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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Build a Better Landscape

Winter Symposium

Jan. 23, 2015
Charleston Holiday Inn & Suites

With two distinctive speaker tracks, WVNLA’s Winter Symposium truly offers something for everyone in the green industry.

Get twice the information in one location by attending one session and bringing an employee to attend the other to. Hear the top minds in the industry and sharpen your business skills in the Better Profit session or reinvigorate your plans in the Better Design speakers.

Better Profit speakers bring their decades of hands-on landscape business experience to presentations on increasing growth and profits, and creating and delivering sales, right down to nitty gritty tips on pricing/estimating jobs and tracking costs to bring the job in on time.

Kevin Kehoe of Three Point Group leads the morning workshops, where he’ll reveal five keys to pricing and estimating for a profit and how to manage material and labor costs.

After lunch, Ed Laflamme and Bill Arman of The Harvest Group team up to show how savvy business owners harvest their full potential with their dynamic “Are You A Fierce Competitor?” presentation.

Better Design speakers offer a creative look at garden design and innovative horticultural techniques.

Landscape architect Thomas Rainer’s passion for ecologically expressive design shows in his talk on gardens of the future that interpret nature in designed plant communities.

Public garden design expert Tres Fromme discusses the design process and what it can teach a non-designer with a follow-up presentation on design lessons from the gardens of the world.

Garden restorer Bill Noble muses over the challenges of designing with history in mind as well as how he conceives new gardens.

Portland garden designer Lucy Hardiman presents Voluptuous Vignettes: Creating Artful Plant Combinations. With her skilled eye for color and texture, she gives great ideas for attractive pairings.

Cost to attend is $50 for WVNLA members and $100 for non-members. The Winter Symposium will be held in the same location as it was in 2014 at the Charleston Holiday Inn & Suites in South Charleston.

Print a registration form and mail it with your check to WVNLA, P.O. Box 20284, Charleston, WV 25362. Questions: 304-553-1234 or


Certified Professional Horticulturist

Earn the distinction of adding Certified Professional Horticulturist to your qualifications by preparing for and passing the exam, next offered by WVNLA on Jan. 22, 2015. A CPH designation indicates that the holder is a trained horticulture professional with demonstrable knowledge of the industry. He or she is qualified to offer sound scientific horticultural advice on a variety of industry-related subjects.

Order a CPH manual for $50. This informative resource is an excellent study tool. Cost to take the exam is $25.

Topics covered include plant nomenclature, trees & shrubs, lawn establishment and maintenance, interior and bedding plants, fertilizers, composting, insect, weed and disease control as well as landscape contracting and management, and regulations.

To register, print and fill out the registration form and mail to the address noted on it. To order a manual, email or call 304-553-1234.

Crossover Plants

View the complete program on Crossover Plants presented by Garry Grueber of Cultivaris at Cultivate’14 in Columbus in July. The program was featured in Summer issue of WVNLA News.


Pesticide Applicators’ Recertification & Training Program
Set for July 14


Miss the January recertification program because of snow? Try again in July.

WVNLA has added a summer Pesticide Applicators’ Recertification and Training program on Monday, July 14 at Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV. As always, WVNLA members may attend the workshop, which offers 11 continuing education credits, at no charge. For advance registration, print and fill out the registration form and mail it to the WV Department of Agriculture address on the form.

Miss the January Certified Professional Horticulturist as well? Try again the same day.

Print and fill out the CPH application and mail with a $25 application check to WVNLA, P.O. Box 20284, Charleston, WV 25362. Training manuals are available for a cost of $50. Call 304-553-1234 or email for more information.


WVNLA names 2014
scholarship winner

Members of WVNLA’s board of directors were unanimous in their selection of Silas Childs as the recipient of the 2014 Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship.

SilasThis hard-working student is an honors student in Horticulture at West Virginia University, and is also married with two small children at home.

Despite the challenges of balancing family, job and school responsibilities, Silas maintains a 4.0 GPA and was highly recommended for the scholarship by WVNLA members Pat Biafore, a former employer, and his professor Dr. Sven Verlinden.

“Silas is a one-of-a-kind student that we see in our program every 5 to 10 years. A devout Christian man, he works 20-plus hours while taking a full load of classes to provide for his family and to put himself through college,” said Sven in his letter of recommendation.

Interested in horticulture since high school Silas has worked in various nurseries and landscaping companies since then. He currently works for WVU’s Division of Plant and Soil Sciences in the greenhouse and at the farm.

