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Upcoming events

    • January 04, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • January 06, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings, MT

    The 2022 MT Green Expo will be held in Billings, MT, January 4th-6th, 2022 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

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

    You can also click here to download a printable ATTENDEE REGISTRATION FORM, or here for an EXPO SCHEDULE.

    The Expo Brochure, with detailed descriptions of this year's seminars and workshops, will be linked here when it's available (mid-November).

    There will be three Full-day Workshops held on Tuesday, January 4th. 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
    3. Segmental Retaining Walls Workshop - offered in conjunction with Belgard/Old Castle. MNLA Members receive a 10% discount on this NCMA SRW Certification Course.

    You can download a printable WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM by selecting the workshop from the list above. All Workshops will be held Tuesday, January 4th, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

    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 Billings Hotel and Convention Center on January 7- 8th, 2022. A separate registration is required. All MNLA Members will receive a 10% discount, using code: MNLAMEMBER. Register for the course by following this link.

    The MT Green Expo Convention, held at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 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.

    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 15th and $ave!
    If you are attending the Conference portion of the Expo, register before the Early Bird deadline of December 15th 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 and Breakfast of Champions, and free entrance to the Trade show on January 5th and 6th.

    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 and Breakfast of Champions, but a separate registration is required for those.

    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.

    The popular Breakfast of Champions will be held Thursday morning. There is no separate ticket fee for the breakfast; it is included with all full convention registrations. A separate registration is required only if you sign up for a one-day convention ticket. Contact us to register. 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.

    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 Billings Hotel and Convention Center on January 7- 8th, 2022. A separate registration is required. All MNLA Members will receive a 10% discount, using code: MNLAMEMBER. Register for the course by following this link:

    Hotel Reservations. We have a room block set up at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center for Expo attendees. The group discount does expire, so reserve your room early. To receive the discounted rate, reserve before December 13th, 2021. To book online, visit the Billings Hotel and Convention Center's website: and use the group discount code MTNL22. Room reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly, toll free at: 800-537-7286, or locally at: 406-248-7151. 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 to the MT Green Expo sponsors!


    Western States CAT

    Bron & Sons Nursery

    Questions? Contact us: or call 406-755-3079.

    • January 04, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • January 06, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings, MT

    We hope the following information will help you efficiently prepare for the coming year's 2022 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 Remember, Members enjoy reduced registration fees. Log-in to view your Members-Only pricing.


    2-Day Event - Trade Show & Convention January 4-6, 2022
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Tues., Jan 4
    3:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Wed., Jan 5
    7:00 am-12:00 pm

    Exhibitor Meeting
    meet at the Trade Show Hospitality Area

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

    Book your booth space now. Click the registration button to the left to register your booth for the Expo. Remember, Members enjoy reduced prices; log in to view Members-Only Pricing. You can request up to three choices for booth location. Check the 2022 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 check to see who has signed up so far (Exhibitor List). 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.

    Register your people for the booth by clicking on the "Register" button to the left, and selecting the "Name Badge, Special Event Registration" option. This "signs 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. If you prefer, you can complete the Exhibitor Badge Registration Form instead. This allows us to provide your representatives with nice 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, complete the Convention Registration Form. If your representatives plan to attend additional meals and/or special events like the Awards Banquet or Breakfast of Champions, they will need to register for those events. Complete the Exhibitor Badge Registration Form or select the "Name Badge, Special Event Registration" option to the left and indicate which events they will be attending, and the names of each representatives.

    Book your rooms at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Book your rooms early by calling (406) 248-7151 or on their website at

    Exhibitor MOVE-IN- starts Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.
    All exhibitors must be moved in by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 5th.

    2022 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. Download the sponsorship 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. It's like FREE advertising.
    • January 06, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings, MT 59101
    • 16

    Prove your plant knowledge!

    The next Certified Plant Professional (CPP) Exam will take place on Thursday, January 6th, 2022 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (during the MT Green Expo convention), at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, in Billings, 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, 2021. 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 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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