The article below originally appeared as the Growing Together column in the January/February 2015 issue of Northern Gardener.
Education has always been a core mission of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA), says Executive Director Cassie Larson. MNLA has more than 1,200 members. Many of them will attend the Northern Green Expo this week, which is co-hosted by MNLA and the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Association.
The event includes educational sessions on topics such as pollinators and pesticide application, permeable pavements, new plants, new trends in landscape design and water conservation in the landscape. Presenters are industry veterans who will share “the things they know now and wish they knew when they started out in the industry, lessons they’ve learned, and ‘aha’ moments in their careers,” says Cassie.
MNLA will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2015, and expo week is kicking off the celebration. In honor of the anniversary, MNLA filmed interviews with long-time members. They talk about how MNLA has changed over the years. They’ll be showing these videos at the expo, but you can also view them on the MNLA website. “When looking back through MNLA’s history, education and government affairs are the two core elements that started the association,” says Cassie, “and they are still in place today. That says something important.”
The expo will also feature a 90th anniversary party for MNLA members. MSHS wishes MNLA a very happy 90th anniversary!