February 3, 2016
Arthur Skolnik passed away suddenly on Jan. 27 while on holiday in Antigua with his wife Barbara Rosensweig.

Co-owner of Shibui Landscaping in Toronto, Skolnik specialized in constructing Japanese and Western style gardens since 1988. A Landscape Ontario member for almost 20 years, Skolnik spent many of those years involved with the association as a volunteer on the landscape contractor sector group board and spoke as a presenter at the annual Landscape Lecture Series and many other industry-specific events. Over the years, Skolnik often participated in Canada Blooms, showcasing his signature Japanese style garden to the delight of show attendees.

Early on, Skolnik developed a passion for both bonsai and suiseki (the art of using viewing stones). Originally from Montreal, Skolnik had a bonsai store and later moved to Toronto and began putting his artistic and creative talents to work designing unique gardens. Skolnik was one of the organizers of the International Viewing Stone Appreciation Conventions, held in Pennsylvania and well-known throughout North American for his passion, expertise and helpful advice.

Funeral services were held at Benjamin Park Funeral Home in Toronto on Feb. 7.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthur Skolnik Memorial Fund care of The Benjamin Foundation at bit.ly/1mV2DCn or by calling 416-780-0324.
Arthur Skolnik