About

Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association

The Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association (ALNLA) is a professional trade association proudly serving Alabama’s Green Industry since 1951. Our membership is comprised of ornamental plant producers, retail garden centers, landscape installation and maintenance contractors, irrigation contractors, landscape designers, researchers, allied businesses, and others who support our mission to improve the success and professionalism of the industry. Our most recent Economic Impact Study indicates the green industry contributes 2.9 billion dollars and nearly 44,000 jobs to the state economy annually. To maintain such a significant impact, ALNLA serves the industry by facilitating a business network for industry peers, offering professional development & CEU opportunities, and providing members with legislative updates and advocacy efforts. Together, we can accomplish goals that might be impossible for an individual business alone.

The ALNLA, along with the nursery and landscape associations of Mississippi & Louisiana, partner to produce the Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE) held each January in Mobile, AL. At the Expo, industry professionals can attend educational seminars on topics selected to help you do business better, learn about new plants and products, get face time with decision makers, and so much more! GSHE, with over 350 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees annually, is a must attend regional event located at the Mobile Convention Center. For more information visit GSHE.org.

ALNLA Scholarship Program

The ALNLA Scholarship Fund was established to promote interest in the field of ornamental horticulture. Each January, several deserving young men and women are awarded scholarships to encourage their continued study. This annual investment in the future of our industry would not be possible without the continued contributions of our generous members. More details on the scholarship and how to apply can be found here.

ALNLA 2019 Board of Directors

David Funderburk, President

Little Mountain Growers

Harvey Cotten, Vice-President

Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Shane Pack, Secretary-Tresurer

Pack’s Nursery, Inc

Teresa Mathews, Director

Big Creek Nursery

Davy Wright, Director

Wright’s Nursery & Greenhouse, Inc.

Chris Allen, Past-President

Greene Ridge Tree Farm

Dr. Adam Newby, Education Director

Auburn University, Dept. of Horticulture

Russell Blackwell, Allied Director

Dramm Corporation

Phillip Hunter, Director Emeritus

Hunter Trees, LLC

Russell Wood, Executive Director

Past Presidents

  • 1952 Marvin Barton
  • 1953 Preben Ibsen
  • 1954 C.J. Hayden
  • 1955 George Sawada
  • 1956 E.E. Foster
  • 1957 Fletcher Ponder
  • 1958 Bill Barton
  • 1959 Marcus Byers
  • 1960 Tom Sawada
  • 1961 W.D. Cabe
  • 1962 George Edwards
  • 1963 Sidney Meadows
  • 1964 Miles Monroe
  • 1965 Harold Dodd
  • 1966 David Byers
  • 1967 Murray Kemp
  • 1968 Larry Stephens
  • 1969 Milton Giles
  • 1970 Charles Elliott
  • 1971 Clarence Welch
  • 1972 Grayson Bailey
  • 1973 Robert S. Duck
  • 1974 Hugh Strain
  • 1975 Eddie Aldridge
  • 1976 Hunter Boulo, Jr.
  • 1977 Pete Tortorigi
  • 1978 Bill Brackin
  • 1979 Al Scherff, Jr.
  • 1980 Thomas S. Graves
  • 1981 Ben Harwell
  • 1982 Jack Morris
  • 1983 A.A. Tate, Jr.
  • 1984 Joyce Tidmore
  • 1985 Charles Gaglino
  • 1986 David Wright
  • 1987 Robert A. Grimes
  • 1988 James B. Berry
  • 1989 T. Douglas Strain
  • 1990 Tommy Loder III
  • 1991 William H. Barton
  • 1992 Thomas E. Martin
  • 1993 John E. Nelson
  • 1994 Rex Ponder
  • 1995 Paul Tapia
  • 1996 Tom Batt
  • 1997 Bill Strain
  • 1971 Clarence Welch
  • 1972 Grayson Bailey
  • 1973 Robert S. Duck
  • 1974 Hugh Strain
  • 1998 Bob Moore
  • 1999 Joe Kinney
  • 2000 Dave Bradford
  • 2001 Vicki Nelson
  • 2002 Harvey Cotton
  • 2004 Bill Turk
  • 2003 Bill Cook
  • 2005 James Harwell
  • 2006 Carole Barton
  • 2007 Steve Hanna
  • 2008 Steve Thomas
  • 2009 Jim Van Antwerp
  • 2010 Philip Hunter
  • 2011 Stephen Presley
  • 2012 Bethany O’Rear
  • 2013 Maarten van der Giessen
  • 2014 Jason Powell
  • 2015 Brian Keller
  • 2016 Bryan Word
  • 2017 Cliff Myers
  • 2018 Chris Allen