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Montana Nursery & Landscape Association
P.O. Box 20353
Billings, MT  59104-0353                       

(Phone) 406.755.3079
(Fax) 406.633.2032

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Upcoming events

    • June 20, 2023
    • 6:35 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Dehler Park, Billings, MT

    MNLA Family Fun Night at Dehler Park

    We're excited to be hosting the MNLA Family Fun Night once again! We have reserved the 329 Club at the Billings Mustangs' Dehler Park for Tuesday, June 20th, 2023. Game starts at 6:35 pm.

    All MNLA Members and the Billings Chapter attendees are invited to join us. Registration is required, and includes:

    • Tickets to the game (we will have them ready for you, so you don't have to stand in long ticketing lines the day of the game)
    • BBQ-style food (hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chicken sandwiches, salads, fruit, Pepsi products, and bottled water)
    • Reserved space on the 329 patio
    Register online by following the link on this page, or download the registration form and return to us.

    Family Fun Night is a great time to relax, enjoy some food and a baseball game, and introduce your families to fellow Billings Chapter members. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Don't forget to register by June 9th so we can have your tickets ready for you. Pick up tickets at our registration table located at the north entrance of Dehler Park. View map here.

    THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

    Bobcat of Big Sky

    Tvetene Turf

    Red Door Lounge

    Tri-State Truck & Equipment

    Milb Logo


    We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Download the sponsorship form here, or contact the MNLA office at:, or call 406.755.3079 for more details.
    • August 10, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT
    • 19

    Come Golf With Us!

    The 10th Annual MNLA Billings Chapter Golf Scramble is being held at Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT on August 10th. Format is a 4-Person scramble. Shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

    This annual event draws members from all over the state, and is always a great time. Do you need to be a member to participate? No! Anyone can form a team - just complete the golf registration form,  and get your clubs ready for a fun day on the course. Don't worry if you've got a wicked right hook -- buy a Mulligan (or two) and use it to erase those bad shots!

    There will be hole prizes, a Hole-in-One prize for those skilled (or lucky) enough to sink that hole-in-one, and prizes awarded to the top two net and gross team scores (Overall winner determined by net score; 80% of team handicap will be used for net score.) Entry fee includes greens fee, golf cart, refreshments & social hour.

    Contact the MNLA office for more information, 406.755.3079, or follow the link to register. We look forward to seeing you!

    Prefer to mail or fax your registration in? Download the printable registration form.

    Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

    Hole-in-One Sponsor

    Meadow Green Sales

    Thank you to our Hole & Beverage Sponsors!

    Interested in sponsoring this event? We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Download our sponsorship form, or contact us (, or call 406.755.3079) for more information.

    • September 14, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Location TBD
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    Prove your plant knowledge!

    The next Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will take place on Thursday, September 14th from 1:00-4:00 pm, in Great Falls, MT.

    Eligible applicants need to apply online by following the link to register, or submit a completed application, documentation of nursery employment and the appropriate fees to the MNLA office by August 31st. Download the application form here.

    The certification tests are generally given twice a year, in January at the annual Montana Green Expo and in September at the annual Fall Tour. The exam consists of a plant identification test and a written test. The exam is based on the Certification Manual and on practical information gained from employment in the industry, and on identification of the correct genus, species, common name, and cultivar (if appropriate) for each plant.

    The ID portion of the exam involves identifying 50 plant samples, and is based upon plants covered in Choosing Trees and Shrubs for Montana Landscapes, by George Evans and Alan Epps, as well as lists of Montana perennials and woody plants. These publications and lists are included in the manual. The second portion of the exam is a 200 question written exam on the principles and practices of virtually all aspects of the nursery industry. A passing grade is 75% for both parts of the exam. Bring at least two sharpened pencils to take the exam. We also recommend that you bring several sheets of scratch paper.

    Please see the Education & Certification page on our site for details on eligibility and renewal as well as a number of additional forms and how to order your CPP Manual (a highly recommended book for preparing for the exam). Manuals can be ordered by submitting an order form to the MNLA office before August 31st.

    Good luck!

    • September 14, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 15, 2023
    • 4:30 PM
    • Great Falls, MT

    This year's Fall Tour is headed to Great Falls  September 14-15, 2023.

    The two-day event starts on Thursday, September 14th with a Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam and Kick-Off Dinner. Site tours around the Great Falls area will be the following day, on Friday, September 15th.

    Fall Tour is a great way to see what fellow professionals are doing in the field.  It's a fun two days with lots of opportunity to learn from others, rejuvenate, connect with fellow MNLA members, and share new ideas.

    HOW TO REGISTER for Fall Tour:  You can register on-line by following the link on this page, by emailing your registration form to,  or by calling the office at 406-755-3079.  Please register no later than September 8th. 

    Want a preview of the Fall Tour events? Here's what we have planned:


    CERTIFIED PLANT PROFESSIONAL EXAM:  The CPP Exam will offered on Thursday, at 1:00pm. Applications for the test and order forms for the manual are available online, or by calling the MNLA office at 406.755.3079. Registration for the exam is not included in the Fall Tour registration; if you wish to take the exam and attend Fall Tour, you will need to complete separate registration forms for each. Register online for the CPP Exam here. Registration deadline: August 31st.

    KICK-OFF DINNER: All Fall Tour registrants are invited to join us Thursday evening, September 14th for a welcome dinner. Dinner is included with your Tour Day registration, and is a great time to see familiar faces and connect before the hustle and bustle of tour day.

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: Tour Day

    Tour Day Details:  The 2023 Fall Tour will take place in and around Great Falls on Friday, September 15, 2023. Tour-day bus transportation will be provided, with the option of using your own transportation if you prefer. A detailed map of the tour stops will be provided at check-in the morning of the tour for those who prefer not to use the bus transportation. Bus seating is limited, so make sure you sign up ahead of time to reserve your space if you plan to take the bus. We have some fun games and door prizes along the way!

