VNLA Membership Benefits
- Legislative and regulatory monitoring:updates and advocacy on your behalf. The VNLA works collaboratively with AmericanHort, Virginia Agribusiness Council (VAC), Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Resources (VDACS) and regional associations such as Central Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (CVNLA), Northern Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (NVNLA) and Piedmont Landscape Association (PLA).
- Virginia Certified Horticulturist (VCH) credential: currently more than 400 of your colleagues hold a VCH credential, professional-level certification recognized in Virginia and a prerequisite for other certifications in the Chesapeake Bay region.
- Continuing Education: the VNLA sponsors and provides support to several educational events and short courses – great opportunities to learn and earn continuing educations units (CEUs).
- Communication: the VNLA posts on its Facebook page and sends email-type communications using Constant Contact. These notices include important updates for members and details about upcoming educational events.
- Grow your professional network: increase your business opportunities through association and getting to know others in the green industry. Share ideas, problem-solving and best practices.
- MANTS: participate in the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) as an attendee or exhibitor. Join the VNLA for its annual membership breakfast meeting, typically held during MANTS each January.
- Virginia Nursery & Landscape Horticulture Research Foundation (VNLHRF): a 501c3 nonprofit research foundation established in 1983. The VNLA’s research foundation committee accepts, reviews and approves to fund specific and practical research projects that help solve problems and benefit the overall green industry. Sharing knowledge, expertise and valuable new information to VNLA members.
- Quarterly newsletter: print and online.
- Annual Virginia growers guide: purchasing resource guide. Searchable online to find growers and their availability.
- Field Day: when possible, the VNLA facilitates an annual Field Day. This is an event that integrates education, networking with exhibitors and colleague and tours of local nurseries and or gardens.
Value and Benefits of a Virginia Certified Horticulturist Credential
- Recognition as a trained horticulture professional with knowledge of the science, art, cultivation, care and use of plants.
- Recognition as a trained horticulture professional with knowledge the overall green industry.
- A VCH credential is recognized and accepted throughout the State of Virginia. You will be qualified to stamp and approve engineer, landscape architect or design plans requiring plants. This is now a requirement by most Virginia municipality planning boards.
- Pride and confidence in yourself, your work and the industry you represent.
- A VCH credential means you are qualified to offer sound, scientific horticultural advice to clients, retail customers, nursery sales, landscape installation (residential or commercial) or lawn maintenance projects.
- Career advancement | Increased teamwork | Enhanced employability.
- Demonstrates commitment to your profession and the overall industry.
- Offers opportunities to network with other like-minded professionals.
- Gain exposure to a wider range of educational programs, events and other engaged professionals.
The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association owns the Virginia Certified Horticulturist credential.
The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association is a 501c6 nonprofit and is a statewide trade association for nursery, landscape and green industry professionals.