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Canada Blooms Is Searching for a Horticulture Director

Landscape Ontario

Call for Interest:
Canada Blooms is searching for a Horticulture Director

The Horticulture Director is responsible for the for the development of a plant material plan, as well as with the coordinating and assisting with the planning and installation of Feature Gardens. The Horticulture Director will also be responsible for sourcing and negotiating with vendors and plant suppliers and will to create a world-class flower and garden show.

The candidate must have a post-secondary school diploma in Horticulture or closely related field from a recognized college or university AND five years’ experience in professional horticulture. As well as an excellent working knowledge of botanical horticulture and the broad range of plants typically found at Canada Blooms. The candidate will have a good practical knowledge of proper horticultural practices, landscape construction, and a good overall command of the tools and equipment necessary to perform these tasks. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task in a fast-paced, challenging environment, as well as demonstrated leadership, organizational ability, and experience in coordinating and supervising staff.

View the full detailed job description click here or see below

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to info@canadablooms.com, with Horticulture Director in the subject line, by August 10, 2018.

 

Canada Blooms Horticulture Director

Term: This is a full-time position.

Nature of Position:  Horticulture, Design and Administration

  • Responsible for the follow-up, solicitation and involvement of Garden Builders at Canada Blooms
  • Responsible for the development of a plant material plan, including ordering, maintaining (if needed), placement and installation, coordinate and assist with the planning and installation of Feature Gardens, assist with move-in and move-out of the Feature Garden floor and other
    areas
  • Coordinate and assist with the planning and installation of Feature Gardens
  • Assist with move-in, and move-out of the Feature Gardens and other
    areas
  • Source and negotiate with vendors for the selection and forcing of plant material
  • Completing other tasks related to Feature Gardens, will be required from time to time.

Examples include:

    • Update Feature Garden Manual and all requisite ‘forms’
    • track return of all forms to ensure that everyone is meeting criteria set by show, facility and provincial legislation
    • organize/schedule volunteers to assist with unloading trucks and plant placement throughout Festival Post CB update all final plant orders and send invoices, provide a financial accounting to the GM of all costs associated with the plant materials offered at the show (includes brokers, shipping, forcing facility rental and plant materials)
  • Works in partnership with the Design Committee to design and create a world-class flower and garden show, Canada Blooms, which meets and exceeds the expectations of show visitors, as well as the creative execution of the event and the entire visitor experience.
  • Special attention will be paid to all common areas of Canada Blooms, including general décor, lighting, aisles, restaurants, show signage and sign standards.
  • Assist in the development of floor plans, stage, traffic-flow considerations, entrance/exit consideration, and maximizing the space for the presentation of the feature gardens.
  • Work with Sponsorship Director to provide deliverables in sponsorship contracts
  • Solicit the Horticulture and Landscape Industry for paid sponsorships and in kind donations
  • Ensure all invoices are properly accounted for
  • Attend Canada Blooms Board meeting when required
  • Provide post show written reports highlighting a summary of the current show and recommendations for future shows

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary school diploma in Horticulture or closely related field from a recognized college or university AND five years’ experience in professional horticulture
  • An excellent working knowledge of botanical horticulture and the broad range of plants typically found at Canada Blooms
  • Good practical knowledge of proper horticultural practices, pest and disease identification and mitigation, and landscape construction, with a good overall command of the tools and equipment necessary to perform these tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task in a fast-paced, challenging environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational ability, and experience in coordinating, supervising, motivating and directing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers and the Microsoft Office suite of programs in providing basic planning lists, reports, and correspondence to the Canada Blooms Management Team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills required.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work on an ongoing basis including walking and standing, often on hard surfaces, bending, pushing, pulling, carrying, and lifting up to 20 kg.
  • Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety act and other applicable safety legislation, rules, policies and procedures, including the Ontario Pesticides Act.
  • Basic knowledge of curatorial procedures and plant records is a plus.
  • Valid class “G” Ontario Driver’s License with an excellent driving record.

Accountability:
Directly accountable to the General Manager and works in partnership with committees and staff.

Hours of Work:
Time commitment for this position varies throughout the year with increased commitment beginning in September to April. It is expected this person will be on site each day of Canada Blooms, including set-up, at the Enercare Centre.

Compensation:
The remuneration for the Horticultural Director is a full-time salary in an appropriate pay band.

Staging the Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms

Toronto Flower Show Set Up

Staging the Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms….Otherwise known as an Exercise in Madness

When do we begin planning for the next show? We start before the current show is even set up! By June of the prior year, we are in full swing – drawing up construction plans and nagging others for information so we can develop a floor plan.

Schedule writers from Horticulture and Design, Youth, Special Exhibits, Lighting consultants, and plant suppliers are but a few of the people with whom we interact, always staying in touch with Terry Caddo, General Manager of Canada Blooms, and diligently monitoring the budget throughout the whole process.

Once we receive the flower show schedule, we get together over the summer months to review the schedule for the upcoming show and to assess the sets that we have in inventory and how they can be best utilized. We collaborate on the layout of the show – changing the plan from the previous year – to enhance the displays of course, but also to entice the general public to walk through and marvel at the creativity and colours.

Firstly, we revisit the budget figures. With those in mind, and from a review of current inventory of sets, we commence designing new and replacing old sets and finding odd things like chandeliers or the Hula Hoops used in 2015 (which took a summer of many of us scouring stores). We are forever on the lookout for ideas and drive all over looking for props for use. This can take quite some time when we are looking for a specific type of item – and ones that will fit within our budget!

We work all summer to meet the deadline of September in order to have everything planned to allow the contractor/builder time to construct, paint, repair, or replace sets. The inventory is stored in a large warehouse at Landscape Ontario in Milton. In October, existing sets are pulled out to be inspected, repaired and painted with new colours. All the new construction begins.

In early March, everything that has been designated for us is transported to site. As always, there are a few glitches, but the team pulls together. We are usually on site for at least 5-6 days ahead of time before the wonderful designs, created by the members of the Garden Club of Toronto, International designers from around the world and local Horticultural Societies, are put in place. Keeping warm during this period is a challenge and sleep for us is a luxury!

However, when the Canada Blooms Festival is ready to open, we are delighted that we have this wonderful opportunity to be able to help pull the Toronto Flower Show together. In spite of the challenges, the end result is very rewarding.

Celia Roberts and Lil Taggart, Co-chairs, Staging for the TFS