The Western

January 18 & 19, 2018 (welcome reception on the 17th) at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall in Kansas City, MO for the Western trade show, networking and education.



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News & Events

  • 2018 Western to Feature Four Keynote Speakers

    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • WNLA

    The 2018 Western is packed with education!  In addition to Learning Centers, a new Demonstration Center, Roundtable Discussions, panel discussion and more, participants can join four world-class speakers who will offer keynote sessions at the Western.

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  • 2018 Western to Celebrate Plants With PurposeTM

    • Thursday, November 9, 2017
    • WNLA

    The Western Nursery & Landscape Association will celebrate Plants With PurposeTM  at the 2018 Western in Kansas City in January.   Plants With PurposeTM will highlight the economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits of plants.   The 2018 Western will kick-off on Wednesday evening at Boulevard Brewing Company and celebrate the many purposes of plants with a video introduction by Dr. Charlie Hall and a series of fast paced presentations on the benefits of plants.  Enjoy unlimited Boulevard beer & KC barbeque compliments of Ball Horticultural Company, Greenleaf Nursery Company, Greenscape Gardens Nursery & Home Nursery.   The 2018 Western education will highlight the many benefits of plants with Rick Darke presenting “The Essential Layers of Living Landscapes” and a “Dynamic, Conservation-based Landscape Design Workshop.”  Rebecca Lindenmeyr will present on “Nature Integration – The Future of Design.”  Dr. Robert Lyons will present “The Color of the Native Plant Palette: Herbaceous Considerations and Other Related Thoughts.”  Roundtable Discussions will include discussions on “Promoting Plants & Their Purposes at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum”, “Designing with Native Plants in Residential Landscapes”, “Native Plant Stewardship Training” and a discussion led by Dr. Jennifer Reithel of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.  Grow Native! Will present an entire track of education.

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  • WNLA Presents Presents Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • WNLA

    The horticulture industry and the gardening public are invited to attend a showing of Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park, Kansas.  The screening is presented by Western Nursery & Landscape Association, in partnership with Suburban Lawn & Garden and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.   We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and the gardening public and invite them to the screening.   November 1, 2017 at 7 pm Glenwood Arts Theater: (3707 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS) Tickets available: $8 industry and public; $4 students ($10 / $5 at the door) Coupons for a small drink and popcorn available onsite compliments of Suburban Lawn & Garden. Register at: Hometown Habitat (

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About the Western Nursery & Landscape Association

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA) is the trade association for horticulture professionals in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  WNLA members represent all specialties within the horticulture industry, including independent retailers, landscape maintenance, landscape contractors, landscape designers, landscape architects, wholesale and greenhouse growers as well as those in horticulture education and students.  WNLA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

Membership with WNLA is an affordable, company membership of $75 annually.  Click here to join or renew your membership dues.  As a Western Nursery & Landscape Association member:

  • All staff of a member company are considered WNLA members and receive the member benefits below.
  • Discounted registration to the annual Western trade show and educational event on Jan. 18-19, 2018 in Kansas City, MO
  • Access to up to 16 free webinars throughout the year.
  • On-demand access to recorded webinars - watch at your convenience or share with staff!
  • Access to the online Career Center, including the ability to post job openings for free
  • Education series on Management, New Plants, Plants With Purpose & Native Plants, including webinars and in-person education.
  • Connect with other horticultural companies online through the member and exhibitor search and in-person at the Western with networking events such as the Western Pub and the Wednesday Evening Reception. 

About the Western Trade Show & Education

Presented by the Western Nursery & Landscape Association, the Western is the trade show and education event for attendees from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  The Western is the place to be on Jan. 18 & 19, 2018 (welcome reception on Jan. 17) for education sessions, networking opportunities and the trade show.  

The 2018 Western features:

  • a trade show with exhibiting companies from around the country
  • educational sessions
  • a fashion show of new plants & plants with purpose
  • networking opportunities

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