The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) announced that it has expanded its reach to become The Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association or MNLGA. The approval for such action was granted by the membership at the MNLA’s annual meeting in January.
The change comes as a result of the planned dissolution of the former Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association and the invitation for those members to join the existing and renamed association.
“The greenhouse association has collaborated with the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association on events, education, and industry issues and a myriad of other projects for the past 15 years or more,” said MNLGA Executive Director Vanessa Akehurst Finney. “Inviting them into the renamed association is not only complimentary; it makes the Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association or MNLGA an even stronger industry voice than it was previously,” said Finney.
“The upcoming 12th annual Chesapeake Green Horticultural Symposium or “Chessie Green” as it is commonly known is a perfect example of our collaborative efforts,” she continued. Held annually at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, this pesticide recertification event has educated and accommodated the recertification requirements for over 1,000 industry members throughout the years. This year’s symposium will be held February 19 and 20th.
The MNLGA will benefit by adding even more voice to legislative and regulatory issues which affect the horticulture industry in general. Horticulture is the number two commodity in the state of Maryland under the Department of Agriculture with annual sales in excess of $1 billion dollars. There are not nearly enough citizens or elected officials who know this and the MNLGA welcomes the additional voices to help spread that message.
The Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association will introduce its revised logo, updated website and publications over the coming months.