Who We Are

In the nursery and landscape business, the race goes not to the swift, but to the business best prepared year in and year out. Horticultural understanding and expertise alone are insufficient to keep a nursery business competitive. 

To be successful in the nursery industry, business owners and professionals must have expertise across a wide range of horticultural, business, and marketing areas. Yet with the demands of daily operations, few have the time, funds, or capacity to allocate toward improving their knowledge-base outside a relatively narrow area of proficiency. 

NENA Membership is one step you can take to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

For more than 90 years, the New England Nursery Association has been proving that the joint efforts of nursery professionals can bring exceptional results to all who participate. Accordingly, the New England Nursery Association invites all who share our values to join and participate; to improve business profitability; to enrich the quality of their professional and personal lives; and to advance the cause of our growing industry. 

As diverse as our membership may be, all are united in their commitment to our industry, and all express a willingness to contribute their fair share and portion to advance and promote its cause. In essence, members of the New England Nursery Association recognize that when nursery business owners and professionals unite - combining strengths and efforts - much can be accomplished.

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What We Do

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and the New England Nursery Association (NENA) launched the New England Nursery Association Industry Growth Fund in February 2014. This new purpose restricted fund is designed to allow grants to be drawn from both the interest and the principal as needed. 
The alliance brings together HRI's 52-year history as the horticulture industry's leading green industry research and educational foundation with NENA's vision to maximize organizational funds, collaborate closely with experts, and put investment monies to work where they will directly help the New England commercial horticulture industry. 

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), founded in 1962, has provided more than $6.5 million in funds to research projects covering a broad range of production, environmental, and business issues important to the green industry. Nearly $11 million is committed to the endowment by individuals, corporations, and associations. HRI is the recognized research affiliate of AmericanHort. For more information about HRI, its grant-funded research, or programming, visit www.hriresearch.org or contact Jennifer Gray at 614.884.1155.


HRI Award Recipients

Alternative Irrigation Water Sources Research Receives First NENA/HRI Industry Growth Fund Grant Award

The New England Nursery Association (NENA), in cooperation with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), recently announced that Professor Raul Cabrera is the first recipient of the association's new Industry Growth Fund grant award. After a review of 60+ grant applications, NENA selected Cabrera's research project, "Use of Alternative Irrigation Water Sources for Urban Landscapes and Nursery Crops," as their top recommendation for funding. 

"Water conservation is a top priority for commercial horticulture," said NENA president Peter House. "The results of Professor Cabrera's innovative research will help shape the way our industry manages this vital resource well into the future," he concluded. 

Professor Cabrera thanked the NENA board of directors and HRI for their vote of confidence and support of his research. "Dwindling water supplies and environmental pressures are severely challenging the operations and future of the nursery and landscape industry," he said. "We believe that the evaluation and eventual large-scale use of alternative irrigation water supplies by the green industry will play a major role in its sustainability," he concluded.

In what he termed a "serendipitous turn of events," Cabrera – who since 1999 has been an Associate Professor at Texas A & M University – recently accepted an Extension and Research position with Rutgers University in New Jersey. "This move right next to New England will add another level of synergy [to the collaboration] and yield positive impact and outcomes benefitting the local and national green industries," he said.

Professor Raul Cabrera is the first recipient of the NENA/HRI Industry Growth grant. 

Professor Cabrera demonstrates some of the intricacies of his "Use of Alternative Irrigation Water Sources for Urban Landscapes and Nursery Crops" research project.

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