Student Stories

Fellow students, discuss their own experiences finding their way in the landscape and horticulture industry.

Passion for the outdoors leads to a career path

After graduating high school, Giovanna Catenacci wasn’t sure which career path she should pursue. What she did know, however, was that she loved being outdoors.

My View From BYU

Answering why landscape management for me.

Skills Ontario thanks you

2,300+ competitors.

Jacob Foster – Humber College

We talked to Jacob at Congress 2017 and asked him about the Landscape Technician program at Humber College and how he feels about the Industry.

Ontario Technological Skills Competition 2016 – Landscape Ontario at OTSC

Landscape Ontario sponsored and managed this year’s Ontario Skills Competition in Kitchener/Waterloo at RIM Park. What an exciting time for everyone involved!

Taylor Minifie – Grey Highlands

Taylor took time to chat with us during the HEA meeting at Canada Blooms this year. She is currently enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major in Horticulture and Landscaping at Grey Highlands Secondary School, Flesherton (Bluewater District School Board)

Benjamin Buchmuller, NPD – Student Ambassador

Ben speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Ben now works with Stonescape Creations – a Landscape and Stonemasonry business in Burlington, Ontario.

Mike Palermo – Student Ambassador

Mike speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Mike is now owner of Arrowhead Meats in Gowanstown, Ontario.

Charlie Briggs – Student Ambassador

Charlie speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Charlie is a Gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. He studied at Fanshawe College in London and at Olds College in Alberta. Charlie looks after the Maintenance Crews and any new Renovations at RBG.

Andrea Weddum – Graduate Niagara Parks School of Horticulture

We asked Andrea about her own experiences through school in our profession. Andrea is a recent graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and is currently a Landscape Designer with Gelderman Landscape Services.

Jeremy Kamp – Apprentice Landscaping, Fanshawe College

Jeremy went through the apprenticeship program at Fanshawe College, he started out as an entrepreneur and now runs a landscape design & build business (Nicola’s Garden Art).

Sophie Williams – Student Gardener (Royal Botanical Gardens)

Sophie Williams is a Student Gardener working at the RBG in Burlington, Ontario. She studied at Sheridan College then found Fanshawe College’s Landscape Design.

Charlie Briggs – RBG Staff Gardener

Charlie Briggs is a Gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. He studied at Fanshawe College in London and at Olds College in Alberta. Charlie looks after.

Jake Dunning – Student Gardener (Royal Botanical Gardens)

Jake Dunning is a Student Gardener working at the RBG in Burlington, Ontario. Jake is currently in High School working at the RBG over the summer

Jin Jin Zhang – Student Landscape Technician (RBG)

Jin Jin Zhang is a Student Landscape Technician working at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. The RBG is headquartered in Burlington and also includes lands

Special thanks to The Royal Botanical Gardens for allowing us to record at their beautiful facility and talk to their staff. Application submission deadline is June 30 for the upcoming academic year. 

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