March 15, 2009
Career horticulturist and long-time Landscape Ontario member Melanie Karleen Hicks passed away on Feb. 15, at the age of 40. Hicks was an independent sales representative for Leo Gentry Wholesale Nursery of Damascus, Ore., in the Ontario and Quebec territory. She was formerly employed by Kato’s Nursery, Abbotsford, B.C., Kobes Nursery, Bowmanville, Ont., Angelo’s Garden Centre, Concord, Ont. and PAO Horticultural, Hornby, Ont.

She is remembered for her exuberant and infectious personality and passion for horticulture. The funeral took place on Sat., Feb. 28.

A memorial gathering in her honour was held on Sun., Mar. 8th, in the Garden Hall at the Toronto Botanical Garden.