Plants Seminars
LP007: Annuals: Traffic Stopping Curb Appeal
Start the season with this great seminar for parks professionals, retail garden centres staff, those new to maintenance companies or anyone wanting a refresher when it comes to planning and designing. Participants will find out how to use annuals in the landscape, whether to fill space until permanent plantings grow, or to maximize season-long colour impact in boulevard, commercial, public and residential gardens. Learn how to choose the best annuals for drought tolerance, pest tolerance, different light exposure, colour combinations, texture and size. Other topics such as bed preparation, soil health, irrigation and mulching will be addressed as will the maintenance needs of most commonly used annual species.
Note: after attending this seminar, participants may want to continue with seminar Annuals: Let's get Visual - Containers and More
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Best Western 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions call (905) 875-3818
Instructor: Rodger Tschanz, University of Guelph
Date: Friday February 8, 2019 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 learn 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; leaving participants with the confidence to recommend the right plants to their clients.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 20
Location: Best Western 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions call (905) 875-3818
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Tuesday February 12, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP003: 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. Discussion will revolve around examples of trees and shrubs for challenging soils, small spaces, extreme heat and salt locations. 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.
Consider continuing with seminars Below the Ground: Introduction to Soils and Trees, Planting and Maintenance Practices for Trees and Shrubs or Expand Your Knowledge of Herbaceous's and Woody Plants.

LO member price: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 20
Location: Home2Suites by Hilton 8490 Parkhill Dr., Milton for directions only call 289-878-3800
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Wednesday February 20, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP035: Annuals's: Let's Get Visual - Containers and More
A half day seminar for maintenance companies, parks professionals, designers, retail garden centres staff,designers and lovers of annuals. Less commonly used annuals in containers and elsewhere will be discussed, as well as new cultivars and best maintenance practices. Participants will leave with new ideas in above-ground gardening (raised beds, containers, rooftops etc.), tropicals, edibles and other herbaceous plants. Tricks and challenges for the successful planting and maintenance of containers will be presented. Identifying and selecting new plants for innovative plantings takes time and the value of visiting trial gardens and other horticultural resources to help with this process can quickly become apparent. Some of the best performing annuals from past trial years will be presented as well as tips on sourcing new plant material.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 20
Location: Best Western Plus 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions only call 905-815-3818
Instructor: Rodger Tschanz, University of Guelph
Date: Friday February 22, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 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 water and use irrigation 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 seminar Ornamental Ways to Handle Rainwater.
Note: Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Best Western 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions call (905) 875-3818
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Monday February 25, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP048: 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 will be provided. 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: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Home2Suites by Hilton 8490 Parkhill Dr., Milton for directions only call 289-878-3800
Instructor: Jodi Healy, Mohawk College
Date: Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP050: 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: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Home2Suites by Hilton 8490 Parkhill Dr., Milton for directions only call 289-878-3800
Instructor: Nancy Christie,NPD, Mohawk College
Date: Wednesday March 13, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP051: Expand your Knowledge of Herbaceous and Woody Plants
Landscape surroundings are changing and customers are asking for more sustainable ways of caring for their properties. This seminar will provide environmentally sound solutions for landscape designers and contractors,reviewing the wide variety of native herbaceous and woody plant species available for erosion-prone and problem areas. Discussions will also focus on the wide variety of native plants that enhance the look and feel of a project while drawing in pollinators. Participants will leave with more confidence incorporating native plants into their next residential or public landscape project,

LO member price: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: LO Home Office, Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Friday March 15, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP049: 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. A great seminar for designers, contractors, garden centre and maintenance staff.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Best Western 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions call (905) 875-3818
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Monday March 18, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LD039: Designing: Beautiful Landscapes and Bountiful Harvests
Urban environments challenge us with multi-function outdoor spaces. Clients are often looking to have the best of both worlds, a beautiful landscape, a leisure space and a bountiful harvest. In this seminar you will learn how to incorporate vegetables into the landscape, for both beauty and sustenance. We will start with the basic elements of landscape design and apply these to a vegetable palette. We will look at how growing requirements for vegetables differ from permanent plantings and how to successfully integrate the two. We will look at bed plantings, raised beds and simple container planting. Participants can expect to become familiar with the most ornamental varieties and where and how to obtain them.
Consider continuing with seminar For the 'LOVE' of Vegetables

LO member price: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: Home2Suites by Hilton 8490 Parkhill Dr., Milton for directions only call 289-878-3800
Instructor: Jodi Healy, Mohawk College
Date: Tuesday March 19, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LG036: For the 'LOVE' of Vegetables
There is nothing better than a freshly picked vegetable from your own garden; you can't get any more local! In this seminar you will learn all you need to know to grow a variety of vegetables. Whether you have a large garden plot, a small space, raised beds or simply room for a few containers, you can grow your own food. In this seminar you will learn about soil preparation, planting for year-round harvest, companion planting, rotation, how to choose varieties and annual maintenance regimes.
A seminar for those who have an interest in starting or getting more from their vegetable garden.


LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Best Western 161 Chisholm Dr., Milton for directions call (905) 875-3818
Instructor: Jodi Healy, Mohawk College
Date: Wednesday March 20, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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