Green Spaces are Important
Green spaces consist of lawns and gardens at our homes, parks and sports fields, golf courses, botanical gardens and can be both managed and unmanaged. There are many advantages to having and creating green spaces.
Green spaces benefit our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and reduce erosion of soils and contamination of our waterways. They increase oxygen, act as carbon sinks, decrease pollution, improve indoor air quality, and attract wildlife and other natural attractions.
Imagine your local park completely devoid of green -- not a pretty picture! We tend to take for granted the role that green spaces play in our lives. Research has shown that green spaces foster improved mental and physical health and well-being, promote quicker recovery for hospital patients and those in long-term facilities and can promote decreased aggression and violence.
Green spaces benefit our economy. They conserve energy by providing shade, windbreaks and cooling effects. Landscaping has been shown to increase property values for homeowners and to be a wise investment for all levels of government. The results are soil stabilization and reduced run-off from open spaces, reduced maintenance for open spaces, increased public safety and greater appeal to tourists.
A recent report by the George Morris Centre on the benefits of ornamental horticulture. Available in both English and French, it is a comprehensive review of scientific publications and studies on how urban green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits.
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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.