WGIF Members Help Finish Landscape

Chris Williams, owner of K&W Greenery, Janesville, Wis., sent his landscape design and installation crew to finish the landscaping in front of a house owned by Major Aaron Filter of the Wisconsin National Guard, who was deployed overseas to Afghanistan. K&W is a member of the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation. Members Beaver Creek Nursery and Carlin Sales/ProGreen Plus donated plants, fertilizer and landscape fabric. Brian Swingle, WGIF executive director, coordinated the project.

Auctioneer Jason Jacobshelped raise $6,525 forWNA’s Scholarship &Research Fund.

WNA Hosts Field Day

The Wisconsin Nursery Association held its Summer Field Day at the J.W. Jung Seed Co., Randolph, Wis. The event included an auction and tours of the indoor seed company facility, fields and outdoor amenities. Northwoods Nursery won the competition for Best Green Goods, while Hsu Greenhouse & Landscape Supply won the award for Best Hard Goods. Plans are already underway for the 2009 Field Day, which will be held at Johnson’s Nursery, Jackson, Wis.

New INLA Member Benefits

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, and Tigon Woline, ISU horticulture research assistant, have developed a series of 20 online training modules for members of the Iowa Nursery & Landscape Association. The modules are designed to serve as the training materials for the Iowa Certified Nursery Professional exam. All INLA members have access to the modules and companies can use them to assist with individual training needs. Eight of the modules cover plant identification, while the remaining 12 cover the general topics addressed on the certification exam. The modules can be accessed on the Green Industry Resource site at www.extension.iastate.edu/nurseryandlandscape.

Project EverGreen Recognizes Bexley for Landscaping Innovations

Bexley, Ohio, won this year’s Project EverGreen Landscaped Areas Award in the national America in Bloom competition. Each year, cities nationwide that actively work toward beautifying community green spaces are encouraged to enter. This is the first year that Bexley, a community of 12,200, has been involved with the program. The city also received second place in the overall America in Bloom competition, out of six cities of comparable size. Communities were evaluated on efforts related to floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness, environmental awareness, heritage conservation and community involvement. The award was presented during the seventh annual America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Program.