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    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT
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    Come golf with the billings chapter!

    The 7th Annual MNLA Billings Chapter Golf Scramble is being held at Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, MT on August 13th. 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 cash prize for the winning team, and a Hole-in-One prize for those skilled (or lucky) enough to sink that hole-in-one. 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? Fill this form out: 2020 Billings Golf Registration.pdf

    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Village Greens Golf Course, Kalispell, MT
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    Come golf before fall tour!

    The Fall Tour Hackers & Pruners Golf Scramble will be held at the beautiful Village Greens Golf Course in Kalispell, MT. This 4-Person, 9-hole Golf Scramble promises to be a great time! Start time: 1:00 pm, on Thursday, September 10th.

    This annual event draws members from all over the state, and is turning into a tradition that Fall Tour attendees look forward to every year.

    • Do you need to be a member to participate? No!
    • Do you need to attend Fall Tour to golf? No! (Though we don't know why you wouldn't want to).

    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! Entry fee includes greens fee, golf cart, and some awesome prizes.

    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? Fill this form out: 2020 Fall Tour Golf Registration.pdf

    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Glacier Nursery, 4343 Montana Hwy 35, Kalispell, MT
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    The next CPP Exam will be held during FALL TOUR.

    Eligible applicants need to submit a completed application, documentation of nursery employment and the appropriate fees to the MNLA Executive Director by the published deadline. MNLA will notify each applicant of the time and location of the exam. The certification tests are generally given twice a year, in January at the annual Montana Green Expo and in August or September at the MNLA 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 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 Education & Certification web page for details on eligibility and renewal as well as a number of additional forms and how to order your CPP Manual (a highly re commended book for preparing for the exam(s).

    • 11 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Kalispell, MT
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    Please join us for the Fall Tour! This year's tour is headed to the Flathead Valley September 10-11, 2020.

    The two-day event starts on Thursday, September 10th with a CPP Exam, Hackers & Pruners 9-Hole Golf Scramble, and Kick-Off Dinner. Site tours around the Kalispell area will be on Friday, September 11th. Join us for one, or both, days.

    It's a great way to see what fellow professionals are doing in the field, literally. It's a fun two days with lots of opportunity to rejuvenate, reconnect with fellow MNLA members, and share new ideas.

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:

    CERTIFIED PLANT PROFESSIONAL EXAM:  The CPP Exam will begin at 1:00 pm at Glacier Nursery, 4343 Montana Hwy 35, in Kalispell. Applications for the test and order forms for the manual are available on the MNLA website at www.plantingmontana.com 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 the tour, you will need to complete separate registration forms for each. Registration must be received by August 31st.

    HACKERS & PRUNERS GOLF TOURNAMENT:  Golfers join us at 1:00 pm at Village Greens Golf Course, 500 Palmer Dr, in Kalispell for a fun 9-hole golf scramble.  The golf scramble is always a great time, and no previous golf experience is needed! The golf scramble requires a separate registration form - request yours by emailing ed@plantingmontana.com  or by calling the office at 406-755-3079.  Please register by August 31st. 

    KICK-OFF DINNER: Columbia Nursery will be hosting dinner for Tour attendees on Thursday night, September 10th, and  is included with your Tour Day registration. This is a great time to see familiar faces and connect before the hustle and bustle of tour day. Meet at the Nursery, located at 2544 9th St W, in Columbia Falls at 5:00 pm, where we will enjoy a walking tour of their beautiful facility. Columbia Nursery has been serving the Flathead Valley for over 20 years, locally grows most of their product, and have expanded to 11 greenhouses that are filled with a rainbow of color. Kick-off dinner is always a great time – we look forward to seeing you there!


    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: Tour Day

    WHEN & WHERE:  The 2020 Fall Tour will take place in Kalispell on Friday, September 11, 2020. Bus transportation will be available at the Country Inn & Suites Glacier Lodge. Follow the tour bus in your own vehicle, or ride along with us for some fun games and time with friends. Bus leaves the hotel at 7:45 am on Friday, September 11th.

