BALTIMORE, Md. – The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association has expanded its reach to become The Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association, or MNLGA.

The approval for such action was granted by the membership at the MNLA’s annual meeting in January.

The change comes as a result of the planned dissolution of the former Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association and the invitation for those members to join the existing and renamed association. “The greenhouse association has collaborated with the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association on events, education and industry issues and a myriad of other projects for the past 15 years or more,” said MNLGA Executive Director Vanessa Akehurst Finney. “Inviting them into the renamed association is not only complimentary; it makes the Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association, or MNLGA, an even stronger industry voice than it was previously.”

The MNLGA will benefit by adding even more voice to legislative and regulatory issues which affect the horticulture industry in general. Horticulture is the number two commodity in the state of Maryland under the Department of Agriculture with annual sales in excess of $1 billion dollars. There are not nearly enough citizens or elected officials who know this and the MNLGA welcomes the additional voices to help spread that message.