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ 176 8.00 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’ 277 8.00 Ilex Prince/Princess combo 413 15.75 Ilex X meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ 295 12.75 125 21.00 Juniperus chinensis ‘Gold Coast’ 420 12.75 Juniperus chinensis ‘Mint Julep’ 635 12.75 Juniperus chinensis ‘Pauls Gold’ 178 12.75 Juniperus chinensis ‘San Jose’ 172 12.75 Juniperus communis ‘Repanda’ 195 12.75 Juniperus conferta ‘Blue Pacific’ 183 12.75 Juniperus hor. ‘Turquoise Spreader’ 178 12.75 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Andorra Compacta’ 405 12.75 Juniperus horizontalis ‘Monber’ 354 13.75 Juniperus media ‘Armstrongii’ 240 12.75 Juniperus sabina 751 12.75 Juniperus sabina ‘Tamariscifolia’ 408 12.75 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 373 13.75 Juniperus virginiana ‘Grey Owl’ 165 12.75 Larix laricina 476 7.00 0 94 25.00 Picea abies 70 7.00 275 10.75 Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ 784 13.75 Picea glauca 550 10.75 Picea glauca ‘Conica’ 1,000 13.75 Picea glauca ‘Densata’ 200 7.00 Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ 297 12.75 Pinus mugo var. mugo 1,000 11.00 243 19.00 Pinus strobus 324 7.00 Rhododendron X ‘Elite’(PJM) 393 12.75 Taxus cuspidata ‘Aurescens’ 234 15.75 Taxus cuspidata nana 283 15.75 Taxus X media ‘Densiformis’ 441 15.75 Taxus X media ‘Hicksii’ 682 15.75 Taxus X media ‘Hillii’ 1,000 15.75 75 31.00 Taxus X media ‘Wardii’ 1,000 15.75 Thuja occidentalis ‘Danica’ 369 12.75 Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Globe’ 335 12.75 Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ 964 12.75 494 21.00 Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ 1,000 10.75 Thuja occidentalis ‘Wintergreen’ 200 10.75 721 21.00
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Additional Cultivars and Sizes available Botanical Name
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Itea virginica ‘Henrys Garnet’ 461 7.00 Ligustrum ovalufolium 300 7.00 Ligustrum vicary 775 7.00 Ligustrum vulgaris 710 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Claveys Dwarf’ 300 7.00 Lonicera xylosteum ‘Miniglobe’ 210 7.00 Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ 268 15.75 48 31.00 Magnolia X Butterfly 47 15.75 349 31.00 Magnolia X loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ 155 15.75 435 31.00 Magnolia x Susan 341 15.75 208 31.00 Myrica gale 180 8.00 Myrica pensylvanica 1,000 7.00 Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ 668 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Innocence’ 513 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Minn.Snowflake Dwarf’ 754 7.00 Philadelphus ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ 733 7.00 Philadelphus schrenkii ‘Snowbelle’ 700 7.00 Philadelphus X virginalis 530 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius 1,000 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Center Glow’ 362 8.00N Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’ 980 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ 622 10.75N Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Luteus’ 292 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ 485 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius nanus 480 7.00 Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Seward’® 440 9.00N Populus tremuloides 244 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Abbottswood’ 402 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’ 367 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldstar’ 848 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’ 328 7.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Red Ace’ 375 8.00 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Uman’ 528 7.00 Prunus cistena 1,000 7.00 400 10.75 435 17.00 Prunus serotina 325 8.00 Prunus virginiana 815 8.00 Quercus alba 400 7.00 Quercus macrocarpa 513 7.00 Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ 150 9.00 175 25.00 Quercus rubra 600 7.00 Rhus aromatica 611 7.00 Rhus aromatica ‘Low Grow’ 441 7.00 38 9.00 Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ 377 12.75N Ribes americanum 200 7.00 Rosa blanda 473 7.00 Rosa carolina 1,000 7.00 Rosa palustris 385 7.00 Rosa rubrifolia 976 7.00 Rosa rugosa 1,000 7.00 Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’ 510 7.00 Rosa rugosa ‘Hansa’ 751 7.00 Rosa x ‘Royal Edward’ 464 7.00 Rosa x ‘The Fairy’ 359 7.00 Rubus occidentalis 280 7.00 Rubus odoratus 665 7.00 Salix bebbiana 282 7.00 Salix discolor 574 7.00 Salix eriocephala 800 7.00 Salix exigua 1,000 7.00 Salix integra ‘Hakuro-Nishiki’ 405 7.00 Salix lucida 800 7.00 Salix nigra 285 7.00 Sambucus canadensis 1,000 7.00 Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’ 825 7.00 Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ ® 214 10.75N Sambucus pubens 650 7.00
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Sorbaria aitchisonii 495 7.00 Sorbaria sorbifolia 381 7.00 Spiraea alba 535 7.00 Spiraea arguta 485 7.00 Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ 444 7.00 Spiraea bumalda ‘Firelight’ 351 7.00 Spiraea bumalda ‘Gold Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Flaming Mound’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Froebelii’ 778 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Princess’ 198 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’ 1,000 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’ 280 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’ 178 7.00 Spiraea japonica ‘Walbuma’ 654 8.00 Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ 375 7.00 Spiraea vanhouttei 1,000 7.00 Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’ 908 7.00 Symphoricarpos albus 786 7.00 Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ 1,000 8.00 449 17.00 Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ 466 8.00 475 12.75 Syringa vulgaris 595 7.00 Syringa vulgaris ‘Beauty of Moscow’ 371 12.75 Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ 237 12.75 Syringa x ‘Bloomerang® 210 12.75N Tamarix pentandra 230 7.00 Viburnum cassinoides 283 9.00 Viburnum dentatum 236 7.00 Viburnum dentatum ‘Chicago Lustre’ 428 7.00 Viburnum lentago 1,000 7.00 61 9.00 Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ 280 7.00 Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ 210 8.00 50 19.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ 150 9.00 40 19.00 Viburnum plicatum ‘Shasta’ 177 9.00 Viburnum trilobum 1,000 7.00 Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’ 610 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’ ® 897 9.00N Weigela florida ‘Bramwell’ ® 412 9.00N Weigela florida ‘Brigela’ 290 9.00 Weigela florida ‘Bristol Ruby’ 280 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Bristol Snowflake’ 471 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Elvera’ ® 442 9.00N Weigela florida ‘Java Red’ 480 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Minuet’ 319 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Nana Variegata’ 1,000 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Purpurea Nana’ 535 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’ 200 7.00 Weigela florida ‘Verweig’ ® 242 10.75N Weigela florida ‘Victoria’ 250 7.00 Zelkova serrata 400 7.00
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EVENTS Bookmark www.horttrades.com/comingevents for up-to-date event information.
