Environment Seminars
LP006: Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Low maintenance, chemical-free landscapes using Ontario's native plants - landscape maintenance is changing and clients are looking for more sustainable ways of caring for their properties. This seminar will provide environmentally - sound solutions for landscape designers and contractors, discussing the wide variety of herbaceous and woody plant species for erosion-prone and problem sites. Native plant materials will be the focus in creating both functional landscapes and attractive private sanctuaries that support butterflies and birds. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to incorporate native plants into their next residential or public landscape project.
Note: Consider continuing with LP001 Woody Plants: Their Appeal and Uses in the Landscape
For details on the new Fusion program see hortttrades.com/fusion

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Wednesday January 24, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP042: Dig Deeper: Landscape Plants and How to Use them your Landscape Job
Beginning with soil, then foliage texture, and moving through colour and beyond, plants (perennials, shrubs and trees) will be discussed and how to incorporate the right ones into your landscape projects. Factors such as benefits to biodiversity, native plants and nativars, and even edible plants will be discussed. Many plants from Cacti to Crataegus to Coreopsis will be part of the presentation.Participants will gain a better understanding of where to plant, soil conditions, sun and shade considerations, shape and size - and come away inspired and more sensitive to their uses in their landscapes.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Friday February 2, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LC051: Bioswales for Designers and Landscape Contractors
Although not a prerequisite, this is the second in a series of advanced training for landscape designers and contractors who have attended the Rain Garden for Designers and Landscape Contractors seminar. The seminar will focus on design, construction and maintenance, including soils, plants and long term management.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
* Describe the functional characteristics and environmental benefits of bioswales.
* Know the five critical design elements of a bioswale.
* Evaluate the potential site of a bioswale and be able to complete a basic assessment of the soil, interpret soil data and evaluate bio-media for installation.
Consider continuing with LP047 Ornamental Ways to Handle Rainwater and LC052 Carbon Neutral Landscapes.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Monday February 5, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
EN010: Xeriscaping: Selecting Drought- Tolerant Plants for Landscape Projects
This half-day seminar is for landscapers who wish to incorporate water conservation into their landscape and maintenance projects. Participants will learn which plants are drought tolerant and what steps can be taken to conserve irrigation and use it more efficiently. Matching plants to soil and exposure, along with creative ways to capture water such as rainwater harvesting, and a discussion of the benefits of xeriscaping will also be covered. This seminar is recommended for designers, contractors, and maintenance firms along with parks departments.
Consider continuing with LP047 Ornamental Ways to Handle Rainwater.
Note: Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Friday February 9, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP047: New-Ornamental Ways to Handle Rainwater
Urban development has resulted in large areas of impermeable surfaces, leading to various challenges. Municipalities and conservation authorities are offering grant programs for rain handling from permeable pavers to rain gardens, as well as educating the public about rain water issues and how to handle them. Now is the time to get ahead of the curve. Learn techniques to slow down rainwater. Sean will show you how to design and build a rain garden including placement, construction sizing challenges and plant choices. Making it beautiful will be a major focus and an unusual palette of amazing plants will be addressed in detail.
Consider continuing with LC052 Carbon Neutral Landscapes.
Lunch not included.

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Friday February 23, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LC052: Carbon Neutral Landscapes
Are you and your clients prepared for the province to launch carbon cap and trade? This seminar presents the science and accounting process for determining who pays and who gets to sell carbon credits. This seminar is designed to guide landscape designers and contractors on designing and creating carbon neutral landscapes. This seminar will focus on design, construction and maintenance: soils, plants and long term management.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
* Calculate their net carbon use and environmental benefits of practices.
* Know the five critical design elements of a carbon neutral landscape.
* Evaluate existing landscapes to determine the actions necessary to achieve a carbon neutral landscape.
* Complete a basic assessment of landscape maintenance practices to determine net carbon savings on behalf of clients.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
EN007: Green Walls 101:Systems Overview and Design
Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), this seminar will discuss design and construction practices for green facades and living walls, as well as the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies. Learn how to determine major functions and components of green walls, describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green wall systems, understand market drivers encouraging green wall implementation in North America and how to design green walls for maximum benefits and LEED points.
This seminar includes a detailed course manual. CEC's are approved by a variety of associations for this seminar. Participants holding a certification should contact GRHC at greenroofs.org to see whether they qualify.
Lunch Not Included.

LO member price: $199.00
Non-member price: $225.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Brad Bass, Environment Canada
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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