December 15, 2017
At Canada Blooms 2018, Landscape Ontario is proud to support two very important initiatives: the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute (HOHLT) and Fusion Landscaping.

LO member Joe Genovese, Chief Creative Officer of Genoscape, has been tapped to design the HOHLT garden, which will incorporate native plants and a bridge, representing bridges along Hwy. 401 where Canadians gather to honour fallen soldiers along their journey from Trenton to Toronto.

“We are humbled and honoured to have been asked to design and build the Highway of Heroes Tribute feature garden,” Genovese said. “The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute is a campaign that pledges to plant one tree for every fallen Canadian hero along Highway 401. It is a worthy cause, as it not only encourages another 117,000 trees to be planted, but it is a living tribute to honour our bravest Canadians.”

In November, Genoscape released a short video on their Facebook page promoting their involvement with HOHLT for Canada Blooms 2018. See

Genovese is no stranger to creating award-winning display gardens at the festival. In 2017, Genoscape won three awards, including the People’s Choice Award as voted by festival attendees, for their stunning and emotional “Secret Path” garden in collaboration with the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjac Fund. In 2016, Genovese again won the People’s Choice Award as well as two others for their feature garden display at the festival.

Anna van Maris and Parklane Landscapes are designing a Fusion Landscaping feature garden, with funding from the Peel and York Regions. The garden will feature Low Impact Development elements, and is intended to show the public how beautiful water-smart designs can be. The garden will be built with the help of students in the environmental landscape management program at Seneca College. Fusion Landscape Professionals will staff the garden during the show to provide visitors with information on storm water management and educate them on the value fusion landscaping practices.

Landscape Ontario’s Growers’ Sector Group will once again engage the public with a display of Ontario-grown plant material. For 2018, the group is planning to include more interactive elements in an effort to educate consumers on the people, history, expertise and production methods involved in bringing quality plant material to retail shelves across the province.

Volunteers are needed to help with the build and tear down of LO’s significant contributions at the festival. Interested members can contact Amy Buchanan, LO event coordinator at or 416-548-8029.