The
W
est
Virginia
Nursery
Landscape
Association,
Inc.
Established in 1939, the
West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
is a professional trade organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the nursery and green industries and to the education of its members and the public they serve.

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2020 Winter Symposium

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New Date, New Activities at the Winter Symposium

We’re hoping that many of you who have missed the Winter Symposium in the past due to January conflicts will come out for this year’s event on February 12 in Charleston! In addition to the new date and an exciting line-up of outstanding speakers, we’re rolling out a new feature: vendor tables staffed by knowledgeable professionals during the lunch hour.   Attendees can take advantage of this time to gather information, share ideas, and talk with suppliers.

If your company would like to have a vendor table at the symposium, or if you need more information, please contact Julie Robinson no later than January 10, at 304-553-1234 or . Call sooner to ensure a reservation, as space is limited.

The 2020 Winter Symposium features a great lineup of speakers for both tracks: one focused on design and the other on profitable business practices.

View the schedule HERE.

On the design side, Scott Beuerlein, who manages Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, kicks off the day with “Woodies That Make Us Go ‘Wow!’” Scott is a garden writer and horticultural speaker whose articles have appeared in notable national publications. He was awarded gold medals by the International Association of Garden Communicators and is a certified landscape technician and arborist in Ohio.

Tom Vasale follows with a presentation on “Specialty Pruning.” Tom is a retired horticulturist residing in Charleston. He owned and operated Tom’s Word Horticulture Consulting, a small design-build landscaping business, for 23 years before retiring. Prior to that, he was the director of Municipal Beautification for the City of Charleston, the agriculture extension agent for West Virginia University in Kanawha County, and the state horticulturist for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Michael Hasenmyer of West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will show how to put technology to work for your designs when he discusses “Visualization Technologies in the Field of Landscape Architecture.” Michael is an associate professor of landscape architecture who teaches his students how to most effectively use computer technology in their designs.

After lunch and a chance to connect with colleagues and vendors, design-side attendees will hear from Scott Beuerlein again when he presents “Why Horticulture Matters.”

Irvin Etienne of The Garden at Newfields in Indianapolis will close the day’s talks, speaking on “Gardening without Privacy.” He’ll discuss his work in a public garden, where mistakes are not easily hidden in well-trafficked areas. In his designs, he relies on attractive, no-fuss perennials that look good in multiple seasons. Irvin is the horticulture display coordinator for the Garden at Newfields, where he has worked for more than 25 years. He writes an award-winning blog for GardenComm, as well as articles for Fine Gardening and other magazines.

Speakers in the profit track will focus on employee recruitment and retention, issues surrounding glysophate, workers’ compensation, and branding and marketing. The track finishes with an idea swap.

Danielle Collinson of Blades of Green Lawn Care and B.O.G. Pest Control in Edgewater, MD, cues up the day with “Recruiting and Retaining in a Digital Age.” Danielle is a division manager for the company and manages the Pest and Plant Health Care departments. She questions things that “have always been done that way” in her quest to advance the company. A passionate leader, she urges people on her team to learn new things and grow themselves.

Dr. Hannah Mathers has more than 26 years of experience, including training and research, in weed control for landscape and nursery crops. She’ll put that knowledge to the test when she takes on “The Great Glysophate Debate,” exploring the science behind claims that the active ingredient in RoundUp causes cancer. Previously a professor at Ohio State University and Oregon State University, she owns Mathers Environmental Science Services LLC in Gahanna, OH.

Clarence Lykins of Partners & Associates Insurance in Huntington, WV, will help attendees wade through the sometimes murky waters of workers’ compensation with “Understanding Workers’ Comp.” In addition to business insurance, Partners & Associates offers life, homeowners, and auto coverage.

John Auge of Auge+Gray+Drake Collective Works in Charleston is all about marketing. He’s going to get you excited about it, too, when he shows you the importance of branding and how it will help your business grow. In “Putting Branding to Work for Your Company,” he’ll show you how to differentiate your company from the competition. A company cofounder, John has more than 25 years of experience in branding and identity and corporate communications.

After John’s presentation, the profit track concludes with an idea swap. Have you tried something new that worked well? Or maybe flopped? Wonder if anyone else has tried this? Prepare to share! Let’s get the ideas flowing and learn a little something from each other.

The WVNLA Annual Meeting follows the symposium, starting at 4 p.m.

If you haven’t been to a symposium in some time, check us out. The cost to attend the 2020 Winter Symposium is $50 for WVNLA members and $100 for nonmembers.

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Certified Professional Horticulturist Exam

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The Certified Professional Horticulturist exam will be given on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. The exam includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover material presented in the CPH study manual and 25 plants to be identified. Study guides are available for $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

To register to take the exam and/or order a study manual, complete an exam application here:

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Please note the education and experience requirements found at the bottom of the application.

 

Pesticide Recertification Course Feb. 13

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Registration is open for a Pesticide Applicators Recertification Course on February 13 at Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. The course is sponsored by WVNLA in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Twelve (12) CEU credits will be issued for categories 3, 4A, 4B, 7, 11 and 13C. Cost to attend is $50 for non-WVNLA members and free for WVNLA members. For more information, click here.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. COURSE IS FULL.

 

2019 Scholarship winners

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West Virginia University students Brent Mitchell of Shady Spring and Nicholas Oxendale of Oak Hill have been selected as the 2019 WVNLA Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship recipients. Both are landscape architecture majors.

Brent, who plans to minor in horticulture, has owned and operated his own landscaping company, HighLine Landscaping, for three years. He began the company while attending Concord University and Bridgemont Community and Technical College, where he  knocked out some of his early semesters of course work. His experience with his landscaping business, which has grown each year, led him to a green industry career path.

