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Ground 62

President's Message
Editorial Board Message
Community: Kensington mural
The Friends of Allen Gardens: How a park stewardship group makes space
Spatial Democracy: How can landscape foster equity
A Public Spaces Ever Truly Public?: A queer perspective
CSLA Awards
OALA Awards
Notes: A miscellany of news and events
Leave No Trace: The trouble with stacking stones and other outdoor pastimes



Glyn Bowerman

Photo Editor

Jasper Flores

OALA Editorial Board

Saira Abdulrehman
Greg Baskin
Chris Canning

Tracy Cook
Everett DeJong
Ryan De Jong
Mark Hillmer
Helene Iardas
Brad Keeler
Matthew Lundstrom
Sarah MacLean
Sarah Manteuffel
Shahrzad Nezefati
Nadja Pausch
Carol Pietka
Dalia Todary-Michael
Natasha Varga
Jennifer Wan

Web Editor
Jennifer Foden

Social Media Manager

Jennifer Foden

Art Direction/Design

Noël Nanton/typotherapy

Advertising Inquiries

[email protected]


Kensington Market community mural project. Courtesy of Shahryar Nowzari. See page 03.

Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly is published four times a year by Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

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Copyright © 2023 by Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

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ISSN: 0847-3080

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2023-2024 OALA Governing Council

Stefan Fediuk

Vice President
Aaron Hirota

Cameron Smith

Justin Whalen

Past President
Steve Barnhart

Matthew Campbell
Matt Perotto
Shawn Watters

Associate Councillor—Senior
Layal Bitar

Associate Councillor—Junior
Sujana Devabhaktuni

Lay Councillor
Karen Liu

Appointed Educator University of Guelph
Nadia Amoroso

Appointed Educator University of Toronto
Elise Shelley

University of Guelph Student Representative
Allison Neuhauser

University of Toronto Student Representative
Emiley Switzer-Martell

OALA Staff

Executive Director

Aina Budrevics

Ingrid Little 

Sherry Bagnato

Membership Services Administrator
Angie Anselmo

About Ground

Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly is published by Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to the profession of landscape architecture. Letters to the editor, article proposals, and feedback are encouraged. For submission guidelines, contact Ground at [email protected]. Ground reserves the right to edit all submissions. The views expressed in the magazine are those of the writers and not necessarily the views of OALA and its Governing Council.

Upcoming Issues of Ground
Ground 63 (Fall) Messy
Ground 64 (Winter) Seen/Unseen

Deadline for editorial proposals: Now seeking submissions at [email protected].
Deadline for advertising space reservations: October 16, 2023


In Ground 61, the cover photo was incorrectly attributed. It was taken by Jennifer Wan. As well, on page 22 of that issue, photos attributed to “Jennifer Qian” should be attributed to Jennifer Wan. We regret the error.

About OALA

Ontario Association of Landscape Architects works to promote and advance the profession of landscape architecture and maintain standards of professional practice consistent with the public interest. OALA promotes public understanding of the profession and the advancement of the practice of landscape architecture. In support of the improvement and/or conservation of the natural, cultural, social and built environments, OALA undertakes activities including promotion to governments, professionals and developers of the standards and benefits of landscape architecture.

Ground Needs You

Ground relies on OALA members, people from related professions, and those simply passionate about landscapes. If you would like to contribute in any form, whether it’s writing, photography, or participating as a member of our Editorial Board, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]Ground Magazine represents the work of many passionate volunteers. If that sounds like you, come join the team! You do not need to be an OALA member or landscape architect to contribute to either the Editorial Board or the magazine, and anyone who expresses interest will be seriously considered.