Apply Now to these Scholarship Programs

Two scholarship programs are available for horticulture and landscape design and construction students. One is through NHLA, and the other through the The Ruth E. & Leon E. Pearson Memorial Scholarship. Grants for each are made annually.

The Pearson Memorial Scholarship applications must be returned no later than December 1, and the NHLA Scholarship applications by December 15.

The NHLA scholarship is available, but not restricted to: 1) NHLA members and their employees enrolled or enrolling in full or part-time college programs that are related to the landscape industry. 2) High school seniors enrolled in agriculture education and/or horticulture classes related to the landscape industry. 3) College students already enrolled in two- or four-year landscape related majors.

The Ruth E. & Leon E. Pearson Scholarship was established in 1993 by Mrs. Ruth E. Pearson of Concord, NH, to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarship to horticulture students at the Stockbridge School at the University of Massachusetts and NHTI, Concord’s Community College. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate an interest in the field of horticulture by satisfactorily completing the equivalent of at least two semesters of full time college level study in a related field and must hold a 3.0 GPA.

Please go to nhlaonline.org/scholarships for more details about the scholarships and the forms to apply.

Like Chucky in The Horror Films: I’m Back!

Many of you know that back a year and a half ago I sold my business. Forty-eight years doing landscape/hardscape installations was enough for me. I decided to keep my membership in NHLA as I still wanted to stay in touch with all that is happening in the industry, and I still travel all over the country teaching my list of hardscape seminars and the ICPI and NCMA certification classes.

This winter I look forward to teaching at Hardscape North America (HNA) in Louisville, KY, the Mid-Atlantic Hardscape Show in Atlantic City, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Show in Minneapolis, and the Northeast Hardscape Show that will be in Springfield, MA, this year. I have had the honor to be asked to be a judge in this year’s HNA hardscape awards. There are some incredible projects being installed around the country. To see what some contractors are doing with hardscapes gets my juices going. New products and innovations are coming out at a rapid pace. I love traveling to industry shows, talking to contractors, hearing their stories, helping them achieve their goals, and just the camaraderie that comes with hanging out with industry folk.

Back during the summer, Jim Moreau asked if I would teach a hardscape seminar at the NHLA Field Day at Shaker Village. I said yes, and we had about 30 attendees in the hands-on seminar. At one point I asked the attendees how many are ICPI or NCMA certified? Only one hand went up. I then asked how many do hardscape installation? Meaning, retaining walls, patios, outdoor kitchens, pool decks, seat walls, front walkways, etc. Every hand went up. Everyone in the seminar either installs or oversees people who install hardscapes. That’s when I said to Dave DeJohn and Pam Moreau, that some type of hardscape education, articles, information, anything was needed in the NHLA Newsletter.

I also did another check. How much of the advertising in the NHLA Newsletter was from hardscape suppliers or manufacturers? I found that in almost every issue about 50% of our advertising space is sold to hardscape supply companies. The growth in the hardscape industry over just the last 10 years has been tremendous. Look around our state now- there are many companies calling themselves “hardscape contractors,” which was not the case just a few years ago.

So what is the bottom line? For about eight years I wrote monthly articles for Hardscape Magazine from the perspective of the contractor. I have offered, and it was accepted, that I would update these articles and submit them to the NHLA Newsletter. So for better or worse, you will have to deal with me for a little while longer. Starting with the next issue of the Newsletter, I will be writing about hardscapes.

I look forward to any of your thoughts and comments, and I hope that some of my 49.5 years of experiences helps you out.

—  by Bill Gardocki, gbgardocki@gmail.com

NHLA Field Day a Huge Success

First NHLA Field Day A Success
by Mike Barwell

Beautiful weather, engaging speakers, helpful vendors, and eager attendees made the first Field Day a successful venture. Canterbury Shaker Village, with its historic buildings and grounds provided the perfect late summer venue for more than 150 participants.

Highlights of the day included a well-attended demonstration about how to incorporate drone technology into landscape design by Graham Pellettieri and co-workers from Pellettieri Associates.

Long-time NHLA member Bill Gardocki gave a hands-on demonstration about building walls and patios while Andrew Mauch of Millican Nurseries did a workshop about best plants for fall plantings.

Jonathan Ebba of UNH Cooperative Extension provided a workshop about using soil testing equipment and Jeremy Delisle, the Cooperative Extension’s fruit specialist, gave a tour of the Shaker Village 1917 orchard and talked about pruning, fire blight mitigation, and grafting historic trees at the village.

The business side of landscaping was present when Greenius presented a program about its on-line training platforms that are being offered to NHLA members at discounted rates.