    HOTEL: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Glacier Lodge at 4150 U.S. Hwy 2 E (near the airport), will be hosting MNLA Fall Tour guests. Call 406.751.9000 and ask for the MNLA Fall Tour room block to reserve your room, or follow this link: MNLA Fall Tour Booking Link  Must register by August 9th to receive reduced rate.


    TOUR SITES WILL INCLUDE:

    Plant Land. In the middle of the 1980’s Bob Balding was turning his hobby of growing gladiolas into a career for him and his family. Plant Land was started on some family land in Evergreen just below Kalispell underpass. When Plant Land began they were growing 500 geraniums; today they produce over 10,000 in a myriad of colors. Bob and his family have grown Plant Land into one of the leading nurseries in Kalispell with 11 green houses and a 3,000 square foot gift shop.

    Kalispell’s hidden gem of awesomeness, Bibler Home & Gardens, is situated on a hillside west of the city overlooking the Flathead Valley and the Swan Mountains to the east, with views of several peaks in Glacier National Park. The main portion of the garden consists of four acres of beautifully landscaped beds and water features. The gardens are intensively planted to achieve a stunning floral display in both spring and summer.  Australian black swans, Argentinean black-necked swans, and native Tundra swans roam the ponds. This tour stop is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

    Desi and Brad Brown started Glacier Nursery in 1983 on twenty acres of prime Creston topsoil and have since grown it to the operation it is today.  From the very beginning, the nursery was known for its Montana Grown plants and its personal service as a family business. That tradition continues today with a number of dedicated, knowledgeable, hardworking folks who assist them each and every day in supplying Montana and its surrounding states with hardy, premium grade plant material. They offer approximately 1,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, fruits, roses, perennials, vines and evergreens. Join us for lunch and a guided tour of their wholesale nursery.

    M&M Landscaping & Design has been creating masterpieces in the Flathead Valley for nearly 20 years. Eric Gardner and Michael Heuscher completed the award-winning Wakewood project in 2019. Located in Many Lakes, the property is nestled in a wooded area between Kalispell and Bigfork, with a stunning view of nearby mountains. The site was designed to complement the grand scale of the home, with ample patio space, terraced natural stone retaining walls, and a pondless water feature that runs underneath a section of the home. This breathtaking landscape was honored with multiple awards in the Flathead Building Association’s 2019 Parade of Homes. Come join us as we tour this spectacular site.

    Founded in 1999, Four Seasons Nursery is proud to be a family owned business. Since 1983, they have been involved in the landscape and nursery industry.  Four Seasons Nursery is located seven miles east of Kalispell, Montana. They are situated on 100 acres of rich, Creston silt loam soil. This fertile soil supports excellent root development and helps to create a superior root-ball. Tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at their impressive operation.

    Biggy’s Landscape Servicewas founded in 2005 by Adam and Holly Bigelow. Since 2005, Biggy’s has grown into a full-service landscape construction and maintenance company employing more than twenty-five people annually.  The Biggy’s team consists of professional gardeners, irrigation technicians, landscape designers, accomplished equipment operators and landscape installers. We will be touring their design-build project at The Country Inn and Suites that was completed in 2018. Holly worked directly with the owner/builder, Greg Bain, on the landscape design. This landscape design includes bright, season long color, which was the main priority during the development of the design. The landscape areas include several components that are considered semi-formal, but with the feel and look of a lush home garden. The water feature was an important element as well, designed to eliminate noise pollution from the highway and airport while vacationers relax on the patio and upper deck.


    HOW TO REGISTER for Fall Tour:  You may register on-line at www.plantingmontana.com , by email at ed@plantingmontana.com  or by calling the office at 406-755-3079.  Please register by August 31st.  A full refund will be provided if the MNLA cancels Fall Tour due to COVID-19 restrictions.

     

    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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