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Annual awards presented at Landscape Ontario Congress

Roger Willis Contracting project wins prestigious Landscape Ontario award
This project by Roger Willis Contracting Ltd., of Ottawa, was recognized with the Casey van Maris Memorial Award, which is given to the project that scores the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping.

A number of pool and landscape professionals in Ontario were recognized at the 45th annual Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence ceremony held earlier this month.

Held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Toronto Airport, in conjunction with Landscape Ontario Congress, more than 600 industry members were on hand to see 285 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 the 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,” said Ferragine. “It is my mission, and the mission of everyone in the industry to ensure individuals and communities recognize the importance of spending time outside, and these awards are a testament to that goal.”

Landscape Ontario’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni also addressed the audience, highlighting the professionalism on display.

“What green professionals build requires skill, talent, and competency … what they design is art and what they maintain is important and makes the world more beautiful,” he said. “What they construct makes people happy, and what they do reminds people the landscape is alive.”

Sixty companies were recognized, some for multiple projects, in the construction program, 12 in the design program, two in the interior landscaping category, one in the irrigation program, eight in the lighting program, nine in the maintenance program, nine in the garden centre program, and five in the growers program.

Those companies recognized in the special awards program included:

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