August 2012

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London Chapter members showcase their talent in garden tour

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the London Chapter invited the public to see first-hand what a professionally designed and installed garden looks like.

Planters part of Yonge Street event

For four weeks in August and September, a section of Ontario’s most famous street will feature 235 planters, many created by members of Landscape Ontario.

M&S Architectural ensures clean water in Nicaragua

Mike Beadle of M&S Architectural in Gilford, just south of Barrie, has worked in Nicaragua leading a water filtration project.

Upper Canada Stone Company big supporter of KidSport

Upper Canada Stone Company in Shanty Bay, near Barrie, has been involved with KidSport Ontario for many years now.

Petrie’s help list is long

When the call went out to members who are involved with community events, Petrie’s Quality Soil in Oakville responded with a list of over 60 events and organizations.

Upper Canada apprentices

An apprenticeship program through Loyalist College had some major influence through the Upper Canada Chapter.

Sheridan Nurseries supports large and small campaigns

When it comes to supporting community project, Sheridan Nurseries supports hundreds of small donations each year.

Snow and ice symposium returns to LO home office

LO’s Snow and Ice Conference and Expo is returning to Landscape Ontario’s home office in Milton on Sept. 20.

New savings program for members

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association has announced that Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants is part of the member benefit program.

Trial gardens open house on Aug. 17

An opportunity to view first-hand some of the latest plants and how they fare under local conditions is available to horticultural professionals on Aug. 17.

Business improvement opportunity hosted by Wentworth Landscape Group

The first day will review Wentworth’s corporate systems and processes.

Market your company online with Landscape Ontario

As an active member of Landscape Ontario, you can create a free online profile on the popular Green for Life website at

Members needed to take part in National Tree Day

Landscape Ontario is encouraging members to work with their local schools to promote National Tree Day on Sept. 26.

LO looking at pilot group insurance program

Landscape Ontario is investigating the the possibility of developing its own group insurance program.
Industry News

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Bruce County

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed in early July the presence of the emerald ash borer in Bruce County.

Other EAB news

A biologist says the City of Ottawa might have inadvertently created a major environmental problem dealing with the emerald ash borer.

Recycling program sees 40 per cent increase

Nearly 100,000 lbs. of garden plastic was collected in the National Plastics Recycling Event held from June 22 to July 1.

Long-term forecast shows drought continuing

The landscape industry is experiencing one of the worst summers of drought in history.

Oakville asks for government help

The Town of Oakville is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and join the fight against the emerald ash borer.

WSIB receives independent review

"There are tough decisions to be made not the least of which is a decision about our insurance premium for employers for the next few years."

LO promoting World Garden Event

Landscape Ontario is a driving force behind the Niagara World Garden Event in 2017.

Fleet rated insurance requires qualification

By Sabrina Granese
Due to some confusion as to what constitutes an automobile fleet, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has outlined the qualifying criteria.

Fears expressed about cuts to AgriStability

Concern is being raised over the federal government looking at significant cuts to a key program for growers, AgriStability.

Dry stone festival offers special day for students

The Stonewurx International Dry Stone Walling Festival will celebrate the ancient craft of dry stone walling from Sept. 28 to 30 in Hanover.

WSIB campaign informs construction employers

The new law is effective January 1, 2013.

IPPS tours Ottawa

The International Plant Propagator’s Society area meeting and tour took place in Ottawa on July 25 and 26.