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Click the date and event name below to be directed to the detailed event page with photo gallery of past PLNA MeetUp events. The photo gallery is at the bottom of the events page within each linked event.

Interested in attending a PLNA MeetUp? Click here to check out the Upcoming MeetUps. If you are interested in helping this program grow and would like to host a PLNA MeetUp, click here to see how you can help.

   

September 16, 2015: Contractor Appreciation Day at Holly Days Nursery & Landscapes

Holly Days Nursery & Landscapes, Ambler, PA hosted a Contractor Appreciation Day and PLNA MeetUp Wednesday, September 16. Over 50 area contractors and PLNA members, and Holly Days employees enjoyed a sunny afternoon of education and fellowship. Guest speakers Chris Collins of F.M. Brown’s and Michel Chenail of Davey Trees covered hot topics in lawn and tree care while area vendors showcased their equipment and services.


Torrey Rose, President of Holly Days Nursery and member of the PLNA Board of Directors, welcomed area landscape contractors to take part in this PLNA MeetUp. “My purpose in hosting this event was two-fold,” says Mr. Rose. “First, it allowed me to formally thank the many area contractors that I’ve worked closely with through the years on projects big and small. I appreciate their on-going business and the opportunity to share knowledge and experience.” The MeetUp also gave Torrey the opportunity to talk about the benefits of PLNA membership. “There are a lot of bright young business owners out there. Some may have heard about PLNA, but really had no idea what the association does. The MeetUp gave me an opportunity to field some questions, sign-up new members and speak to some lapsed members.”

 

After a satisfying meal of BBQ chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, contractors visited with vendors. A few brave souls strapped on safety gear and took a ride to the top of the 120’ tree crane. Several contractors were so happy with the MeetUp experience, they asked Torrey and his brothers Kevin and John to host another event next year.

 

Holly Days Nursery & Landscapes is an award-winning landscaping and hardscaping design contractor located in Ambler, PA. The 7-acre nursery, aquatic and garden center offers top-quality plants, bulk supplies, fish, pond and garden products. The nursery is open daily 8a.m to 5p.m., Sundays 9a.m. to 4p.m., and on-line at hollydaysnursery.com.

 

September 10, 2015: PLNA MeetUp in Pittsburgh, PA
A rainy Thursday turned into a beautiful evening for our attendees to enjoy meeting others in the industry, interacting and see the value that PLNA brings to their business.  Dragun's Landscape Supply provided a great site along with the food and beverages which everyone enjoyed.  Craig Clark, from one of PLNA's partners Henry Dunn, spoke briefly on proper wording in contracts to protect your company.  Greg Robertson, PLNA's  go to guy for government relations, was in attendance to keep us apprised of Harrisburg happenings.  If you have a business in the landscape and nursery industry you owe it to yourself to attend and experience the value of a PLNA Meetup.  PLNA works,pass it on.

  

 

July 30, 2015: Ernst Seeds and Fairview Evergreen Nurseries Host Successful PLNA MeetUp 

Ernst Conservation Seeds and Fairview Evergreen Nurseries joined forces to provide landscape and nursery pros with an opportunity for education, camaraderie and tasty picnic fare at Ernst Seeds' headquarters in Meadville on Thursday, July 30th.

 

A group of about 25 began their evening at 5:00 with registration and networking before sitting down to a home-style pulled pork barbecue dinner at 5:30. According to Andy Ernst, vice president of Ernst Seeds, the good food and relaxed setting created a great atmosphere for interaction and networking among the guests:

 

"We were all enjoying the time together so well that it took us a little longer than planned to move on to Ruth's presentation," he said. "But the focus of a MeetUp is to network with our peers, so it was a good problem to have."

 

Ruth Benner of Penn State Cooperative Extension then presented "Pollinator Stewardship for Green Industry Professionals." Much of her discussion focused on the selection and use of pesticides, as well as some key related research findings relative to their effects on pollinators. One piece of information many found particularly interesting was the fact that certain combinations of chemicals found in some pesticide formulations can cause issues not seen when the individual active ingredients are applied independently.

 

Of particular interest to the nursery professionals in attendance was Ruth's update on the boxwood blight in Pennsylvania. She reported, among other things, that some resistant varieties of boxwood can still serve as carriers for the disease. Nurseries who have dealt with the blight previously need to remain diligent in their efforts to continually monitor and implement preventive measures to minimize the risk of further outbreak.

 

At the conclusion of Ruth's presentation, the air had cooled from the heat of the day and the group was able to enjoy a comfortable walking tour of Ernst Seeds' operations. Many were fascinated to learn of the countless unique methods and equipment used to harvest the hundreds of species of grass and wildflower seeds propagated on Ernst's 8,000-plus production acres. They saw grain bins with their unique system utilizing stratified layers of seed product, placed into the bins in the order they will be processed later. They viewed the many seed conditioning methods that help Ernst clean, sort, mix and package the seeds for storage and eventual shipment.