Georgian Lakelands Holiday Social
Waterloo Fall Freeze-up
Waterloo Inn Conference Centre, Viennese Ballroom, 475 King St. N., Waterloo Come out to the Waterloo Chapter’s 33rd annual fall freeze-up dinner and dance. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $130 per couple and will not be available at the door. Go to www.lowaterloo.com for more information, or to purchase your tickets. November 29
Windsor Chapter meeting
Dominion Golf Course, 6125 Howard Avenue, LaSalle Join the Windsor Chapter from 5 - 8 p.m. in welcoming Phil Harwood to the Chapter’s snow and ice meeting. Harwood is the founder and president of a management consulting firm with the mission of accelerating healthy growth in entrepreneurial organizations, serving client organizations in the U.S. and Canada. He will show you how to manage your portfolio of snow and ice contracts. For more information contact Jay Rivait at firstname.lastname@example.org.
party. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a great meal with refreshments, a chance at prizes and more. Purchase tickets online at www.locc.ca, or for more information contact Helen Hassard at 1-800-2655656 or email@example.com.
Waterloo general meeting
Waterloo Knights of Columbus, 145 Dearborn Place Don’t miss the last meeting of 2012. Join the Chapter in welcoming LO executive director, Tony DiGiovanni. This meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7 p.m. sharp, with dinner, information about Chapter projects and more. December 6
Toronto Chapter’s Holiday Social
Latvian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr., North York The Toronto Chapter invites you and your staff to come out to the annual holiday social. Last year’s event was sold out, so don’t miss the
Cranberry Resort, Hwy. 26 W., Collingwood Come celebrate the holidays with your fellow LO members at the Georgian Lakelands annual holiday social with Christmas dinner and casino night. Cost is $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.locc.ca. Contact Deborah Lalande for further information at dlalande@ landscapeontario.com, or 705-888-2860. December 11
Ottawa Christmas social and dart tournament
Barrhaven Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 641, Unit 3, 3500 Fallowfield Road, Nepean Join the Ottawa Chapter for its Christmas social, and second annual dart tournament, beginning at 12-noon. There will be draws for two pairs of Sens tickets, and a 50/50 draw. There is no charge for the meeting, but you must register by Dec. 7, so lunch can be ordered for you and your staff. Questions? Contact Martha Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MEMBERS Durham Gray’s Snow Removal Inc. Ben Gray 708 Front Rd, Pickering, ON L1W 1P2 Tel: 647-223-4403 Membership Type: Active
CDK Group Ltd Joseph Cadete 1077 North Service Rd, PO Box 20035 Mississauga, ON L6J 4B6 Tel: 416-903-5590 Membership Type: Active
Golden Horseshoe Fairway Building Supply Diederik Van dijk 1624 Claybar Rd, Ancaster, ON L9G 4X1 Tel: 905-648-9001 Membership Type: Associate
Kate’s Garden France Sutton 6 - 20 Fred Varley Dr, Unionville, ON L3R 1S4 Tel: 905-604-2451 Membership Type: Active
T. Petter Construction Inc Theo Petter 1887 Hutchinson Rd, Dunnville, ON N1A 2W7 Tel: 905-981-7963 Membership Type: Active Toronto Todd Miller 168 Carrick Ave, Keswick, ON L4P 3P2 Tel: 647-239-2217 Membership Type: Horticultural
Nature’s Choice Landscaping Construction Ltd. Anthony Niro 40 McDonald St, Maple, ON L6A 2B2 Tel: 416-290-6252 Membership Type: Active The Deck Store Inc. Terry Fangrad 454 South Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6K 2H4 Tel: 905-337-7707 Membership Type: Associate Triple J Contracting Dave Gerow 504 - 14845 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 6H8 Tel: 905-726-8922 Membership Type: Active
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Verkade Landscape Design Gabriel Verkade 2907 - 33 Lombard St, Toronto, ON M5C 3H8 Tel: 416-648-5774 Membership Type: Interim Waterloo Organex Inc Jon Chapman 285 Sheldon Dr, Cambridge, ON N1T 1A6 Tel: 519-653-6454 Membership Type: Associate Toppers Enterprises Inc. Trevor Topolinsky 262 Lynden Rd, PO Box 97, Lynden, ON L0R 1T0 Tel: 519-647-2708 Membership Type: Active Windsor Abor Memorial Denise Butcher 367 Laporte St, Windsor, ON N8S 3P9 Tel: 519-945-4683 Membership Type: Horticultural
INDUSTRY NEWS Bald cypress is practical choice for urban areas While searching for a tree species that is suitable for withstanding the stresses of urban environments in Ontario, the swamps of Louisiana would not often be the first location to look. Growing out of the water to heights of 45 metres and living over 3,000 years, the bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, makes an impressive sight in its native habitat of the U.S. southeast. Is there any reason to consider this species for the dry streetsides of southern Ontario? Bald cypress, like the larches (Larix spp.), is a deciduous conifer species that loses its leaves in the winter. The soft, feathery needles are reminiscent of dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), and are a strong contrast to many of the coarser trees in urban cores. These tiny
needles are russet-coloured in autumn and even the slightest breeze is often enough to help clear them away during fall cleanup. Pyramidal in form with a moderate growth rate, to heights of 20 metres in cultivation, bald cypress also casts a much lighter shade than other urban tree choices. While a lovely street tree in theory, is bald cypress actually a practical choice for urban areas? Many folks south of the border seem to think so. In fact, bald cypress was named Urban Tree of the Year by the U.S.-based Society of Municipal Arborists in 2007. Due to its natural tendency to thrive in swampy haunts with low oxygen levels, it is also tolerant of the compacted soils found in urban areas. Bald cypress is remarkably drought tolerant, with reduced growth rate
