The Maine Landscape and Nursery Association
Maine Landscape and Nursery Association

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The Maine Landscape & Nursery Association (MELNA) is a non-profit, professional trade association with members in all aspects of the green industry, including landscape designers and contractors, nurseries, garden centers, maintenance experts, turf growers, educators, researchers, and other horticultural industry professionals. This site is the result of MELNA's commitment toward promoting, educating and representing its members, as well as to inform and educate the people of this great state.

MELNA’s and MAA’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show’s date and place will feel the same….January 20, 2016, the Augusta Civic Center.
But it now has a new name.  The Inaugural Grow Maine Green Expo will feature an even larger trade show where vendors and buyers can meet face to face to grow relationships; a keynote address; seminars for pesticide and MELNA certification credits; information on how you can best tie into MELNA’s new $60,000 marketing program; the annual awards luncheon; MELNA’s annual business meeting.  There is so much happening in the industry right now – come and learn from each other.
Networking has always been one of the greatest benefits of our Annual Meeting & Trade Show.  Now we have expanded that network to include the Maine Arborist Association, allowing you to gain greater knowledge and more business contacts while generating more income for both associations.
The keynote address, “The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes” will be given by Rick Darke.  Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on landscape ethics, photography, and contextual design. Darke’s work blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and management of living landscapes. Projects include parks, scenic byways, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments, post-industrial and historic brownfields, botanic gardens, and residential landscapes.  His many books including The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, and The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden co-authored with Doug Tallamy. For further information visit:
The keynote address by Rick Darke will talk about how the richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Rick Darke will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes.  Strategies for employing “organic architecture” (trees and shrubs) in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.  

Register for the Grow Maine Green Expo, and download the day's schedule.

Our Mission for the Maine Landcsape and Nursery Association

Established in 1970, the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association (MELNA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and promotion of its members throughout the industry, including financial support of secondary horticultural education and product research, website connectivity, media representation, and a professional certification program.


Maine Landscape and Nursery Association

The Association monitors and acts upon legislation applicable to the horticultural industry and related businesses for the State of Maine.

A standard of excellence shall be fostered through networking, influence by experienced members, and opportunities for continuing education.



Use these pages to find nurseries, landscaping companies, horticulturists, etc. near YOU by clicking on the Member Directory button. There is a Search feature in the directory that allows you to enter your zipcode and locate members within a specified radius.

If you are a professional interested in joining MELNA, click on the Become a Member button. The page contains links to both downloadable and online applications.

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