April 30, 2020
Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford
Open letter to Premier Doug Ford, Members of Provincial Parliament and Ontario Health Officials:
We are the independent Garden Retailers, landscape professionals, designers and family-run growers of Ontario.

Our professional trade association, Landscape Ontario, represents over 2,500 independent, family-run operators.

We wish to thank the Ontario government, the Ford COVID-19 response team and the health care professionals in this province for your confidence in us. We asked for permission to “open for business” following strict health and wellness guidelines and you gave us that. We feel privileged by your trust and we pledge to honour your confidence in the horticultural profession by doing our best to uphold the protocols that are in place.

We believe in a safe workplace. We believe in providing healthy and safe shopping environments. We also believe that our work provides health benefits that you are striving to meet. Gardening is an outdoor experience with the natural world that enhances mental and physical well-being. Often it provides fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit and berries that improve food security and assists Canadians as we strive for a more sustainable lifestyle.

We are the landscape and garden professionals of Ontario. We would like to commend the hard work of front-line health-care providers for your hard work and the risks that you take every day. Thank you. 

Dave Wright, President, Landscape Ontario
Alan White, Chair, Covid Task Force 
Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director of over 2,600 member companies of Landscape Ontario
Mark Cullen, Chair, COVID 19 Retail Task Force, Landscape Ontario
Frank Ferragine, Frankie Flowers