August 1, 2017

CNLA to welcome 300 delegates to Niagara Falls

This September, CNLA, in partnership with the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA), will welcome 300 visitors from around the world to take part in the annual IGCA Congress, in Niagara Falls, Ont. Delegates will spend the week touring local independent garden centres and nurseries, learning about the industry in Canada. This is the second time the international congress has taken place in Canada; in 2008 delegates had the opportunity to visit garden centres in Vancouver, B.C. This unique opportunity allows a diverse group of business owners to see a little bit of Canada, and allows Canadians to learn from them as well!

Have you visited any Canada 150 Garden Experiences?

In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Canadian Garden Council (CGC) designated 150 gardens and garden experiences as ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Supported by CNLA, the designations were awarded during the 2017 North American Garden Tourism Awards. A full list of experiences can be seen on the CGC website: Get in the celebratory mood and experience some of Canada’s great gardens!
bowl of cucamelons The Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) teaching award was presented to Tracey MacKenzie.

Tracey MacKenzie receives teaching award

The Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) presents an annual Teaching Award to worthy recipients to show appreciation and to further the professional development of the recipient. Recipients should demonstrate an ability to attract and motivate students; use effective, innovative teaching methods; posess knowledge of subject matter, course and curriculum development and display professional integrity.

Tracey MacKenzie, Assistant Professor with the Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences in the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture in Halifax, N.S., was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 award. Tracey has contributed his creativity and innovation to developing a range of courses and constantly updates his curriculum to meet industry certification standards. Tracey has consistently received “excellence” in teaching as seen from student ratings. His passion for teaching, combined with his industry involvement, brings real-world issues and solutions to the classroom.

MacKenzie has made significant contributions to the Landscape Horticulture discipline for over two decades. Hundreds of students have been inspired and trained by him over these years. Many former students
now hold important positions as entrepreneurs, landscape architects, and horticulturists, with both regional and national impact.

CNLA extends its sincere congratulations to Tracey on a well-deserved award!

Two legislative gardens blooming thanks to CNLA members

Members of both the B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association (BCLNA) and Landscape Alberta took part in building gardens for their province’s legislature buildings. Members of Landscape Alberta volunteered this past June to create a beautiful Canada 150-themed garden at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton. Members of BCLNA entered a contest to design a pollinator garden on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria. Mother Earth Gardens and Design of Port Coquitlam submitted the winning design, and attended the garden reveal in June.

CLD grandfathering provision

The grandfathering provision is an alternate path for candidates, with extensive landscape design experience or membership in landscape design associations, to obtain CNLA’s prestigious Landscape Industry Certified Designer designation. Under this provision, candidates circumvent the written exam and rigorous portfolio submission required for normal CLD certification, rather presenting their body of work as proof of expertise as landscape designers. Achieving designation through the grandfathering process validates competence in site engineering and design, affirming proficiency in a modern industry driven by credentials and assures clients they can invest in you.

To apply, candidates submit details of relevant education and work experience, plus letters from two sponsors, validating their professional experience. The Review Board approves applications to proceed under the grandfathering provision. Approved candidates are invited to discuss pertinent details from three landscape design projects they played a primary role in creating. The review assesses presentations to determine whether the candidate’s level of competence is equivalent to, or higher than, that established by the normal CLD Certification program.

For more information, visit or listen to an online webinar at If you have questions or are interested in applying for CLD under the grandfathering provision, contact Edith Oyosoro at CNLA, at 1-888-446-3499 ext. 8650, or email   
The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is the federation of Canada’s provincial horticultural trade associations. Visit for more information.