February 3, 2022
49th annual awards special winners

49th annual Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence winners

Recognizing the best of the best in Ontario

backyard with a pool 

Dunington-Grubb Award 2022

Awarded to: The Landmark Group, for Tranquil Hideaway
This award goes to the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the various construction categories.  

landscaped backyard 

Casey van Maris Award 2022

Awarded to: Cedar Springs Landscape Group, for Wonderful in White
In 1997, Landscape Ontario lost one of its most influential and respected members: Mr. Casey van Maris, a founder of the association. To honour his legacy, Landscape Ontario developed an award which, to this day, upholds Casey’s values in the pursuit of excellence. The Casey van Maris award is given to the project awarded the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping.  

natural landscaped backyard 

Don Salivan Grounds Management Award 2022

Awarded to: Allweather Landscape Co Ltd, for Kensington
This award recognizes skill, that when properly executed, protects or even enhances the value of the original landscape investment. The winner is selected from all projects submitted in the maintenance program.  

landscape design plan drawing 

Neil Vanderkruk Award for Excellence in Design 2022

Awarded to: Derue Designs, for Serenity
This award goes to the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the design categories.  

Special awards 2022

Horst Dickert Memorial Award 2022
Awarded to: International Landscaping Inc for Native Perennial Pollinator Garden
This award recognizes the best use of native plant material well integrated into a designed or implemented sustainable landscape. The winner is selected from construction, maintenance or design project submissions.

Garden Communicator’s Award 2022
Awarded to: Steven and Emma Biggs
Given to a writer or broadcaster who has consistently produced a high level of quality in the field of horticulture through his or her efforts in communication. Candidates include those who communicate to the general public or the trade on a regular basis.
Prosperity Partner Rookie Entrepreneur of the Year 2022
Awarded to: Heather Jerrard
This award is presented to an outstanding individual that has worked through the Prosperity Partners Program and has demonstrated business leadership using the five pillars of the prosperity partnership model. Recipients are selected by the Prosperity Partnership Committee.

Green Stamp Award 2022
Awarded to: Whispering Pines Landscaping for Country Living
Awarded to: International Landscaping Inc. for Rear Yard Retreat
Awarded to: Green Roots Landscaping for Patton
Awarded to: Rockscape for Lake Simcoe Residence
Awarded to: Jackson Pond for Carson’s Paw’nd
Awarded to: Niagara Outdoor for Peach Harbour
Awarded to: The Imrie Group for Stoney Ridge
Awarded to: International Landscaping Inc. for Water-Wise Hardscape
Awarded to: International Landscaping Inc for Native Perennial
Awarded to: Lavish for Stonehouse Wildflower Meadow
This award is presented to projects that exemplify green practices, using quality construction, maintenance and design, in sustainable landscapes, such as: use of permeable paving, native plantings, water conservation strategies, green roof technology, etc.

Young Entrepreneur Award 2022
Awarded to: Yevegenly (John) Karpov
This award recognizes a member for outstanding achievement in establishing and growing a successful horticultural business and is under the age of 35 years.

Environmental Award 2022
Awarded to: Colliers
This award goes to an organization or individual for outstanding contributions and achievement in maintaining or promoting a sustainable, healthy environment. This award provides an opportunity for the landscape and horticulture profession in Ontario to recognize environmental stewardship and leadership.

Legacy Award 2022
Awarded to: Bill Putzer (posthumously)
This award was created in 2005 to recognize a lifetime of achievement in the horticulture industry. This award is given to those who not only impart their knowledge on the people around them, but who also leave something for the generations behind them.

The Awards of Excellence ceremony is made possible through the generosity of our Presenting Partner: G&L Group, and Supporting Partners: Connon Nurseries, Bobcat, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Miller Compost.
G&L Group Logo 
in-lite Design Corporation
Connon Nurseries CBV
Aspire Software
Toro Company
SiteOne Landscape Supply


Top scoring winners will be entered into the National Awards of Excellence Program. See CanadaNursery.com for more information.