Ready for winter.
Ceremony and President’s Reception 4:45 p.m. President’s Reception — 5:15 p.m. Ceremony Plaza Ballroom, Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Toronto Airport (Ticketed Event, includes President’s Reception. $55 per ticket)
Get inspired by the talent and creativity of our landscape construction, maintenance and design contractors. Presenting Sponsors:
This event is the place to be if you appreciate professional standards and quality. Join the President of Landscape Ontario, Phil Charal, at the Wine and Cheese Reception, preceding the ceremony.
Business attire suggested. For more information, visit www.loawards.com.
In Ottawa, a veteran bald cypress has survived in the old Dominion Arboretum for many decades, though its appearance has been somewhat mangled by winter extremes. For this reason, wider use may not be warranted in cities as cold, or colder than Ottawa. Several U.S. municipalities with hardiness zones equivalent to those in southern Ontario have been successfully incorporating bald cypress into their urban neighbourhoods. Taxodium propagation is most successfully accomplished by seed with a five minute soak in isopropyl alcohol, followed by a standard 60- to 90-day cold stratification. Success has also been experienced at the University of Guelph Arboretum by cold stratifying seeds in an open jar, filled with water and a splash of isopropyl alcohol. Trees must be planted today in order to enjoy their shade in the future. Perhaps, then, today is as suitable a time as any to experiment with bald cypress as part of our future urban forest inventory. — Sean Fox University of Guelph Arboretum
Bald cypress has soft, feathery needles.
being the only limitation in very dry sites. Bald cypress has the unique tendency to project bizarre, emergent woody columns, known as cypress knees, from its root system. These metre-high projections are the result of excessively wet conditions. Concerns of tripping hazards in urban areas have been dismissed. Urban foresters have marveled at the tidiness, pest resistance and solid structure of this species and transplanting is very successful from containers or balled-andburlapped. These traits are fine enough to win bald cypress accolades in warmer
climates, but is the plant reliable in colder southern Ontario? Bald cypress is still a fairly uncommon tree in Ontario, which doesn’t provide a wide sample size for validating longterm performance here. There are several examples of individual trees thriving throughout southwestern Ontario, and this may be reason enough to try more in urban cores. The University of Guelph Arboretum (Canadian hardiness zone 5b) has four bald cypress trees in its collections. They have thrived for over 30 years; two on a very dry, exposed site.
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This is the eighth in a series of articles highlighting one of the 29 trees selected by the Landscape Ontario Growers’ Sector working group as recommended alternatives to ash and Norway maple. Funded by the Agriculture Adaption Council, the complete list and the factsheets on each, can be found at www.landscapeontario.com/ trees-for-urban-landscapes.
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bank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, featured two days of education sessions and a trade show with over 300 booths. The pre-show bus tour on Oct. 2, visited flower, vegetable and nursery operations in the Waterdown and Simcoe areas. A sold-out trade show provided ample opportunity to visit with exhibitors and network with colleagues during the two days, and the educational conference offered plenty of professional development opportunities for greenhouse growers and garden centre operators. A popular feature was the new plant display showing flowers and vegetables available next year. Anna Ball, ceo of Ball Horticultural, was the lunchtime keynote on Oct. 4. She addressed a packed room with some insights on ornamental horticulture trends. The first trend she touched on was plants with a purpose. “Gardens of tomorrow will be more than just about beauty. The relationship between plants and people is changing,” she said, showing examples where green walls and green roofs are used in Asia and Europe as bio-lungs. Ball offered statistics and locations where landscaping has demonstrated reduced crime. She spoke of the health benefits offered by vitamin G (for Green). Ball noted it is more difficult to sell plants for a purpose, than simply for beauty, as selling beauty is an emotional proposition. On the subject of everyone talking about Generation Y, Ball weighed-in by saying
that generation wants plants for a function, and is more likely to garden with a community. Her company has held focus groups with members of Gen Y, and has heard comments such as, “Everything in garden centres is geared to baby boomers,” and, “Put plants where I shop.” Anna Ball suggested that, in order to reach the upcoming generation of gardeners, it might be time to look into alternative distribution opportunities, such as pop-up stores, or simplifying our online offerings. Another trend Ball spoke about is called product blending. She said we get too wrapped-up in categorizing plants. “Who cares it if is a seed annual, vegetative annual, perennial, or tender perennial? To the consumer, it’s just a plant.” Ball cautioned not to get too concerned about trends, noting that for every trend, there is a counter-trend. Finally, Ball said we need to make gardening easy, and make decorating fun and accessible for all ages. This is the second year that The Canadian Greenhouse Conference has been held in Niagara Falls.
