Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis (LNAGSL)
Gateway Green Industry Leadership and Knowledge Exchange Since 1933.
OUR MISSIONServing to lead the cooperative exchange of responsible knowledge and beneficial information intended to achieve landscape and garden excellence in the Gateway region.
OUR HISTORY AND OVERVIEW
At the turn of the 20th Century, there was no Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission or any kind of state licensing laws regulating the sale of horticultural products, and as a result, consumers were the targets of many unscrupulous merchandisers making fabulous claims for ordinary plants and often selling misrepresented seeds and plants at cheap prices. Throughout the country, nursery owners and professional horticulturists recognized the damage these practices could do for the reputation of the legitimate trade, and they began banding together in professional organizations to help promote sound, honest horticultural products and practices.
The direct impetus that brought the St. Louis group together, to ultimately form the Landscape and Nurserymen's Association of Greater St. Louis, was the passing by Congress the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, an effort to combat unemployment from the Great Depression. One condition of that act was the advent of the 40-hour work week, and local nursery owners were concerned how that would affect their businesses. But over the years, they also dealt with the same fair trade issues that spawned other organizations, and public and professional education became a central focus of the LNAGSL's charter.
In response to the impact of the National Industrial Recovery Act, tradesmen gathered in the Clayton Courthouse for their first official meeting in 1933. There were 20 original members. Anton Vandereem of Wilbur Nursery was voted in as the first President, Ludwig Baumann as first Vice President and H.E. Ward as first Treasurer. Throughout the years, the organization has become a community leader in both education and service for the enhancement of the metro-St. Louis landscape.
Our membership represents a variety of specialists including business professionals, landscape contractors, land care professionals, garden center retailers, professional gardeners, educators, municipal managers and allied professions. The members of the Landscape & Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis are green industry professionals who are able to provide their customers, clients and employers with the finest products and services currently available. The organization now represents a membership of over 125 industry or related organizations.
The Association, celebrating 75 years of green industry leadership and knowledge sharing, voted at the November 2008 meeting to remove the gender from the Association's name.
To learn more:
Visit our website at StLouisLandscape.org
Bill Ruppert, Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis, Treasurer