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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

    • January 03, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • January 05, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT

    The 2023 MT Green Expo will be held in Missoula, MT, January 3rd-5th, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn.


    To view Members-Only Discounted Registration prices, please Log In, using the email address associated with your MNLA membership. 

    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 Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, from 7:00 - 10:00 am on Jan. 3rd, 4th, or 5th.

    You can also click here to download a printable ATTENDEE REGISTRATION FORM, or here (will be linked when available) for an EXPO SCHEDULE.

    View the Expo Brochure (will be linked when available) to see detailed descriptions of this year's seminars and workshops.

    There will be two Full-day Workshops held on Tuesday, January 3rd. A separate registration is required for each of the workshops. This year, we are happy to announce we will be offering the following workshops:

    1. Plant Health Care Clinic - sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis
    2. Irrigation Workshop - sponsored by Rain Bird and Hunter Industries

    You can download a printable WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM by selecting the workshop from the list above (will be linked when available). All Workshops will be held Tuesday, January 3rd, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

    Following the MT Green Expo, an Interlocking Concrete Pavements Installation (ICPI) Certification Course will be offered. Old Castle/Belgard will host the 2-day Course, to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on January 6-7, 2023. A separate registration is required. All MNLA Members will receive a discount. Register for the course by following this link (will be linked when available).

    The MT Green Expo Convention, held at the Hilton Garden Inn, is where attendees come to hear over 19 hours of educational seminars from nationally known experts, including an excellent keynote presentation. Speakers in four tracks will address a variety of topics covering growing issues, plant varieties, new materials, green methods, landscaping, pest management, business planning and management, financial issues, fundamentals, and marketing. Several seminars will be eligible for earning MDA and ISA credits. The full speaker lineup can be viewed on our Schedule-At-A-Glance (will be linked when available).

    Earn ISA CEU Credits and MDA Credits at the EXPO. Check back here soon for the Expo Program, showing which seminars have been approved for credits.

    Register before December 1st and $ave!
    If you are attending the Conference portion of the Expo, register before the Early Bird deadline of December 1st and you save substantially. Attendees may attend the Trade Show Exhibits free of charge and the seminars do not overlap with the Trade Show so you can attend both!

    Full registration is for Two Days and includes the keynote presentation, seminars, all meals, breaks, entrance to the Awards Banquet, Lunch & Learn, Annual Meeting Luncheon, and free entrance to the Trade show on January 4th and 5th.

    1-Day registrations are available and include all seminar presentations plus lunch and breaks for that day. Trade show admission is also included. You are welcome to attend the Awards Banquet, but a separate registration is required.


    The Annual Banquet and Awards Show will be on Wednesday evening, and is the place where old friends reunite and new friendships bloom. 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 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, for a fun mix and mingle network 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 what their plans for the future of the Association are, and to ask any of your own 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.

    The Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will be offered on Thursday. 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.

    The Trade Show portion of the MT Green Expo will be open on Wednesday and Thursday, and is where the horticultural industry comes to see what’s new for the upcoming year. Landscape designers, landscape contractors, greenhouses & nurseries, growers, arborists, landscape and grounds managers, irrigation specialists, gift shops, government agencies, educators, and companies who provide equipment and services to the horticultural industry are all part of this exciting show.

    Following the MT Green Expo, an ICPI Paver Installation Course will be offered. Old Castle/Belgard will host the 2-day Course, to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on January 6 -7th, 2023. A separate registration is required. All MNLA Members will receive a discount.. Register for the course will be linked when available.

    Hotel Reservations. We have a room block set up at the Hilton Garden Inn for Expo attendees. The group discount does expire, so reserve your room early. To receive the discounted rate, reserve before December 25th, 2022. To book online, visit the Hilton Garden Inn's website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/msogigi-hilton-garden-inn-missoula/ and use the group discount code (will be provided shortly). Room reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly: 406-532-5300. Ask for the MT Nursery and Landscape Association group rate when booking over-the-phone.

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


    Thank You Montana Green Expo Sponsors

              


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

    • January 03, 2023
    • 3:30 PM
    • January 05, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT
    Register

    We hope the following information will help you efficiently prepare for the coming year's 2023 Montana Green Expo in Missoula, 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 expo@plantingmontana.com.


    SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

    Montana Green Expo - Trade Show & Convention January 3-5, 2023
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Tues., Jan 3
    afternoon
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Wed., Jan 4
     morning

    Exhibitor Meeting
    meet at the Trade Show Hospitality Area

    Wed. Jan 4
    afternoon
    Trade Show Open
           
    Wed., Jan. 4
     afternoon
    Trade Show Open Thurs.   Jan. 5
     morning
    Exhibitors MOVE-OUT Thurs., Jan. 5
    afternoon
    REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    Booth Reservations:  You can request up to three choices for booth location. Check the 2023 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: 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 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: expo@plantingmontana.com.

    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 Green Expo rate. Rates expire December 25, 2022.

    Trade Show Move-In: Exhibitor MOVE-IN- starts the morning of Tuesday, January 3, 2023. More details about move-in will be provided to all exhibitors in the month leading up to EXPO.
    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.

    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.
    • January 05, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT
    • 20
    Register

    Prove your plant knowledge!

    The next Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will take place on Thursday, January 5th, 2023 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (during the MT Green Expo convention), at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., 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 December 15th, 2022. Download the application form here. If you are a current MNLA member, or work for an MNLA member, you are eligible to register at the discounted members-only rate.

    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 is 50 plant specimens, 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 of 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 are available as either a hard-copy version or PDF format, and can be ordered by submitting an order form to the MNLA office before December 15th.

    Good luck!


Past events

September 22, 2022 Billings Chapter Field Day 2022
September 15, 2022 Fall Tour 2022
September 15, 2022 Cornhole Tournament at Fall Tour 2022
September 15, 2022 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2022
August 11, 2022 Billings Chapter 9th Annual Golf Scramble
July 19, 2022 Billings Chapter Family Fun Baseball Night 2022
January 06, 2022 CPP Exam at MT Green Expo 2022
January 04, 2022 MT Green EXPO 2022 - EXHIBITORS
January 04, 2022 MT Green EXPO 2022 - Attendees
September 09, 2021 Billings Chapter Field Day 2021
September 09, 2021 Fall Tour 2021
September 09, 2021 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2021
August 12, 2021 Billings Chapter 8th Annual Golf Scramble
July 26, 2021 Billings Chapter Family Fun Baseball Night 2021
January 05, 2021 2021 MT Green EXPO - CANCELLED
September 24, 2020 Billings Chapter Field Day
September 11, 2020 Fall Tour 2020
September 10, 2020 2020 Fall Tour Hackers & Pruners Golf Scramble
September 10, 2020 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2020
August 13, 2020 MNLA Billings Chapter 7th Annual Golf Scramble
January 08, 2020 EXHIBITORS - 2020 MT Green EXPO
January 08, 2020 ATTENDEES - 2020 MT Green EXPO
September 12, 2019 Fall Tour 2019
January 09, 2019 EXHIBITORS - 2019 MT Green EXPO
January 09, 2019 ATTENDEES - 2019 MT Green EXPO
January 10, 2018 EXHIBITORS - 2018 MT Green EXPO
January 10, 2018 ATTENDEES - 2018 MT Green EXPO
September 06, 2017 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2017
January 04, 2017 EXHIBITORS - 2017 MT Green EXPO
January 03, 2017 ATTENDEES - 2017 MT Green EXPO
September 16, 2016 Fall Tour 2016
January 06, 2016 ATTENDEES - 2016 MT Green EXPO
January 06, 2016 EXHIBITORS - 2016 MT Green EXPO
September 18, 2015 Fall Tour 2015
September 17, 2015 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2015
August 06, 2015 MNLA Billings Chapter 2nd Annual Golf Scramble and Membership Drive
January 08, 2015 CPP Exam 2015
January 07, 2015 ATTENDEES - 2015 MT Green EXPO
January 07, 2015 2015 MT Green Expo Brochure
August 08, 2014 Fall Tour 2014
August 07, 2014 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR 2014
April 08, 2014 2014 Montana Storm Water Conference
April 08, 2014 Plant to Plate
January 09, 2014 CPP Exam 2014
January 08, 2014 EXHIBITORS - 2014 MT Green EXPO
January 08, 2014 ATTENDEES - 2014 MT Green EXPO
September 19, 2013 Northern Rockies Tree School
September 10, 2013 Zone 4 Live! Garden Inspirations for the Rocky Mountains
September 06, 2013 Fall Tour 2013
September 05, 2013 CPP Exam at FALL TOUR
April 06, 2013 Communities and Wildfire Workshops
March 19, 2013 One Day Workshop on Managing Pests in Urban Landscapes
January 09, 2013 ATTENDEES - 2013 MT Green EXPO
September 07, 2012 Fall Tour 2012
January 04, 2012 Montana Green Expo 2012
August 15, 2011 Media Event Registration
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