Vineland receives $50,000 to help growers Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has received $50,000 to assist the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance in developing an innovation strategy for its members in the flowers, nursery and landscape sectors. Dean Allison, MP for Niagara WestGlanbrook, made the announcement on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The plan is to help horticultural growers develop innovative projects to increase
their competitiveness and boost profits. The strategy will prioritize research needs and accelerate the transfer of innovation from the lab to the marketplace. “A strategic plan for research and innovation will help producers access these new and growing markets with innovations that are targeted to their needs,” reads a press release from the Department of Agriculture. This funding builds on a previous investment of $1.5 million in the Ornamental Horticulture Cluster Initiative, administered by Vineland that brought together partners across the sector to increase profitability through improved efficiencies and new market opportunities. Said MP Allison, “The ongoing partnership we have with Vineland is an excellent example of how industry leadership can benefit the sector and help increase farmers’ profitability.” The horticulture sector accounts for 15 per cent of Canada’s total farm cash receipts more than $6 billion a year. More than 110,000 people are employed in the ornamental horticulture sector. The projects are funded under the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP), a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011. The AIP is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting-edge science and technology. The AIP boosts the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies, and processes for the agricultural sector. For more information about the AIP and other Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada programs, please visit www.agr.gc.ca.
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OMAFRA TURFGRASS OMAFRA turfgrass report 2012 By Pam Charbonneau OMAFRA turfgrass specialist
ou would have to have been living under a cabbage leaf to not know that the summer of 2012 was warmer and drier than normal. It all started with a record heat wave in mid-March and the recordbreaking barely stopped all summer. There were some of the surprises over the summer. It was quite remarkable to me how well a lot of the turf came back after four to six weeks without substantial precipitation. I was a bit of a doomsayer. Observing the turf and the lack of rainfall week after week after week, I was pretty convinced that we would lose substantial amounts of turf cover as a result of little rain. What we did observe was: • Light textured soils fared worse than heavier textured soils. • A lot of the significant turf loss was due to insect feeding while turf was dormant. • Some turf areas that were weakened by the dry conditions became over-run with weeds once the rains returned in August. • There was sufficient moisture for grub egg hatch in most areas.
Let’s examine each of these observations. Light textured soils (you can include sloping areas where water tends to runoff and not percolate) did not survive the dry conditions that well. In those areas, on first observation, it looked like the turf was com-
ing back. When looking closer at what comprised the green plants in the fields, it was mainly weeds. With Fiesta being the only tool in the toolbox at the moment to control broadleaf weeds, the weed encroachment is a difficult situation. Again, the surprise this summer was which insect did the most damage. You would think in a summer like this one, the hairy chinch bug would be the culprit. In my travels, the insect that I observed causing the most damage was the bluegrass billbug (Figures 1 and 2). You can tell the difference between damage from these two insects by doing the ‘tug test.’ If the turf pulls out easily when tugged and there is sawdust-like frass (excrement) in the thatch, this is most likely the damage caused by the bluegrass billbug. If the damaged turf does not pull out easily, the damage is most likely to have been caused by hairy chinch bug. I am not sure if it was just the selected sites that I visited this summer, but the majority of the insect damage in the summer seemed to be a result of billbug damage. This situation parallels that on the golf course where the bulk of the insect damage on golf greens was from the weevil relative of the bluegrass billbug that favours close-cut annual bluegrass (annual bluegrass weevil). Mid-summer predictions said there might not be sufficient soil moisture for grub eggs to hatch. Interestingly enough, I think
Bluegrass billbug larvae
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this was true in some areas and not true in others. It really depended on when and how much rain fell in your area in July and early August. In the Guelph area, I have not seen a lot of grub damage. I travelled to the London area in late September to find certain areas that have extensive grub damage. I would say that it was just the tip of the iceberg with more damage showing up daily. The local area we selected to conduct a European chafer grub trial did get enough moisture to result in a decent grub population, and we are grateful for that. On the subject of grubs, there seems to have been a bit of malaise regarding grub treatments. Talking to suppliers of nematodes, it seems that sales of nematodes are down, which probably indicates that sales of nematode applications to homeowners from lawn care companies must also be down. Perhaps the dry conditions in late July and late August made people skeptical about the probable success rate of nematodes. All that being said, it was an excellent summer to conduct research on the effects of irrigated vs. non-irrigated turf. We were also thankful to find good sites for European chafer grub control research. It was also the summer of the initiation of my turf blog that replaced the Turf Management Updates. If you did not have the time to sign-up for my blog over the summer, now is still a good time to do that. The blog ONturf can be found at www.onturf. wordpress.com. If you go to the right-hand column and scroll down to the email subscription, type in your email address and then hit the follow button. You will get an email when something new is posted. I also tweet my blogs. You can follow me on twitter at Pamela Charbonneau@ONturf.
