Student Stories

Fellow students, discuss their own experiences finding their way in the landscape and horticulture industry.


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Jacob Foster – Student (Humber College)
We talked to Jacob at Congress 2017 and asked him about the Landscape Technician program at Humber College and how he feels about the Industry.

Ontario Technological Skills Competition 2016 – Landscape Ontario at OTSC
Landscape Ontario sponsored and managed this year’s Ontario Skills Competition in Kitchener/Waterloo at RIM Park. What an exciting time for everyone involved!

Taylor Minifie – Student (Grey Highlands)
Taylor took time to chat with us during the HEA meeting at Canada Blooms this year. She is currently enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major in Horticulture and Landscaping at Grey Highlands Secondary School, Flesherton (Bluewater District School Board)

Green Careers – Benjamin Buchmuller, NPD – student ambassador (HEA meeting at Canada Blooms)
Ben speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Ben now works with Stonescape Creations – a Landscape and Stonemasonry business in Burlington, Ontario…

Green Careers – Mike Palermo – student ambassador (HEA meeting at Canada Blooms)
Mike speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Mike is now owner of Arrowhead Meats in Gowanstown, Ontario…

Green Careers – Charlie Briggs – student ambassador (HEA meeting at Canada Blooms)
Charlie speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing his experiences through education. Charlie is a Gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. He studied at Fanshawe College in London and at Olds College in Alberta. Charlie looks after the Maintenance Crews and any new Renovations at RBG…

Green Careers – Erin Agro – student ambassador (HEA meeting at Canada Blooms)
Erin speaks to High School students at Canada Blooms, sharing her experiences through education….

Andrea Weddum – Graduate Niagara Parks School of Horticulture
We asked Andrea about her own experiences through school in our profession. Andrea is a recent graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and is currently a Landscape Designer with Gelderman Landscape Services…

Jeremy Kamp – Apprentice Landscaping, Fanshawe College
Jeremy went through the apprenticeship program at Fanshawe College, he started out as an entrepreneur and now runs a landscape design & build business (Nicola’s Garden Art)…

Sophie Williams – Student Gardener (RBG)
Sophie Williams is a Student Gardener working at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. She studied at Sheridan College then found Fanshawe College’s Landscape Design…

Charlie Briggs – RBG Staff Gardener
Charlie Briggs is a Gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. He studied at Fanshawe College in London and at Olds College in Alberta. Charlie looks after…

Jake Dunning – Student Gardener (RBG)
Jake Dunning is a Student Gardener working at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. Jake is currently in High School working at the RBG over the summer…

Jin Jin Zhang – Student Landscape Technician (RBG)
Jin Jin Zhang is a Student Landscape Technician working at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. The RBG is headquartered in Burlington and also includes lands…

Special thanks to The Royal Botanical Gardens for allowing us to record at their beautiful facility and talk to their staff.