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The Montana Nursery & Landscape Association recognizes MNLA members for outstanding work in their professions and in the association. The awards programs help to promote and increase the professionalism of our members.

Each year, the MNLA Awards Committee nominates members for the following awards:

Member of the Year

The Board of Directors selects members to become Life Members once such a member has distinguished themselves to the industry and to the association:
Life Member Award
Judges are selected by the Awards Committee to judge entries in:
Container Planting Contest Award
(click here for entry details)
Best of Montana Landscapes
(click here for entry details)

The following awards are voted on at the EXPO by attendees and exhibitors:

Best of Show, Green Goods, & Hard Goods

The 2016 award winners were announced at the
Montana Green Expo Awards Banquet.

Holly Wadsworth, Past President Recognition

An award of appreciation for her service was presented to Holly Wadsworth, Past President of the MNLA Board of Directors.  During Holly's tenure on the Board she served as Secretary for several years and then stepped up to the role of President.  She was instrumental in the development of the MNLA website and has been a strong voice for the Certified Plant Professional program.   The Association is very grateful for her hard work and her friendship.


Member of the Year - Steve Marks and Eric Obrigewitch, Marks Lumber Co.

For Roger's support of the association, leadership in regional events, professionalism in his business, and his commitment to helping the association provide programs to its members.


Container Planting Award - sponsored by High Country Growers, Helena, MT

Judges are looking for:
Species & Variety use

Form of Container
Overall Design
Color & Visual Texture
and Overall Appeal


and The WINNER is, Gainan's Heights Flowers and Garden Center

Ed was awarded a beautiful pot donated by
Plant Land Garden Center, Kalispell, MT.
Ed, ready to go for four in a row??



One of the favorite categories in the EXPO contests is the
Best of Montana Landscapes

Contest categories were: Residential, Landscape Maintenance, Commercial & Public space, and
Restoration, Reclamation, Erosion Control.

Awards and certificates of participation are given to the winners.


1st Place

Beth MacFawn Design Landscapes

2nd Place

Good Earth Works


3rd Place

Grant Landscaping




1st Place

Blanchford Landscape Contractors, Inc.


2nd Place

Good Earth Works


3rd Place

Nature's Enhancement

And our last category of awards for this year's EXPO was for our Exhibitors.

There were three categories: Best in Show, Best in Green Goods, and
Best in Hard Goods.

Judging was done by all attendees and exhibitors voting for their favorites.

And this year's winners are:

Best in Show

Lucia Christie
Skagit Gardens
Mt. Vernon, WA

Best in Green Goods

Walla Walla Nursery Co
        Walla Walla, WA

Best in Hard Goods

Valley Landscape Supply
        Corvallis, MT

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