A team of Durham College (DC) horticulture technician students took their classmate’s vision of a tranquil outdoor garden room from design to reality for the 2019 Landscape Ontario Congress, an annual trade show and conference for Canada’s horticultural and landscape professionals.
Featured within the Student Feature Gardens exhibit, the DC installation was designed by second-year student Amanda Steinberg. It features extensive woodwork, including a wooden accent wall, and a secret waterfall. Her design and the student participation were all part of an assignment in their second-semester course, Sustainable Garden Concepts and Design. With only two days to construct their installation, the hands-on experience challenged the students to apply their skills in a real-work situation with finite project timelines.
Held from Jan. 8-10, in Toronto, the Congress also provided DC’s students the opportunity to network with industry professionals and their peers from other colleges.
The art, science and business of horticulture are the focus of the DC program, ensuring students learn the skills required to create landscapes, renew historical gardens, enhance communities and express their creativity while learning the complexities involved in a broad range of professional environments. In addition, the dynamic, hands-on opportunities to experience the many aspects of the industry will make a difference as students work toward becoming a professional horticulturist.