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    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Tilleraas Landscape & Nursery, Great Falls, MT

    The next CPP Exam will be held during FALL TOUR.

    Eligible applicants need to submit a completed application, documentation of nursery employment and the appropriate fees to the MNLA Executive Director by the published deadline. MNLA will notify each applicant of the time and location of the exam. The certification tests are generally given twice a year, in January at the annual Montana Green Expo and in August or September at the MNLA 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 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 Education & Certification web page for details on eligibility and renewal as well as a number of additional forms and how to order your CPP Manual (a highly re commended book for preparing for the exam(s).

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Great Falls, MT

    A great way to see what fellow professionals are doing in the field, literally.  It's a tour-packed day with lots of opportunity to network and learn something new or different.

    Please join us for the Fall Tour!  Following are some of the highlights of the event and the new additions this year!  You won't want to miss this opportunity to rejuvenate, reconnect with fellow MNLA members, and share new ideas.  


    CPP EXAM:  The CPP Exam will begin at 2:00 pm at Tilleraas Landscape and Nursery at 100 32 Street SW in Great Falls, MT.  Registration is due by August 22.  You may register on-line at

    GOLF TOURNAMENT:  Golfers join us at 1:00 pm at Hickory Swing Golf Course located at 1100 American Avenue in Great Falls.  Join us for a fun 9-hole tournament.  no previous golf experience required to participate!

    DINNER:  Forde Nursery - Sept. 7 - Join us at Forde Nursery, 2025 2nd Ave NW in Great Falls at 5pm for dinner to kick off the Fall Tour.  You will enjoy a walking tour of this beautiful nursery, founded in 1980 by Bruce Forde.  Also visit vendor booths and equipment demonstrations set up at the nursery.


    When & Where:  The 2017 Fall Tour will take place in Great Falls on Friday, September 8, 2017. 

    Bus transportation will be available at the Staybridge Suites of Great Falls at 8:00 am.

    Tour Sites will include:

    Tilleraas Landscape & Nursery is a family owned and operated business since 1986. Join us for breakfast and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Tilleraas family as we tour their beautiful garden center.

    Rivers Edge Trail - Many groups began collaboration in 1989 to create the scenic and wild River’s Edge Trail and the result is stunning. The 60 mile trail meanders through a dry landscape along the bluffs above the great Missouri River in the local footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Enjoy public art pieces, view of the five nearby falls of the Missouri and the plant life. We will tour a portion of the trail and enjoy lunch at Giant Springs State Park. 

    Milwaukee Station – One of Great Falls most prestigious landmarks. Beautiful grounds to view and lovely waterfall– bring your cameras for some great photo ops here.

    Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center – Built into a hillside above the mighty Missouri River featuring a native landscape and great views.

    Site Visits – Beautiful landscape projects by local MNLA member companies will be interspersed throughout the day. 

    Book your Hotel now at Staybridge Suites by calling 406.761.4903

    TO REGISTER:  You may register on-line at , by email at  or by calling Jyl Story at 406-755-3079.  Please register by August 30. 

    We look forward to seeing you there!












    • 10 Jan 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn - Missoula, MT

    We hope the following information will help you efficiently prepare for the coming year's 2018 Montana Green Expo in Missoula, Montana.

    View Expo Schedule here

    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


    2-Day Event - Trade Show & Convention January 10-11, 2018
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Tues., Jan 9
    3:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-IN Wed., Jan 10
    7:00 am-12:00 pm

    Exhibitor Meeting
    meet at the Trade Show Hospitality Area

    Wed. Jan 10
    Trade Show Open
    Wed., Jan. 10
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Trade Show Open Thurs.   Jan. 11
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Exhibitors MOVE-OUT Thurs., Jan. 11
    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. You can request up to three choices for booth location. Check the 2018 Expo Booths for available booths. 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. This "signs up" your representatives who will be in the booth during the EXPO. It allows us to provide you with nice pre-print badges. Otherwise, you are hand printing badges at the show.

    This FREE Convention registration is part of your booth fee. It pre-registers the person from your company who will attend the Convention and also includes all meals, i.e. Luncheons, Banquet, and Breakfast of Champions for that person. They must have a Convention badge to attend the seminars and keynote speeches. 

    Your pre-registration also gives us a better count for ordering food for luncheons, etc. Click Exhibitor Pre-registration form to complete. 

    Book your rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn. Book your rooms early by calling 1-406-532-5300.

    Exhibitor MOVE-IN- starts Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.
    All exhibitors must be moved in by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 10th.

    2018 EXPO Convention Services. We will again be working with K&J Convention Services. They will be able to provide order additional furnishings, carpeting, booth setup assistance, drayage, and other booth accessories. More detail will be available from K&J 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.

    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.

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