Sure, you can get a lot of information by doing research online, but you want that information from reliable sources rooted in your industry.
Welcome to that reliable source—the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (SCNLA). Established in 1958, SCNLA’s goal is to promote the nursery industry, disseminate knowledge, and stimulate public interest in all facets and related industries of ornamental horticulture.
SCNLA’s membership has grown to close to 600 members in the nearly 60 years of its existence, representing all segments of the “green” industry—including growers, landscapers, retailers, maintenance companies, and educators. Many of the member businesses are in two or more of these segments of the industry.
Sharing industry knowledge is a big part of the SCNLA, as evidenced by the extensive amount of information found on the association’s website. There you will find various libraries for the consumer and nursery professionals. Topics range from how landscaping improves home values to the latest recordkeeping requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The SCNLA also offers a Certified Nursery Professional Program, where it sponsors the South Carolina Certified Nursery Professional Test. The test offers landscapers, garden center employees, and growers the opportunity to obtain the only ornamental horticulture “certification” offered in the state. Customers benefit by being able to identify skilled nursery professionals close to home.
But here’s where everyone benefits in the industry through the program. The SCNLA has developed a 450-page manual for this test, which can double as a resource tool for everyone in the industry. The manual includes detailed line drawings, plant indices, and appendices.
SCNLA currently offers a variety of activities for members. The association sponsors two certification tests, promotes a nearly 400-booth trade show that includes more than 25 education speakers, publishes a bi-monthly magazine, develops marketing programs for membership participation, and hosts field days.
Here are a few more details on that trade show. SCNLA puts on the South Carolina Horticulture Industry Trade Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This year’s event takes place February 1-3, 2017, with more than 20 seminars scheduled. Check out what the show is all about.
Hortica will be exhibiting at the show. Stop by booth #198 anytime during the show’s run and say hello. We’re looking forward to seeing you. And check out the SCNLA website. You’ll be glad you did.