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WHAT IS THE MINNESOTA NURSERY & LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION (MNLA)?

MNLA is the region's oldest and largest horticultural trade association. The organization was originally formed in 1925 as the Minnesota State Nurseryman’s Association. In 1988, the organization’s name was changed to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association to accurately reflect the diversity of its members. Today, 1,000 firms are members of MNLA in the following categories: 
  • Wholesale nursery growers
  • Retail nurseries and garden centers
  • Commercial flower growers
  • Landscape contractors
  • Landscape designers
  • Irrigation contractors
  • Lawn and landscape management services
  • Professional gardening services
  • Commercial arborists and tree care services
  • Allied suppliers
  • Students and educators

MNLA is dedicated to helping its members by:
  • Providing continuing education for members
  • Providing tools for industry marketing
  • Monitoring and influencing government affairs
  • Promoting professionalism
  • Responsibly improving and maintaining our environment
  • Provide opportunities for financial benefits through group purchasing and other member services
  • Promoting member collegiality and networking

Members receive regular communication on association activities through a monthly newsletter. Each industry segment implements on-going continuing education programs. In cooperation with the University of Minnesota, the association sponsors the MNLA Certified Professional program. MNLA also publishes the “Plants for Outdoor Living” color catalogs: Trees and Shrubs, Perennials, and a hardscapes catalog called "Ideas for Outdoor Living". MNLA has a beautiful garden display outside the Ag-Hort Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

Economic Impact
Thousands of family-owned companies are part of Minnesota's nursery and landscape industry. Collectively, they generate yearly sales of more than $1.9 billion and have a $3.5 billion direct effect on Minnesota’s economy. A report on the economic impact of the green industry in Minnesota is available as a PDF download.

Mission
The mission of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is to help members grow successful businesses.

History
The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is the state's oldest and largest green industry trade organization. Started in 1925 as the Minnesota Nurserymen's Association, today MNLA represents and serves nursery and greenhouse growers, garden centers, irrigation contractors, industry suppliers, and a wide range of landscape professionals. The association aims to help these members operate their businesses more successfully by providing education, networking, legislative and regulatory representation, public relations, and financial benefits through group purchasing and other member services.

Structure and Governance
The Association is governed by its Board of Directors which includes four officers (president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and the immediate past president) and five at-large directors, all of whom are elected by Association members. The Association has 6 committees, which develop many of its programs, and numerous networking groups where industry issues are discussed, mutually beneficial relationships are formed, and input is gleaned for MNLA's educational, government affairs, and professional development programs.

Below are copies of the association governing documents and other logistical information.  All documents are in PDF format. Click to open in your browser, or right-click to choose to save it to your computer.
  • Document A
    1. Association overview and history
    2. Association Basics
      • Mission
      • Membership categories
      • Organizational Chain of Command
    3. Constitution and Bylaws
  • Document B - Committee Database Instructions
  • Document C - Membership demographics (updated annually on August 1)
  • Document D -  Strategic Plan Summary
  • Document E - Mission statement and goals for all committees
  • Document F1 - Basic Rules of Order
  • Document F2 - Parliamentary Procedures
  • Document G - Committee Planning Workbook
  • Document H - Committee Roster
  • Document I - Staff Roster and Duties
  • Document J - Board Policy Manual and Governance Policies
  • Document K - Legislative & Regulatory Principles and Policy Manual
  • Document L - Committee Member Application
  • Document M - MNLA Foundation
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