News & Events
April 21, 2014
NHLA members redoing landscaping at DC area nonprofit
Alexandria Lawn Service, Denison Landscaping, Epling Landscaping and Lawn Services, RulyScapes, and Ruppert Landscape are teaming up to provide a landscaping makeover for a Good Shepherd Housing Foundation (GSHF) home for chronically mentally ill and at-risk residents on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
This PLANET Day of Service project will include removal of undesirable vegetation and installation of new plants according to a landscape plan that will beautify the GSHF Grayson Property and make the outdoors more functional. “The NHLA is proud that our members, even during this very busy time of the year, are taking this opportunity to help an organization that cares for the often marginalized and underserved of our society by donating the manpower, equipment, and plant material necessary for this much needed project. This effort will help to contribute to the health, safety and well-being of Good Shepherd residents and provide usable outdoor space,” said Raul Berrios, NHLA president and RulyScapes owner, "We also want to thank JK Enterprise Landscape Supply for donating the mulch for the project."
This effort will be followed on May 3, 2014 by the Garden Rally; a community fundraising effort to benefit needed improvements to other GSHF properties. By commencing this demonstration project, the NHLA and the Good Shepherd Housing Foundation hope to set an example for the community while raising awareness of a critical societal issue that is often ignored – mental illness. Research conducted by the University of Washington found that outdoor activities in parks and other natural landscapes can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimers, dementia, stress, and depression, among other types of mental health conditions. Press releases in English and Spanish provide additional information.
January 21, 2014
NHLA successfully introduces Spanish courses at NC Green & Growin' 2014
The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance offered a series of courses in Spanish at the North Carolina industry trade show, Green & Growin’ in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, January 15. More than ninety attendees learned about the NHLA, how to increase crew & crew leader accountability, the dos and don’ts of pesticide application, and efficient irrigation system design and troubleshooting.
A number of the landscape contracting firms and nurseries that sent foremen, operations managers, and others to the training programs joined the NHLA afterwards, and shared that the training content was excellent and that those who attended spoke glowingly about the experience and shared portions of the program content with peers.