National Awards of Landscape Excellence 2015 in Winnipeg, MB
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Winnipeg, Manitoba (Wednesday, August 19, 2015)

Winners of the National Awards of Landscape Excellence were announced at the 12th annual gala ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba earlier this evening.  Seven awards were given out to members across the country that showcased excellence in the landscape, garden centre and nursery sectors of the industry. As well, three Green for Life Awards were given to outstanding businesses and individuals who demonstrate the green for life values in their communities.

The Manitoba Nursery and Landscape Association hosted the event in conjunction with its provincial Awards of Landscape Excellence.  It was an excellent evening with members, staff, volunteers and other distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the best in the industry.  

Competition was fierce in the landscape category, with 34 entries coming in from across Canada. CNLA wishes to congratulate all of the companies who submitted their projects, with each displaying a high level of expertise.  The National Awards of Landscape Excellence were presented to the following companies:

  • Caterpillar Award for Commercial Construction/Installation to Wilco Civil Inc. in British Columbia
  • Caterpillar Award for Residential Construction/Installation to Peter Hughes Landscape in Alberta
  • DynaSCAPE Award for Landscape Design to Welwyn Wong Landscape Design in Ontario
  • HortProtect Award for Commercial Maintenance to Clintar Landscape Management - Mississauga West in Ontario
  • HortProtect Award for Residential Maintenance to the Landmark Group in Ontario

Since its inception in 2003, the national awards have expanded to include other awards of excellence.  This year, Sheridan Nurseries in Etobicoke, Ontario won the Garden Centre of the Year Award for their commitment to growing teams, gardens, sales, environment, gardeners, technology and connections within the retail sector.  

Dutchmaster Nurseries Ltd. in Ontario won the prestigious Grower of the Year Award.  Their entry will be submitted to the International Grower of the Year Award competition, hosted by the International Association of Horticulture Producers in Essen, Germany next year.

The Green for Life Community Award was presented to ParaSpace Landscaping in Langley, BC for their work with the Langley Hospital.  CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program received the inaugural Green for Life Industry Award.  And Michel Touchette of Jeffries Nurseries in Portage la Prairie, MB won the first ever Green for Life Distinction Award for his year's of exemplary volunteer service and leadership in the industry and association.

Larry Dyck, scientist at the Morden Research Station received an Award of Excellence for his work on rose breeding.  And Vic Krahn, owner of Lakeshore Tree Farms in Saskatoon, SK and President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers, received the CNLA President's Award for his year's of dedication to and vision for the association.

The National Awards of Landscape Excellence recognize companies and individuals that represent the best of the best in landscape horticulture. These companies raise the bar for industry, demonstrating what it means to be a true professional.  Congratulations to all of the winners who truly represent the high caliber of work and expertise the public has come to expect from this industry.



About the Awards

The National Awards of Landscape Excellence is an annual gala evening dedicated to showcasing the highest level of professionalism in Canada's landscape sector. Each province nominates members that are then entered into the national awards. Along with the five Landscape Excellence Awards are the Garden Centre of the Year, Grower of the Year and Green for Life Awards.

About CNLA  

CNLA is the premier federation of over 3,800 member companies across Canada creating and caring for the outdoor living environment. The association represents the country's $14.48 billion green industry, which is comprised of thousands of locally owned companies that grow, design, install, and maintain plants and other landscape features in the outdoor living environment. For more information visit

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