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MNLA Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • July 16, 2024
    • 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, July 16th, 2024. 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 your industry peers. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Don't forget to register by July 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.


    Interested in Sponsoring this Event?

    Contact Us, email info@plantingmontana.com, 406.755.3079, or download the sponsorship form.


    • July 25, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBD, Missoula, MT
    • 20
    Register

    Prove your plant knowledge!

    The next Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will take place on Thursday, July 25th from 1:00-4:00 pm, in Missoula, 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 July 15th. Download the application form here.

    The certification tests are generally given twice a year, in January at the annual Montana Green Expo and in July at the annual Summer 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.

    Good luck!

    • July 25, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • July 26, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Missoula, MT

    SUMMER Tour

    july 25-26, 2024

    missoula, MT


    Join us for a fun and interactive field trip where we tour nurseries, greenhouses, landscape sites, and other areas of interest in our host city. The Tour moves to a different city each year so we can see the best Montana has to offer! This behind-the-scenes tour gives everyone a look at some of the best operations and sites in the area. The Tour is a great way to see what fellow professionals are doing in the field, and take home a few tips and tricks to use yourself. There are lots of opportunities to learn from each other, rejuvenate, connect, and share new ideas during the tour. Come join us!

    HOW TO REGISTER:  You can register on-line by following the link on this page, by emailing your registration form to  info@plantingmontana.com,  or by calling the office at 406-755-3079. You can also download the registration form (we will link it when registration opens) and mail it to the address listed on the form. 

    WHERE TO STAY: We will negotiate a discounted room block at an area hotel. Details coming soon!

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

    THURSDAY, july 25: Pre-tour

    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 Tour registration; if you wish to take the exam and attend Summer Tour, you will need to complete separate registration forms for each. Register online for the CPP Exam here. Registration deadline: July 15th.

    KICK-OFF DINNER: All Tour registrants are invited to join us Thursday evening, July 25th 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, july 26: Tour Day

    Tour Day Details:  The 2024 Summer Tour will take place in and around Missoula, MT on Friday, July 26, 2024. To make carpooling easy, the tour will leave from our host hotel at 7:00 am, and return to the same hotel at the conclusion of the tour (around 4:00pm). There will be a detailed map of tour stops provided at check-in the morning of the tour.  There will be some fun games and door prizes along the way!

    Your registration includes Kick-Off Dinner the evening before the tour, as well as Breakfast and Lunch on tour-day.

    Where will the Summer Tour be stopping this year? We're still planning, but will include the line-up when it's finalized.


     

    interested in sponsoring the Summer tour?


    We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Contact the MNLA office at info@plantingmontana.com, or call 406.755.3079 for sponsorship details.

    • August 08, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT
    • 28

    SAVE-THE-date to Come Golf With the mnla billings chapter!

    The 11th Annual MNLA Billings Chapter Golf Scramble is being held at Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT on August 8th. 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. Mark your calendars for August 8th, 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! All Mulligan sales benefit our Scholarship Program, so swing away - those bad shots are supporting a good cause!

    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 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 & dinner at the clubhouse following the tournament.

    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? We will link the printable registration form when it's available.


    Interested in Sponsoring the Golf Scramble?

    Interested in sponsoring this event? We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Download our sponsorship form, or contact us (info@plantingmontana.com, or call 406.755.3079) for more information.
    • September 19, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Billings, MT

    Montana Nursery & Landscape Association

    Field Demo Day

    Join us  Thursday, September 19th, 2024   starting at   5:00 pm   for the 8th Annual Field Day.

    What IS Field Day? It's an opportunity for MNLA members to network and test out equipment, tools, and new technology. 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).

    Field Day is a great opportunity to network and catch up with industry peers. 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 planning, but will include a list when it's available.



    How do you sign up?

    RSVP by following the link, or email us at: info@plantingmontana.com , or call 406.755.3079. This event is sponsored by the MNLA Billings Chapter; there is no cost to attend.

    Are you a vendor that wants to participate? Email us at info@plantingmontana.com, or call for details: 406.755.3079

    • January 07, 2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • January 09, 2025
    • 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT


    Montana Green Expo

    January 7th - 9th, 2025

    Missoula, MT


    Ready to Grow Your Knowledge?

