September 1, 2020

National award winners announced

Canada’s top landscape projects were recognized on Aug. 12 in CNLA’s National Awards of Landscape Excellence. Winners included:
Aménagement Côté Jardin of Montreal, Que., for the Caterpillar National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Construction

Fossil Landscape Construction of Vancouver, B.C., for the Caterpillar National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Construction

Airo Landscapes St. John’s, N.L., for the National Award of Excellence for Landscape Design

Wilco Contractors Southwest of Calgary, Alta., for the National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Maintenance

Yorkshire Garden Services of Concord, Ont., for the National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Maintenance

The Goodman Labyrinth and Chestermere Community Park for the Caterpillar Green for Life Community Award

National Awards entries are submitted by the provincial associations based on their regional award programs. Entries are
judged by a panel of industry experts, with company names and locations redacted from each submission.

Green Cities: Hope in Hamilton

Established by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, The Green Cities Foundation is a community connecting plants and people for a greener, healthier urban environment. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, urban dwellers have been required to shelter in place and maintain social distance. As the restrictions on movement and gatherings are eased, citizens are moving outdoors and there is a growing realization that urban areas need more green, open spaces for people to congregate safely to enjoy the outdoors. The Green Cities Foundation, with the help of our membership across Canada, is uniquely positioned to assist in projects to improve, enhance and create those spaces.

The Foundation has been busy preparing to launch its first project in Hamilton, Ont., at St. Matthew’s House, a place of hope that supports people in need downtown Hamilton, Ontario as well as at three parks in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Through its affiliation with the CNLA membership, the Foundation is looking for volunteers and material donations to help make this project a reality starting this fall. Through this project we will demonstrate the importance of community engagement and community members’ connection with the environment, the positive impacts of increased public green spaces in urbanized environments on the health and wellbeing of children, older adults, and at-risk citizens, as well as improving the climate of Canadian communities, one project at a time.

For more information on becoming involved in this important project, please contact Rebecca Doutre, GCF Executive Director,, or visit

CiB is bloomin’ on

Communities in Bloom (CiB), along with sponsors and partners, is delivering an exciting virtual program in 2020 to keep communities blooming and engaged. The CiB Board of Directors has also been busy developing a new strategic plan, as well as a tactical plan for the committees’ work. The organization is excited to share its updated values, vision and mission.
CiB values include: integrity, respect, collaboration, excellence and accountability.

CiB’s vision is to inspire all communities to enhance the quality of life and our environment through people and plants in order to create community pride.

The CiB mission: We are a volunteer and partnership driven organization that uses multi-tiered competitive evaluation to foster community strength, involvement and continuous improvement by nurturing environmental sustainability, enhancements of green spaces, and heritage conservation in cultural and natural environments in key community sectors including municipal, residential, commercial and institutional spaces.

For members interested in participating, the 2020 Special Edition program includes a free webinar series; community-based contests, awards and grants; an online community chat portal; and a virtual symposium in Fall 2020. To register, or for more information, visit
  CIB CiB beautification in Boissevain, Man.

New VW savings program

CNLA is pleased to announce a new endorsed supplier partnership program with Volkswagen Canada. All CNLA members will receive access to a competitive assistance program, including special discounted pricing on a selection of 2020 model year vehicles.

CNLA members can contact the CNLA Member Services Team at 1-888-446-3499 or for more information regarding the program, and to request a Member Confirmation Letter. This document gains the member access to the fleet program discount and it is required at the time of purchase by the dealer. Each confirmation letter is VIN-specific, and a $200 administration fee is required before the letter is provided.

COPF staff update

CNLA has been handling Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF) royalty administration since 2012. CNLA would like to thank Sandy Trickey for all her work over all the years with the COPF. It was a pleasure working with her, and we wish her all the best.

With the departure of Sandy, CNLA Member Services Administration Megan Farias,, will now be handling all of COPF’s administration. The new 2020 Royalty Report is now up on the website.

Most invoices are being sent electronically and the royalty payouts are still twice a year, with one reporting period. We have recently been sending out quarterly e-newsletters, so please be on the lookout for our featured plants and any new updates. If you are a COPF member and not already receiving the newsletters, please contact

GCC postpones 2020 Summit

Garden Centres Canada will return to Edmonton for 2021, at the same location, with the same, already confirmed speakers. So save the date for next year’s GCC Summit: July 11-13, 2021. Those who have registered for 2020 will be provided with a full refund.

Keep a keen eye on our social media and e-News for a fresh new look, and announcements on additional speakers. For questions or concerns, please contact Anne Kadwell at   
The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is the federation of Canada’s provincial horticultural trade associations. Visit for more information.