April 15, 2009
A time and venue change proved successful for LO’s Contractors Group and its annual lecture series, held this year in conjunction with Industry Night at Canada Blooms. Landscape architect Real Eguchi spoke on his career, projects, and perspectives on how design works within nature’s larger scheme. Contractor Joe Murgel of Stonetech Corperation connected with his audience by describing how he loves his industry, despite problems with holdbacks, general contractors and downturns.

The Contractors Group extends thanks to sponsors Unilock, Beaver Valley Stone, Eloquip and Dufferin Aggregates.

Great network event

Now in its second year, Industry Night has be come a Canada Blooms tradition. Its purpose: to recognize and celebrate the essential role our green industry plays in the festival.

A wine and cheese reception, sponsored by Sinclair Cockburn and Ariens, kicked the night off. LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni spoke on the association’s Green for Life initiative and Canada Blooms general manager Gerry Ginsberg graciously thanked the many volunteers and staffers who make Canada Blooms possible. A highlight of his presentation was the announcement of a special award for former LO president David Turnbull, who has contributed to the smooth operation of Blooms for years, and is now retiring his post. Ginsberg closed the evening by presenting feature garden awards to the many dedicated and deserving builders.