Welcome To Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

About the Program

The Greening the Canadian Landscape Program at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre brings together expertise on urban soil improvements, tree physiology and ecology and nursery production research to improve tree survival and growth in challenging urban and suburban environments. The program goal is to increase the long-term profitability of the Canadian nursery and landscape sector by creating sustainable landscapes in urban, disturbed and protected environments

We have a portfolio of projects addressing the challenges plants and people face in the built landscape. Key areas of research for the program include urban soil remediation and tree establishment, tree root management in nursery production, urban ecosystem design and developing new management tools for invasive plants. Our current team includes:

Nursery and Landscape research group: Research Scientist and Program Lead, Dr. Darby McGrath, and Research Technicians Jason Henry, Ryan Munroe and Charlene Williams. 

Biochemistry research group: Research Scientist, Dr. David Liscombe, PhD Candidate Christine Kempthorne, and Research Technician Kevin Hooton.

On this website we will provide updates on our research, new tools we have been developing, as well as other interesting resources and information.

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Why Register?

Join a growing number of municipalities, companies and institutions that are planning for long-term success of their tree planting projects by utilizing findings from practice-based scientific research. By registering, you will be part of a network that is evaluating their soil quality prior to planting. More informed decisions can be made with a better understanding of how soil quality can impact tree survival and growth.

You can choose not to register and simply use the tree species selector at your convenience. However, by registering you gain the ability to use the soil remediation calculator, save your previously entered soil testing results and quickly recall soil remediation recommendations from current and previous projects. 

Register & Get Started Today!

Tree Planting Guide

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of the Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide. The Guide is a comprehensive document which draws on years of research work conducted on tree planting and establishment and, notably, on the many findings from our Greening research team. The Guide’s chapter format provides detailed instructions and a thorough rationale of each of the major factors to be taken into consideration to ensure successful tree planting results. A series of corresponding field sheets distill this information into actionable items. Throughout, the Guide provides additional relevant information by referencing key research findings through hyperlinks. Development of a new industry reference manual is a significant undertaking that requires considerable industry input and support, and we extend our sincere gratitude to the committee and Landscape Ontario for providing the seed funding for the development of this guide.

What's New

Check out our video on our root research! Root structure is so critical to tree health and longevity, which is why we have been researching how nursery production practices can be improved to help trees become established and mature in our landscapes. If you would like to see a long-lived tree in your backyard, park or street you need to start thinking about root quality at the seedling stage. Have a look at the video to find out why. More resources and information on our root research can be found in the Root Management section of the website.

 

 

 

Feature Plantings – Use of the toolkit for plantings across Canada

Tell us about your planting project! Send us an email providing your organization name, number of trees planted, planting date and location, and a brief background of the project - including which species you selected and whether you remediated your site before planting. With this information we will add your planting onto the map and together we will continue greening the Canadian landscape.

Trees planted
legend for tress planted within one yearLess than 1 year
legend for tress planted between one to two years1-2 years
legend for tress planted for more than two years2+ years

Airdrie

48

Calgary

48

Edmonton

48

Port Hope

156

Cobourg

208

Trenton - Greening the Greenbelt Planting

50

Veteran's Memorial Parkway Tree Planting

100

Site 3 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

72

Site 4 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

84

Site 5 - Vineland Soil Remediation Research Plot

72

Site 6 - Vineland Soil Remediation and Species Selection Research Plot

160

Site 7 - Vineland Soil Remediation and Species Selection Research Plot

220