Owner and Operator.
Claire got her degree in Fine Arts at York University, studied Landscape Design at Ryerson, and Ecosystem Restoration at Niagara College. For ten years, beginning with a landscape design business in 2003 under her own name that became Ontario Flora in 2010, she has learned to straddle urban landscape design and the natural environment focused realms of stewardship, bio-monitoring and native plant restoration.
Claire has divided her time between business owner and employee, working with several well respected organizations that have given her great opportunities to work with native plants. Some of this great work has been:
– As Stewardship Project Manager at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, leading volunteers in natural environment habitat restoration, managing 15000 square feet of native plant gardens, piloting their native plant retail nursery, creating the preliminary design for the Evergreen Brick Works Green Roof.
– Working for The Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga, coordinating their amazing Native Plant Propagation Program and stewarding the one hundred and fifty acre site with volunteers.
– Working for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, designing a series of eight native plant landscapes to show how adaptable and contemporary native plants can be, in partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill, and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).
– Through Ontario Flora, providing consulting services to Heritage Toronto on preliminary garden planning for the Earl Bales Park, John Bales House heritage garden.
– Through Ontario Flora designing many and various residential properties in Toronto, GTA, and Southern Ontario, working on commercial, institutional and residential properties big and small.
Laurel wants to strengthen our urban context through environmentally functional and aesthetically pleasing landscapes. With a background in designing tree-supportive landscapes and developing park masterplans at the City of Mississauga, she is currently employed professionally with the City of Toronto. At Ontario Flora she lends her expertise to projects focusing on water and soil design.
Annabel is immersed professionally in residential landscape garden maintenance, landscape design as well as natural environment project management. Managing her own gardening and landscape design business ‘EarthFire Gardening’ in the Grey Bruce area, for Ontario Flora she works further afield when needed.