March 7, 2019
About 250 landscape professionals, horticulture enthusiasts and students from the Fanshawe College horticulture and design programs attended the London Chapter Plant Symposium on Feb. 8, 2019, at the Lamplighter Inn Crystal Ballroom in London, Ont.

Presented by Landscape Ontario’s London Chapter and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), the third annual event featured a variety of horticulture speakers, networking opportunities, local vendors and a buffet lunch.

Michael Pascoe, Fanshawe College Horticulture program coordinator, led the symposium as the emcee.

The symposium featured four speakers: Bob Reeves, founder of Root Rescue, who spoke on the importance of healthy soil for healthy plants; Jane Magri, registered clinical herbalist (RH) ayurvedic yoga teacher and co-owner of Wildflowers Farm, presented “Healing Botanicals and Bees;” Paul Zammit, Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden spoke on container gardening; and Jessica Robertson, owner of Wild Craft Permaculture gave a talk on passive watering systems for healthy plants and less work.

The market place featured some very unique items for purchase and attendees had a great time shopping among the vendors that included: Wildflowers Tea & Honey, My Moose’s Bookshelf, Garden Glamour, Earthen Way Jewelry, Baseline Nurseries, Grow and Bloom, Root Rescue.

Non-profit vendors included: Reforest London, Women In Landscaping, Fanshawe College Horticulture and Design programs and Wildcraft Permaculture.

Attendees were also able to test their knowledge with a mini-plant identification contest, organized by the Fanshawe College horticulture program. There were a lot of attendees who really knew their plants!

The event would not be successful without the support of many sponsors. Organizers would like to recognize the following sponsors: OALA (co-host sponsor), Baseline Nurseries, Grand River Natural Stone, Canadale Nurseries, Parkway Gardens, and Hamisco Industrial Supplies (Superior Glove).

Thanks also to the Plant Symposium committee of Michelle Peeters, Cindy Buelow, Pam Cook and Wendy Harry who organized the event.

Please visit the London Chapter Facebook page to view pictures of the event. Plans for the fourth annual Plant Symposium, to be held Feb. 7, 2020, are underway.