    MNLA is committed to bringing the horticulture industry together and planting the seeds for success. We are proud to offer programming that highlights best practices, explores innovative and creative business solutions, and helps you grow your business.

    This year, the conference is even bigger and better than before - we will also be hosting the Northern Rockies Tree School at the Expo! The best part? Your registration will give you access to all the education at the Montana Green Expo and the Northern Rockies Tree School. You can jump between seminars and tracks to take advantage of all the great education that's available. We have a great seminar line-up for you! (We will link the  Conference Schedule* here when it's ready).



    Hands-On Workshops

    There will be several Workshops held on Tuesday, January 7th.  We are excited to offer the following workshops this year:

    1. Plant Health Care Clinic
    2. Irrigation Workshop
    3. First Aid CPR AED Course

    These workshops are an add-on to your main conference registration. A separate registration is required for each workshop. You can add workshops to your online Expo registration, or download the registration form by selecting the Workshop name from the list above. All Workshops will be held Tuesday, January 7th, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Missoula, MT.

    Five Education Tracks

    Five tracks guarantee there's something for everyone. We have seminars focused on:

    • Tree Care/Northern Rockies Tree School
    • Business Planning
    • Growers & Plants
    • Landscaping
    • Fundamentals

    Industry-leading speakers will address a variety of topics that are top-of-mind in the green industry. Many seminars qualify for Continuing Education credits from the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Urban Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM), Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WY), and Idaho Department of Agriculture (ID). We will link available CEUs here when available.

    Connection-Building Trade Show

    Discover new varieties, new products, and new services at the Trade Show. The trade show is your opportunity to meet suppliers that can help you find solutions that will set you up for success. Grow your network. Grow your customer base. Grow your company.

    Register by December 1st and $ave!
    Register before the Early Bird deadline of December 1st for the best rates. Online registration is open through December 25th. Your registration includes admission to the Trade Show Exhibits free of charge and the seminars do not overlap with the Trade Show so you can attend both!

    Follow the link to register online, or to download a printable Attendee Registration Form, click here.

    To view Members-Only Discounted Registration prices, log in using the email address associated with your MNLA membership. 


    Looking for More Details on the Montana Green Expo Events? Read on to find out what's in store:

    The Trade Show portion of the MT Green Expo will be open on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit with vendors and see what’s new for the upcoming year! Growers, educators, and industry suppliers  are all part of the trade show. A Cocktails with Exhibitors event will be held on Wednesday evening for a fun way to make new connections with exhibitors.

    The Annual Banquet and Awards Show will be on Wednesday evening. Relax, kick back and enjoy a delicious dinner and great entertainment. Find out who the winners are for the Best of Montana Landscapes and Container Planting contests, and meet the Member-of-the-Year!  A banquet ticket is included with all full 2-day conference registrations. If you register for 1-day only and would like to attend the Awards Banquet, contact the MNLA office to register.

    A Women in Horticulture Muffins & Mimosas Brunch will be held Thursday morning. Join us for a fun mix-and-mingle networking opportunity for women in the industry.

    The Annual Meeting Luncheon will be open to all attendees on Thursday, and is a good time to catch up with the MNLA Board of Directors to hear about plans for the future of the Association. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions and offer suggestions. Board member elections will be held during the Annual Meeting; we encourage you to come participate in electing the leaders that will shape the future of the MNLA.

    A Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will be offered on Tuesday. This is one of only two times a year that we offer testing for this certification. Space is limited, so make sure you register early. You can register for the exam by following this link: Certified Plant Professional Exam Registration.

    Hotel Reservations. We have a room block set up at the Hilton Garden Inn for Montana Green Expo attendees. The group discount does expire, so reserve your room early. To receive the discounted rate, reserve before December 25th, 2024. Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly: 406-532-5300. Ask for the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association group rate when booking over-the-phone. Very Important: MNLA does NOT use a third-party service for hotel reservations. You should make your reservations directly with the hotel through our booking link, or by calling the hotel directly. If contacted by a company representing themselves as an authorized housing company for the conference, please note that MNLA does not contract for such services and these companies are not affiliated with the MNLA or Montana Green Expo. (If you have made reservations through such a third party, you may wish to consider cancelling those reservations and notifying your credit card company to ensure that no fraudulent charges are posted against your account.)

