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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WVNLA partners with apprentices

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Program is first of its kind in West Virginia

Any professional association worth its salt not only educates and advocates for its industry, but also works for the industry’s future. A crucial component of the nursery and landscape’s future is encouraging young people to embrace industry careers.

WVNLA and the secondary school system in West Virginia took a big step in that direction on November 13 when education officials presented documents to companies whose owners agreed to participate in a newly launched apprenticeship program at Carver Career and Technical Center in Malden. The program is the first partnership with a career and technical center in West Virginia.

The signing ceremony, in which Cary Levenson of Valley Gardens in Charleston and representatives of Terra Care in Malden and Lisa’s Gardenscapes in Cross Lanes agreed to take on student apprentices, was the result of efforts between staff members at Carver Career and Technical Center and the U.S. Department of Labor to launch a pilot apprentice program at the school.

“This is an exciting day for us all. This apprenticeship is ground-breaking in the state, and perhaps even at a national level,” said Jim Foti, regional director for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, who is an assistant superintendent of the state Department of Education, enthused about the partnership between schools and employers, while she also shined a light on the students attending the ceremony. After the ceremony, several plant science students introduced themselves to the landscaping company representatives and talked about their plans.

WVNLA’s involvement with the program began when executive director Julie Robinson attended an apprenticeship seminar last year.  She had the good fortune to sit beside Karen Wade of the DOL and asked about apprentice programs in the green industry. Karen said a landscape technician track was available. Karen worked with instructors and administrators at Carver to meet DOL program requirements.

Lisa McDavid of Lisa’s Gardenscapes and Julie met with the plant science instructor Sandy Lynch and Karen to discuss the landscape technician apprenticeship. When asked about sponsoring an apprentice, Cary Levenson and Kevin Arnold of Terra Care readily agreed to work with one. Lisa was already onboard for this pilot program.

The apprentice process is an age-old and time proven method to provide motivated students with the tools, experience and expertise needed to give them a solid start in their chosen careers. Employers have the opportunity to match potential employees with a mentor to guide them along the way.  Carver students will be ready to go to work part-time in the spring 2019 semester on the terms arranged by their employers.

As an industry, we are grateful to Carver for launching the apprenticeship program to provide opportunity that benefits both the apprentice and the employer.

Welcome New Members

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

GrassBusters, Inc.

Active Member

John Perry III

6433 US Rt. 60 E

Suite 100

Barboursville, WV 25504

304-634-4863

304-697-7790

grassbusterslawn.com

heardgreenlawns.com

Landscape design and maintenance, lawn installation and maintenance, fertilizer and pesticide applications, fall lawn clean up, tilling, drain installation.

Greenbrier Plant Health Care

Active member

George Piasecki

1410 Stone House Rd.

Caldwell, WV 24925

304-520-2112

*protected email*

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

*protected email*

Kim’s Greenhouse on Facebook

Retail garden center, nursery supplies, perennial nursery.

 

Sprout Outdoor Creations

Active member

Andrew Eggleton

83 Mountain Drive

Hurricane, WV 25526

304-395-3806

*protected email*

Landscape construction and maintenance.

 

Sunrise Carriage Trail

Associate member

Kenny Williams

2061 Newhouse Dr.

Charleston, WV 25302

304-553-5607

*protected email*

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.

Certified Professional Horticulturist Exam

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The Certified Professional Horticulturist exam will be given on July 10 at 4 p.m. at the Glade Springs Resort near Beckley. The exam includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover material presented in the CPH study manual and 25 plants to be identified. Study guides are available for $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers.

To register to take the exam and/or order a study manual, complete an exam application here:

Register for this Event

Please note the education and experience requirements found at the bottom of the application.

 

Pesticide Recertification Course July 19

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Registration is open for a Pesticide Applicators Recertification Course on July 10 at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, WV. The course is sponsored by WVNLA in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Ten CEU credits will be issued for categories 3, 4A, 4B, 7, 11 and 13C. Cost to attend is $50 for non-WVNLA members and free for WVNLA members.

Register for this Event

 

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Member Benefits

Education

Educational opportunities to members through cutting edge speakers and programs.

AmericanHort

Industry representation through the Association’s membership in AmericanHort.

Networking

Increased business opportunities through industry networking.

Trade Show

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

Research

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

Projects

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

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.

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::

Funding Request Form

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