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Call for Articles

This is a call for articles or events happening with your company.  Any news or press releases pertaining to your organization or if you are holding an event at your location that you would like others to hear about, pass them along to us and we will add them into our newsletters!  Send any content to Jeanine.  [email protected]


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Welcome our New Officers and Elected Director!

President - Liesl Thomas - W.&E. Radtke, Inc.

Vice President - Seth Nicholson - Bruce Company of Wisconsin, Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer - Jonathan Stickels - Mariani Plants

Director - Dave Kmetz - Reesman Service Corporation


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Upcoming Events

WNLA 2019 Christmas Party

North Hills Country Club
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

iLandscape: January 29-31, 2020

Garden & Landscape Expo: February 7-9, 2020 in Madison, WI

Spring Start Up
March 10th-11th

Chula Vista Resort Wisconsin Dells, WI


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WNLA 2019 Christmas Party



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Garden & Landscape Expo Exhibit Booth Registration Open!

2020 Garden & Landscape Expo Exibit Booth Registration!

Please complete and return the attached Garden Expo exhibitor registration form, which is a contractual agreement with Wisconsin Public Television for the 2020 Garden & Landscape Expo needed to finalize your registration. On this form, please indicate the number of exhibitor, parking and guest passes you will need. WPT will continue to provide each exhibitor with one free parking pass. If you are a new exhibitor you must complete a new exhibitor joury application click here .

email your registration form to [email protected]
WNLA will send an invoice statement for payment separatley.  

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, raffle prize donations, or be a volunteer 
Visit the website 


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iLandscape 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Make connections with attendees at iLandscape 2020!

iLandscape Show Sponsors Have attendees connect with your company brand at iLandscape 2020! An iLandscape Show sponsorship will position your company as an industry leader. This year, iLandscape exhibits will once again be in the main convention hall (Discovery Hall) and the ballroom (Innovation Hall). Become an iLandscape Show Sponsor to make sure your company is seen all throughout the show!

Sponsorships Available:
Education Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Show Guide Bins Sponsor
Food Voucher Sponsor
Exhibitor Keg Parties
Charging Stating Sponsor
Beverage Cups Sponsor
Front and Center Sponsor
Supporting Sponsor
Mobile App Banner Ad Sponsor
Mobile App Push Notification Sponsor

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iLandscape 2020

Registration for iLandscape 2020 is now open!

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Don’t miss the 7th annual iLandscape Show,
January 29th-31st!

Join us for 3 days and 2 nights of
industry fun and excitement. 

Attending the iLandscape Show will help you make new connections, gain new knowledge, learn new ideas, see new products, and more! The show will feature over 275 exhibitors, the hottest products, amazing educational speakers, ILCA’s Excellence in Landscape Awards Night, entertainment, prizes, a Career Fair, and much more.

Thanks to Our
Premier Sponsor!

iLandscape 2020 Pricing

Early: $25 
Late: $40
Includes access to all three days of the tradeshow, Wednesday night party and concert, Thursday night fun – Bingo, Beer, and Buddies, and Spanish-language education sessions.
Education Pass:
Early: $99 ILCA/WNLA Member/$149 Non-Member 
Late: $129 ILCA/WNLA Member/$199 Non-Member
Includes full access to the tradeshow plus access to ALL education sessions.
Irrigation Workshops:
$100 Member/$150 Non-Member
Includes access to all three days of the tradeshow, Wednesday night party and concert, Thursday night fun – Bingo, Beer, and Buddies, and Spanish-language education sessions.

Entrance to the Awards Banquet is a separate ticketed event from the tradeshow and education experience. 
Exhibitor Registration:
Exhibitors will receive a separate email with their registration login information.

Early Rates: on or before 1/6/20
Late Rates: after 1/6/20

Please click here to register for the event!


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Spring Start Up Save The Date


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Ron Amos Honored with IPPS Eastern Region Award of Merit

Recognition Committee Chair Brian Maynard, left, presents the award plaque to Ron Amos

Ron Amos, President of Evergreen Nursery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin was recently presented with the prestigious Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society.  The Award of Merit of the IPPS - Eastern Region is the highest honor that the Region can bestow upon a member.

One member from the Eastern Region is selected each year for significant contributions to the field of plant propagation or production. This can be in the form of scientific discovery or application of facts to the production of plants; development of new practices or techniques; services rendered to the science and practice of plant production; and/or extraordinary service to the Society. Amos is recognized this year for his contribution to all these areas.

An IPPS member since 1984, Amos’s service to the Region has been extraordinary.  He has served on no less than 10 different Eastern Region committees and was President of the Eastern Region in 2014. He received the Fellow Award in 2006. He currently is serving on the IPPS Eastern Region Foundation Board and was on the Local Site Committee for the Madison conference where the award was presented on October 17, 2019.

Ron developed his interest in plants at a young age. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he worked for Old’s Garden Centers (now Jung Garden Centers) during high school and college. He went on to receive his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His Master’s research, on the tissue culture of birches, was conducted under the direction of Professor Brent McCown.

After receiving his graduate degree in 1982, Ron joined the staff of Evergreen Nursery Company in Sturgeon Bay as a plant propagator, rising to Vice President in 1995, and eventually taking the reins as President in 2001 when 4th generation owner, Tom Pinney, Jr. retired. Evergreen Nursery Company is now over 150 years old and specializes in evergreens, shrubs, birch, and fruit liners, producing over three million liners a year on 446 acres – making it the largest wholesale nursery in the state of Wisconsin. Recently Evergreen has started propagating cranberries, and in 2014 produced over 2 million cranberry liners.

