April 15, 2015
The Feb. 18 Contractors’ Lecture and Dinner event had a great turnout with 100 contractors, designers and suppliers in attendance at Chateau Le Jardin Conference and Event Venue Centre in Woodbridge.

Many came out to network with peers, have a great dinner and learn from the many speakers at the Lecture. The event, hosted by LO’s Landscape Contractors Sector Group, rotates locations each year.  

Arthur Skolnik, director on LO’s Contractor Group was MC for the evening which provided two perspectives on landscape design and landscape architecture, as it relates to a contracted landscape project.

The first lecture was from James G. Thompson OALA, of J. Garfield Thompson Landscape, an Etobicoke-based landscape contractor, landscape architect and entrepreneur with a broad spectrum of experience. Thompson also founded the Water Arts company, and expressed his passion for water features. His excellent execution, skill and talent were evident to all in the room.

Following Thompson’s presentation, was landscape architect, Paul R. Brydges OALA, who brings a vast range of experience and draws inspiration from his clients, as well as his peers. Brydges highlighted many projects through a pictorial showcase and discussed his philosophy and areas of specialty. His connections throughout the industry from serving on the Landscape Ontario Provincial Board of Directors, as well as the Landscape Designer Group, have allowed Brydges to engage his team.

Both presenters answered many questions, and shared some design-savvy tips for the trade.

The room was bustling following the event and many commented how inspired they were by their peers. A special thank you to Brenda Luckhardt and Sheridan Nurseries for the fresh spring centrepieces of fragrant blooming bulbs; everyone needed the reminder that spring is coming.

Dinner was significantly subsidized at the price of only $25 per person through the generous event sponsors, Beaver Valley Stone, Gro-Bark (Ontario), Pfaff Leasing, Sheridan Nurseries, Unilock and York Region Equipment. Each of the event sponsors had exhibits showcasing their products, and this provided everyone an opportunity to see the products up close and talk to the suppliers throughout the evening. A sincere thank went to each of the sponsors.

The committee looks forward to announcing plans for the 2016 event, which will include a new Grounds Management Sector Group event preceding the lecture. Have ideas, comments or suggestions to share? Send them to kristen@landscapeontario.com.