May 15, 2012
Work is presently underway in preparation for the one event each year when LO growers show off their work.

The 2012 Industry Auction, presented by Landscape Ontario’s Growers Group, will take place on Thurs., July 19. This year’s event will be hosted by M. Putzer Nursery, at 7314 Sixth Line in Hornby, near Milton.

The Auction is open to all landscape trades people, and is a popular event where proceeds benefit horticultural research and scholarships. It is a great opportunity to purchase high-end plant material at below wholesale prices. Make sure you bring your staff and your trailer, as all items are ready for pick-up immediately after bidding.

Typically the auction has skids full of the industry’s best offerings of deciduous shrubs, trees, perennials, ground covers and evergreens up for bid. Also available are hard goods and related supplies – skids full of fertilizer, pots, gardening tools, plant tags and labels – it’s all there.

There is no admission fee. Before the live bidding begins, everyone has the opportunity to have some lunch and preview the lots. Attendees can sign up for a bidder’s number (hand in a business card, to receive a card with a number on it). Also this year, winning bidders will be entered into a draw for a special prize. Last year it was a TV!

The day gets underway at 10:30 a.m., with wagon tours of the farm, while the Growers Awards of Excellence submissions are judged near the bidding area from 9 a.m. until 12-noon. Winners will be announced at the end of the bidding, and presented with a certificate. Winning skids will then be auctioned off.

Donations of plant material, hard goods and gift certificates for the auction are welcome and appreciated! For more information please contact Kristen McIntyre at 1-800-265-5656, ext. 321,