March 2009

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LO joins interiorscape coalition

At the meeting, the organizational structure of the coalition was discussed and defined. LO is the only Canadian member.

LO members volunteer to create the best-ever Canada Blooms

Volunteers have been busy for weeks preparing for Canada’s most prestigious flower and garden festival, Canada Blooms.

Landscapers await clarification on renovation tax credit rules

Many questions remain for members of the landscape industry as to the specifics of the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) announced in the federal government’s economic budget of Jan. 31.

Congress 2009 best booth awards

On the show’s first day, booth award winners were announced in seven different categories.

LO receives good press

Recently, I spent three days at Landscape Ontario’s Congress, the best horticulture trade show in Canada.

Gelderman and Ziraldo honoured

LO gave out two of its most prestigious awards at Congress 2009.

Co-owner of Willowbrook Nurseries passes away

Jocelyn Catherine (Voortman) Langendoen, who with her husband John started Willowbrook Nurseries in 1979, passed away after a battle with cancer on Jan. 22, in her 53rd year at the Welland General Hospital.

Passionate horticulturist passes

Career horticulturist and long-time Landscape Ontario member Melanie Karleen Hicks passed away on Feb. 15, at the age of 40.

Stellar line-up of speakers at Growers Short Course

Over 180 nursery growers turned up at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Feb 11, for LO’s annual Growers Short Course.

Failing health claims industry pioneer

Ruth Berchtold, 79, passed away on Feb. 24 at Brampton Civic Hospital in the company of her loving family, after a courageous year-long battle with failing health.

One-day format success for OPA

The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) celebrated its 53rd annual Explorations trade show and conference on Feb. 4, at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Program helps growers conserve energy

Ag Energy Services, a division of Ag Energy Co-operative, has announced a new full-service conservation and efficiency program aimed to help growers, farmers and producers improve sustainability through energy improvement and management.

Oakridge part of environmental award-winning team

An LO member, Oakridge Landscape Contractors of Hannon, near Hamilton, was an important part of the team that won the Ontario Public Works Association’s Environment Award.