Silas plans to use the scholarship to help pay for tuition, fees and living expenses.

“This extra money would enable me to concentrate more on classes and getting horticultural experience rather than working long hours to pay the bills,” he said.

Silas is scheduled to graduate in 2015 and plans to attend graduate school, studying plant breeding of ornamental or edible horticultural crops. Ultimately, he thinks he’ll pursue a career as a plant breeder.

Winter Symposium

WVNLA members and guests who persevered despite snow and extreme cold enjoyed the promise of Spring when they attended the Winter Symposium March 24, 2014, in Charleston.

Nationally known speakers who presented included:

• Jason Reeves, a horticulturist at the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville, TN, who spoke on "One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure - Garden Art on a Budget," and "Blocking the View - plant selection for screening."

• Joseph Tychonievich of Arrowhead Alpine Plant Nursery in Fowlerville, MI, presented "Plant Breeding for the Home Garden" and "Designed by Nature."

• Rita Randolph, horticulturist and gardening author from Jackson TN, who presented inspiring ideas with "Four Seasons of Containers."

• David Culp, author, instructor and creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downington, PA, regaled attendees with his glorious photos and comments on "The Layered Garden."

Local speakers were John Porter on "Pruning," Bill Mills and Tessie Wallace on "Designing gardens with art," Ryan Seacrist on "Designing with Technology" and Steve Payne on "Creating Good Photographic Images."


Pesticide Recertification Workshop

Attendees at the Pesticide Recertification Workshop on Jan. 23, 2013, received 11 continuing education credits on topics such as landscape trees’ threats and treatments, invasive plants, worker protection standards regulatory changes, turf grass issues and treatments, pesticides and honeybees, invasive weed control and integrated pest management.

Speakers were:

• Ruffner Woody, Holly Grove Forestry

• Doug Jolley, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

• Jeremy Grant, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

• Mike Arnold, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

• Matt Marshall, John Deer Landscapes

• Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension Service

• Adam Champ, West Virginia Department of Agriculture

• John Porter, WVU Extension Service

Watch this site for details and dates for the 2015 Winter Symposium and Pesticide Recertifiction Workshop.


Stop the Stink

stink bugResearchers and growers explain management methods for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug such as insecticides, trap cropping, physical barriers, and organic and biological control techniques—in a new video. Part One documents the damage incurred at a peach farm in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
The video is the latest installment in the “Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” series produced by the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center at Cornell University. Earlier videos explain history and identification, overwintering and spread, monitoring and mapping, and host plants and damage.
BMSB, recently found in Sacramento, California, has been detected in 40 other states plus Ontario, posing severe agricultural and nuisance problems in six states. The insect threatens an estimated $21 billion worth of crops in the United States alone.
Click here to view the video.

What we do

WVNLA is pleased to offer a wide variety of opportunities to all its members and the businesses and individuals they serve – everything from presenting recognized industry authorities who provide inspiration and information – to the opportunity to receive continuing education credits for state mandated certificates.

We cooperate with and support the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, publish a quarterly newsletter containing timely announcements regarding issues important to our members and contribute to the Horticultural Research Institute. We proudly support West Virginia college students studying horticulture and landscape architecture with scholarship opportunities.

In order to promote fellowship, share expertise and support our local communities, we conduct meetings, tours, volunteer projects and an annual meeting featuring talented and nationally recognized speakers. Our association also sponsors the West Virginia Certified Horticultural Program and supports research at West Virginia University.

Regionally, we co-sponsor the annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) along with the Maryland and Virginia Nursery and Landscape Associations. This nationally recognized event showcases and facilitates sales of green industry products. As a co-sponsor, WVNLA receives funds that directly benefit our members.

We invite you to become a member and take advantage of these benefits. For more information, contact us by e-mail or phone or visit the Members page to download an application.

Thank you for your interest in WVNLA.

Volunteers in Bloom

Bring your tools to the West Virginia Botanic Garden in Morgantown at 9 p.m. Oct. 4 when we join forces with volunteers at the botanic gardens to enhance both the Shade and the Secret Gardens. WVNLA is proud to support this landscape of natural beauty that offers a rich variety of ornamental plants appropriate to the area. The harmonious settings provide endless inspiration.
If you’d like to help with our Fall Work Party on Oct. 4, call 304-553-1234 or email for more information.



Check out this video shot at the 2013 MANTS. Click here or here. If you've never been to MANTS, the video provides a great take on its benefits. Mark your calendar for Jan 8 - 10, 2014, and join us there.