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.


WVNLA events


Aug. 26  WVNLA Designer Showcase Garden Tour, Lewisburg, W.Va.

Sept. 8  Certified Professional Horticulturist Exam, Morgantown, W.Va.

Sept. 12-13  AmericanHort Impact Washington, Washington, D.C.,

Oct. 18-20  LANDSCAPES2017 – GIE and EXPO, National Association of Landscape Professionals, Louisville, Ky.,

Oct. 25  WVNLA Board of Directors Meeting, Morgantown, W.Va.


Jan. 8-9  Southern Nursery Association Conference, Baltimore, Md.

Jan. 10-12 Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Baltimore, Md.

Jan. 25  WVNLA Pesticide Applicators Recertification, Charleston

Jan. 26  WVNLA Winter Symposium, Charleston

Welcome New Members


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

Landscape Solutions

Active member

Ray Wodgik

3108 Putnam Ave.

Hurricane, WV 25526


Landscape construction and maintenance


Andrew Sheetz

Associate member

West Virginia Division of Forestry

453 Second St.

St. Albans, WV 25177


The Greens Keeper

Active member

Vernon R. Sexton Jr.

4671 Pisgah Road

Princeton, WV 24739


Landscape construction and maintenance


Landscaping by Hillcrest

Active member

Kristy and Tom Scarberry

3200 Meadow Lane, Ona, WV 25545


Landscape contractor, nursery, garden center, perennial grower, handscaping/retaining walls/outdoor kitchens


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.

2017 Designers Choice Garden Tour


You won’t want to miss the 2017 Designers’ Choice Garden Tour on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Greenbrier County. The tour features a country estate with generous outdoor entertainment space, a plant lover’s cottage garden in historic Lewisburg and four breathtaking settings in the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club.

The landscapes to be toured were designed and/or installed by WVNLA members Rudy Horst of TallyHo, Ryan and Leo Lewis of Windy Knoll and Josh Poland of Riverbend Nursery, all of Greenbrier County. The landscapers will lead attendees through the private gardens they created for the owners. Attendees will meet at Riverbend Nursery, 34383 Midland Trail E. in Caldwell, and then caravan, led by the landscapers, to the Sporting Club’s private entrance.

In the Sporting Club, the first stop is a sweeping brook-side property that shows no signs of being ravaged by the historic floods in June 2016. This gardens feature lots of color, with contrasting plantings that sweep smoothly from one area to the next.

The next property features a landscaped trail along a rock-strewn brook. The plantings here feature an interesting mix of mature conifers, azaleas and rhododendron.

At the next stop, on the way up the mountain, a stone home’s landscape gently blends into the surrounding woods, with pops of bright-yellow color from rudbeckia and lemon drop daylilies. The Greenbrier resort is visible in the valley below. The final stop in the Sporting Club is at a mountaintop showplace, with beds designed around an infinity pool, sprawling patios and an outdoor kitchen.

After the Sporting Club, it’s on to Lewisburg, where it will be  tough to take in all the details of the charming gardens surrounding a historic home there. The homeowner, a dedicated plantswoman, has worked with the landscaper for some 20 years to achieve the flowing, meandering effect. Strategically placed sculptures enhance the beds, which are filled with a delightful variety of plants.

The tour’s final stop will be for a reception at a country property just outside of town. The patios have ample seating to allow visitors to relax and fully take in the valley and mountain views.

The tour is free to WVNLA members and invited guests. Please reserve your spot no later than Aug. 23 by e-mailing or calling 304-553-1234.


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