October 16, 2015

Please note - the submitting company's personal residence may NOT be entered in to any categories. Projects entered must be your customers property.

Construction, Maintenance and Design Categories
Open for entry July 1 to October 1 (no extensions)
Ceremony will be January 7, 2020.


Construction projects must have been completed no more than four years ago.
Judges will be using the following criteria: Originality, effectiveness and harmony of design elements, integration of plants and landscape materials, installation techniques and craftsmanship, execution of construction details, overall quality, horticultural compatibility and correctness, installation challenges encountered/site problems solved, appearance and ease of maintenance, unique use of plant material and overall impression. View the judge's score sheet.

Residential Construction: Design/Built by your firm or in conjunction with an independent designer:

  1. Under $10,000
  2. $10,000-$25,000
  3. $25,000-$50,000
  4. $50,000-$100,000
  5. $100,000-$250,000
  6. $250,000-$500,000
  7. $500,000-$1,000,000
  8. Over $1,000,000

Commercial Construction: Multi-residential and industrial landscape construction - design/built by your firm or in conjunction with an independent designer:

  1. Under $10,000
  2. $10,000-$25,000
  3. $25,000-$50,000
  4. $50,000-$100,00
  5. 100,000-$250,000
  6. Over $250,000
  7. Special Interest Construction: A focus on a specific area of the landscape. Unique or unusual use of concepts and materials - examples of hard or soft landscaping. Entries must be from one project only. (Eg. Built in BBQ area, Specialty Seating, Green Wall, etc).
  8. Water Features: Unlimited (eg. pools, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, etc.
  9. Place of Business: Your own business entrance as seen by your customers; NOT including your personal/private residence area. (Company name may be referenced in both images and project summary).
  10. Rooftop or Balcony Garden: Entries will be judged on feasibility of construction, best practices and overall visual impact. May be a residential or commercial project.
  11. Theme Gardens: This must be a permanent installation. Please state the intended theme. (eg. Butterfly Garden, Rock Garden, Knot Garden, Ornamental Grass Garden, etc.) Theme must be predominant in overall appearance/design intent.


Entries must promote the use of landscape lighting, both low and line voltage, as an essential extension of the landscape plan, well integrated into its environment.

  1. Under $10,000
  2. $10,000-$30,000
  3. Over $30,000
  4. Holiday Lighting: Use of decorative lighting to enhance the property for festivals or holidays.



This category is open to all industry sectors as listed above. USE YOUR WEB ADDRESS FOR YOUR PROJECT NAME. Judges will navigate through your website. Project summary should include what you are trying to achieve with your site, and how it has helped your business. Please submit 1-3 digital images as a sample from your web site for use on the plaque/in the ceremony. (1-3 screen captures or pages).

  1. Company Website



Maintenance projects must have been maintained for a period of not less than two seasons.
Judges will be using the following criteria: Originality, overall impact, quality of turf cut, turf health, edging & trimming, evidence of IPM/best practices, cleanliness of site, (ie. debris), pruning (proper technique) plant health and vigour & design. View the judge's score sheet.

Private Residential Maintenance: Single Family Homes.

  1. Under 15,000 sq. ft. lot size
  2. 15,000 sq. ft.-1 acre
  3. 1 acre or more

Multi Residential Maintenance: Condominiums, senior citizen/nursing homes, townhouses, apartments.

  1. Under 2 acres (excluding parking)
  2. Over 2 acres (excluding parking)

Corporate Building Maintenance: Industrial Complexes, Public or Retail Buildings.

  1. Under 2 acres (excluding parking)
  2. Over 2 acres (excluding parking)
  1. Special Interest Maintenance: Residential or Commercial: A focus on a specific maintenance area featuring annuals, topiary, espalier, etc.
  2. Non-Turf Maintenance: Sites must feature maintenance on areas other than turf.



Judges will be using the following criteria: (Design/Installation) design, creativity and aesthetics of the project. Emphasis on coordination, challenge and quality of work performed. (Maintenance) quality of work performed. Emphasis on scope of the project, maintenance schedules and procedures, and significant challenges.

Interior Design and Installation: Focus on design, creativity and aesthetics of the project, with an emphasis on coordination, challenge and quality of work performed. Incorporate plants, containers and other elements to create an attractive and sustainable project.

  1. Projects less than $2,500 service value per annum
  2. Projects greater than $2,500 service value per annum

Interior Maintenance: Contractor must have maintained the project for a minimum of one year and must be the current maintenance contractor.

  1. Projects less than $2,500 service value per annum
  2. Projects greater than $2,500 service value per annum



Design only; does not have to be built. Plans should be mounted and presented on not more than one board per entry, black foam core, no larger than 24"x36". Coloured plans only. Plans must include a detailed plant list, sufficient to illustrate the design intent, (attached to the back of the board). Indicate north and include city name for reference. Drawings must be to scale. Project name should be indicated on the front of the design board. Before pictures may also be attached to the back of the board. Please also include a copy of the Project Summary sheet on the back of your design board. DO NOT identify your company, but do include the Project name.

*NOTE: all design category submissions must also complete the online entry forms before considered complete.

Boards should be sent to the Landscape Ontario Office:

Judges will be using the following criteria: Overall design impact, execution of problem/solution employed, creativity/innovation, horticultural compatibly & correctness, aesthetic appeal, technical hardscaping aspects, elements & detailing, plant selection, organization & completeness. Photos of your board are required for both judging reference to your physical board submission, as well as in the case that your project receives an award, we will use the photos of your board to showcase your work. Provide a minimum of 3 photos of the front of the board with your online submission. View the judge's score sheet.

Private Residential Design:

  1. Under 2500 sq. ft.
  2. 2500 to 5000 sq. ft.
  3. 5000 sq. ft. or more
  1. Commercial Design: May not include submitting company's place of business.
  2. Planting Design: Must be less than 10% construction, commercial or residential.



Irrigation projects must have been completed no more than 2 years ago and submitted by the installer. Judges will be using the following criteria: Quality of planning and analysis, effective use, presentation or programming of irrigation techniques and best practices, relationship to conservation initiatives, environmental responsibility, relevance to the irrigation profession, the public interest and the environment, functionalism, relationship to high efficiency context. Only one award will be given in each category at the discretion of the judges, and reserve the right not to award in either of the categories.

Superior professional accomplishment using reclaimed or potable water. Construction site-specific works of irrigation consulting, design, and installation for commercial or public projects. For large incremental/phased projects, the first phase must be completed to be eligible for the award.

  1. Water Conservation, Potable Water
  2. Water Conservation, Non-Potable Water


Growers Categories
Judged at the Industry Auction, Thursday, September 12, 2019

All decisions made by the judging panel are final.

  1. Evergreens - Field Grown, Upright and Spreading
  2. Evergreens - Container Grown, Upright and Spreading
  3. Broadleaf Evergreens
  4. Deciduous Shrubs
  5. Deciduous Trees - 300 cm or less
  6. Deciduous Trees - Top Grafted/Worked
  7. Caliper Trees (Minimum of two specimens)
  8. Vines and Groundcovers
  9. Perennials
  10. Unusual and Rare Plants (Worthy of attention; minimum of four specimens)
  11. Design on a Skid - be creative, anything goes (as long as it fits on a skid!)
  12. Judges Choice Award: The judges will choose the best overall entry to receive this special award.


Garden Centre Categories
Open for entry July 1 to September 1, 2019.
Winners announced October 24, 2019.

Judges will be using the following criteria: Sales appeal, originality, creativity, ease of shopping, cleanliness, use of signage, quality of plant material and overall impact. Judging is based on the images and descriptions submitted. All decisions made by the judging panel are final.

Outstanding Display of Plant Material:

  1. Deciduous Shrubs and/or Trees
  2. Annuals and/or Perennials
  3. Evergreens and/or Broadleaf
  4. Your Specialty: Plant material your business is noted for
  5. New Varieties: Annuals and/or Perennials

Outstanding Display of Goods:

  1. Outstanding Display of Giftware
  2. Outstanding Display of Hardgoods
  3. Outstanding Display of Seasonal Goods

Other Merchandising Techniques:

  1. Creative P.O.P. Area (Cash register or immediate surrounding area)
  2. Outstanding Promotional Event
  3. Outstanding Print Advertising (Company ID may be displayed.Please include three copies of print ad)
  4. Outstanding Web Site Development. Use your web address as the header of your submission. (Please include one to three images featuring art from your web site)

Permanent Display Gardens:

  1. Under 500 sq. ft.
  2. Over 500 sq. ft.


The judges will also award ‘Green Stamps’ to projects that exemplify green practices, using quality construction, maintenance and design, in sustainable landscapes. Best practices such as use of permeable paving, native plantings, water conservation strategies, green roof technology, etc., will be considered. Please include information on green in your project summary, and highlight your sustainability efforts in your photos.

PLEASE NOTE: All decisions made by the judging panels are final.



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