“My decision to become a landscape architect was based upon my business. I hope to one day run my company as efficiently as possible with all the knowledge that I will gain in this program. Landscape architects focus on aesthetically pleasing areas in the field and that is exactly what I strive to do,” Brent said in his application.

Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Elisabeth Orr, who has instructed Brent in several courses, recommended him for the scholarship. “I am certain he will continue to excel in our program, and I expect him to be an accomplished professional in the field after he graduates,” she said.

A junior, Nicholas Oxendale manages to hold down four jobs in addition to his course work. When he’s not in class, he works occasionally for a landscaper and is also a personal trainer, group fitness class instructor, and AutoCad instructor.

Nicholas particularly enjoys landscape architect classes that take students on-site for projects. “Our natural terrain is a thing of wonder, but it can be fragile. Development must recognize this and adapt projects to be compatible with it. I would hope to use in my professional career as a landscape architect the principals of adapting economic and development projects to the terrain to enhance both human life and the environment,” he wrote in his application.

Associate Professor Peter Butler wrote a glowing recommendation for Nicholas, whom he has known for the three years Nicholas has been a WVU student.

“Nick is a highly motivated student who strives to find creative and thoughtful solutions to complex design problems.… His communication skills are excellent. He has a strong interest in plant materials and their application to improving aesthetics, quality of life, and spatial definition in our contemporary environments,” wrote Peter.

Both Brent and Nicholas met all the requirements of the scholarship. We wish them the best as they pursue careers in the green industry.

Welcome New Members

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We welcome new members to West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association. 

 

Advanced Tree & Lawn Care

Active member

Talicia Riffle

P.O. Box 876

Hurricane, WV 25526

304-397-6006

advancedtreeandlawncare.biz

Arborist, landscape design, construction and maintenance

 

Debbie’s Corner

Active member

Debbie Shanklin

2 Goshen View Drive

Kenna, WV 25248

304-859-1334

Educator, landscape maintenance, perennial nursery, nursery retail, wholesale nursery.

 

Greenscapes Lawn Care

Active member

Natasha and Joey Price

P.O. Box 661

Daniels, WV 25832

304-673-9314

Landscape maintenance

 

Lawnworks, LLC

Active member

Gary Bailey

208 Sunflower Street

Princeton, WV 24739

304-716-6139

 

lawnworks4you.com

Landscape and lawn maintenance.

 

Native Havens, LLC

Active

James Dillon

27 Powers Drive

Kearneysville, WV 25430

302-363-3045

nativehavens.com

Landscape artchitect/designer, landscape construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, Certified Professional Horticulturist (Pennsylvania)

 

Premier Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc.

Active member

Justin S. White

121 Holland Ave.

Morgantown, WV 26501

304-288-0067

premierlandscapeswv.com

Landscape construction, lawn and landscape maintenance, hardscape design and installation, landscape lighting

 

Under new management:

Flowerscape

Active member

Eamon Barker

P.O. Box 13617

Charleston, WV 25312

304-470-0780  

flowerscapewv.com

Landscape construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, irrigation

 

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Member Benefits

Education

Educational opportunities to members through cutting edge speakers and programs.

AmericanHort

Industry representation through the Association’s membership in AmericanHort.

Networking

Increased business opportunities through industry networking.

Trade Show

Representation at Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, which WVNLA co-sponsors.

Research

Research association through West Virginia University, Virginia Tech and HRI.

Projects

Recognition of community commitment through member projects such as the West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown, WV.

Discount

Discounts on the Association’s Winter Symposium fees for members.

Training

Free pesticide applicator’s training program for recertification credits.

Certification

Certified Professional Horticulturist exam annual opportunity.

Newsletter

Quarterly newsletter containing member updates and industry news and trends.

Directory

Inclusion in annual directory of members and their services, which is distributed to potential customers and other WVNLA members, and a website listing.

Scholarships

Involvement in scholarships for West Virginia natives who are horticulture and landscape architecture majors at institutes of higher learning.

Volunteer Projects

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WVNLA members work together on outstanding community volunteer projects aimed at making the quality of life in our West Virginia communities the best it can be.

We are proud of the many good things that “flower” as a result of our Volunteers in Bloom program, and we look forward to many future projects.

The West Virginia Botanic Garden

Morgantown, West Virginia For the past several years, WVNLA

The Golden Girls Group Home

2010 – The Golden Girls Group Home, Ceredo, West

The Raleigh County Women’s Resource Center

2009 – The Raleigh County Women’s Resource Center,

YWCA Sojourners Shelter

2008 – YWCA Sojourners Shelter,

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Scholarships

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The West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association provides scholarship funding for outstanding West Virginia students studying horticulture, landscape architecture, and nursery and greenhouse management.

Candidates must be in-state residents who have completed half the required courses in ornamental horticulture or landscape architecture and who maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. Students who meet these requirements and apply before December 1 will be considered  for the Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship.

Please see the Scholarship Application for more information.

Previous Recipients

Applications

Applications

We invite you to become a member and take advantage of member benefits. For more information, contact us. The application form is supplied here in pdf form:

Membership application

We proudly support West Virginia college and university students studying horticulture and landscape architecture with scholarship opportunities. The application form is supplied here in pdf form:

Scholarship Application

Our organization is pleased to consider funding projects that benefit residents of West Virginia. Each funding request will be reviewed by our board. Please note that requests must meet the criteria outlined on the Funding Request Form::

Funding Request Form

Contact

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West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
P.O. Box 20284
Charleston, WV 25362
(304) 553-1234