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These awards are given only in exceptional circumstances, and are not necessarily awarded annually.

The Special Awards Program is a means of recognition for the many volunteers and friends of the association, that have spent countless hours working to better our great industry.

Winners are determined through a nomination process. If you would like to nominate someone for an award listed below, please do so in writing, 800 words or less, via e-mail. Include reasons for nomination, as well as your relationship to nominee. You may not nominate yourself, or an employee of your company.

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Nominations are open from July 1 to October 1 each year

Alumni AwardAlumni Awards
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In 2004 we began naming people to The Landscape Ontario Special Alumni. This status is for former members of the association who have retired. These alumni will enjoy special association status and be eligible to continue in LO's cost-saving benefit programs. They will receive our magazine publications for free. All fees will be waived. With this award, Landscape Ontario assures recipients there will always be a place for them in the community which they helped build. Nominated by a special committee, it is LO's way of saying thank you for all of the contributions they have made to the association and to the industry.


Casey Van Maris Memorial AwardCasey Van Maris Memorial Award
(not open for nomination)
In 1997 Landscape Ontario lost one of its most influential and respected members, a founder of the association - Mr. Casey Van Maris. To honour his memory, Landscape Ontario has developed an award which will carry on the legacy of a great friend to the association and industry. The Casey Van Maris award is given to the project awarded the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping.


Chapter Achievement AwardChapter Achievement Award
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This award is nominated through a Landscape Ontario Chapter Board of Directors. The individual that is nominated must have demonstrated consistent volunteerism and significant contributions to their respective chapter over a period of many years.


College "Horticulture Educator of the Year" AwardCollege "Horticulture Educator of the Year" Award
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This award recognizes someone who made significant contributions to furthering the educational mission and purpose within the horticultural community.


Community Leadership AwardCommunity Leadership Award
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This award will be given to a member who makes a significant contribution to the community through their horticultural work. Reasons for nomination should include several examples of community based projects that the nominee has been instrumental in.

Dunington-Grubb AwardDunington-Grubb Award
(not open for nomination)
This award goes to the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the construction categories.

Environmental AwardEnvironmental Award
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This award goes to an organization or individual for outstanding contributions and achievement in maintaining or promoting a sustainable healthy environment. This award provides an opportunity for the horticulture industry in Ontario to recognize environmental stewardship and leadership.

Frank Ewald Junior AwardFrank Ewald Junior Award
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This award is presented to a member of Landscape Ontario or one of their employees who has not yet reached their 36th birthday and has made an outstanding effort in the promotion and betterment of our association.

Garden Communicator's AwardGarden Communicator's Award
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Given to a writer or broadcaster who has consistently produced a high level of quality in the field of horticulture through his or her efforts in communication. Candidates include those who communicate to the general public or the trade on a regular basis.

Don Salivan Memorial Grounds Management AwardDon Salivan Memorial Grounds Management Award
(not open for nomination)
This award recognizes skill, that when properly executed, protects or even enhances the value of the original landscape investment. Winner is selected from maintenance project submissions.

High School "Horticulture Educator of the Year" AwardHigh School "Horticulture Educator of the Year" Award
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Nominations for this award are under the direction of the OHEC group.

Honourary Life MembershipHonourary Life Membership
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This is the highest honour bestowed by Landscape Ontario. It is reserved only for those members who have consistently contributed their time, passion, enthusiasm and energy over a period of many years. Those who are given this tribute have committed a lifetime to furthering the mission of Landscape Ontario. This award is not given out every year. In fact, in the history of the association, only 9 individuals have achieved this status. This award is determined by the Landscape Ontario Provincial Board of Directors.

Horst Dicket Memorial AwardHorst Dicket Memorial Award
(not open for nomination)
This award recognizes the best use of native plant material well integrated into a designed or implemented sustainable landscape. The winner is selected from construction, maintenance or design project submissions. The judges will be focused on three areas of importance: Native Plants, Sustainability and Functionality & Aesthetics. Criteria include (but are not limited to): For plant material: exceptional use of native (especially locally native) plants, functionality, limited use of non-natives, no potentially invasive plants, appropriate use of niches, long-term viability, overall impression,horticultural correctness, integration of materials/compatibility with environment, quality of materials used, soft, unique use of plant material. For Sustainability: low water use, rain water gardens, rain water harvesting, permeable paving, green roof, bio retention, limited use of turf, edibles/permaculture, composting on-site, habitat creation, pollinator protection/encouragement, energy creation and/or saving, efficient lighting. For Functionality & Aesthetics: Hard landscape techniques, installation techniques & craftsmanship, flow (pedestrian traffic), Installation challenges encountered, unique use of hard/soft materials, seasonability/harmony/colour.

Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship Program "Employer of the Year" AwardHorticultural Technician Apprenticeship Program
"Employer of the Year" Award

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This award is given to a company that supports, promotes, employs and develops journey persons and for apprenticeship in Ontario.

IPM Leadership AwardIPM Leadership Award
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This award was created in 2012 to recognize leadership in providing hope, looking to the future and contributing to the healthy growth of the industries represented in the IPM Symposium. This individual is nominated by their peers; the recipient determined by the IPM Symposium Committee. This award recognizes a distinguished educator, representative of a company, municipality or supplier, who by his or her achievements in the turf and/or tree industry, has contributed uniquely to enhancing or promoting the future of our industry for mutual and beneficial gain.

Legacy AwardLegacy Award
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This award was created in 2005 to recognize a lifetime of achievement in the horticulture industry. This award is given to those who not only impart their knowledge on the people around them, but who also leave something for the generations behind them.

Milestone MembersMilestone Members
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This award is to recognize member companies that have been in the landscape business in Ontario for over 50 years.


Past Presidents' AwardPast Presidents' Award
(not open for nomination)
A committee of three past presidents of Landscape Ontario present this award to an individual who, over many years, has made outstanding contributions to the association.


Prosperity Partners Leadership AwardProsperity Partners Leadership Award
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This award is presented to an outstanding individual that has worked through the program, and has demonstrated business leadership using the five pillars of the prosperity partnership model. Recipient is selected by the Prosperity Partnership Committee.

Trillium AwardTrillium Award
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To be given only in exceptional circumstances to an individual achieving an outstanding contribution in the field of horticulture, such as the development of a new plant or technique, or for design of an outstanding project.

Water Conservation AwardWater Conservation Award
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This special honour will be given to an irrigation project that demonstrates water stewardship, conservation and innovation while maintaining thriving landscapes. This award recipient is determined by the Landscape Ontario Irrigation Sector Group.

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