August 15, 2010
Landscape Ontario’s Expo 2010 has a lineup of educational events that offer show attendees excellent learning opportunities to expand upon their knowledge and skills.

With three symposia and the Green for Life stage, these four key educational events are scheduled at separate times, between Oct. 18 and 20, at the Toronto Congress Centre, providing show attendees with an opportunity to register for all events offered.

“In 2009 Landscape Ontario introduced a new look, a new show and a new experience and we hope to continue that trend this year, especially with our symposia, Green for Life stage and the speaker line-up,” said Sally Harvey, CLP, CHT, manager, Education and Labour Department.

Garden Centre Symposium

A highlight at this year’s Garden Centre Symposium, on Oct. 18, is the appearance of Eve Tigwell, well-known U.K. garden centre expert, who over the past summer conducted the garden inspection program through CNLA. Her topic at Expo will be, How to Run a Profitable Garden Centre. Other speakers include, Judy Sharpton, on Store School: Part 1, The Store as a Marketing and Customer Service and Store School: Part 2, Consumer Based Store Design – From Entrance to Major Departments to Exit, and Doug Green, Social Media in the Garden Centre: Making Sense of What Works and What Doesn’t on the Net. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m.

Landscape Designers

The following day, Oct. 19, landscape designers take over with the ever-popular symposium. Theresa Syer, Syer Hospitality Group, will lead the presentations this year.  Her subject is Creating the WOW Customer Experience.  The event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Interior Plantscape Symposium

The final day of Expo features the interior plantscape Symposium. This year’s event on Oct. 20 is Environmental Design: Interior Plantscape Breakfast and Networking. A panel will discuss living walls, LEED opportunities, and new trends. Speakers include Joanne Young of Greenery Office Interiors and Kathy Fediw of Johnson Fediw Associates. The symposium is scheduled to take place from 8 to 10 a.m.

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