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The MNLA Foundation focuses on three areas

Research Information

You need knowledge to improve your business and operations – and in turn increase your profitability as part of our industry’s aim to improve the outdoor living environment. The MNLA Foundation promises to deliver to you the research-based information and insights you need for your environmental horticulture and landscape business. Our Research Information Director will compile, distill and disseminate easy-to-read information on topics such as:
  • New plant materials and plant hardiness trials.
  • Sustainable landscape design, tree care and lawn maintenance practices.
  • Marketing and consumer preferences.
  • Plant insect/disease/weed control.
  • Water management.
  • Nursery and greenhouse production.

Find out more and read Research for the Real World articles on our website.

All proceeds from the Widmer Golf Tournament benefit the Research Fund.

Career Development

Our industry, your business and even the environment are facing a crisis because so few young people are choosing green industry careers. The MNLA Foundation promises to deliver tools and promotion to enhance the image of nursery, greenhouse, landscape, irrigation, and tree care professions. The Foundation’s Career Development Program will:
  • Provide educational materials for students at various grade levels and help members establish relationships with schools.
  • Inform teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and students about the legitimate career paths available in the green industry.
  • Promote horticulture and landscape programs at area colleges.

See more about the MNLA Foundation's Career Development projects on our School Outreach page.

All proceeds from the Garden Party benefit the Career Development Fund.


The MNLA Foundation Academic Awards Scholarship Program will reward outstanding college students who have made horticulture or landscaping their career choice and, furthermore, enhance industry relationships with these students. 

Learn more about the 2017-18 MNLA Foundation Scholarship.

All proceeds from the MNLA Shootout benefit the Scholarship Fund.




Each year the MNLA Foundation hosts a live Silent Auction event at Northern Green.  Consider donating an item, service or product to enable the Foundation to provide important activities that will generate the next generation of workers in the green industries.  You can donate items anytime in the year, easily online.  




Dean Engelmann

Tangletown Gardens

Dennis Ullom

Instant Green Tree Planting, Inc.

Mark Bailey

Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

Seth Midura

Natural Creations


Dave Kleinhuizen

Margolis Company 


John O'Reilly

Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscape


Ivan Izzo

BFG Supply Company

Chuck Klinefelter

Lan-De-Con, Inc.


David Zlesak

University of Wisconsin-River Falls


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Curling/Networking Event at Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine

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