LANDSCAPE ONTARIO AWARD WINNERS
The best of the best!
Ontario’s green professions celebrated the best projects of 2017 at the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence Ceremony The heat was on at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Toronto Airport January 9, 2018 as the top green professionals from across Ontario gathered to celebrate the 45th annual Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence. More than 600 industry members were on hand to see 285 prestigious awards presented to stunning and innovative landscape construction, design, irrigation, lighting and maintenance projects. Master of ceremonies Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine described the 2018 award winners as “truly inspiring,” and noted that awards of excellence are presented to projects that score top marks from a panel of industry judges. “I’m really happy and pleased that people are investing in their landscapes and outdoor living spaces,” Ferragine said. “It is my mission and really the mission of everyone in this room to ensure that individuals and communities recognize the importance of spending time outside, and these awards are a testament to that goal. Seeing these spectacular photos makes me truly happy because it means that people are enjoying plants and nature, and I believe that is extremely important.” Landscape Ontario’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni addressed the audience, highlighting the professionalism on display. “I’m here to tell you that anyone who sees or experiences the work that the people in this room perform day in and day out could not help but realize that what you do is important,” he said. “What you build requires skill, talent and competency; what you design is art; what you maintain is important and makes the world more beautiful; what you construct makes people happy, and what you do reminds people that the landscape is alive.”