2018 Trial Garden Tours



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The program will start in the morning at the Guelph trial garden site and continue in the afternoon at the Landscape Ontario site in Milton, Ontario. You also invited to participate in the Summerfest event at Sheridan Nurseries (see below for more trial garden and Summerfest info)
Where: 328 Victoria Rd. S. in Guelph (at College Ave.)
Map to 328 Victoria Rd. S.
Enjoy a profile on turf, guest speakers, garden tours and more!
The day will feature:
  • Fiesta demonstration plots
  • Bio-solids fertilizer research
  • Prairie turfgrass restoration
  • All-America Selection judging trial
  • Annual, perennial, rose and shrub beds
  • and more!
8:30 a.m. Refreshments at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, 328 Victoria Road South, Guelph, Ont.
9:00 a.m. Speaker series (see below for more information about the speaker sessions)
10:00 a.m. to Noon Tours at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute
1:00-3:00 p.m. Tours at the Milton Trial Gardens at Landscape Ontario, 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton, Ont.
To RSVP for the Trial Garden Tours, please contact Kathleen Pugliese,kpugliese@landscapeontario.com, 1-800-265-5656, ext. 2309.
3:30 pm onward - Complete the day. Register to attend Summerfest at Sheridan Nurseries in Georgetown.
Everyone is welcome! Be sure to bring your staff. (Adults only please).

Guelph Trial Garden 2018 – Industry Day (Aug.23) Speaker Program and Tour Itinerary

Speaker Program
(9am-10:30am) NOTE: Due to construction at the Landscape Ontario Building, this year’s industry day and speaker session will start in Guelph 

Growing Community Gardens in Guelph (30-45 minutes)
Presenter: Samantha Dupré
Since 2012 the City of Guelph has worked with the Upper Grand District School Board, the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and other community partners on a formal program to grow and support the city’s community garden network. The network currently includes a wide variety of community led projects including 22 gardens and 2 orchards that have all evolved differently to suit the communities they serve. Join us to learn a little bit about Guelph’s experiences in community gardening including stories highlighting particular challenges and creative solutions as well as the benefits of using a network model to encourage ongoing engagement in community gardening. There will be time for questions and discussion as well.
Samantha Dupré wears many hats in her role of community stewardship coordinator for the parks department at the City of Guelph, one of which is coordinating the city’s community garden network. She loves this aspect of her role as she is an avid vegetable gardener herself and feels privileged to play her part in connecting people with healthy nutritious food and opportunities to learn and grow their community. Her academic background is in “environmental studies” which means that she is always looking at the gardens program through the lens of the many environmental and social benefits it provides and is continually inspired by the dedication of the Guelph community in service of these goals.
Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) Update (30-45 mins)
Presenter: Cam Shaw
The GTI was established in 1987 to conduct research and extension and to provide informationon turfgrass production and management to members of the Canadian turfgrass industry. The GTI is part of the University of Guelph and is supported by the university, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the turfgrass industry. The research activities at the GTI focus in areas such as: the environmental aspects of pesticide use, evaluation of grass species, cultivars, and seeding methods, sports field construction, fertility and management programs, pesticide use and the biological and cultural control of diseases in weeds. Cam’s talk today will look at the changes and transitions at the GTI over the past 3 years and will look forward to the new roles and research it will take on in the future.
Cam Shaw has been in the turfgrass industry for over 18 years and is an alumnus of the Diploma in Turfgrass Management program at the University of Guelph. Formerly an Assistant Superintendent, Cam’s experiences were primarily involved with the golf course maintenance sector where he had the opportunity to work at famed club’s such as Jasper Park Lodge and TPC Boston. Arriving at the GTI in October of 2017, Cam took on the new role of Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI). In his new position, Cam looks forward to connecting with a broad range of turf industry and public stakeholders groups as well as continuing to promote the research, educational programs and services the GTI has to offer.
GTI/Trial Garden Tours (10:30-noon+)
1) GTI Research and Plot Trials (5-10 minutes each)
  • Fiesta demonstration plots for alternative weed control
  • Bio-solids fertilizer research
  • Prairie turfgrass restoration research
  • Take-all patch and winter hardiness research on USGA green
  • Snow mould control research
  • Alternative grub control
2) Ornamental Trial Gardens
  • All-America Selections judging trial
  • Ornamental Container trials
  • Ornamental Ground Bed trials
  • Perennial trial
  • Vegetables for Small Urban Spaces trial