Pictured above: Gov. Scott Walker (center) with members of WNLA at a ceremony to commemorate its 100th anniversary.
Janesville, WI – Commemorating its 100th anniversary, Gov. Scott Walker issued a State of Wisconsin Gubernatorial Proclamation on Jan. 3, 2018, officially declaring it as Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA) Day in Wisconsin.
Gov. Walker presented the proclamation to WNLA President Ross Swartz during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. Also in attendance were WNLA board members and officers, Executive Director Brian Swingle, Rep. Paul Tittl of Wisconsin’s 25th Assembly District and Rep. Amy Loudenbeck of the 31st Assembly District.
The proclamation recognizes not only the economic impact of WNLA but also acknowledges the environmental and social impact of nursery plants and landscaping, mentioning the benefits of erosion control, noise abatement, water filtration and purification, air quality improvement, oxygen production, energy savings, community beautification and pride, plus the advantage to wildlife and pollinators that a robust landscape provides.
WNLA formed on Dec. 27, 1917, when a small group of growers formalized their alliance, crafted a set of bylaws and created the Wisconsin Nurserymen’s Association. Over the years, its membership and mission grew. It later became the Wisconsin Nursery Association, and then in 2015 the organization expanded to become the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association. Throughout its 100-year history, the association has represented the issues of growers of nursery products, including trees and shrubs, which bring billions of dollars to Wisconsin’s economy.
WNLA serves the green industry and its 225 members, which include growers, landscapers and industry suppliers. WNLA will celebrate its 100th anniversary with events in 2018.