    We look forward to seeing you at the Montana Green Expo!



    Interested in Supporting the Event? Contact us about sponsorship and donation opportunities.

           

                    

    Online registration closes December 25th. To register after that time, contact us, or register in-person at the Montana Green Expo Registration Table, located on the North Rotunda of the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve Street, Missoula, MT, from 7:30 - 8:00 am on Jan. 7th, 8th, or 9th.


    Questions? Contact us: expo@plantingmontana.com or call 406-755-3079.

    *While we try to keep the schedule that is posted on our website, schedules may change in order to accommodate the special needs of the presenters or the hotel. MNLA reserves the right to substitute speakers or modify the convention schedule as the need arises. The final schedule will be printed in programs that will be available at the registration desk. Changes may also be announced outside seminar rooms or posted on the announcement board at the registration desk.

    • January 07, 2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • January 09, 2025
    • 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT


    Northern Rockies Tree School

    at the

    Montana Green Expo

    January 7th-9th, 2025  -  Missoula, MT


     The Northern Rockies Tree School (NRTS) has joined forces with the Montana Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) to create an event that will bring the horticulture industry together and plant the seeds for success. We are proud to once again offer the great programming you have come to expect from the NRTS, and also open up the Montana Green Expo conference to you as well. That's right; your registration gives you access to all the programming for the Northern Rockies Tree School, and the Montana Green Expo.

    Join us in the new year, where we will bring in world-renowned experts to highlight best practices, explore innovative and creative business solutions, and help you grow your business. We will link the full Conference Schedule here when it's ready.

       

    Can't-Miss Opportunities at the Northern Rockies Tree School and the Montana Green Expo

    Hands-On Workshops

    There will be several Workshops held on Tuesday, January 7th. A separate registration is required for each of the workshops. We are excited to offer the following workshops this year:

    1. Plant Health Care Clinic
    2. Irrigation Workshop
    3. First Aid CPR AED Course

    You can add workshops to your online registration, or download a registration form by selecting the Workshop name above. All Workshops will be held Tuesday, January 7th, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Missoula, MT. Pre-registration is required.

    Five Education Tracks

    Five tracks guarantee there's something for everyone. We have seminars focused on:

    • Tree Care/Northern Rockies Tree School
    • Business Planning
    • Growers & Plants
    • Landscaping
    • Fundamentals

    Industry-leading speakers will address a variety of topics that are top-of-mind in the green industry. Many seminars qualify for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Montana Dept. of Agriculture (MDA), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and Wyoming Dept. of Agriculture. We will link available CEUs here when they have been approved by the accrediting agencies.

    Connection-Building Trade Show

    Discover new varieties, new products, and new services at the Trade Show. The trade show is your opportunity to meet suppliers that can help you find solutions that will set you up for success. Grow your network. Grow your customer base. Grow your company.

    Register by December 1st and $ave!
    Register before the Early Bird deadline of December 1st for the best rates. Online registration is open through December 25th. Your registration includes admission to the Trade Show Exhibits free of charge and the seminars do not overlap with the Trade Show so you can attend both!

    Follow the link to register online, or to download a printable Attendee Registration Form, click here.

    As always, members of the Montana Nursery and Landscape enjoy registration discounts. To view Members-Only registration prices, log in using the email address associated with your MNLA membership. Not a member? Dues are only $195/year, and are pro-rated from July 1st. Instantly join online to receive membership discount: www.plantingmontana.com/join.


    Looking for More Details on the Schedule of Events? Read on to find out what's in store:

    The Trade Show portion of the Montana Green Expo will be open on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit with vendors and see what's new! Growers, educators, and industry suppliers  are all part of the trade show. A Cocktails with Exhibitors event will be held on Wednesday evening for a fun way to make new connections with exhibitors.

