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.
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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There are plenty of career opportunities in the field of horticulture. The Landscape industry has worked closely with the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), to provide education at the high school, college and university levels that give individuals the skills they need for a successful career in the industry.
Recognizing Canadian companies that raise the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. 2016 awards ceremony to be held in Kelowna, BC this August.
Canada’s coast to coast, three-day celebration of National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
National Tree Day
A day set-aside to celebrate Canada's greatest natural resource. Happens the Wednesday of National Forest Week in September.
Minimum standards for the nursery industry, for use by students, educators and professionals.
An independent industry body with a mandate to administer nursery certification programs in Canada.