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.


2016 Symposium


WVNLA presents its 2016 Winter Symposium on Jan. 22 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in downtown Charleston. Hear the latest buzz from top tier speakers in two sessions, one with a business focus and the other with a design emphasis. Connect with your colleagues over breaks and lunch and hear from other WVNLA members during a post-lunch idea forum.

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Welcome New Member: Bella Gardens


Bella Gardens

Active member

Meg Reishman
1201 Olson Road
Charleston, WV 25314

Landscape maintenance, garden consultation and renovation, fine pruning of small trees, raised beds, vegetable gardening and mulching.

Jesse Poe: 2015 scholarship winner


Jesse PoeWVNLA is pleased to announce the selection of Jesse Poe as the Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship winner for the 2015-16 school year. Jesse is a junior Horticulture major at West Virginia University. He is from Charleston, WV, where he graduated from George Washington High School.

Jesse began his college career at West Virginia State University, where he worked in the greenhouses, helping graduate students collect fruit data for gene mapping. At WVU, Jesse interned at the Plant and Soil Science Farm, where he planted seed, installed drip irrigation, mulched, weeded, mowed and harvested crops. Currently, he works in the greenhouse that contains the University’s extensive plant collection. His duties range from propagating plants asexually to washing pots in the workroom.

“Greenhouse and farm work have given me the highest appreciation for plants and other people who love them as well,” Jesse said.

Jesse is president of the Horticulture Club at WVU.

Dr. Sven Verlinden, a WVU Horticulture professor who has worked with Jesse extensively, both at the organic farm and in his classrooms, recommended Jesse for the scholarship.

“I would rate Jesse in the top 10 percent of students I have worked with over the years when it comes to diligence and attention to detail. Jesse is clearly a hard work and does a great job balancing extracurricular activities, work and classes,” Sven said.

Congratulations and best wishes to Jesse Poe, West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Associations’ 2015 scholarship winner



Don’t miss WVNLA’s Designers’ Choice Garden Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 in Charleston. WVNLA members and invited guests will walk through gardens created by Kathie Faulknier, Tim Forren and Lynne Schwartz-Barker. The designers will discuss the highlights and challenges as we enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of one public and four private gardens, whose owners have granted access for this special event.

Registration is limited to WVNLA members and guests (staff members and industry professionals). To register, email or call 304-553-1234.



Oct. 7         WVNLA Board of Directors meeting, West Virginia Botanic Gardens, Morgantown, WV. 10 a.m.

Oct. 8-11    Association of Professional Landscape Designers Conference, Washington, DC. 

Oct. 16       Perennial Plant Conference, Swarthmore, PA.

Oct. 21-23  LANDSCAPES 2015, (formerly Green Industry Conference), Louisville, KY.

Nov. 13      Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council Conference, Towson, MD.


Jan. 6-8      Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), Baltimore, MD.

Jan. 21       WVNLA Pesticide Applicators Recertification Workshop, Charleston, WV.

Jan. 21       WVNLA Certified Professional Horticulturist Exam, Charleston, WV.

Jan. 22       WVNLA Winter Symposium, Charleston, WV.



July 21-23: SNA 2015, Atlanta GA.

July 27-Aug. 1: 33rd Perennial Plant Symposium, Baltimore, MD.

July 29-30: PANTS15, Philadelphia, PA.

July 29: WVNLA Pesticide Applicator’s Recertification Workshop, Huntington, WV, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 29: WVNLA Certified Professional Horticulturist exam, Huntington, WV, 4:30 p.m.


Nationally recognized garden


AR 150719415

The Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens recently selected a Charleston garden designed by Lynne Schwartz-Barker for inclusion in its Garden Club of America archive. The project involved Lynne and her husband and Flowerscape co-owner Jerry Barker, their son Eamon Barker and business partner Chris Awaldt. Read all about the garden at the Sunday Gazette-Mail.


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