    The Annual Banquet and Awards Show will be on Wednesday evening. Relax, kick back and enjoy a delicious dinner and great entertainment. Find out who the winners are for the Best of Montana Landscapes and Container Planting contests, and meet the Member-of-the-Year!  A banquet ticket is included with all full 2-day convention registrations. If you register for one-day only and would like to attend the Awards Banquet, contact the MNLA office to register.

    A Women in Horticulture Muffins & Mimosas Brunch will be held Thursday morning. Join us for a fun mix-and-mingle networking opportunity for women in the industry.

    The Annual Meeting Luncheon will be open to all attendees on Thursday, and is a good time to catch up with the MNLA Board of Directors to hear about plans for the future of the Association. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions and offer suggestions. Board member elections will be held during the Annual Meeting; we encourage you to come participate in electing the leaders that will shape the future of the MNLA.

    A Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will be offered on Tuesday. This is one of only two times a year that we offer testing for this certification. Space is limited, so make sure you register early. You can register for the exam by following this link: Certified Plant Professional Exam Registration.

    Hotel Reservations. We have a room block set up at the Hilton Garden Inn for Montana Green Expo attendees. The group discount does expire, so reserve your room early. To receive the discounted rate, reserve before December 25th, 2024. Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly: 406-532-5300. Ask for the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association group rate when booking over-the-phone. Very Important: MNLA does NOT use a third-party service for hotel reservations. You should make your reservations directly with the hotel through our booking link, or by calling the hotel directly. If contacted by a company representing themselves as an authorized housing company for the conference, please note that MNLA does not contract for such services and these companies are not affiliated with the MNLA or Montana Green Expo. (If you have made reservations through such a third party, you may wish to consider cancelling those reservations and notifying your credit card company to ensure that no fraudulent charges are posted against your account.)


    We look forward to seeing you at the Northern Rockies Tree School @ the Montana Green Expo!


    Interested in Supporting the Event? Contact us about sponsorship and donation opportunities.

           

                    

    Online registration closes December 25th. To register after that time, contact us, or register in-person at the Montana Green Expo Registration Table, located in the North Rotunda of the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT from 7:30 - 8:00 am on Jan. 7th, 8th, or 9th.


    Questions? Contact us: expo@plantingmontana.com or call 406-755-3079.

    *While we try to keep the schedule that is posted on our website, schedules may change in order to accommodate the special needs of the presenters or the hotel. MNLA reserves the right to substitute speakers or modify the convention schedule as the need arises. The final schedule will be printed in programs that will be available at the registration desk. Changes may also be announced outside seminar rooms or posted on the announcement board at the registration desk.

    • January 07, 2025
    • 3:30 PM
    • January 09, 2025
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT

    We hope the following information will help you efficiently prepare for the 2025 Montana Green Expo in Missoula, MT.

    Priority Booking booth reservations are reserved for exhibitors from the previous 2 years through March 15th. General booth reservations will open after that time.

    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 expo@plantingmontana.com.


    SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

    Montana Green Expo - Trade Show & Convention January 3-5, 2024
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Tues., Jan 7
    3:30pm -7:30pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Wed., Jan 8
     7:00am - 12:00pm

    Exhibitor Meeting

    Wed., Jan 8
    1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Trade Show Open
           
    Wed., Jan 8
     2:30pm - 6:30pm
    Trade Show Open Thurs,  Jan 9
    10:15am - 12:00pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-OUT Thurs., Jan 9
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    1

    Booth Reservations:  You can request up to three choices for booth location. Check the 2025 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.

    2

    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: expo@plantingmontana.com. 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 the first day of the conference 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: expo@plantingmontana.com

    The seminar schedule will be linked here when available.

    3

    Lodging: A room block has been set up at the Hilton Garden Inn. Book your rooms early by calling (406) 532-5300 and asking for the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association rate. Rates expire December 25, 2024.

    4

    Trade Show Move-In: Exhibitor MOVE-IN- starts the afternoon of Tuesday, January 3, 2024.
    All exhibitors must be moved in by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, 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: https://kjconventions.com/mtgreen

    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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