Sawdust-like frass in thatch where bluegrass billbugs have been feeding.
PUBLIC RELATIONS It’s no longer kids’ play By Denis Flanagan CLD Director of public relations and membership services
t our Expo show in October, I gave a presentation with David Domoney from the U.K. We showed examples from both sides of the Atlantic on how to encourage young people to become more engaged in horticulture. The gist of the talk was that the movement to encourage gardening with kids is not exactly a new one. I remember a large selection of children’s gardening tools over 15 years ago when I worked in the retail sector. Over the years there has been some fantastic events developed by garden centres that ranged from green thumb clubs to Easter egg hunts. They were great ways to generate traffic into stores in the off-season and promote the idea that gardening is truly for all members of the family. We should continue to invent and reinvent these fun ways to market the garden business to young people, while at the same time realize that there are more and more new opportunities available. Young people want their voice to be heard, and they sincerely want to make a difference.
Campaigns seem to be gaining momentum, with a number of national and international movements. I certainly saw this during a tree planting ceremony at a school
in Guelph this fall. Everyone involved seemed so proud that they were part of a bigger picture, when it was explained that hundreds of events were taking place on the same day, Sept. 26, in celebration of National Tree Planting Day. Many young people are now taking their role as protectors of the environment quite seriously. And, we are well positioned to encourage them. Once again our Chapters are taking the lead and making an enormous difference. One example is in our Waterloo Chapter, where the members there continue their Green School initiative. This is truly a remarkable event. I could go on and on about this project, but I think it would be more heartfelt if I let Tim Yawney, principal of St. James Catholic High School, say it in his words that he spoke at the ceremony. “Six months ago we were driving back following our presentation to the Landscape Ontario panel at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Waterloo, when we received the momentous call: ‘Tim, it’s Don Prosser from Landscape Ontario, and we would like to congratulate you on winning the Landscape Ontario Greening Schools project award for 2012.’
Principal appreciates efforts
“The students in my van heard Don. My van exploded with screaming and crying and cheering. It was an incredible moment as an educator, and one I will never forget. It was a historic moment for St. James. “Today we will provide an opportunity for you to fully understand and appreciate the work that has been done in support of
the environment and the education of generations of students at St. James. On the video we used as part of our presentation, one teacher stated that ‘Green is good’ and ‘thinking about Green’ is good for our students. “There is no question that our students understand and appreciate the details of the work that has been done on this school site. Landscape Ontario and its partners can take credit for increasing environmental awareness and green conscientiousness in our students. “Each time students and teachers enter the outdoor classroom, it’s a reminder about thinking green, sustainability, and being stewards of our environment. “The results of this project have exceeded our expectations. At this point, it is the responsibility of the administration and teachers to ensure we use this space to educate, or perhaps to find peace and solace. We will ensure that we maintain this outdoor classroom, use it as a place where students can gather for lunch, hold staff meetings or a place of prayer. “I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Landscape Ontario and the 42 companies that contributed to the success of this project for St. James. We applaud you; we applaud your commitment to educating our youth in creating a greener society. To the staff and students of our Green Team, you’re incredible. Look what you have done. It began with a plan, continued with the application, the presentation, and the completion of the project, by moving 300 wheelbarrows of mulch. “The Landscape Ontario committee was clear, it was the student initiative in this project that was one of the main reasons we were selected. As principal, I am very proud of each of you.” In turn, the green industry is proud to see young people excited about the great opportunities available to them, long after they leave the classroom. Denis Flanagan may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SAFETY AND TRAINING Apprenticeship, development, safety By Sally Harvey CLT, CLP Manager Education and Labour Development
pprenticeship is a gift to employers and employees. If you are considering a layoff, a prudent employer, who understands that a trained and skilled team will enhance your business, will register staff in the apprenticeship program. I feel like a broken record, but apprenticeship is truly a win-win program, and provides financial incentives for both the employer and apprentice. Register your selected staff in the program by completing the pre-registration form available at: www.horttrades.com/ lo-apprenticeship. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Apprenticeship Pre-Registration form, and then fax it in to your local office shown under the MTCU Apprenticeship Offices in Ontario tab. Employers are eligible for Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit. http://bit.ly/ taxscredit. Apprentices are also eligible for www. tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training/ financial.html. The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities will contact you to arrange a meeting with a consultant, you and the
hopeful apprentice at your shop or office. The employer commits to provide training in the workplace and the employee commits to attending class and being a willing trainee in the workplace. The in-class portions are offered across Ontario at approved institutions during the winter season. This allows the apprentice to be available for work each landscape season. In-class training is available in 2013 at Fanshawe College in London, Mohawk College at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Humber College in Etobicoke, Loyalist College in Belleville and University of Guelph – Kemptville Campus in Kemptville.
