Women in prominent roles in landscaping are still an exception. Recently, the Charleston Gazette-Mail featured three of our members, all business owners who have found success in the industry.
WVNLA 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
WVNLA will offer a Pesticide Applicator’s Recertification Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Certified Professional Horticulturist exam at 4:30 p.m. on July 29 in Huntington, WV at St. Mary’s Conference Center, 2825 Fifth Avenue. Register for CPH exam at CPH Application or contact us for more information about the exam or workshop.
July 21-23: SNA 2015, Atlanta GA. www.sna.org.
July 27-Aug. 1: 33rd Perennial Plant Symposium, Baltimore, MD. www.perennialplant.org.
July 29-30: PANTS15, Philadelphia, PA. www.pantshow.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 Nursery & Landscape Association is pleased to consider scholarship funding for West Virginia students studying horticulture landscape architecture, and nursery and greenhouse management.
Students must be in-state residents, who have completed half the required courses in ornamental horticulture or landscape architecture and maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. are eligible for the Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship.
Please see the Scholarship Application for more information.
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:
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: