June 2, 2023
Amy BuchananLandscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association holds an annual juried competition to recognize excellence among its members, provide marketing opportunities and raise the bar for the industry. The program is open exclusively to all Green Trade Members and Green Trade Sole Proprietor Members of the association. It is to provide members with a marketing tool that shows their skill, passion, expertise, knowledge and customer-centric approach to creating the best landscapes in Ontario.

Entries are accepted for the following programs: Landscape Construction, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Design, Landscape Lighting, Landscape Irrigation, Interior Plantscaping, Employer of the Year.

A category for every project

Even if the project you are entering is unique, we've got a category for it! When compiling information for your entries, be sure to refer to the categories page on our website before starting your online entry.

Top awards

In addition to the program awards, the Awards of Excellence program features four top awards. These are chosen by the judges as the most outstanding projects of all entries. These awards are not open for nomination. Winners receive a professionally produced Legacy Video that will be showcased at the following ceremony and can be used as a marketing tool on your own website and social media. The top awards are:

Dunington-Grubb Award
This award goes to the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the construction categories.

Casey van Maris Memorial Award
The Casey van Maris award is given to the project awarded the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping.

Don Salivan Memorial Grounds Management Award
This award recognizes skill, that when properly executed, protects or even enhances the value of the original landscape investment. Winner is selected from maintenance project submissions.  

Neil Vanderkruk Award for Excellence in Landscape Design
This award goes to the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the design categories.  

Give your team and marketing a boost

Winning an award can give you an advantage over the competition and inspire potential clients to choose your services or products. It's also a great boost for your hard-working, skilled team who help to provide the best possible experience for your clients. Everyone wants their exceptional work to be recognized, and winning an LO Award of Excellence can go a long way to making that a reality.

Awards for outstanding individuals

The Special Awards Program is a means of recognition for the many volunteers and friends of the association that have spent countless hours working to better our great industry. Winners are determined through a nomination process. To nominate someone for an award, please see the criteria and a nomination form on LOAwards.com.

Top scoring winners from the construction, maintenance and design programs will go on to compete in the National Awards of Excellence program.

Online entries for the Awards of Excellence are accepted annually from July 1 to Oct. 1 and information can be found online at LOAwards.com.
Amy Buchanan CMP
LO Director of Membership