Hardscape LIVE

  • January 8 - 10:30 am
    January 8 - 2:30 pm
    January 9 - 10:30 am
    January 9 - 2:30 pm
    January 10 - 10:30 am
    January 10 - 2:30 pm

  • Location

    HALL F

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

Congress Registration
#LOCongress '19
2020 details coming soon!


Hardscape Live
BACK FOR ROUND #4! A popular attraction on the show floor, courtesy of Landscape Ontario's Hardscape Committee. Experienced industry professionals will share the stage and school the audience on hardscape installation techniques with a live build twice daily!

  • Tuesday AM: Creating Harmonious Hardscape Spaces
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Great designs incorporate elements that create balance and harmony between spaces, textures, sizes, colours and how we intend to use the space. This session will cover what makes outdoor spaces work and how to incorporate and combine different elements, including hardscapes and softscapes.
  • Tuesday PM: Types of Bases, Overlays and Installations
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Explore the capabilities and limits of dense-graded bases, open-graded bases, overlays on lightweight high-density polypropylene (and sand) bases, on concrete, on wood decks and on pedestals. We will also discuss some of the features and highlights of PICP systems. Learn ways to save on installation costs, materials and time.
  • Wednesday AM: Segmental Retaining Walls, Tandem Walls, Veneer and Installation
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    This session takes a look at the types of retaining walls and installations. This includes segmental retaining walls, big block walls, tandem walls, veneer and grid walls installation. We will also touch on what's new and worth knowing, when it comes to hardscape tools for wall installation to save you time and money.
  • Wednesday PM: Outdoor Sound, Lighting, Fire Features and System Automation
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    This session will review how to make backyards complete with sound, lighting, fire features and system automation. Learn how to make it easy for your clients to operate and control all these features from a phone or tablet.
  • Thursday AM: Hardscapes around Water Features, Ponds, Spas & Pools
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    In this session, we look at what counts for successful hardscape installations around water features, ponds, pools, and spas. Learn how to grow your business, expand the range of the services and installations you offer, and how you can reach different markets for better margins and profits.
  • Thursday PM: Hardscape Maintenance
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Offering maintenance can help you grow your company. Frank Bourque covers what to watch for when it comes to joint sand, drainage, preventing weeds and ants, efflorescence, snow and ice removal, colour and wear, settlement and utility repairs, removing oil stains, cleaning and sealing, interlocking concrete pavements and segmental retaining walls, building your own hardscape maintenance checklist, and building your own hardscape maintenance schedule.


  • Frank Bourque

    Frank Bourque CCPI, ARPT

    Frank is an award-winning hardscape professional, speaker, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with an extensive background in business and hardscape construction.

    Full Bio