Tom Pinney complimented our honoree in Nursery Management magazine by saying “(He) is such a good grower and propagator that it really doesn’t matter whether he is growing birch, evergreens, or cranberries.” Our honoree is also an expert in overwintering liners in Wisconsin’s harsh climate and managing mycorrhiza in his nursery’s soils. And when he’s not busy running Wisconsin's largest wholesale nursery, he enjoys juggling, photography and bicycling.

The International Plant Propagators’ Society is a non-profit organization of over 1600 members organized into eight separate regions around the world.  The membership is made up of those with a professional interest in plant propagation and production from businesses, colleges and universities, botanic gardens and arboreta.  The motto of this non-commercial organization is “To Seek and To Share” knowledge and experience in plant propagation and production.


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Hemp License Applications, Registration Open for 2020 Season

MADISON – Hemp licensing applications and registrations are available for the 2020 Wisconsin growing season starting Nov. 1, 2019. The deadline for current licensees to renew their registration is March 1, 2020. New licensees can apply at any time during the year.

Wisconsin’s research pilot program requires that anyone who wants to grow or process hemp obtain a license from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and register their intent to grow or process in the coming season. Hemp can contain no more than 0.3 percent total THC, the psychoactive ingredient present in marijuana.

People who received licenses in 2018 or 2019 will not need a new license, but will need to register if they plan to grow or process in 2020. Anyone who does not already have a license will need to apply for a license and register if they intend to grow or process in 2020. They can do both online, or download printable forms, at DATCP will not issue licenses until the application is complete and payment is received. Current licensees must also have paid all sampling fees from the 2019 growing season and submitted their 2019 final production report before their 2020 license will be issued.

“This year we had 1,247 growers and 556 processors who were licensed and registered to be active in 2019,” said Brian Kuhn. Director of DATCP’s Plant Industry Bureau. “Ultimately, about 850 growers reported actually planting a crop, totaling approximately 5,000 acres.”

Kuhn said similar to 2018, the first year for the program, growers in 2019 were plagued by persistent cold and rainy weather during planting season, which likely kept some from getting their crops in. Nevertheless, said Kuhn, DATCP collected about 2,200 hemp samples and certified approximately 1,911 fit for commerce certificates, meaning they met the low-THC requirement.

State law requires that growers and processors pass a background check with no state or federal drug convictions. Growers pay a one-time licensing fee of $150 to $1,000, depending on how many acres they intend to plant. Processors also need a one-time license, at no cost. The annual registration fee is $350 for growers and $100 for processors. Fees cover a portion of the cost of administering the program.

Growers must also develop a research plan, sign a research agreement, meet other reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and pay to have their crops sampled for THC levels. Hemp varieties that test higher than 0.3% total THC are considered illegal by state and federal law enforcement and will be required to be destroyed by DATCP.

The USDA released its Interim Final Rule for the US Domestic hemp program on October 29. DATCP is reviewing that information to evaluate its potential impact on our hemp growers. During the 2020 growing season, DATCP will continue implementing the existing hemp pilot research program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.


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Sign Up Opens for 2020 Landscape Pesticide Registry

Contact: Grace Colás, Communications Director (608) 224-5020, [email protected]

MADISON – The Landscape Pesticide Registry is now available to sign up for the 2020 growing season and will remain open until Feb. 1. The registry allows users to request that commercial lawn care companies notify you before they apply pesticides to lawns, trees and shrubs on the block where you live, or on blocks immediately adjacent to yours. Participants have to list any/all addresses for which they want notification. Participation in the registry is free. Returning participants can log onto their existing MyDATCP account to renew their registration. You can confirm that you want to continue to receive notice for the same properties as last year, or you can add and delete properties. New users will need to set up an account and enter all the addresses for which you want notification. You can register online until Feb. 1 at Paper applications are also available at Applicants using the paper application must relist all desired addresses each year they register; addresses do not carry over from year to year. You cannot add properties after the open enrollment ends on Feb. 1. If you are already an active user of the registry, you should have received an email or a letter from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminding you to renew your participation, with instructions. You may continue adding addresses until Feb. 1, when the registry will be closed to the public so department staff can review it for ineligible addresses. It will take effect March 15, when pesticide applicators will be able to search it to find out if any of their clients' addresses are listed. The registry applies only to commercial landscape applications. Homeowners or landlords who do their own applications are not covered by the notification requirements, nor are applications to the inside or outside of buildings. The registry does not allow for notification of pesticide use in agriculture, or for you to be notified about applications around your workplace or your children's school or day care center.


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WNLA Committees

If you are interested in joining a WNLA Committee please email [email protected] , for details.


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Need a Point Of Sale System? Look at what this WNLA Member Discount provider is offering….

Cornerstone Processing Solutions Inc. is proud of it's long time relationship with the WNLA. Not only does Cornerstone offer WNLA member’s significant discounts on credit card processing fees, but they also offer Point of Sale (POS) System Solutions. You can add a POS system to your business for as little as $29 a month (for only 36 months, and then you own it). This includes all the hardware, software, lifetime equipment warranty, and even free receipt paper!

Also, remember that a portion of Cornerstone's profit goes back to the WNLA! It's a great way to save money on your processing fees, while also supporting the association that supports your business!

Call 1-888-878-2615 or email [email protected] for more information or to schedule a POS system demo. 



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WNLA Annual Sponsorship Opportunity


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Christopher Ruditys, Executive Director

11801 W. Silver Spring Dr.
Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI  53225
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 414.488.1691
FAX: 888.776.1877 

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