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:
MNLA is dedicated to helping its members by:
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 ImpactThousands 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.
MissionThe mission of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is to help members grow successful businesses.
HistoryThe 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 GovernanceThe 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.