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The Maine Landscape & Nursery Association


is a non-profit, professional trade association with members in all aspects of the green industry. 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.


  Our Mission


Since 1970, MELNA’s mission has been to promote the use of ornamental plants, products and services. We support all constituent groups of the horticulture industry including landscape, garden centers, interiorscape, grounds maintenance, nursery, greenhouse, arboriculture, hardscapers, irrigation companies, botanical gardens and other allied businesses. MELNA provides a unified voice, communicating to the public the vital role of the green industry in improving the quality of life.




MELNA’s Goals

  Promote the role of the horticulture industry in improving people’s quality of life.

  Promote professionalism through education programs for members and the public and by encouraging enrollment in education institutions.

  Monitor state and local laws relating to the horticulture industry.

  Participate actively in the legislative and regulatory processes.

  Promote the use of environmentally sound practices in the horticulture industry.

  Monitor and communicate to members developments in allied industries including agri-technology.

  Support donations of plant products and services to state and community programs.

  Be a recognized leader among Maine agriculture organizations.


Why Should You Belong to MELNA?

Affiliate with other leaders of your industry so that you can exchange information, keep current through our education sessions, receive recognition through our certification program and advocate for your business and your industry through the legislative and regulatory process.

Plant Something! Plant Maine!

Be part of our nearly half-million dollar marketing campaign that has seen members’ sales increase by over 40% in less than a decade!

Grow Maine Green Expo

MELNA’s annual meeting and trade show, the Grow Maine Green Expo, is a day full of education seminars, our Awards Luncheon, a Trade Show with nearly 75 suppliers, a Keynote Address (often by a nationally known speaker/author) and great fellowship and networking. The event is typically held in late January at the Augusta Civic Center.


MELNA awards multiple annual scholarships approaching $5,000 for horticulture and arboriculture students attending SMCC and UM at Orono.


MELNA supports local, regional and national research initiatives that benefit Maine’s ornamental horticulture industry.


Become a Member!


Plant Something Maine


Have you heard?

Maine is Planting: From Buckfield to Bridgewater and Whitefield to Winterville, beginning gardeners and horticultural pros are digging in the dirt and putting down roots. A flowering plant, herb or veggie, or a single shrub or tree is all it takes to join a growing movement and reap huge rewards.

Ready to be more active? Be greener? Give back to your community? Get more value from your home? You can. It’s simpler than you think. When you plant a single seed, it comes back to you in spades.

So spread the word across the state:
Don’t just stand there—Plant Something!


Visitors: Use to find nurseries, landscaping companies, horticulturists, etc. near you by clicking on Member Directory in the menu. There is a Search feature in the directory that allows you to find businesses, locate them on maps, and search for names, certifications, and other criteria.

If you are a professional interested in joining MELNA, click on “Become a Member” under the Members tab in the menu, or click here. The page contains links to both downloadable and online applications.

MELNA members who wish to edit their information in the directory, add images, or access the private section of this site should click the “Member Login” link under the Members tab.

Need help? Contact us.


Find out why you should visit an

Independent Garden Center in Maine!



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The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Has a Summer Employment Opportunity for Students Interested in Biology, Entomology, Ecology and more!

2024 Field Technician for Mosquito Monitoring and Biocontrol
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New 2024 TV commercials from participating members of the Independent Garden Centers of Maine!
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REMINDER! MELNA Certification Examinations. LAST DAY TO REGISTER!

MELNA Certification examinations will take place on Monday, April 29 at 10 AM at Southern Maine Community College’s Horticulture Building, 33 Slocum Drive in South Portland.

Driving directions and a campus map can be found at…

This exam is open to anyone who has submitted their Certification Application and has received their study guide. Please let Don Sproul know today, Thursday, April 25, if you want to sit for this exam if you have not done so already.

Prior to the exam, at 8:30 am, Cheryl Rich will conduct a Q&A session on Plant ID. This will be a great opportunity for anyone who has passed other sections of the exam, but needs to retake the Plant ID section. There will be a $10 fee for participating in this Plant ID review.

Contact Don Sproul at
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MELNA + Comfort Block: Come Build With Us!

Hands-On Workshop

Date: Rescheduled to April 25, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join us any time!
Location: Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, Maine

Join us for a free hands-on workshop with Comfort Block mason Paul Brigham, who will walk us through the basics of building with Comfort Block as we construct a base for a greenhouse. Stop by any time between 10am and 4pm, or join us for the day if you can. This project holds special significance as a part of MELNA’s 2023 Community Outreach Project.

Event Highlights:

Constructing the base course
Working with Comfort Block adhesive
Installing rebar
Weatherproofing and finishing
And more!

More About Comfort Block

MELNA, the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association, is happy to host Comfort Block for a day of hands-on education. By involving a handful of students in this project, we aim to inspire them to consider a career path in the trades. With industries constantly seeking skilled employees, let’s encourage students to explore professions in hardscaping, masonry, and landscaping.

Come for an hour or for the entire day! This event is open to all who are interested in learning and getting involved.

To help give us an idea of how many participants we should expect, please RSVP if you know for certain you’ll be attending. If you have any questions about the event, please call Katey at (207) 756-5553.

This event takes place in the garden area behind the school — please park at the stadium field (see map below).


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