Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis
Sharing Knowledge Since 1995.
The Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis as an organization was conceived in 1995 by a group of green industry representatives including Bob Graham (Home Nursery), John Marino (TLC Garden Center & Landscape), John Masek (John Masek Landscapes) and Ken Wilson along with Paul Roberts, Horticulture Department Program Coordinator, St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Their vision was to create a professional organization to act as an educational forum for the exchange of ideas. Initially, the Landscape and Nurserymen's Association of Greater St. Louis (now named Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis), St. Louis Arborists Association, Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association and the Professional Grounds Management Society joined together to form the Hort Co-op. The Greater St. Louis Flower Growers Association later joined the coalition. The Hort Co-op held an inaugural educational event February 20, 1996 and the first green industry Professional Fall Field Day September 15, 1997. The first St. Louis Garden Symposium for the gardening public was held March 22, 2003. The Hort Co-op has maintained a continuous calendar of events since its inception. (Note: The local chapter of the Professional Ground Management Society (PGMS) disbanded in 2005)
Organized for the purpose of promoting quality horticultural practices and materials by providing educational experiences for the green industry professional and the general community in the Gateway region.
The mission of this cooperative coalition is to foster greater unity among the participating member organizations by creating and expediting activities intended to encourage the membership to share knowledge and participate in the achievement of mutual goals.
- Form a voluntary organization of metropolitan St. Louis green industry professional associations dedicated to advancing the development and promoting the value of the green industry.
- Provide educational opportunities (i.e. seminars, field day events, etc) with the intent to encourage members to advance their knowledge in their professional field.
- Assemble and distribute pertinent resource information to the membership of member organizations.
- Support and maintain St. Louis Community College at Meramec as an educational resource center for information pertaining to the green industry.
- Create and implement educational experiences for the general public to raise awareness of the benefits and value of the green industry.