Industry Professionals Stories

Industry professionals, discuss their own experiences in the landscape and horticulture industry.

A Guerrilla Gardener’s Solution to Food Deserts
“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus you get strawberries.”

Dave Braun (The Braun Group)
Dave talked to us at Congress 2017 about his experience in the industry and the Braun Group. For over 60 years, Braun has been providing customers with top quality field-grown trees.  They have over 1000 acres of large caliper trees, all grown in clay loam soil for unsurpassed livability.

Blake Tubby (Arbordale Landscaping)
Blake talked to us at Congress 2017 about his experience and his time at Humber. Blake started his Arbordale career in the summer of 2001 after graduating high school, and then went on to graduate from Humber College in the Landscape Technician program. At Humber he studied horticulture, design, and landscape construction practices. After several years as a crew member, lead hand, and then project foreman, he now uses his knowledge of construction as a designer, estimator, and project manager for the business.

Landscape Horticulturalist
A horticulturist shares with Viviana her passion for working with plants. She demonstrates pruning, seeding and dead heading, and explains about career avenues and the endless possibilities in the horticulture field. courtesy Career Trek.

Tim Forestell – Co-Founder, Dozr
Tim works with Landscapers to help fill their equipment needs by connecting equipment renters with equipment lenders. Lenders can earn $ on their idle equipment and renters are able to find and rent equipment when they need it. We asked Tim about how he got his start in this business at Congress 2017.

Janna Bradley – COO, LMN
Janna is COO of LMN, a business helping landscape companies manage time and budgets – a software created for landscapers by landscapers. She talked to us at Congress 2017 about the landscaping industry and opportunities for students.

Warren Underhill – Scenic View Landscaping
With more than 10 years of experience developing beautiful gardens, decks, patios and driveways, Team Leader Warren Underhill has a philosophy that form should follow function with flair and creativity. He notes that a well-planned landscape design is like a symphony concert: all the elements of hardscapes such as interlocking brick and garden walls should come together with flowering borders, shrubs, trees, water features and lighting to create an effect that will bring daily pleasure to the owner and enjoyment through every season.

Troy Underhill – T Underhill Designs
We talked to Troy about his Landscape Construction business at Congress 2017. Troy specializes in hardscapes of all kinds and has been in business for 7 years. Troy grew up a family of landscapers and worked for the family business before starting T Underhill Designs. Troy spent ten seasons working in the landscape industry learning all aspects of the landscape trade. He attended Fanshawe College where he refined his skills and obtained a Diploma in Horticulture. He finished atop his class and in 2005, Troy was selected by his peers to compete in the Provincial Skills Canada Landscape Construction competition, where he received a gold medal in 2005.

Kyle Haskett – Head Gardener (Whistle Bear Golf)
Kyle is a prior Fanshawe grad and currently enjoys his role as Head Gardener at the Whistle Bear Golf Club.

Tony Di Giovanni – Executive Director Landscape Ontario
We talked to Tony at Congress 2017. He shares his thoughts and advice to those considering a career in Horticulture/Landscaping.

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Encouraging Women in Horticulture
Stacey Porter, Industry HR Coordinator with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, delivers an exceptional presentation and navigates the audience through the exciting and diverse pathways that make up the Horticulture Industry.

Field Arborist – HortEducationBC
Check out this video to learn more about the final step in this progressive trade. Peter will give some insight into what a Field Arborist does, and what you can learn from a core sample.

Climbing Arborist – HortEducationBC
Have you thought about a career as a Climbing Arborist? Watch this video to understand why Tom wouldn’t change it for the world.

Arborist Apprenticeship – HortEducationBC
Check out this video to get an understanding of the progressive Arborist apprenticeship programs. This Arborist Trade includes three distinct and progressive Certificates of Qualification. The three are; Arborist Technician, Climbing Arborist and Field Arborist.

Arborist Technician – HortEducationBC
Do you want to know about what it’s like to be an Arborist Technician? Ryan will tell you why he chose being an Arborist Technician as a career.

Lindsay Drake Nightingale – President, Yorkshire Garden Services
Lindsay provides professional horticultural services in Toronto and York regions including Garden Care, Garden Rejuvenation, Potscaping and Bulb Planting. They serve clients who require professionally maintained gardens.

David McEldon, CLD – David McEldon Landscape & Design
After graduating from the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, David worked for several companies and then started his own in 1997. For the past 13 years, David has been very active in the Landscape Industry, continuously educating and upgrading in the areas of design, construction and business.

