The MNLA Volunteer of the Year Award honors an individual who has, within the previous 18 months, risen up to make special achievements happen for the association. Working within the MNLA, this individual's leadership and commitment will have helped significantly improve the activities, stature, or services of the association. The MNLA Awards-Nominating Committee determines the Volunteer of the Year with input from various sources. The award winner is honored at the MNLA Landscape Gala each year.
- 1998 — Jim Stolzenburg, Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
- 1999 — Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
- 2000 — Douglas Owens-Pike, Energyscapes
- 2001 — Jayne Roberts, Walter’s Gardens
- 2002 — Brad Wedge, Wedge Nursery, Inc.
- 2003 — Tim Malooly, Irrigation By Design, Inc.
- 2004 — John Daniels, Bachman’s Nursery Wholesale Center
- 2005 — Bill Mielke, Minnesota Valley Wholesale
- 2006 — Tim Oberg, Rush Lake Gardens
- 2007 — John Moe, Meadowood, Inc.
- 2008 — Bert Swanson, Swanson’s Nursery Consulting, Inc.
- 2009 — Tom Haugo, Bachman’s Landscape Department
- 2010 — Andy Petersen, Spectrum Sales
- 2011 — Heidi Heiland, Heidi Lifestyle Gardens
- 2012 — William Sayward, Itasca Greenhouse, Inc.
- 2013 — Robert Race, PE, Race Engineering Associates, LLC
- 2014 — Dennis Ullom, St. Croix Tree Service, Inc.
- 2015 — Matt Mallas, Hedberg Landscape Supplies