March 15, 2015
Two members of Landscape Ontario, Michael LaPorte CLT and Paul DeGroot, took the opportunity to learn about a neighbouring landscape association.

The pair attended Plant WNY’s, the landscape and nursery association of Western New York, annual conference on Feb. 5 and 6. The event focused on education, providing credits to those who have achieved certification. There was also a large opportunity to network with other attendees, while visiting sponsor exhibits.  

Plant WNY is a member of the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. NYSNLA, like Landscape Ontario, is committed to education for the industry. They are also involved in issues such as invasive species, labour force, and public promotion.  

This year’s event hosted a number of speakers discussing topics on design, maintenance, and construction. The keynote speaker, however, stole the show. Michael Dirr PhD discussed his love for trees, especially the ‘Noble’ varieties. He described them as trees that are expected to outlive those who plant them. His discussion then led to his love of plant breeding.

“Growing plants to their full genetic potential is the goal,” according to Dr. Dirr. His passion provided inspiration to everyone at the event.  

Both LaPorte and DeGroot were appreciative of Joyce Jansen, Kathie Gates-Depan and the event committee for the great hospitality shown them.

NYSNLA extended member pricing to visiting LO members attending any of the upcoming New York Region’s Education Days. The offer was presented at Congress 2015.