June 15, 2010
There are many changes coming to the 2010 Growers’ Auction, but the most obvious is moving from the traditional September date to July 15. Member appreciation is this year’s theme. After nearly ten years of being held at various locations throughout the province, the auction is coming back to LO’s home office in Milton.

Other changes include an expanded list of invited industry members, along with an area in which endorsed suppliers will display products. There will also be an opportunity to view the LO trial gardens, a certification display and LO booth highlighting Green for Life, Prosperity Partners, membership, magazines, trade shows. A number of special seminars are included with speakers Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, who will demonstrate new ideas in container arrangements, and Al Green, who will bring his vast experience as a paving contractor who has installed hundreds of thousands of feet
of pavers. Agrium Advanced Technologies will demonstrate its products.

Of course, the main event is the live auction, which begins at 1 p.m. Bid on some of the best quality plant material available. Funds raised from the event go toward industry research and scholarships. The Growers Awards of Excellence Program will also be judged that day. As well, bidders will be eligible to win a prize.

Pack your truck or trailer with used horticultural plastic, unload on site at LO’s plastic recycling depot, and fill back up with your purchased plants.

For more information contact Kathy McLean at kmclean@landscapeontario.com, or Kathleen Pugliese at kpugliese@landscapeontario.com.