March 8, 2022
Garden eye candy? Check. Technology and business growth ideas? Check. Inspiration and broadened perspectives? CHECK!

With 36 sessions led by 47 industry experts, the 2022 Congress Conference had something for everyone.

The virtual event ran Jan. 18-20, 2022. Attendees pre-registered for topics of choice, and then logged in to Zoom to see live presentations and ask questions. Some sessions were even eligible for the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

All sessions were recorded and only registered attendees have access to those recordings until the end of March. If gaining access to a wealth of current and relevant information like this appeals to you, be sure to attend in 2023.

As one might expect of those working in a green profession, sessions about plants were big hits. Of note, recordings of the sessions Garden Centres Around the World, 2021 Trial Garden Results, and Recommended Repertoire of Respectable Plants 4.0 have been very popular.

Business-related sessions such as Successfully Recruiting and Retaining Labour, Embrace Your Inner Geek, Profiting by Saying No, and Succession Planning struck a chord with business owners looking to solve labour issues, improve project management or integrate technology into their workflow.

There were plenty of sessions for landscapers, too, including Pond Management, Innovative Soils in the Modern Construction Landscape, and Invasive Species for Carolinian Trees.

The session with the most live attendees and recording views combined (as of print time) was Sustainability – Buzz Word or Buzz Kill? This session explored where the world is headed with sustainability, how to reconcile the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social equity, and economic demands), and how to shape your business to be fit for the future.

Landscape Ontario would like to thank presenting sponsors: Banas Stones, Beaver Valley Stone, Rinox Group, STONEarch, and supporting sponsors: Alumni Association of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, A.M.A. Horticulture, A.V.K. Nursery Holdings, Compost Council of Canada, Earthco Soil Mixtures, in-lite Outdoor Lighting, Natural Stone Traders, NVK Nurseries, Rymar Grass, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Toro, and Turf Care Products Canada.