May 2023Previous Issues
Are landscape designers who draw by hand a dying breed?
Landscape designers and architects have used Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software since the 1970s, and the technology has come a long way over the last 50 years. With software improving every year, empowering professionals to create sophisticated designs with precision and efficiency, is there still a place for the drafting table in a modern design studio?
The magic and mystery of dry stone
On a quest for armour stone and river rock, the intrepid landscaper needs only to journey to Dibbits Landscape Supply in Trenton, Ont. There, a vast array presents itself, but first, the adventurer must make it past the ancient mystical monument known only to those with secret knowledge: the hobbit house.
Sheep grazing for tree nurseries
In 2022, I was part of a team that introduced a flock of sheep to some tree fields at NVK Nurseries. The sheep graze on the cover crops we installed previously to reduce bare soil between the rows of trees. For sustainability to be realized, the use of farm animals is this last element that completes the cycle of life.
Photographer Spotlight - Brett Hitchins
Brett Hitchins is a Vancouver-based commercial photographer and the owner of Brett Ryan Studios. His work focuses on portfolio imagery for distinguished architects, landscape designers, and engineering firms, helping to communicate the value of their work through multi-disciplinary visuals.
Plants are the lungs of our cities
Alan White is a champion for the power of plants to clean the air we breathe, cool our cities, and capture carbon. White often says that plants are the lungs of our cities, and landscape horticulture professionals are critical to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Soil management and safeguarding tree health
A healthy, mature tree survives and flourishes best when its soil remains undisturbed. Mature trees are a vital component to quality landscapes, so it makes sense to take measures to avoid and mitigate the potentially harmful impacts on trees through construction, plant bed installation, and hard landscaping.
Growing Your Business
Internet Of Nature
Vectorworks Design Scholarship
Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks invites students to see where their designs can take them by entering the seventh Vectorworks Design Scholarship.
Feds provide 12 million for CAHRC project
The Canadian government announced it is providing the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) just over $12 million for their Growing the Agriculture Workforce of the Future: Cultivating Canada’s Post-Pandemic Recovery Project.
Grow West Coast plans 2024 re-launch
The British Columbia Landscape Nursery Association (BCLNA) announced the Grow West Coast Horticulture Trade Show (GWC) will be reimagined for a 2024 re-launch.
2024 World Green Cities Awards
The AIPH World Green City Awards recognize and celebrate bold and innovative action that harnesses the power of plants and nature to create greener, healthier, and more resilient cities.
National Designers Subcommittee
With feedback coming in from our latest survey we are starting to gather a picture of what is really important to designers and where many different types of design offices and professionals are.
Managing the exclusion and expiry of claims
Generally speaking, the expiry of claims for contractual liability or negligence in Canada are tied to limitation periods set out in various pieces of legislation. In Ontario, for example, the Limitations Act, 2002, establishes a general limitation period of two years (from the date the claim is ‘discovered’) and (in most cases) an outside limitation period of 15 years.