‘A person inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor’
Like any significant legacy, the horticultural profession looks to its heirs to impart its knowledge, traditions, and positive impact in communities across Canada. With increasing attention on the environment, a large retiring workforce, and a growing demand for living green infrastructure, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LO) works with many partners to increase awareness about the multiple education and training pathways that are important to the development of our future skilled workforce.
Landscape Ontario thanks Mohawk College’s Level 1 and Level 2 Horticultural Technician Red Seal Apprenticeship program classes of 2019 for showcasing some of the talent and diverse skill sets required to design, build and maintain aesthetically pleasing and functional landscapes. We hope you enjoy the ‘Heirs of Horticulture’ Feature Garden at Canada Blooms 2019.
Apprenticeship programs are post-secondary programs that support the development of individuals who want to pursue a career in a trade profession, including the Horticultural Technician program. The Horticultural Technician Red Seal program provides apprentices with a mix of on-the-job training and mentorship, combined with in-school experiential learning at local colleges. From the design through to construction, students worked first hand with instructors, (some of whom are employer sponsors), to take the landscape plan and build it for all to enjoy at Blooms. The skills and knowledge passed onto these students by their instructors and employers, we enable the creation of many gardens and landscapes that will remain as legacies for communities far in to the future. It is this mentorship and transfer of knowledge and skill that sustains this respected and growing profession. It is an honour to share some of the skills and talents of our Apprentices with visitors at Canada Blooms.
A special thank you to our corporate sponsors: Permacon, Select Stone, Niagara Pallet, Illunicare, and Gelderman Landscape Services; your generosity has helped create an opportunity for these students to leave their mark at Blooms 2019.
Designed, Build and installed:
Gelderman Landscape Services;
Mohawk College Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship Students under oversight of Industry Instructors;
in Partnership with Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association