I regularly receive communications that indicate to me that many are not aware that www.horttrades.com is the industry website. It is an amazing hub of information full of news, coming events, professional development opportunities and tools to help all industry members to improve ourselves and our businesses. This message is timely, as the website becomes populated and updated with the new 2012-2013 Landscape Ontario Professional Development Seminar Guide, Congress 2013 and other events planned for the winter months. We also have updated the safety information on the site to improve navigation and to provide better resources. Check it out and let us know what you think. Send feedback to sharvey@ landscapeontario.com. • Apprenticeship: www.horttrades.com/
lo-apprenticeship • Certification sections: www.horttrades.com/ landscape-industry-certified-6 • Safety: www.horttrades.com/safety • Seminars: www.horttrades.com/seminars/
As always, there is a lot happening in the world of safety. You should know that the Ministry of Labour is now responsible for enforcement and prevention. They have more resources on the website to help employers. I highly recommend that you bookmark it and subscribe to the Safe at Work Ontario newsletter. Remember to check out the schedule for safety blitzes, as they often include our industry. Subscribe at: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/index. php to stay informed.
More resources and tools
Thanks to our partnership with Workplace Safety Prevention Services (WSPS), we expect to release the landscape horticulture industry Small Business Guide to help employers understand the meaning of compliance. Many of you have referred to Landscape Ontario Tailgate Talks book as the ‘little green book.’ As many of you know, we ran out of stock on the little green book, and thus once again Landscape Ontario partnered with WSPS to update and expand the scope of topics in Tailgate Talks. We expect to release the new Tailgate Talks at Congress 2013, just in time for the 2013 season. Those talks should happen at least weekly. The book will continue to be in the small size format for convenient storage and use wherever a tailgate talk opportunity may happen. Contact Sally Harvey at email@example.com
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MEMBERSHIP Chapter meeting season begins with a boom! By Helen Hassard Membership coordinator
Great talk on leadership
It was a bit of a hike for me to travel to the Upper Canada meeting in September, but it was well worth it. It was a great opportunity for me to talk to some members who I don’t often see, especially since I missed the golf tourney this year. At the Upper Canada meeting, I had the opportunity to hear a new speaker, Bryan Emmerson of Focal Point Coaching. He gave a detailed presentation on leadership, focusing on how to be a leader in your business. This topic was great, because it didn’t matter if you were a business owner managing your staff, an employee looking to impress your boss, or a membership and chapter coordinator getting ideas for leadership development. There was something for everyone. For the complete list of Upper Canada meetings, go to www.horttrades.com/chapter/upper-canada. The most recent meeting I attended
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aybe it’s because the NHL lockout left us all short on entertainment, or maybe the boards have just been bang-on with selections of topics this year. Whatever the reason, this fall has seen some unforgettable chapter meetings. Over the last month I was able to attend the Upper Canada Chapter meeting in Selby and the Toronto Chapter meeting in North York, and my colleagues Allan and Rob attended the Durham Chapter meeting in Oshawa. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend one of these events, hopefully you made it to something in your local Chapter. If not you’re missing a great benefit of being a part of the LO family. The Durham Chapter meeting in October drew over 40 people to hear from LO’s own public relations company, Enterprise Canada. Enterprise talked about how to use social media in your business. Information revealed how to develop your plan, how to use various social media platforms, how to engage your audience and how to
monitor your progress. Overall, the presentation was extremely informative and offered something for everyone, no matter how far along you are in your social media plan. It was a great evening, and I’m sad I missed out. For the complete line-up of Durham meetings go to www.horttrades. com/chapter/durham.
was with the Toronto Chapter. This event featured Beth Edney and Mark Hartley, who talked about landscape design trends. It was a tremendous success, attracting a packed room of members. There was also a great meal, and of course wonderfully informative and entertaining presentations. We saw tons of members out who normally we never see at chapter meetings. I don’t think anyone wanted it to end, when the meeting wrapped-up right on the dot of 9 p.m. For a complete list of Toronto meetings, go to www.horttrades.com/chapter/ toronto. Overall the hard work of our local chapter board members, generosity of our speakers and of course the time our members put in to come out and participate, all created a great buzz about this season’s meetings. I can’t wait to see what happens when I get visit the other chapters this winter.
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EXECUTIVE DESK Infected by goodwill Tony DiGiovanni CHT LO executive director
t the risk of repetition, I just want to shout out again that Landscape Ontario members, friends and staff are inspirational and amazing. I am proud and thankful to work for and with you. The goodwill generated by the passion and contribution-ethic of our membership is like a good virus that spreads, infects and influences others to do the same.
A few recent examples
On National Tree Day (see story on page 9), Margaret and Ivan Stinson organized a tree planting at the Village by the Arboretum in Guelph. Please see http://bit.ly/ PMlr5v for a great video of the event. Margaret and Ivan are retired, but have more energy that most of us. They are perennial supporters of LO and Communities in Bloom activities. They are
great role models. Their generosity and energy shone through in the organization of this event.
Waterloo Chapters members made us all look good
On the same day, I had the opportunity to participate in the Waterloo Chapter outdoor classroom dedication. The Chapter has been greening schools for many years. This year was special. The project began when the Chapter sent out a request for proposal to local schools in Waterloo, Kitchener and Guelph. Many schools responded, with St. James Catholic High School in Guelph declared the winner by members of the Chapter. The dedication ceremony was spectacular. The students talked about the importance of the project and the excitement generated by the process and end result.
Later that night I attended the opening of Stonewurx International Dry Stone Walling Festival (see story on page 7). Congratulations to Paul Brydges, Tim Kraemer and Dean McLellan for organizing an incred-
LO members, Jason Dietrich of Ace Lawncare, Thomas Blatter of Dreamestate Landscaping and Don Prosser of Don Prosser Landscape Design help students with the ribbon cutting at St. James Catholic High School garden.
