Plants Seminars

LA009: NEW-Tree and Shrub Identification
This seminar will demystify the identification of trees and shrubs in the landscape. Participants will learn how to differentiate between commonly grown trees and shrubs using simple morphological characteristics. Participants will learn how to recognize common plant families, how to use simple dichotomous keys and learn which resources can be used to identify common woody plants.

LO member price: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 20
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Jodi Healy Mohawk College
Date: Monday November 11, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
LP046: Get the Most of the Blooming Season!
This seminar explores the many special considerations of using spring flowering bulbs and colourful perennials in the landscape. Learn more about where, what and how to plant. Also covered are maximizing impact with colour and design, how to achieve continuous bloom through-out the season, bulb varieties, care considerations and more. Great seminars for designers, landscape install foreman and maintenance firms.
Note: Consider continuing with Creating a Backyard Design - Nov 15th
Lunch not included

LO member price: $84.60
Non-member price: $162.48
Maximum participants: 12
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Nancy Christie
Date: Thursday November 14, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
LP052: New- Texture Workhorses: Sedges and Grasses
Only recently appreciated, grasses offer interest throughout the year, increase biodiversity and offer sound and movement. Their close relatives, sedges, are indispensable in the fast-growing area of rain gardens.
A seminar for those looking to broadened their horizons.
Note: Consider continuing with Soil, and the Things Living in it - Nov 25th.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 15
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Thursday November 21, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP053: MODIFIED-Get the Best from your Annuals
An annual plant: a plant that completes its life cycle in one growing season. During this half day seminar participants will learn how to plant and care for them to achieve the maximum season-long impact.
Recommended for retail garden centre staff, parks professionals, those new to maintenance companies or anyone wanting a refresher in planting annuals. Covering both containers and ground beds, participants will learn soil options, soil testing, fertilizer options, site selection, spacing, plant competition, plant sourcing with some time on plant choices.
Consider continuing with seminar Annuals: The New the Faithful and the Forgotten
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Rodger Tschanz, University of Guelph
Date: Monday February 10, 2020 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.
Consider continuing with seminars Plant Identification: An Introduction, Picking Plants for Problem Areas, Include Shade Gardens Plants in Your Next Design or Perennial ID: The Desired and the Uninvited
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Thursday February 13, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP035: Modified -Annuals: The New, the Faithful and the Forgotten
Recommended for retail garden centre staff, parks professionals, those new to maintenance companies or anyone wanting a refresher in planting annuals. This half-day seminar will continue with plant choices. Covering the major annuals and follow with secondary and underutilized annuals, planting design for containers and beds, annuals and the environment.
Participants should bring their questions to this interactive seminar. Participants will leave with new ideas, tricks to challenges for successful planting and maintenance, along with horticultural resources and tools available. A morning well spent.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Rodger Tschanz, University of Guelph
Date: Friday February 21, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP003: MODIFIED-Expand your Knowledge of Native Trees and Shrubs
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. There are over 100 species of native trees and shrubs available to the landscape professional, but only a fraction is used. Participants will leave with more confidence incorporating native plants into their next residential or public landscape project.
Consider continuing with seminars Below the Ground: Introduction to Soils and Trees, Planting and Maintenance Practices for Trees and Shrubs.

LO member price: $137.50
Non-member price: $264.00
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Jeff Thompson, Thompson Environmental
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
RGC017: NEW- 'Well-Urned' Container Gardening Seminar
This interactive, hands-on seminar provides the fundamentals to create show-stopper containers and the techniques to maintain them. From selecting the right containers and design basics to the key components to pot up and maintain for season-long containers that bloom beautifully.
As part of this half-day seminar, participants will create a spring container in a twelve-inch fibre urn insert to take home.
This seminar is geared towards landscaping firms or retailers who want to offer or improve this margin-building, value-added service to their client offerings.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $105.00
Non-member price: $160.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Kate Seaver, M.Sc. former VP of H/R, owner of Kate's Garden.
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
RGC018: NEW-Flower Arranging 101 Workshop
Gardeners become better florists, and florists become better gardeners! In this hands-on, interactive seminar, learn the basics of floral conditioning to make cut flowers last and three styles of floral arranging: single-note spiralling, hand-tying and foraged.
To practice your new-found skills, participants will make their own hand-tied bouquet wrapped for presentation. This half-day seminar is geared towards anyone who loves flowers but particularly for any green industry firm that has a retail component to their business.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $105.00
Non-member price: $160.00
Maximum participants: 12
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:30 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: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Jodi Healy Mohawk College
Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020 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 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 seminars Protect your 'ASS'ets or Practical Approach for Designing and Creating a Sustainable Organic Landscape
For more details on the Fusion program see HortTrades.com/fusion
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Monday March 2, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP055: New- A Pillar of Salt - and Plants that Tolerate It
This half-day seminar covers the importance and variety of plants available for design use in salt exposed areas. Through discussion and a specialized listing of available plants, participants will learn how to make their landscape designs and upgrades more resilient, without giving up beauty. Many plantings fail because of salt exposure; this seminar will help participants make wiser choices when designing their landscapes in these areas.
Also covering:
*Designing and planting for roadsides, park sides, and other salty conditions
*With boulevard gardens gaining ground but slip and fall insurance claims on the rise, choosing plants that can tolerate salt is of particular interest to gardeners and municipalities alike
*Restrictions on boulevard gardens will be discussed
*Touching on how these plants often support biodiversity
For participants a morning well spent.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $63.45
Non-member price: $121.86
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Monday March 9, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LP050: Shade 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.
Lunch not included

LO member price: $84.60
Non-member price: $162.48
Maximum participants: 25
Location: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Nancy Christie, NPD, Mohawk College
Date: Tuesday March 10, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 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: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Jodi Healy Mohawk College
Date: Wednesday March 11, 2020 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. Participants 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: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Jodi Healy Mohawk College
Date: Thursday March 12, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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: Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line S., Milton
Instructor: Robert Pavlis
Date: Monday March 16, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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