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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Welcome New Members

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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

304-520-2112

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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

304-743-3310

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Retail garden center, nursery supplies, perennial nursery.

 

Sunrise Carriage Trail

Associate member

Kenny Williams

2061 Newhouse Dr.

Charleston, WV 25302

304-553-5607

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Landscape construction and maintenance.

 

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

Associate member

P.O. Box 667

Mullens, WV 25882

304-294-4000

*protected email*

Golf course maintenance.

Pesticide Recertification Course

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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 July 25 at the Marriott Waterfront in Morgantown. 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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2018 Scholarship winner

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Congratulations to Dustin Trychta, a West Virginia University horticulture student who was selected as WVNLA’s 2018 Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship winner. After graduating from high school in 1998, Dustin entered the army and was stationed as a cook in Budingen, Germany, for nearly seven years. He was honorably discharged in 2005 as a sergeant. He then worked as a civilian in security and quality control before settling into a 10-year stint in appliance installation.

Dustin’s interest in horticulture began with cleanup of the yard of his first home, which had been neglected by the previous owner. After removing weeds and stumps, and regrading his yard to solve some runoff issues, Dustin tackled his first full-scale landscape project in his own yard. Then, learning as he went, he began planning and installing residential landscapes for coworkers and family.

Later, his horticultural interests broadened beyond general landscaping to giant vegetable gardening. This interest would later lead to his display of his giant gourd, “Pebbles,” in WVU’s student union as part of Mountaineer Week festivities. Dustin  also provided additional oversized gourds, which were hollowed out to be “boats,” for the first Giant Pumpkin Regatta Boat Race, held in Morgantown last fall.

Below, Dustin offers more information about his interesting background and future plans.

 

What brought you to WVU?

My wife, Kirsha Trychta’s, career as a law professor was a catalyst in our decision to become Mountaineers. She was offered a job here. A large factor in the decision was that I could finally pursue a degree in horticulture. It was a decision for two careers, rather than just one.

 

How do you think your experience as a nontraditional student with military background prepares you for a career in horticulture?

My military experience is a tremendous help in both completing my education and starting a career in horticulture. As a former cook in the military, I am familiar with working long and varied hours while performing strenuous tasks. The military taught me the value of waking early and resting late when deadlines are fast approaching. The military, in general, requires a broad set of skills, much like the horticulture industry. It also matured me and instilled leadership qualities that will be necessary when I expand my work into the employment of others.

 

How is your college experience different from that of traditional students?

Most notable is my understanding that I only get out of my education what I’m willing to put into it. Most college students are here because their parents told them they had to go to college, while others want to be here but are unsure what they want to do in life. I am fortunate enough to have lived some life prior to school and to know exactly what I want to study. I also very much appreciate coming home to my peaceful backyard garden every day, rather than a dorm room.

 

You have expressed an interest in starting a small-scale nursery specializing in the grafting of ornamental hardwoods. That is a very specific goal. How will you get there?

I have been giving that question a lot of thought. My educators and mentors tell me that is not the most logical idea, especially in Morgantown, where I live. However, my heart tells me that there is nothing I cannot accomplish, once I am determined to do it. The answer probably lies somewhere in between. If I pursue that dream, I know it will take dedication to my craft and long hours, often without a paycheck. It will take support from my wife and family, as well as continuing relations with industry professionals and members of organizations such as WVNLA, who can provide valuable insight.

 

You mentioned volunteer activities. Where do you volunteer?

The main place I volunteer is at WVU in the organic farm, where I display giant pumpkins for school activities.  I also volunteer for various projects at school and through the WVU Horticulture Club. I partnered with North Elementary School in their fourth-grade gardening program, and I have helped build or repair high tunnels and raised beds, and amend soil. I helped erect a high tunnel for Operation Welcome Home in Mylan Park, which is designed to teach local veterans how to extend the growing season and increase self-sustainability. I also auctioned off a party in my giant-pumpkin patch to raise money for a program in WVU’s College of Law. Agriculture students from Trinidad and Tobago attended the party, and I taught them about techniques we use to increase efficiency and yields.

 

What are your hobbies/interests?

My wife (who is a teaching associate professor and director of the Academic Excellence Center at WVU’s College of Law) and I love to travel together. We like to visit new places but also enjoy amusement parks and thrill rides. We enjoy puzzle games and trivia, and the occasional bingo night with her mother. We are planning a dream vacation when I graduate to tour the West Coast and see the majestic redwoods.

 

Do you think it is likely that you will remain in West Virginia after your 2019 graduation?

As of now, I have no intention of leaving West Virginia. When we moved here, we bought a home and intended to put down roots. Morgantown has been very kind to us and West Virginia is a beautiful state. I can’t promise that I will be here in five years, but if you had asked me five years ago where I would be, I wouldn’t have thought it would be here. No matter where life takes me, I will always hold West Virginia close to my heart.

I would like to thank WVNLA for supporting me and my education, and also for its support of the WVU Horticulture Club. It is in great part due to WVNLA that WVU students compete annually at the National Association of Landscape Professionals Collegiate Landscaping Competition. The opportunity there is great for industry exposure and networking practice at the focused job fair. Employers at the job fair offer actual job and internship opportunities. Thank you for your continued support.

Congratulations, Dustin!

Proven Winners Landscape Roadshow

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You’ll want to mark September 8 on your calendar now. That’s the date WVNLA is partnering with Proven Winners to cosponsor the Proven Winners Landscape Roadshow at The Greenbrier. This full-day event at one of West Virginia’s finest resorts will feature experts from Proven Winners talking about new and exciting plant introductions, design tips and a behind-the-scenes tour of The Greenbrier’s beautiful grounds. WVNLA’s own Bob Barnitz of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses and Jason Testman of TerraCare will also speak.

CEU credits will be available and lunch will be provided for $20.

Space is limited, so register soon. For details and to register, click here

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Member Benefits

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.

Projects

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

Research

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

Trade Show

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

Networking

Increased business opportunities through industry networking.

AmericanHort

Industry representation through the Association’s membership in AmericanHort.

Education

Educational opportunities to members through cutting edge speakers and programs.

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, supplied here in pdf form:

Funding Request Form

Contact

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