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Melanie Morris
A love of gardening and a passion for plants originally spurred Melanie Morris to pursue a career in horticulture. What evolved was a well-rounded and extensive tour of horticultural training and possible occupations.

“When I was in Grade 12, I started to work for Cudmore’s Garden Centre, and when I graduated from high school in January, I enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program put on by Landscape Ontario,” says Melanie. She gained even greater knowledge from Kemptville College. “The Landscape Horticulture program at Kemptville touched on everything, and while working summers at Cudmore’s on installation and maintenance crews, I saw every stage of installation.” Melanie has now completed her third year of a four-year Landscape Architecture program, with a work term
at the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. She plans to combine her
Landscape Architect designation with an environmental certificate so she can work on designing ecologically responsible landscapes and garden

Education and horticultural training will continue to play a major role in her career.

Taylor Lawton
The landscape industry is in Taylor Lawton’s blood. As the offspring of Philip and Barb Lawton, owners of Taylor Nursery/Lawton Landscaping, it was natural for Taylor to make the landscape industry his top career choice.

A visual learner, Taylor liked the way the provincial apprenticeship program approached education — by learning in the field through on-the-job training, supplemented with in-class instruction in the winter months. “They were great hands-on courses at Humber College,” says Lawton, referring to the eight- and 12-week in-school apprenticeship components. “I learned everything from plant identification to the construction of retaining walls. It certainly helped me in my work as head of our maintenance crew.” Taylor was particularly impressed by the continued emphasis on safety.

His future plans include a business course at Sheridan College.


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