National Awards of Landscape Excellence
Winners of the National Awards of Landscape Excellence were announced at the 11th annual gala ceremony in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, on January 29. Seven awards were given out to members across the country that showcased excellence in the landscape, garden center and nursery sectors of the industry.
Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador hosted the event in conjunction with its provincial Awards of Landscape Excellence. Competition was fierce in the landscape category, with 41 entries coming in from across Canada.
The National Awards of Landscape Excellence were presented to the following companies:
Since its inception in 2003, the national awards have expanded to include three other awards of excellence. This year, Sheridan Nurseries in Toronto, Ontario won the Garden Centre of the Year Award for their commitment to growing teams, gardens, sales, environment, gardeners, technology and connections within the retail sector. CD’s Trees in Newfoundland and Phoenix Perennials in British Columbia also received honorable mentions in the garden center category.
Winkelmolen Nurseries Ltd. in Ontario won the prestigious Grower of the Year Award. Their entry will be submitted to the International Grower of the Year Award competition, hosted by the International Association of Horticulture Producers in London, England later this year.
The final award of the evening was presented to the Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program (VMPCP) for their commitment to the betterment of a public green space. Barry Sandler, executive director of VMPCP and Grant Harrison, president, accepted the Green for Life Community Award. This program has seen to the planting of 800 large calliper trees along the parkway, with hopes to double that number by Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. This is the second Green for Life Award to be presented at the national awards.
The National Awards of Landscape Excellence are a way for Canada to recognize those companies that have actively participated in significantly raising the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. Congratulations to all of the winners who truly represent the high caliber of work and expertise the public has come to expect from this industry.
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