June 15, 2015
Each year at Landscape Ontario’s Industry Auction, growers have an opportunity to showcase their best plant material and enter the Awards of Excellence Program.

This year the annual event will see changes, as it joins Thrive ’15 on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.

As always, entries are judged onsite and then auctioned off at the event. The skids of material massed together create a glorious vision for plant geeks. All material entered is to be delivered by Sept. 15. It is a donation to the auction for bidding, with proceeds benefiting industry research and scholarships through the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation.

Awards of Excellence categories of entry 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 choose the best overall entry to receive this special recognition.

Note, This year Buxus and Pachysandra will not be accepted for entry.

Winners will be announced during the auction at Thrive’15 on Sept. 17.