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ible festival that benefited the trade and consumer. They are keeping alive the craftsmanship of a centuries’ old art form. The world’s best stonewalling experts were on hand to build a stone stable. Here is the video where they raised the roof http://bit.ly/XKhPRt. They also organized a tree planting to commemorate National Tree Day. Later that month, London Chapter members planted another 200 trees on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway (see story on page 10). The Chapter has taken on this huge project to landscape and maintain the parkway. Congratulations to Grant Harrison and Michael Martins for their vision.
For the good of the whole
Another initiative that clearly shows the cooperative values of our membership revealed itself at the last board meeting. The formula for distributing Chapter budgets was reviewed. Each Chapter’s budget was increased, except for Toronto, who willingly accepted a decrease so that others could improve their resources. Here are some more examples of the caring nature of Landscape
Ontario members. Mark Cullen brought together many diverse but related groups under the banner of Trees for Life. This alliance of leading organizations wants to double the tree canopy in urban areas. Mark asked if Landscape Ontario members would be willing to plant 80 trees at Archbishop Romero High School in Toronto to help launch the Trees for Life group. The response to the request was phenomenal, but not surprising. LO members shine. At a recent Chapter meeting, one of the members asked me if I knew of anyone who could offer some business
coaching. A number of suggestions were made. It was easy to make a connection with another member who was more than willing to help. At Garden Expo in October, I happened to be speaking with a member who told me she finally realized the huge benefit of the LO community, when she was forced to take a break from work to tend to an ailing parent. Two other members covered her. She would have never made the connection, had it not been for Landscape Ontario and the community spirit we enjoy.
membership also happened at Expo. Karl Stensson handed me a copy of Sheridan Nurseries’ recent-released anniversary book, One Hundred Years of People, Plans and Plants. Sheridan was one of the members that cared enough about their industry and community to help start Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Our Landscape Ontario community will continue to grow, prosper and inspire others, as long as we keep infecting each other with care and goodwill.
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A final example of the generosity of the
CONTRACTORS’ COLUMN Use all your senses when up-selling clients By Arthur Skolnik
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he first step in every project is speaking with the client. After we chat for a while, I start to get an idea of the needs and wishes of a potential client. I determine whether or not what they’re saying they want is within our scope of work and the client’s budget. If it all sounds good, we make an appointment to meet. In the past, I’d get excited if the house and property were large and in an affluent part of town. Conversely, I’d be disappointed if the area I was driving in was crammed with small homes and small yards. In my experience though, some people in large homes live beyond their means and don’t have money for a landscape that matches the area. And again, conversely, some people with small homes on small properties can well afford landscapes which seem beyond what one would expect for those areas of the city. I’m a big believer in ‘up-selling,’ but I don’t like the negative implication. I honestly want to make sure the client is as informed about design and materials as possible. If these ideas and materials are more costly than what the client had in mind, at least they can’t look back on the finished job and say, “I wish I would have known or been told…”
For budget clues, I look at what kind of cars are in the driveway, even the kind of shoes the clients are wearing, how is the house furnished — art, furniture, rugs — and of course the jewellery they’re wearing. But sometimes, high-end trappings don’t necessarily mean a bigger budget. I treat each potential client as a new opportunity to create visually pleasing and functionally correct landscapes. I try hard not to let the size of the home, its location and other distractions cloud my view of what I feel the client wants. I’ve been happily surprised and surprisingly disappointed in a number of areas in Toronto. What tools do you use when you assess your clients? What tools do you use when you assess your client’s needs? Is up-selling part of your approach? Send me an email with your ideas. I might include it in an upcoming issue of the Contractors’ Newsletter. I’m at email@example.com. Arthur Skolnik owns Shibui Landscaping in Toronto and is a member of the Landscape Contractors Sector Group.
PROSPERITY PARTNERS Connecting the dots By Jacki Hart CLP Prosperity Partners program manager
begin this month’s column with a quote from one of our industry leaders and an outstanding Prosperity Partners instructor, Tim Kearney CLP, “As an association of members with common challenges throughout our careers, we need Landscape Ontario to connect the dots, and connect us with each other, and the benefits of membership.”
results for your business? 2. S ince beginning the Prosperity Partners Program, what changes have you made to address your blind spot? 3. W hat changes have you made to allow yourself to spend more time working ON your business? 4. W hat principle of the Prosperity Partners Program do you feel has had the biggest impact on your work-life balance? 5. In what ways are you leveraging your current excess resources to support your business challenges? 6. W hat strategies have you used to communicate your core values, or nonnegotiables, to your employees? Entries must be received by Nov. 20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go for it, and be recognized for your efforts to take your business to its next level.
