Plants 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
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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
LP007: Annuals: Traffic Stopping Curb Appeal
Start the season with this great seminar for parks professionals, those new to maintenance companies, or anyone wanting a refresher on planning and design. Participants will find out how to use annuals in the landscape, whether to fill space until permanent plantings grow, or to get a big bang of all-season colour and interest in boulevard, commercial and residential gardens. Learn how to choose the best annuals for drought tolerance, colour combination, texture and size. Maintenance, plus new varieties, will be discussed. A packed day, you'll come away set to order, design, and install annuals better than ever before.
Consider continuing with LP035 Annuals-Let's Get Visual-Visual

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Lindsay Drake Nightingale, Yorkshire Garden Services Inc.
Date: Friday January 26, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP035: Annuals - Lets Get Visual - Visual
A half day seminar for maintenance companies, parks professionals, designers and lovers of annuals. Charlie will dig deeper into annuals explaining how they can enhance those hard-to-work with spaces in residential gardens and parks. Learn about new varieties and best maintenance practices. Participants will leave with new ideas in above-ground gardening (raised beds, containers, rooftops etc), tropicals, edibles and flowering plants, along with tips to creating seasonal containers.
Note: Please note the topics discussed in this seminar build off topics discussed in LP007, however it is not a prerequisite.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Charlie Dobbin, Garden Solutions
Date: Thursday February 1, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 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
LP003: New-Expand your Knowledge of Native Trees and Shrubs
There are over 100 species of native trees and shrubs available to the landscape professional, but only a fraction are used. Learn more about native Ontario species and their unique characteristics and appropriate uses in landscape. Featuring trees and shrubs of all shapes, sizes, uses and horticultural values, this popular seminar is beneficial to commercial landscapers, landscape designers and parks professionals.
Note: Consider continuing with LA005 An introduction to Soil & Tree below the Ground and LA001 Planting & Maintenance Practices for Tree & Shrubs.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Thursday February 8, 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
LP041: Understanding and Planting Perennials
Do you find you're struggling when recommending the right perennials to your clients? This introductory seminar for retail garden centre staff, landscape designers, contractors, and perennial lovers looking to know more. This half day seminar will give participants a better understanding of how perennials grow and change through the seasons. How they differ from shrubs and annuals, and how light and water affect their growth. Discussing unusual perennials for sun and shade, the instructor will take some of the mystery out of perennials; leave participants with the confidence to recommend the right plants to their clients.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Tuesday February 13, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP048: New- Introduction to Plant Identification
Participants will learn how plants are named, basic plant classification and how to recognize plant structures and the characteristics used for identification. Learn how to identify both native and horticultural plants with focus on key identifying features of commonly used horticultural species. Receive hands-on experience using a dichotomous key and identification manuals. Participants should bring a hand lens if they have one, as well as note taking materials. A list of resources useful for identifying different plant groups as well as materials that will be used to identify plants in class. Participants will leave with a stronger foundation in plant names and will take away the knowledge and tools necessary to identify unknown plants.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jodi Healy, Mohawk College
Date: Monday February 26, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP049: New-Picking plants for problem areas
Your new client has a handful of problem areas on their property: heavy shade, steep slopes, wet areas, walnut trees, it's a big list. This seminar will discuss the right plants to select and the maintenance they require to tackle these issues. Looking at plant characteristics and their maintenance, the instructor will provide a list of low and no-maintenance plants for normal and problem areas. Great seminar for designers, contractors, garden centre and maintenance staff.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $62.00
Non-member price: $120.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Monday March 5, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP050: New-Perennials for the Landscape
Hostas, ferns, grasses, heuchera and wildflowers are an important part of the landscape. Discussing these different plant types, participants will be provided with a list of their botanical and common names and how to incorporate them into bed shapes, including where to plant, how to care for, and more. This seminar will have your landscape project looking the best on the block! Landscape designers, contractors and maintenance firms should consider attending this seminar.

LO member price: $125.00
Non-member price: $240.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Nancy Christie, NPD,Mohawk College
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP001: New-Woody Plants: Their Appeal and Uses in the Landscape
This popular seminar will provide participants with an in-depth look at a large variety of trees, shrubs and evergreens in the landscape. It will cover the characteristics of native versus non-natives, plant installation for suitability, maintaining and pruning techniques, and choosing the right plant for difficult situations such as salt exposure, clay or sandy soil, seasonal flooding or dry conditions. There's always a right plant for each place. This seminar is for anyone with a desire to know more about woody plants, or is looking for more confidence when recommending them to customers. Participants are urged to bring their questions.
Consider continuing with TM006 IPM in the Woody Landscape

LO member price: $250.00
Non-member price: $480.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Dates: Thursday March 22, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday March 23, 2018 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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