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Cassidy completes recertification through state landscape program

Heather Cassidy

Heather Cassidy recently completed the necessary qualifications to be recertified through the Certified Professional program administered by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).

Cassidy is the owner of Horticulture by Heather LLC located in New York Mills. Horticulture by Heather LLC provides services throughout the Lakes Region and has been in business since 2006.

She is also employed at Lake County Gardens-Ottertail in Battle Lake.

To receive the Certified Professional designation, Cassidy had to pass a comprehensive examination administered by the MNLA and the University of Minnesota. The examination consists of plant identification, landscape planning, sales and marketing procedures, general knowledge of horticulture, and practical application skills.

To fulfill requirements for recertification, Cassidy had to attend a series of continuing education classes and participate in industry improvement activities. Recertification requirements encourage green industry professionals to remain informed about the latest research and trends in the nursery and landscape trades. The recertification process is required every three years. The designation ensures that business patrons of MNLA Certified Professionals benefit from the best knowledge and experience in the green industry.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is a statewide trade association with more than 1,500 members. Association members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape designers, landscape contractors, irrigation contractors, professional gardening services, tree care specialists, commercial flower growers, and turf and landscape management professionals from throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.