PLNA Holds PANTS 2009

The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association held its Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. Now in its 37th year, PANTS welcomed over 550 exhibiting companies. The event included exhibits, seminars, luncheon with panelists, equipment auction, hearings on green infrastructure, pig roast and tours of garden centers, private gardens, green roofs and nurseries.

Gordon Hobbs, left, and Bob Dolibois, ANLA executive vice president.

News from ANLA

The 2009 American Nursery & Landscape Association Legislative Conference resulted in higher levels of attendance and a new record for congressional office visits by green industry professionals. The event focused on health care, immigration reform, water use regulations, small business issues and market-building opportunities.

The ANLA Senate elected new leaders to the board of directors and division boards. Bob Lyons, Sunleaf Nursery, Madison, Ohio, was named president-elect of the board of directors and will be joined by new members Joseph Schulte and Tom Demaline. The following members were elected to ANLA’s division boards: Philip Statile, Eric Joy, Christian Dulina, Tracy Sides, Larry Becker, Jon Bartch and Mark Sellew.

Tom Courtright has assumed the presidency of ANLA. He is president of Orchard Nursery & Florist, Lafayette, Calif.

Gordon Hobbs, former president and owner of C.M. Hobbs & Sons, was inducted into the ANLA Hall of Fame. Hobbs has served as president of ANLA and its grower division. He has also served as president of the Indianapolis Landscape Association and the Indiana Association of Nurserymen and as secretary-treasurer of the American Nursery Credit Association. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s in plant pathology at Purdue University.

Project EverGreen Partners with Christmas Decor

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program and Christmas Decor’s Decorated Family Program are teaming up this year in a joint effort to raise money and create awareness for the Buck it Up program. Buck it Up is a fund-raising initiative that creates scholarships for military family members, increases infrastructure to better handle the military families and volunteers participating in GreenCare and enhances the free lawn and landscape services provided.

Families can be nominated for the Decorated Family Program until Thanksgiving 2009 at www.christmasdecor.net . During last winter’s holiday season, Christmas Decor decorated almost 100 homes at no charge as part of the program. To learn more about GreenCare for Troops, visit www.projectevergreen.com/gcft .

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