History of the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (VNLA)
To enhance and promote Virginia’s nursery and landscape industry.
The VNLA strives to unify, strengthen and promote the green industry, while advancing industry best practices and principles that will keep Virginia green and growing.
As the state trade association for garden centers, nursery growers, landscape designers, installation and maintenance contractors, greenhouses, and horticultural suppliers, the VNLA encourages dialogue and collaboration between the states green industry organizations to encourage a unified message and enhance the positive economic and environmental impact Virginia’s nursery and landscape design professionals have. Additionally, the VNLA focuses on Research & Education, Industry Advocacy and Publications & Communications.
- 550 VNLA members in 2014
- 552 Virginia Certified Horticulturists on staff
- 290 growers and more than 11,000 acres of nursery production in the Virginia, growing and selling trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, and grasses
- $1.2 billion statewide economic impact
- 2nd in farm gate value as an agricultural commodity, after soybeans
- OVER 55% of the membership are landscape professionals
List of Past Presidents
- First established in 1932 as the Virginia Nursery Association (VNA)
- The VNA produced its first trade show, MANTS, in 1970 as a collective effort with the WVNA and MNA. MANTS, now held annually in Baltimore, continues to create markets in plant materials and allied products, supplies, equipment and is the primary source of funding for the VNLA and its co-producers from other states.
- VNA became the VNLA in 1998, reflecting the diversity of membership to include production nurseries, landscape contractors and designers, retailer garden centers, educators and others.