 

"The group was small and intimate, Ruth's presentation was excellent and the weather cooperated perfectly," said Andy afterward. "We appreciate the support of Fairview Evergreen Nurseries in helping us bring this MeetUp together, and for all the folks who took time out of their busy schedules to share in a great evening of learning and networking."

 

The last visitor left the Ernst farm as the sun set on a gorgeous western Pennsylvania summer day.

 

July 23, 2015: PLNA MeetUp at the Harrisburg Senators Baseball Game

PLNA Members get first-pitch! Selected during a random drawing from a list of ticket reservations, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PLNA) members, David Graeff of Dreamers Lawn and Tree Care, LLC and William D. Wells of Water Crest Farms Nursery won a first pitch opportunity at the Harrisburg Senators vs. Bowie Baysocks baseball game on July 23, 2015.  It was a fun and unique opportunity for these members to be on the grounds throwing a first-pitch just prior to the start of the game! Both were presented with a baseball after their pitch.

The July 23rd Harrisburg Senators game was the third MeetUp, this one hosted by the association, of the new PLNA MeetUp program that kicked off in May 2015 with a focus on reconnecting members and industry colleagues.  This particular MeetUp was a social gathering for members to come together to visit, have all-you-can-eat picnic food and watch a little baseball.  In addition to the ballgame, PLNA members got to experience the infamous Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. This unique entertainment is something worth checking out! Click here for a sampling of these characters.

The PLNA MeetUp program is for the industry professional (members and non-members) to socialize and network; some gatherings may include an educational element offering continuing education credits while others like PLNA going to the ballpark are a place to relax and have some fun together. Click here to see PLNA MeetUp Replays which are summaries and photos of past events.

Interested in attending a PLNA MeetUp? Click here to check out the Upcoming MeetUps. If you are interested in helping this program grow and would like to host a PLNA MeetUp, click here to see how you can help. 

 

July 8, 2015: Employee Appreciation for Green Industry Professionals at Erb Brothers Landscaping, Inc. 

The night consisted of a beautiful summer evening at the prestigious Erb Brothers Landscaping home base. Approximately 130 guests enjoyed the great food, good music, friendly competition on equipment, volleyball and cornhole.

 

Our PLNA MeetUp host, Matt Gingerich of Erb Brothers Landscaping, coordinated the perfect team to set up such a fun event. As Matt thanked all the guests and sponsors during the meal, he introduced two of his mentors, Tom Atkins and Ray Boltz, to the crowd. Tom is a PLNA Past Chairman and both Tom and Ray have received the PLNA Hall of Fame award. Matt asked the crowd to shout out if they knew these two gentleman and then said to Tom and Ray, "Take a good look at the group here tonight. This is your legacy!" A memorable moment for the gentlemen and guests.

 

It was an honor to visit with so many PLNA Past Chairmen and Hall of Fame Award recipients such as Tom Atkins, Ray Boltz, Ed Copenhaver, Carl Jacobs and Tom McCloud just to name a few.  This PLNA MeetUp, with the conversations and visits of today, and stories from the past, are now a new memory for so many.

 

Thank you to all that came out, to all that helped coordinate and to the sponsors for their financial support of a great MeetUp!

 

Another PLNA MeetUp that was a true vision of what a trade group looks like and some of what it does. PLNA is working with members to build this PLNA MeetUp program with the intent to help industry colleagues reconnect and reach out to new folks within the industry. To learn more about the program click here. If you have photos that you would like to share from any MeetUp, please forward to mhines@PLNA.com to have them added to the album. 

 

 

May 28, 2015: Water Crest Farms Nursery Tour, Presentation and Barbecue!
Water Crest Farms, the company William H. Wells, owns with brother, David, hosted the first-ever PLNA meet-up. Over 90 people gathered on a hot Thursday evening to hear Dr. Frett of University of Delaware speak, to talk shop and mostly to enjoy some camaraderie. The industry was well represented and included landscape contractors, nursery, retail, golf course, public hort, related chemical suppliers and municipalities from PA, DA, NJ, NY and MD.

The food and beverage were enjoyed by all as networking with industry friends, new and old, was a highlight for so many. Everyone had a great time and wanted to know when the next one would take place. Two local members volunteered to host another PLNA MeetUp event.

 

It was great to see old members and even better to see many new friends there. For some, this may well have been their first exposure to PLNA. A few people said they were too busy to come out and we hope next time they can make it. Water Crest Farms graciously decided to donate the funds collected at the door (approximately $500) to the PLNA PAC.

 

This event was a true vision of what a trade group looks like and some of what it does. PLNA is working with members to build this PLNA MeetUp program with the intent to help industry colleagues reconnect and reach out to new folks within the industry.

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