President’s Notes February 2020

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
February 2020

I can’t believe it’s already February. We’re just a couple of months away from the landscape season. Where does the time go? So far this winter has been a strange one and the worst is yet to come, so hopefully it does not kick us square in the butt. I know that we’re all used to the weird winters here in New England, so just pull up your boot straps and get it done.

March is going to be a very busy month for NHLA, as we have three events we are working on, for the membership. The first event is the NH Arborist Annual Meeting in Concord on March 17. We have partnered with them to bring Dr. Michael Dirr to New Hampshire. He will be giving two talks at the event. Registration will be through the Arborists Association. We will send out the information as we receive it. The second event is the Spring Landscape Conference in Manchester on March 20. I know the Education Committee has been working very hard to plan a meeting based on your suggestions. They are stepping outside the box and going in a little different direction. It looks like a great line up. Don’t miss it! Keep an eye on the Newsletter and website for more details.

And finally, we have a members only NHLA Hardscape Conference, at Milton Cat in Londonderry, on March 24. We’ve had many requests for hardscaping, so don’t miss it. NHLA received a grant from the Northeast Hardscape Expo to help put on this event. Registration will be limited, so keep an eye out for the registration information in our Newsletter and on our website. The Education Committee is also working on setting up the 2020 Twilight Meetings. If you have ideas, please contact Cris Blackstone, our Education Coordinator.

I have been in contact with the state agriculture teachers and they are excited about working with NHLA again this year. They are looking for a few NHLA members to help out at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Competition, at UNH on March 19. The members would help with the testing and the correcting of the test. It will be a day to give back and help the future of our industry in New Hampshire. They are also asking for a few professionals to talk at the FFA State Convention at the Mount Washington Hotel, on April 2. Bill Gardocki and I attended this event last year and had an opportunity to speak to about 85 students. I will offer to ride up with anyone who might be interested in speaking to the students. Who knows, you might find the rock star employee you’re looking for this year. Please contact me directly at jimmoreau@northeastnursery.com.

Finally, I want to thank all the committee members who attended our first annual Appreciation Dinner on January 8. We enjoyed a great family-style meal from Olive Garden. It was a great night to chat with all the hardworking people who put on our events and serve on the Board. We would not have NHLA without them. Thank you!

Save the Date – Golf Tourney – Tuesday, August 4, 2020!

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  — Robert Breault