Landscape Designer Conference

  • Date

    January 7, 2019

  • Time

    8:30 am – 5:30 pm

  • Location

    International Ballroom

  • Building

    Delta Hotels Toronto Airport



A full-day event, with lunch and closing reception.
An initiative of Landscape Ontario's Landscape Designer Sector Group.

The 2019 edition is Presented With Recognition of the OALA.
Sessions qualify for OALA Continuing Education Credits.

$140 for Members and $190 for Non-Members until December 14
$190 for Members and $270 for Non-Members after December 14

Admission to Congress 2019 Trade Show and Tailgate Party is included with registration. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Designers AGM
    9:00 am – 9:15 am
    Join your sector peers and learn about what the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Designer Group is doing on your behalf, and help shape future initiatives and projects.
  • Using Plants as Mulch: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
    9:15 am – 10:30 am
    This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture—designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join landscape architect Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture--resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.

    presented by | Thomas Rainer, RLA ASLA | Phyto Studio
  • Refreshment Break
    10:30 am – 10:45 am
  • The Inspiration and Construction of Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    An overview of the design and construction of this new 8-acre waterfront park. In particular, the integration of the building trades and designers to realize the completion of this award-winning park.

    presented by | Walter Kehm, OALA, FCSLA, FASLA | LANDinc
  • How To Make Real Money as a Landscape Designer
    11:45 am – 12:45 pm
    What could be more fun than working with wonderful clients to create beautiful gardens? How about being paid well for providing this service. Ron will share some of his insights after 40 years of practice on how to manage a design firm to achieve your profit targets. Topics like attracting the "right" kinds of clients, how much to charge, reducing risk, and building a great team are some of the issues he will discuss.

    presented by | Ron Koudys, BLA, MEd, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, RLA (Mich), CLD | Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
    Lunch included with registration.
  • Pop-up Play Design Challenge
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Interact and get creative with your peers during a 2-hour Come Alive Outside design challenge focused on how the landscape profession helps people connect with nature and live healthier lives outdoors!  This challenge will be an opportunity to collaborate with your peers, as well as post-secondary landscape design students to create ideas for pop-up, natural play structures and landscape elements that allow the profession to be proactive in raising awareness of the importance of outdoor play in communities across Ontario.  Winning ideas will be featured at a large pop-up play space at Canada Blooms, as well as through Come Alive Outside Green Street Challenges in the summer of 2019!

    moderated by | Andy Paluch | Come Alive Outside
    facilitated by | Scott Wentworth, OALA, CSLA | Wentworth Landscapes
  • Refreshment Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Design Workshop Continued
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Closing Reception
    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Enjoy refreshments with colleagues and event partners.
Meet with our Partners!
They will be waiting to speak with you in the International Plaza Lobby during the conference.

Presenting Partner


Supporting Partners



Spring Meadow Nursery

Select Stone

Aquascape Inc



  • Thomas Rainer

    Thomas Rainer RLA ASLA

    Phyto Studio

    Arlington, Virginia

    Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia.

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  • Walter Kehm

    Walter Kehm OALA, FCSLA, FASLA


    Toronto, ON

    With over three decades of professional experience, Walter has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams of professionals on design and planning projects throughout the world.

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  • Ron Koudys

    Ron Koudys BLA, MEd, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, RLA (Mich), CLD

    Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc

    London, ON

    Ron Koudys retired as professor and coordinator for the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario after 31 years.

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  • Andy Paluch

    Andy Paluch

    Come Alive Outside

    Andy Paluch is the Executive Director of Come Alive Outside, a nonprofit organization based in Rutland, Vermont.

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  • Scott Wentworth

    Scott Wentworth OALA, CSLA

    Wentworth Landscapes

    Picton, ON

    Scott Wentworth brings thirty-seven plus years of experience in all aspects of landscape design, construction, and project management, including twenty-seven years as president/founder of Wentworth Landscapes.

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