November 3, 2023
Ontario maintenance projects earn national awards
Urban Oasis by It's About Thyme
Two Landscape Ontario members have received national awards for multi-year maintenance projects within the province. Congratulations to It’s About Thyme and Strathmore Landscape Contractors for being named National Awards of Landscape Excellence (NALE) winners in the 2023 program, run by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

Based in Stratford, Ont., It’s About Thyme received the Residential Landscape Maintenance Award for Urban Oasis — a property in the Kitchener-Waterloo area the company has continuously maintained since 2016. Company owner Melissa McKerlie says only a fraction of the 50 trees, 280 shrubs and 250 perennials on the property have needed replacing over the past seven years. The property also includes 11 seasonal planter displays that are changed each season — an ongoing challenge for the maintenance team.

Strathmore Landscape Contractors received the Commercial Landscape Maintenance Award for the Quebec-based company’s first ever project in Ontario: Consilium Place, an office complex located in Scarborough, Ont., that features manicured lawns and full garden beds exploding with colour.

Strathmore has been maintaining the property since 2019 and account manager Sergiu Galitchi calls the grounds his baby, having been involved in the project from the start.

  flower display garden outside an office buildingConsilium Place by Strathmore Landscape Contractors
Other winners in the 2023 NALE include:

Commercial Landscape Construction
Trim Landscaping, Halifax, N.S., for Peggy’s Cove

Residential Landscape Construction
Fossil Landscape Construction, Vancouver, B.C., for Modern Luxury

Landscape Design
Planta Landscape, Calgary, Alta., for Britannia Residence

Garden Centre of Distinction
Alternative Garden Centre, Brandon, Man.

Grower of Distinction
Jeffries Nurseries, Portage la Prairie, Man.

Green for Life Community Award
Green Cities Foundation, for St. Matthew’s House, Hamilton, Ont.

The National Awards of Landscape Excellence are sponsored by Caterpillar, John Deere, Equinox Environmental Products, HortProtect, Fenchurch General Insurance Company and Greenhouse Canada magazine.

Winners from this year and previous years are highlighted on the CNLA website at Check out CNLA’s YouTube channel at for videos on all of this year’s finalists, winning projects and past winners.