Likewise, representatives from the National Automotive Road Fuels Associates (NARFA) shared information throughout the day about how to attract and retain employees through benefits and other programs.

Vendors offered a myriad of products, including the newest equipment, landscape products, plants, and technology.

State Police from Troop G., who monitor and enforce laws about safe road equipment, were on hand to answer questions and engage with landscapers.

Other popular workshops included First Aid in the Field, Irrigation Tips and Tricks, and Building Credentials with the NH Certified Landscape Professionals. Demonstrations throughout the day included small engine repair and chain saw safety.

Overall, most attendees thought the event was a success, with a good location, interesting workshops, and good food from vendors.

It Takes a Village,
by Pam Moreau, NHLA Business Manager

Our first Field Day was a huge success! The weather was a little windy, but otherwise an amazing day. An event this size takes a village to make it happen and run smoothly. We had a great deal of help! I would like to thank everyone who helped, starting with Canterbury Shaker Village. It was a beautiful venue for this event, and we were able to offer a tour of the gardens during lunch.

Next, I would like to thank our SPEAKERS. We could not have done it without them! They were fantastic!

  • Laura Faubert, Greenius: Introducing an Online Training Platform
  • Abby Zuidema, Mosaic Plant Design and NHCLP Coordinator: Building Credentials with the NHCLP Program
  • Graham Pellettieri and Celynn Siemons, Pellettieri Associates, Inc: What can you do with drones in landscaping?
  • Jonathan Ebba, UNH Cooperative Extension: Soil Testing w/ Affordable Instruments
  • Bob Taylor, Windham Firefighter/EMT: First Aid in the Field
  • Joe Conlon, Northeast Golf & Turf: New Hydro Mulch Technology and Seed Varieties
  • Bill Gardocki, Hardscape Educator: Proper Paver and SRW Retaining Wall Installation Techniques
  • Jim Moreau, Northeast Turf & Irrigation: Irrigation Tips & Tricks
    NARFA, Vinnie Daboul and Andrew Gresenz: How can NARFA help you?
  • Andrew Mauch, Millican Nurseries: Best Practices for Fall Planting
  • Chris Baker and Andrew Giampalo, North Point Outdoors: Basic Small Engine Repair Q & A
  • Mike Gagnon, UNH Cooperative Extension: Chain Saw Safety Q & A
  • Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Cooperative Extension: Small Fruit Production Q & A
  • Trooper Magoon and Trooper Trattoria, Troop G – NH D.O.S: Inspection Safety Q & A

A special thank you to our SPONSORS. They made it possible to keep our event affordable for all our attendees. We appreciate your support!

  • Drop One Portables for donating the portable toilets.
  • Read Custom Soils for donating the voice amplifiers for the speakers.
  • Northeast Turf & Irrigation for donating the lunches for the speakers.
  • Gilbert Block for donating the hardscape material for the paver installation demonstration.
  • Dig Safe for donating hats, bags, manuals, magnifiers, stickers, and post-its.
  • North Point Outdoors and the Cafua Management Group for donating the coffee and donuts.

A special thank you to all our VENDORS. We were very fortunate to have a variety of dedicated professionals. They demonstrated many new products and equipment. One of my personal favorites was the excavator, from Chappell Tractor.

Agresource, Inc,
Arborjet/Ecologel
Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
Central NH Trailers
Chappell Tractor Sales
Donovan Equipment Co.
Greenius
MacMulkin Chevrolet
Medford Nurseries
Millican Nurseries, LLC
NARFA
Northeast Nursery Inc.
Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Pierson Nurseries
Read Custom Soils
Squared Landscape Equipment
Techniseal
Techo-Bloc
The Yard at Pleasant View
UNH Cooperative Extension
Unilock
United Ag & Turf
Vermeer All Road

A very special THANK YOU to the NHLA Board of Directors and Committee Coordinators. They spent many hours planning and executing this event. Thank you to Dave DeJohn, Andrew Pelkey, Maria Rainey, John Crooks, Cori Cahow, Ben Huntington, Annette Zamarchi, Mike Barwell, and Pam Moreau.

I would also like to give a special THANK YOU to several people who came early to help set-up and stayed late to help break down. Thank you to Jim Moreau, Scot Flewelling, Chris Baker, Giampalo, Kristy Youmell and Riley Pierce. We could not have done it without you.

Finally, THANK YOU to all our attendees. We value your commitment and support to NHLA and the industry. We hope it was a great day for all and you learned something new. Your thoughts and ideas are important to us. Please email us with your ideas!