The Prosperity Partners Engagement Award deadline is Nov. 20. If you have taken the Build Your Prosperity seminar, grab a few minutes to give us a ONE Prosperity quote of the month SENTENCE answer to the questions below, and send “The Prosperity Partners Program, them to me. Our Prosperspearheaded by Bob Tubby CLP, is without ity committee will select the a doubt the single most effective program award recipients. Last year Landscape Ontario has ever created and five company owners were delivered.” selected, based on how the — Greg Salivan, program has assisted them. Salivan Landscaping, Toronto. To enter the Prosperity Engagement Award contest, please submit your SHORT Making Prosperity Partners answers to these questions: message accessible 1. What was the first change you made Last month I asked the Provincial Board after beginning the Prosperity Partners of Directors for suggestions on how we Program, and what were the positive
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can make the Prosperity Partners message and program more accessible. The suggestions were fantastic, engaging, and really connected the dots. Going forward, each of our ten sector group committees will have an information session about the program, and discuss with me how the program may need to be tailored to individual sectors to make the content more relevant. Watch for sector specific Prosperity offerings next winter. Congratulations to the Interior Plantscape Group for taking the initiative to be the first to ask for a customized program. Who’s next? In addition, the nine chapter board representatives agreed that the Prosperity Partners program is a benefit that needs to be more clearly communicated and shared among their members. We are working together on new ways to make the Prosperity Partners program more visible and clear for members at the chapter level.
And finally…connect the dots at Warm Up Monday during Congress 2013. It’s a business management short course, led by yours truly Jacki Hart and Tim Kearney. This one-day workshop will focus on strategies to reduce peak season stress, and improve the quality of work life. The group will create a customized list of challenges, and in break-out sessions drill out the core issues and create solutions. Designed with the over-burdened business manager/owner in mind, this interactive one-day event combines the power of peer-to-peer information exchange, effective management skill content and includes seasoned veterans as moderators to help launch your day-to-day prosperity to an entirely new level. Participants will be asked lots of questions to spark thought provoking business improvement discussions, such as: How long would your business survive without you? (i.e. cash flow, sales, team collaboration, profit, market share) What is the one thing you absolutely have to change and get right this coming year? If you feel like business is beating you up — why is that? Enrollment is limited, so go today to www.locongress.com to register. Don’t miss the next Building Your Prosperity seminar on Feb. 4 at the Milton home office. For more info, go to www.horttrades.com/seminars/2013-02-04/PP001. Jacki Hart may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Struggling with your Greenhouse or Nursery Business? It’s a whole different ballgame now. There’s a lot more to succeeding today than just working harder, growing good quality plants and cutting costs. Of course all of these things are very important, but they alone are not enough to ensure your ongoing success... or even survival. There are a number of other critical requirements for succeeding in today’s marketplace. I’ve spent the past two years in the Greenhouse business and have seen this firsthand. We know that there is a strong future for our industry, but in order to be a part of it many need to reposition their businesses… to align them with a changing market place and competitive environment. There is a rapidly growing need for progressive businesses with strategies, structures, programs and general management practices that are suited to the changing business climate. I can help. If you want to talk about how your business can be repositioned to move forward profitably, give me a call. The industry is going where other industries have gone before... I’ve been there and have helped businesses to succeed there. I’ve even helped them to win major business awards. If your objective is to exit your business, I am also open to opportunities for mutually advantageous structured or leveraged buyouts. It won’t cost you anything to meet and chat. It could cost you everything if you don’t. Confidentiality assured - helpfulness guaranteed. Contact Gord Sherwood Email: email@example.com Phone: (905) 320-5446
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employment OPPORTUNITIES Stevensville Lawn Service An award-winning landscape construction company looking for a Designer/Estimator possessing a college university degree in landscape design. Willing to comminucate with the private and commerical sector on all landscape challenges. Self-motivated, proven track record, strong communication, organization and leadership skills. Responsible to see that the design intent and developed project plan. Forward email to: email@example.com or fax (905) 382-3580
LARGE TREE TRANSPLANTING Transplanting trees up to 10” trunk diameter. We have a 44”, 80”, 90” and 100” spade to move trees with. Large trees up to 25’ tall for sale. BOTANIX OXFORD INSTA-SHADE RR#2, Burgessville ON N0J 1C0 Tel: 519-424-2180 • Fax 519-424-2420 Toll Free: 1-800-387-0246 Contact Jan Veldhuizen E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.botanixois.on.ca LARGE TREE MOVING AND SALES 115 inch and 90 inch tree spades available for hire. Largest truck mount machine in Ontario. Call Burkraft Services (905) 689-1269 BRENT QUARRIES MUSKOKA GRANITE PRODUCTS • Black and Pink Clearstone • • RIP-RAP • Armour Stone • • Rail Ballast • Golf Course Sand • (705) 765-6447 www.brentquarry.com Email: email@example.com
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Stevensville Lawn Service An award winning landscape construction company looking for a Hard Surface Foreperson. Needs minimum 5 years experience with capability of reading blueprints. Experience including flagstone, natural stone walls, retaining walls, armourstone. Possess attention to detail. Able to implement projects and to multi-task while directing staff. Forward email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (905) 382-3580 Stevensville Lawn Service An award-winning landscape construction company looking for a Soft Surface Foreperson. Needs minimum 5 years experience with capability of reading blueprints. Experience sodding and planting of trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials using good horticultural practices. Forward email to: email@example.com or fax (905) 382-3580
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LO Home Office, Milton Join us in this interactive and engaging seminar to shift your business results from frustration to excitement! In this seminar you will learn how to think differently about your business, and learn a whole new way of planning for your future success. Check out Prosperity Online Survey Take this free survey, posted at www.horttrades.com/prosperity, to measure your strengths and weaknesses in the five prosperity pillars.
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In 2013, Landscape Ontario celebrates four decades of industry service — kicking oﬀ at Congress. Watch Landscape Ontario magazine for special anniversary coverage on your association's past, present and future.
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January 8-10, 2013 Canada’s International Horticultural Lawn & Garden Trade Show and Conference
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