Landscape Designer Conference

  • Date

    January 8, 2018

  • Time

    8:30 am – 5:00 pm

  • Location

    International Ballroom

  • Building

    Delta Hotels Toronto Airport

#LOCongress '18
2019 details coming soon!


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

The 2018 edition is Presented With Recognition of the OALA.
Sessions qualify for OALA Continuing Education Credits.

Registration Fees
$190 for Members and $270 for Non-Members

Admission to Congress '18 Trade Show Exhibits and the Tailgate Party is included in registration prices. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

Refunds will not be issued, so please send a representative in your place if you cannot attend.

  • 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 Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Designer Group is doing on your behalf, and help shape future initiatives and projects.
  • Conversations That Sell
    9:15 am – 10:15 am
    In today's competitive marketplace, the wrong message can destroy trust and credibility while the right approach develops important relationships and gives your company a competitive advantage. However, no communication is complete until the message is received and acted upon. Ultimately most of us prefer one of four styles of communication; that’s why it’s vital to understand your customers' preferred style. In this session, you’ll learn how to spot the clues we all provide and how to adapt your own style so your message is received. You’ll discover “The Trust Equation” and how trust impacts your bottom line and why a good story transcends facts and statistics. Aprille will help you create rapport, build strategic partnerships and ultimately, close more design sales.

    presented by | APRILLE JANES, CPCC
  • Break
    10:15 am – 10:30 am
  • Serenity by Design
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Why do some gardens make us feel relaxed and refreshed? Professional Landscape Designer Jan Johnsen draws on her 45 years of experience to share design insights and little-known scientific facts that you can use in creating uplifting outdoor environments that enhance comfort and well-being. For example, learn why East is considered the most ‘auspicious’ direction and how to use this in a garden; certain colors and shapes to create a harmonious feeling, and identifying a ‘power spot’ in the outdoor space and highlighting it. This session accompanies her book, ‘Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection’, and beautifully illustrates how to create ‘simplicity, sanctuary and delight’ in a garden.

    presented by | JAN JOHNSEN
  • Designing Naturalistic Landscapes & Water Features For High-End Clients
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Join Randy for a pictorial view of Tumber's most often employed design principles used to create natural, award-winning environments, that have an emotional component and see them implemented in built projects. Learn how to create engagement by incorporating structure with different types of hardscaping, softscaping and landscape architecture. Examine his design process including client meetings, site visits, surveyor, his hand-drawn design process ...and why he still uses it.

    presented by | RANDY TUMBER, APLD, CLD, CHT
  • Lunch
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
    Included with registration.
  • Artful Edible Gardens
    1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
    Ellen gets her best ideas while in the garden, and one day realized that everything she knew about gardening, she actually learned in art school! Join Ellen for detailed review of her ‘Top 10 Things she learned in art school’, to help you stay organized and creative with edible gardens.

    One: Start with a clean canvas.
    Two: Get to know your materials.
    Three: Follow the rules before you break them.
    Four: Maintain a neat workspace.
    Five: Learn to draw a straight line.
    Six: Develop individual style.
    Seven: Be observant. Explore the connections.
    Eight: Take care of your tools.
    Nine: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
    Ten: Keep a sketchbook of ideas.

    presented by | ELLEN ECKER OGDEN
  • Break
    2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE: Are We Just Landscape Designers or Are We a 'Mobilization of a Force of Beauty'?
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    James will take the audience on a pictorial journey through some of his most inspirational projects that have been created over the past 39 years. James is known for his exceptional attention to detail and his uncanny ability to reproduce nature.

    James will provide food for thought on:
    - natural water features and their proper setting and surroundings;
    - the importance of background and specimen planting, with the right balance to soften the hard landscape;
    - wow factor, starting with the aesthetic value of the finished product in mind;
    - the garden as a creation of beauty.

    presented by | JAMES GARFIELD THOMPSON, B.Sc. Agr., OALA, CSLA, SOUL
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Enjoy refreshments with colleagues and event partners; more time to visit the partner exhibits.
Meet with our Partners!
They will be waiting to speak with you in the International Plaza Lobby during the conference.

Presenting Partner


Supporting Partners




Select Stone

Aquascape Inc



  • Aprille Janes

    Aprille Janes CPCC

    A Janes & Associates

    Margaretsville, NS

    Aprille Janes focuses on helping small businesses and their teams communicate effectively, both internally and externally with their customers, vendors, government agencies and strategic partners.

    Full Bio
  • Jan Johnsen

    Jan Johnsen

    Johnsen Landscapes & Pools

    Croton on Hudson, NY

    Jan Johnsen is a landscape designer and author with a passion for plants, rocks and gardens.

    Full Bio
  • Ellen Ecker Ogden

    Ellen Ecker Ogden

    Kitchen Garden Designs

    Manchester Village, VT

    Ellen Ecker Ogden is a Vermont-based food and garden writer and author or five books including "The Complete Kitchen Garden" featuring designs and recipes for cooks who love to garden.

    Full Bio
  • Randy Tumber

    Randy Tumber APLD, CLD, CHT

    Tumber & Associates

    Orangeville, ON

    Randy Tumber, APLD, CLD, CHT has been in business for 41 years in the landscape design / build industry.

    Full Bio
  • James Thompson

    James Garfield Thompson B.Sc. Agr., OALA, CSLA, SOUL

    J Garfield Thompson Landscape Ltd

    Etobicoke, ON

    James was born and raised on the potato farm in Mount Albert Ontario, where he gained a love of the land, literally by getting his hands dirty.

    Full Bio