Resources and Links
Important and useful green industry website resources are listed below. Use the drop down arrow to select a different resource category and its corresponding links.
The online catalog of horticultural books, videos, and software available from American Nurseryman Magazine website, published by Moose River Media.
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) is a nation-wide association established over 132 years ago. Members grow, distribute, and retail plants of all types, and design and install landscapes for residential and commercial customers. ANLA provides education, research, public relations, and representation services to members. This support enables members to operate more effectively and to provide the public with quality plants, landscape design and installations, and related products and services.
The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
Each year, the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) sponsors a statewide poster contest for fifth grade students in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Coinsiding with a curriculum on the beauty and envoronmental benefits of trees, students create poster art to be submitted to the contest. One winner is selected by the ONLA to represent Ohio in the nationwide Arbor Day Poster Contest. Email Roni Petersen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or click this link: http://www.arborday.org/kids/posterContest/. This year's contest deadline is February 13, 2010 and the winner will be announced on Arbor Day, April 30, 2010.
The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STRATUM. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis.
Part of Discover Ohio in Bloom, this site lists botanical gardens and conservatories around the state of Ohio. Follow the link to view descriptions of each botanical garden or conservatory and see programs offered and visiting hours.
The Ohio FFA Center is incorporated with the state of Ohio and is governed by a board of directors. It is an affiliation of the Ohio FFA Association and the Agricultural Education Service, Division of Career-Technical and Adult Education and the Ohio Department of Education. The overall focus of the center is to enrich the agricultural education and FFA program in Ohio.
Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine provides timely information about Ohio growing conditions, pest, disease, and cultural problems. Updated weekly between April and October, this information is useful for those who are managing a commercial nursery, garden center, or landscape business or someone who just wants to keep their yard looking good all summer.
BYGL is a service of OSU Extension and is aided by support from the ONLA (Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association) to the OSU Extension Nursery, Landscape and Turf Team (ENLTT). Any materials in this newsletter may be reproduced for educational purposes providing the source is credited.
BYGL is available online at: http://bygl.osu.edu, a website sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences (HCS) as part of the "Horticulture in Virtual Perspective." The online version of BYGL has images associated with the articles and links to additional information. An emailed version of BYGL is also available. Contact Cheryl Fischnich to subscribe. Additional fact sheet information on any of these articles may be found through the OSU FactSheet database http://plantfacts.osu.edu/.
The goal of the phenology / growing degree days calendar is to create an interactive website that will enable an Ohio producer to input his/her 5–digit zip code and obtain information as to which insect/pest he/she needs to spray for and when.
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is an international partner association with the ONLA. PLANET serves lawn care professionals, landscape management contractors, design/build/installation professionals, and interior plantscapers. PLANET provides its members with a good business foundation to help them evaluate, plan, and better manage their companies. Member firms have direct access to marketing tools, industry specific business publications, updates on legislative issues, and networking opportunities that can assist them in becoming more profitable.
The ONLA partners with PLANET to provide Landscape Industry Certification in Ohio for green industry professionals. Schedule the next testing days by contacting the office at (614) 899-1195.
TheLandLovers.org is a website dedicated to informing the public on professional possibilities in the green industry. It supports and encourages education and debunks myths of the industry.
"Nursery, landscape and garden industries offer many career opportunities for smart, passionate and enthusiastic people like you. And luckily for you, this “field” is ripe for the picking. Look beyond the myths surrounding these careers to learn the truth about professions that offer variety, flexibility, competitive pay, opportunities to grow, and overall job satisfaction."
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