July 4, 2022
Enter the 50th annual Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence
For 50 years, the LO Awards of Excellence has recognized  the outstanding work, skill, dedication and contribution of both members and outstanding individuals with the goal of showcasing LO members to the world. The awards are adjudicated by impartial landscape horticulture experts. Projects that reach a scoring threshold from the judging panel are recognized as award winners in their respective categories.

Eligible member companies are encouraged to enter projects to take advantage of the many benefits that come with winning an award. These include: validating the professionalism, creativity, technical skill and talent of you and your team; recognizing the hard work and dedication of your team; and providing peace of mind to potential clients, subcontractors and supplier. It’s also a great marketing tool.

Whether it’s a small build or design, a unique or stand-alone element, or a multimillion-dollar commercial contract, there’s a specific entry category to match the diversity, disciplines and specialities of Landscape Ontario members.

Among the dozens of awards handed out each year, a number of special awards recognize top scoring or outstanding entries. These include:
Dunington-Grubb Award
For the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the various construction categories.

Casey van Maris Award
For the project awarded the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping.

Don Salivan Grounds Management Award
Recognizing skill that when properly executed, protects or even enhances the value of the original landscape from all projects in the maintenance program.

Neil Vanderkruk Award for Excellence in Design
For the most outstanding and highest overall scoring project in the design categories.

Horst Dickert Memorial Award
Recognizing the best use of native plant material well integrated into a designed or implemented sustainable landscape.

Green Stamp Award
For construction projects that exemplify green practices such as permeable paving, native plantings, water conservation strategies, and green roof technology.
All winners will be announced during a live ceremony attended by members, industry supporters and media on January 10 in conjunction with the Congress 2023 trade show. Winners are also listed in Landscape Ontario magazine, on LandscapeOntario.com, LOawards.com, and are showcased through LO’s social media channels.

For a full list of categories, judges scoring sheets, tips for online entry, past winners, or to enter, visit LOawards.com. or check out the special section from the February 2022 issue of Landscape Ontario magazine.