November 1, 2016
Purchase the best quality nursery stock in Ontario while raising money for industry research and scholarships at Landscape Ontario’s Industry Auction.

LO’s Grower Group will hold the annual event at Dutchmaster Nurseries, 3735 Sideline 16 Rd. Brougham (407 and Brock Rd.) on Sept.16. Donate product or enter the LO Growers Awards of Excellence Program to celebrate and showcase your best plants.

As always, entries are judged onsite and then auctioned off at the event. The skids of material massed together create a glorious vision for plant geeks. All material entered is to be delivered the morning of the event. It is a donation to the auction for bidding, with proceeds benefiting industry research and scholarships through the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation. The program helps aspiring green professionals get the skills and training they need to uphold the high standards of professionalism established by previous generations in the province.

Awards of Excellence categories of entry include: Evergreens- Field Grown, Upright and Spreading; Evergreens – Container Grown, Upright and Spreading; Broadleaf Evergreens; Deciduous Shrubs; Deciduous Trees – 300 cm. or less; Deciduous Trees – Top Grafted/Worked; Caliper Trees (minimum of two specimens); Vines and Groundcovers; Perennials; Unusual and Rare Plants (worthy of attention; minimum of four specimens) and Design on a skid – be creative anything goes, as long as it fits on a skid. Judges will choose the best overall entry to receive this special recognition.

Deliveries will be accepted at Dutchmaster Nurseries on Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 16 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Note, this year Buxus and Pachysandra will not be accepted for entry.

The schedule of events on auction day begins with the lot preview and farm tours from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and refreshments. The live auction will run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and winning lots will be ready for pick up upon completion.

Plaques will be given to Awards of Excellence winners during a ceremony at the Garden Centre Awards Luncheon on Jan. 11, 2017 in conjunction with Congress.

Be ready to bid on: Plant material of all colours, shapes and sizes; landscape supplies; and hard goods. There is no entry fee or RSVP required and there will also be a silent auction.

To donate items to the auction or to enter the Awards of Excellence program, click the “Donate or enter” link at