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.


Welcome New Members


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

Greenbrier Plant Health Care

Active member

George Piasecki

1410 Stone House Rd.

Caldwell, WV 24925


Specializing in insect, disease and environmental problems diagnosis and control; turf management.


Kim’s Greenhouse

Active Member

Kim Jackson

2432 Little Two Mile Creek Rd.

Milton, WV 25541


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Retail garden center, nursery supplies, perennial nursery.


Sunrise Carriage Trail

Associate member

Kenny Williams

2061 Newhouse Dr.

Charleston, WV 25302


Landscape construction and maintenance.


West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources – Twin Falls State Park

Associate member

P.O. Box 667

Mullens, WV 25882


Golf course maintenance.

2017 Scholarship winner


Zackary Grossl, a junior majoring in landscape architecture at West Virginia University, was recently selected as the 2017 recipient of the Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship. Zack graduated from Greenbrier West High School and is the son of Dale Grossl and Tina Grossl.

Zack didn’t start his college career in landscape architecture, but childhood memories and teenage work experience drew him to it.

“I enrolled at WVU in the pre-pharmacy program in 2013, and by mid-semester I knew that I didn’t belong there. I then found landscape architecture,” Zack said.

On his scholarship application, Zack described his early experiences and growing interest in landscape architecture this way: “Throughout my life, I was always up and doing something outside. Being outside ranged from being in the woods hunting with my father to playing football in an open field. I worked at a landscaping business throughout high school, and seeing a project completed was very rewarding, but I knew there had to be more to this than just placing the plants. I wanted to know who was making the bigger decisions.”

Zack finds the variety of work in the green industry appealing. He is interested in all aspects of it, including design, installation, plant production, and sales.

According to WVU landscape architecture Assistant Professor Elisabeth Orr, Zack has earned a reputation among his instructors for being an intelligent problem solver, as well as an attentive, friendly student. His mastery of course work and his good rapport with fellow students led Orr to ask him to be a teaching assistant. Competition is stiff for these positions. Orr said  it is a “significant honor” to be chosen.

“As a native West Virginian, I am very proud of exceptional in-state students like Zack. I expect him to continue to excel in our program and to be an accomplished professional in the field after he graduates,” Orr said.

Upon graduation, Zack hopes to find a position in a firm with strong ecological design principles, in which he can work on a variety of projects. “My desire in landscape architecture is to design everything from large-scale urban design to small-scale projects. In the everyday world, everyone is influenced by the surrounding landscape. I hope to find a position in a firm that allows me to be as creative as I can be, so that I can help create a more beautiful landscape.”

We wish him every success.

2018 Winter Symposium


Prepare to be inspired and informed at the 2018 Winter Symposium on Jan. 26 in Charleston. Speakers with backgrounds in design, outdoor lighting, public gardens, plant research, software design, marketing, and labor are poised to present concepts and answer questions. The 2018 conference will be held at Embassy Suites.

As usual, two sessions will run simultaneously, one with a focus on design elements and the other featuring successful business practices. Attendees may connect with colleagues over breaks and lunch and hear from other WVNLA members and horticulture and landscape architecture students from WVU during a post-lunch forum.

Cost to attend is $50 for WVNLA members and $100 for nonmembers. To see the day’s schedule, click here.

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Design speakers

NatureScape Lighting owner Michael Deo will present “Designing a lighted landscape.” Michael is the president and founder of NatureScape Lighting in New Jersey, where he is an award-winning lighting designer. Since he is also formally trained in landscape design, his lighting projects reflect a deep knowledge of horticulture. He is keenly aware of how plants change, not only with the seasons but also over time and how each will react to light.

Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden will discuss “Top performing plants from trials” as well as “Green roof plant trials.” Richard is the plant evaluation manager for the botanic garden. He’ll hone his presentations to include plants selected to thrive in local horticultural zones, which he points out is a more inclusive list than those that will survive Chicago’s winters.

Timothy Tilghman of Untermyer Gardens will present a fascinating look at the garden’s “Past, Present and Potential.” Timothy is the horticulturist at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, New York. In the 1920s and 1930s, the privately owned Untermyer Gardens were among the most celebrated in the United States. Sixty gardeners were employed to maintain the 150-acre estate. The gardens languished after the owner’s death in the 1940s, but are being restored today with Timothy at the helm.

Tim Edick of Unilock Pavers will walk attendees through a demonstration on “3-D Design of hardscapes with software.”  Unilock is a manufacturer of concrete interlocking paving stones and segmental wall products.


Business speakers

Kerry Scott, or an associate of MASLabor will shed light on the evolving challenges of hiring seasonal workers through H2B Visas. Help is available, but the process is complicated. Hear the details as the MASLabor representative presents “Wading through H2B.”

Dave Tucker, who developed CLIP software, will speak on two topics, both geared toward improving business systems, processes and profit through technology. Dave is the president of Sensible Software. He developed CLIP software to efficiently handle the routing, scheduling, and reporting needs of lawn care companies. He will present “Motivating employees: how to make your employees think like you do?” and “Systems: the name of the game. Creating a business that runs itself”

Michael Deo of NatureScape, who is also speaking on lighting design (above), will fill out the topic with a presentation on “Lighting as a profit center.”

Profits Plus speaker Tom Shay will present “Strategies to win in a changing economy.” As consumers change the way they do business, owners must adapt to survive. Tom is a fourth generation small business owner who has written and spoken extensively on small business management.

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Pesticide Recertification Course


Pesticide Applicators Recertification Training Course


West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will offer a Pesticide Applicators Recertification Training session on January 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. Registration is free for WVNLA members and $50 for nonmembers. Registration information will be mailed to WVNLA members and emailed to pesticide applicator license holders. View and print, if desired, the schedule and registration form here.

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Member Benefits


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


Free pesticide applicator’s training program for recertification credits.


Certified Professional Horticulturist exam annual opportunity.


Quarterly newsletter containing member updates and industry news and trends.


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


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


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


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

Trade Show

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


Increased business opportunities through industry networking.


Industry representation through the Association’s membership in AmericanHort.


Educational opportunities to members through cutting edge speakers and programs.

Volunteer Projects


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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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



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, supplied here in pdf form:

Funding Request Form


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