Brandon Gelderman – Gelderlands Inc
Brandon talked to us at this year’s Canada Blooms show. He runs a landscaping company from Burlington, Ontario and was one of this year’s volunteers with Landscape Ontario working on the Career Pathways garden.

Jill Jensen – Jill Jensen Botanicals
Jill is the founder and owner of Jill Jensen Botanicals, operating about 40,000 sq ft. of greenhouse space on a 15 acre property in Newcastle Ontario. She spent several years working on training, research and project evaluation missions throughout Africa and the Middle East with organizations such as World Bank and USAID.

Cor Bultena – Sales Manager at Eloquip
Cor is the Sales Manager at Eloquip – Manufacturers of Aluminum Truck Bodies, supplying many Landscaping companies with their trucking requirements. Cor talks about being a Member of Landscape Ontario and what they look for in a new hire.

Stefano Galluzzo (Quality Property Services Garden) & Connie Cadotte (Garden Retreats)
Stefano (QPS) and Connie (Garden Retreats Inc) discuss their ideas behind the garden design at this year’s Canada Blooms show.

Regine Marsh – Earth Art Landscapes
Regine and her team at Earth Art Landscapes designed a very beautiful garden at this year’s Canada Blooms show. Lots of variety in florals and a “Living Table” featuring an old dining set that has been “greened over”. Their award-winning “Carnival of Colour” garden also featured a working ferris wheel.

Kim Costain – Near North Hardscapes Ltd
Kim talked to us about her design for this year’s Canada Blooms Garden. Absolutely beautiful! Near North develops, designs and installs innovative and original lawn, landscaping and garden design solutions.

Peter Patterson – Designer, J. Garfield Thompson Landscape
Peter was on hand manning the feature garden design at Canada Blooms and spent some time with us discussing the garden design and how he enjoys his work.

Julie Moore – Modern Landscape Design
Julie designed an innovative garden at this year’s Canada Blooms and talks to us about the design and process.

Paul Brydges – Brydges Landscape Architects
Paul brings over 25 years of combined design/build and construction experience to the design process and is currently the President of Landscape Ontario. Corporate memberships include the OALA, ASLA, CSLA, Landscape Ontario and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

Anna Van Maris, President – ParkLane Landscapes
Anna (ParkLane Landscapes) and her team developed a very cool interactive model for rain garden ideas and she demonstrates for us at this year’s Canada Blooms show.

Beth Edney, CLD – Designs By The Yard – Design Studio
Award winning landscape designer Beth Edney has been practicing landscape design for over 25 years. She specializes in urban residential designs.

Charlie Dobbin, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin
Charlie is an internationally known horticulturist and landscape designer. During her two-decade career, she has become well known for her professional gardening seminars and demonstrations, as well as for her prolific articles in newspapers and magazines on the subject. In 2002, Charlie started her own design and horticultural consulting company, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin. She is also the Horticultural Director for Canada Blooms, Toronto’s celebrated Flower and Garden Festival.

Scott Wentworth, OALA, CSLA, Landscape Architect, Owner/Founder
It’s a rare thing to be able to bring a passion to what you do after 35 year in the same industry. The reward and energy comes from designing and constructing thousands of private gardens, commercial landscapes and municipal parks for people to live in and enjoy…

Harry Jongerden, Executive Director – Toronto Botanical Garden
Prior to joining the TBG, Harry was the Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver. In his five years at VanDusen, Harry was led a garden revival that included a new $22 million “Living Building” Visitor Centre…

Chris Mace, BA (Hons), CLD, (Gelderman) – Landscape & Design
Chris has a BA (Hons) and Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. He also has a Professional Certificate in Marketing from…

Haig Seferian, OALA, CSLA, FASLA, LO, CLD, HHHBA Principal Landscape Architect, Seferian Design
Haig is a University of Guelph and California’s Polytechnic Institute School of Environmental Design graduate. As founder of Seferian Design Group, Haig has been instrumental in…

Trevor Marriott, Production Manager, Turf Systems Inc
Trevor Marriott is Production Manager at Turf Systems Inc. in Burlington, Ontario. Trevor demonstrates a few tips on new lawn fertilization at a customer’s house. He discovered…

Michael Pascoe NPD, ODH, CLT, M.Sc. – Program Coordinator, Horticulture Programs at Fanshawe
Michael is a plant ‘nut’ and has been one since childhood. Growing up in Cornwall, England, he began his gardening career at age six with a home-built greenhouse. Michael has traveled…