July 3, 2020
Entries now open for 48th edition of Awards of Excellence
In 1992, Avalon Landscaping won the Dunington-Grubb Award for the highest scoring project in Landscape Ontario’s annual Awards of Excellence program. Avalon owner, Ed Chanady, recalls winning the prestigious award: “At the time, we were still just a small company, and some pretty big companies typically would win that award. But we won, along with six other awards that year. Our project was featured on the cover of the magazine and it really brought us to the forefront.” Chanady says it provided a springboard for his company that led to working on a few television shows with HGTV and to work on projects with some really big name architects.

LO’s Awards of Excellence program is now accepting online entries of projects in the construction, maintenance and design categories. LO members have until Oct. 1 to submit their best and most unique work in the annual competition.

Started in 1973, the awards program celebrates the most outstanding craftsmanship, design and innovation the green profession has to offer. Members who have won awards have leveraged the recognition in marketing campaigns, sales to clients, and to acknowledge the hard work and talent of their teams. Winning an Award of Excellence showcases the high level of professionalism and quality of your company.

Interior landscaping, irrigation, and landscape lighting are also part of the program.

This year, organizers are proud to introduce the first annual Employer of Choice Awards. These awards provide a chance for your company to be recognized as one of the top employers within the Landscape Ontario community.

LO members are also invited to nominate an individual for one of the Special Awards. These awards recognize outstanding leaders and volunteers of the association who share their time and passion for the betterment of landscaping and horticulture in Ontario.

All awards submissions are completed online via LOawards.com, and the program is only open to current members of Landscape Ontario. The website includes detailed information about the categories and guidelines, eligibility requirements and submission details.

To enter, you will need a username and password to login. If you do not have one, or cannot remember your password, the system will prompt you to either create a new account, or you can reset your password. From there, you will find a step-by-step guide for awards submissions, starting with company information and category selection. You can always save-as-you-go, then go back and continue to complete your entry at any time.    

Before starting an entry, it is best to have the following information:
  • Contact information of the person entering on behalf of the company.
  • Images of the project in hi-res .jpg format; minimum of six and maximum of 15.
  • A point form project summary describing what you were trying to achieve with your project, including any quirks or conditions imposed by the property owner. Do not include your company name.
  • Authorization Signatures form with the client/property owner’s signature.
  • Credit card information for payment. Please note that your entry will not be officially submitted until payment is received.
Details about the Awards of Excellence ceremony will be announced at a later date. Organizers are planning to hold the usual live event in conjunction with Congress in January, but are also exploring a number of virtual options.

If you have any questions about the awards program or the entry process, or if you need help navigating the online entry system, please contact Myscha Stafford at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 2333, or e-mail awards@landscapeontario.com.