Maryland Green Industry Associations Unite

Maryland Green Industry Associations Unite

The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association recently announced that it is expanding its reach to include the greenhouse industry, meaning it has become The Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA).

Members approved the change at the association’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.

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“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,” says 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 an even stronger industry voice than it was previously.”

The 12th annual Chesapeake Green Horticultural Symposium, or ‘Chessie Green’ as it is commonly known, is a perfect example of the associations’ collaborative efforts, Finney says.

Held annually at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, this pesticide re-certification event has educated and accommodated the re-certification requirements for more than 1,000 industry members throughout the years. This year’s symposium was held in February.

The MNLGA will benefit by adding even more voices to legislative and regulatory issues that affect the horticulture industry. 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. 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. In the meantime, for the latest information, visit its website or call 410-823-8684.