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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.”

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