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CNLA celebrates 100th anniversary with awards ceremony in Ottawa

'Best of the best' projects showcased

August 5, 2022  By Turf & Rec

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary Aug. 10-11 in Ottawa.

On Aug. 10, the CNLA showcases the best of the best projects at its annual national awards ceremony, recognizing winners in five categories: Residential Maintenance, Residential Construction, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Construction, and Landscape Design. The anniversary event is being held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

The National Awards of Landscape Excellence (NALE.ca) will also recognize the Grower of the Year and Garden Centre of the Year, as well as the Green for Life awards, which recognize significant contributions made to the ornamental horticulture sector by an individual, corporation and community. Following two years of the NALE broadcasted as a virtual ceremony, the CNLA is eager to host more than 150 esteemed guests, including award winners, nominees, and a cross-section of individuals representing the ornamental horticulture industry and all of the provincial landscape associations across the country.

The CNLA 100th anniversary celebrations begin in the morning on Aug. 11 with a tour of spectacular locations in and around the nation’s capital, stopping first at Serres Robert Plantes Greenhouse. Next is a tree planting ceremony at the Dominion Arboretum, and lunch will take place at Lago’s Bar and Grill. Attendees will then cross the street from the restaurant to explore the vast, exceptional Commissioner’s Park gardens.


The last stop of the tour is Major’s Hill Park garden. On the evening of Aug. 11, the 100th Anniversary Gala dinner will celebrate a century of Canadian horticulture history. Speakers from different CNLA organizations will share historical, national and ongoing stories throughout the evening.

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is a national not-for-profit federation of nine provincial landscape and horticulture associations representing more than 4,200 members. Comprised of thousands of locally owned companies that grow, sell, design, install, and maintain plants and other landscape features, its members represent more than $14 billion in economic impact in Canada.


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