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Key Partner: Education and networking abound with the WNLA

Western Nursery and Landscape AssociationWhether it’s sharing tips on growing and plants, or just how to make your business more efficient, networking—talking with others who also know the horticultural industry—makes a difference.

That’s where our Key Partner, the Western Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA), comes in. Founded in 1890 by a group of horticulture industry leaders, they set out to recruit nursery firms west of the Mississippi River to create the Western Nurseryman’s Association. Since then, the name has changed and the group’s influence has grown throughout the Midwest.

The WNLA is designed to promote social and educational networking for its members. They include independent retailers, landscapers, contractors, designers and architects, wholesale and greenhouse growers, and horticultural educators, among others.

According to its website, the nonprofit is committed to:

  • Engaging and interacting with members on a year-round basis
  • Celebrating plants with a purpose while highlighting and promoting the environmental and social benefits of horticulture
  • Creating a community for green industry professionals to interact and develop professional relationships that will enhance their lives and careers
  • Engaging the next generation of horticulture professionals and delivering relative content based on input

Learning opportunities

Education is a big focus for the WNLA. It offers its members a series of online resources and webinars covering a variety of topics such as new plants, native plants, management, and plants with purpose. The hope is to educate the next generation of horticulture professionals.

The WNLA also sponsors an annual trade show and educational event—The Western. It features exhibitors and programming that meets the needs of landscape professionals and retail garden centers.

Held in Kansas City, Missouri each January, The Western is well-known for its programming. The 2018 event features:

  • A trade show
  • A fashion show of new plants and plants with purpose
  • Educational sessions
  • Networking opportunities

To learn more about WNLA, The Western, or to become a member, check out their website.

Come meet Hortica

Hortica supports the horticultural industry and is a member of WNLA. In fact, we’ll be attending the 2018 Western show January 18 and 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Look for our local representative, Greg Sestric, at booth 308 and say hello. We look forward to meeting you!

More industry events

If you’re looking for more horticultural events, check out our Industry Events page. These events are taking place across the country. Find one near you and learn new methods, get educated on new technologies, and meet your peers in the industry. You’ll find many benefits for your business now and in the future.

Considering the construction of a new greenhouse? Take a look at the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association, another of our Key Partners.