Celebrating the best in landscape horticulture

August 22, 2017
Written by CNLA
Aug. 22, 2017, Olds, Alta. – The best in landscape horticulture was in the spotlight during the National Awards of Landscape Excellence reception.

Five landscape category awards were presented, along with the Garden Centres Canada award for Outstanding Retail Achievement, the Green for Life Distinction Award and Industry Award, as well as the highly respected CNLA President’s Award.

The 2017 winners are:

• Garden Grove Landscaping of Waterdown, Ontario for the National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Construction.

• Airo Landscape Design Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland for the National Award of Excellence for Landscape Design.

• Surface Pro Services of Calgary, Alberta for the National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Maintenance.

• International Landscaping Inc. of Milton, Ontario for both the National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Construction AND the National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Maintenance.

• Green Haven Garden Centre of Lethbridge, Alberta for Outstanding Retail Achievement.

The Green for Life awards recognize significant contributions made to the ornamental horticulture sector by an individual, corporation or community. The Green for Life Distinction Award was presented to John van Roessel of JVR Landscape (2006) Inc. in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the horticulture industry, as well as the lasting legacy he will leave on this sector.

Caterpillar was presented with the Green for Life Industry Award for the significant contributions it has made not only to CNLA and the provincial associations but to the entire industry and environment. Sherrie Williams, product application specialist for Caterpillar Building Construction Products accepted the award. Caterpillar plays an important role in promoting our industry and protecting the environment, noted the CNLA.

The final award of the evening, the CNLA President’s Award, is not given every year. It is only given to members who, in the opinion of the executive committee, have demonstrated beyond question, a sustained personal commitment that has contributed beneficially to the enhancement of the industry at a national or international level.

That is why it is no wonder that this prestigious award was presented to Michael Murray, president of Murray’s Garden Centre and Horticultural Services.
Murray has served the industry for many years as a business owner, a volunteer with Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, and the CNLA. He is a past president of CNLA, and has also served as the Environment Chair, Landscape NL representative, Human Resources Chair and currently serves as the Government Relations Chair. His years of service have been invaluable to the industry on a local, national and global basis.

The National Awards of Landscape Excellence recognize Canadian companies that have actively participated in significantly raising the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. Each province nominates members from the provincial awards of excellence competitions that are then entered into the national awards. Next year’s ceremony will take place in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.


The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is a national not-for-profit federation of nine provincial landscape and horticulture associations representing over 3,800 members.  To learn more, visit www.cnla-acpp.ca.

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