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NALP Partners With Houzz
The National Association of Landscape Professionals has partnered with Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The partnership will connect Houzz’ community of more than 40 million monthly unique users with knowledgeable professionals committed to enhancing their indoor and outdoor spaces.
The partnership with Houzz includes national visibility and discounts for landscape professionals including:

  • Discounts through the Houzz Trade Program. NALP members can participate in the newly launched Houzz Trade Program which provides special pricing on hundreds of thousands of products, a dedicated customer service team, and a unique rewards program.
  • Support from Houzz to Create Profile Sites. NALP members can receive special assistance in setting up their profile on Houzz. A Houzz specialist will be available to provide personalized support and take the guess work out of how to gain visibility on this popular platform.
  • NALP Recognition on Houzz. NALP members can add the National Association of Landscape Professionals Badge to their Houzz profile, adding credibility and demonstrating a commitment to professionalism which is evident when potential clients view their profile page.
  • National Awards Recognition. NALP will host the People’s Choice Awards on Houzz several times throughout the year. We will feature some of NALP’s Awards of Excellence winning projects, and the Houzz community and our NALP network will vote on their favorites.

Houzz will also provide content to NALP including featured articles on LoveYourLandscape.org, NALP’s consumer website.

Arborjet “Taking Root” College Scholarship Program Deadline is Approaching
Arborjet’s college scholarship program deadline is approaching. All applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. Arborjet is accepting applications for its annual program from students who plan to pursue a career in arboriculture or a related field. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program will award 10 graduating high school seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two- or four-year college. Applicants for Arborjet’s 2017 “Taking Root” Scholarship Program must be graduating U.S. high school seniors planning to major in arboriculture or a related field (as noted above) for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Interested students and educators can apply directly.

SNA to Collocate with MANTS
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans to collocate The SNA Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in 2018. Under this new arrangement, both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS on Monday and Tuesday, January 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place on January 10 – 12. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 16th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and participant-driven roundtable discussions. SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting.

Free Soil Solarization Open House
The Soil Solarization On-Farm Field Day will take place June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. Nursery in Boring, Oregon. Nursery growers, extension personnel and other agricultural professionals will learn about soil solarization for PNW nurseries. Registration is free.

2017 Farwest Nursery Country Tour and Women in Horticulture Event
The 2017 Farwest show is offering two tours designed to inform and inspire the nursery grower. Tours take place August 22, ahead of the 2017 Farwest Show, August 23-25, in Portland, Oregon. Tour 1, titled ‘Out West’, takes attendees to four nurseries of note in the western outskirts of Portland. Tour 2, ‘Coniferific’, spotlights one of the hottest segments in the industry, visiting conifer operations and gardens in the Willamette Valley, south of the city. Tours are simultaneous. Attendees can choose the tour that matches their particular interest or operation. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $99 per person with early bird registration by July 31. Registration after August 1 is $119. Space is limited to 52 per tour. Either tour is a full day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost includes luxury motor coach transportation, lunch, beverages and snacks. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. at the convention center. Buses leave promptly at 8 a.m. and return to the Convention Center at 6 p.m. The cost includes a 3-Day Farwest Trade Show Pass.

The Women in Horticulture event will take place on August 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The featured guest this year is Leslie Halleck of Halleck Horticultural, LLC. Featured guest this year is, Leslie Halleck of Halleck Horticultural, LLC. Halleck is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (ASHS) with 25 years of green industry experience. She currently runs Halleck Horticultural, LLC, providing horticultural consulting, business and marketing strategy, product development and branding, and content creation for green industry companies.

Nufarm Renews its Platinum Partnership with Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT)
The need for volunteers for Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) initiative continues to grow as military families with a deployed service member and post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability look for help to care for and create healthier lawns and yards. The program, which celebrates its 11th year in 2017, provides basic lawn and landscape services and so much more including back yards for service dogs to run in, green gardens for disabled veterans to reflect in and countless hours of joy for families to bond. Volunteers agree to provide free services for the length of the military deployment, or for up to two years for disabled veterans. Volunteers choose how many families they’d like to help, how far they’re willing to travel and what services they are able to provide. A list of services is part of the registration form. Volunteers are matched with families within those parameters, and service begins once the military family contacts the volunteer.