June 15, 2016
The Landscape Ontario Growers Sector Group will be holding their annual buying event for garden centres, contractors and plant lovers at Dutchmaster Nurseries in Pickering, Ont. on Sept. 16.

The auction offers buyers access to some of the best nursery stock in Ontario — skids of trees, shrubs and perennials, as well and related products and individual silent auction items — all donated by retailers, suppliers, contractors and growers. Proceeds from the event benefit industry research and scholarships through the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation.

The event also offers Ontario growers the opportunity to showcase their best plant material by entering the LO Growers Awards of Excellence Program. Entries are judged onsite and then auctioned off at the event.

Awards of Excellence categories include: Evergreens - Field Grown, Upright and Spreading; Evergreens - Container Grown, Upright and Spreading; Broadleaf Evergreens; Deciduous Shrubs; Deciduous Trees - 300 cm or less; Deciduous Trees - Top Grafted/Worked; Caliper Trees (minimum of two specimens); Vines and Groundcovers; Perennials; Unusual and Rare Plants (worthy of attention; minimum of four specimens) and Design on a Skid — be creative, anything goes, as long as it fits on a skid. Judges will also choose the best overall entry to receive special recognition.

All material entered is to be delivered Sept. 15 or early morning Sept. 16. Please note Buxus and Pachysandra will not be accepted for entry or donation.

Winners will be announced during the auction on Sept. 16. Only LO members are eligible to enter the awards program.

Entry forms and more details are available at industryauction.ca.