    Where will the Fall Tour be stopping this year? We're still in the planning phase, but will add details soon!


    THANK YOU to our Fall Tour Sponsors!!

    2M Company Greenup Lawn, Landscape & Sprinklers


    Interested in sponsoring the Fall Tour? We have several sponsorship opportunities available.  Contact the MNLA office at, or call 406.755.3079 for sponsorship details.

    • September 21, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • River Ridge Landscape Co., 3223 River Road, Laurel, MT

    MNLA Billings Chapter - Field Demo Day

    Join us  Thursday, September 21st, 2023   starting at   5:00 pm   for the 7th Annual Billings Chapter Field Day. Field Day will be held at River Ridge Landscape Co., 3223 River Road, in Laurel, MT.

    What IS Field Day? It's an opportunity for the MNLA Billings Chapter to say "thank you" to the vendors who have supported us at all of our activities this year. We provide a space for vendors to set up exhibits and anything they would like to share with the Chapter Members. It's a fun-filled night, where you explore new products and talk to your vendors and customers while enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner (on us).

    This will be a great opportunity to network and catch up with MNLA members from the Billings area. As always, you will be able to visit vendor booths to test equipment, demo mowers, see the latest irrigation equipment and more. Enjoy a BBQ Dinner, Served from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, then have a little fun testing out equipment and visiting with vendors in their outdoor booths.

    Which vendors will be there? We're still working on this year's list, but will update this as vendor confirm.

    How do you sign up?

    RSVP by following the link, or email us at: , or call 406.755.3079. This event is sponsored by the MNLA Billings Chapter; there is no cost to attend. Chapter members will receive one entry into the year-end attendance drawing prize for attending. This year's attendance prize will be a cash prize, and will be awarded to one lucky attendee at our December Chapter meeting.

    Are you a vendor that wants to participate? Email us at, or call for details: 406.755.3079

    • January 03, 2024
    • 3:30 PM
    • January 05, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, 27 N. 27th St., Billings, MT

    We hope the following information will help you efficiently prepare for the coming year's 2024 Montana Green Expo in Billings, MT.

    We look forward to having you join us for this exciting annual event! For questions that are not answered here, please contact us at: 406.755.3079  or email


    Montana Green Expo - Trade Show & Convention January 3-5, 2024
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Wed., Jan 3
    3:30pm -7:30pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Thur., Jan 4
     7:00am - 12:00pm

    Exhibitor Meeting
    meet at the Trade Show Hospitality Area

    Thur., Jan 4
    1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Trade Show Open
    Thur., Jan 4
     2:30pm - 6:30pm
    Trade Show Open Fri.,  Jan 5
     9:00am - 12:00pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-OUT Fri., Jan 5
    1:00pm - 5:00pm


    Booth Reservations:  You can request up to three choices for booth location. Check the 2024 Expo Map for available booths. We will do our best to accommodate your booth choice, but know that booths fill up quickly and the space you request may no longer be available. We will contact you with alternative options if this occurs. You can also download the Booth Booking Form and email in your registration if you prefer.  A booth contract will be sent to you once we have assigned a booth per your choices. Payments are due within 15 days of booking your space.


    Name Badge and Special Event Tickets: When you know which representatives will attend, you can complete the Badge and Special Event Registration Form and return it to: This allows you to sign up your representatives who will be in the booth during the EXPO. Your pre-registration gives us a better count for ordering food for luncheons, etc.  This also allows us to provide your representatives with pre-printed badges. If you do not pre-register your representatives, you will have to hand print your badges at the show.

    One FREE Convention registration is included with your booth fee, and also includes lunch on Wednesday for that person. They must have a Convention badge to attend the seminars and keynote speeches. If you wish to register additional representatives for the convention seminars, you can add them on the Badge and Special Event Registration Form. This form will be emailed to all exhibitors prior to the EXPO. If your representatives plan to attend additional meals and/or special events like the Awards Banquet or Thursday Lunch, they will need to register for those events. Download the Exhibitor Badge Registration Form and indicate which events they will be attending, the names of each representative, and email to:

    The seminar schedule will be linked here when available.


    Lodging: A room block has been set up at the Double Tree by Hilton. Book your rooms early by calling (406) 252-7400 and asking for the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association rate. Or follow this link to book online. Rates expire December 25, 2023.


    Trade Show Move-In: Exhibitor MOVE-IN- starts the afternoon of Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
    All exhibitors must be moved in by 12:00 pm on Thursday, January 4th.

    EXPO Convention Services: We will again be working with K&J Convention Services. Additional furnishings, carpeting, booth setup assistance, drayage, and other booth accessories will be available for ordering through K&J. More details will be available from them as we get closer to the EXPO. To view available services, visit their website:

    Sponsorship at the Expo

    Your sponsorship will make the event more successful. We urge you to take advantage of one of the many opportunities for sponsorship of the Montana Green Expo. We are happy to consider creative ideas to help, including convention bags, lanyards, coffee breaks, etc. Contact us about sponsorship opportunities, or download our Sponsorship Form.

    Silent Auction Fundraiser

    Our annual fundraising event will be held during the Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening. Please consider donating in a way that is meaningful to you. All proceeds directly benefit our members through our Scholarship Program and Community Beautification Fund. This is a great opportunity to support MNLA members through this fun event. Download the donation form here.

    Exhibitor Demonstrations

    Book a 15 or 30 minute time slot to reserve a demonstration of your product or service during the event. There is NO CHARGE - just register in advance.

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