Oct. 15 2020 08:17 AM

The nonprofit association has been active for 130 years.


The Western Nursery & Landscape Association, Kansas City, Missouri, will be dissolved, after a unanimous decision by its board of directors. The nonprofit 501(c)6 organization has been active for 130 years.

WNLA canceled its annual January 2021 trade show event with an announcement Aug. 31, which acted as the association’s main source of income. Without that income, the board determined that the organization could not be sustained.

A vote of the WNLA members was taken, and membership approved of the dissolution. Management of the association by Sarah Woody Bibens of Woody Bibens & Association will end Nov. 15, 2020.

Columbus, Ohio-based AmericanHort, will establish the Western-1890 member group inside AmericanHort to retain the identity and community of WNLA in the industry. It will also facilitate quarterly communications, offer a $189 introductory membership and expand the existing Horticultural Research Institute research fund, among other steps.

The remaining assets of WNLA will be transferred to the Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association, a nonprofit corporation, and the HRI.