PLANT WNY Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Danny’s South – 4300 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY 6:00 pm


A call to order was made at 6:07 pm by Sue Frank, president. By a show of hands, it was determined we had a quorum. Due to the January 31 membership meeting being, the minutes from October 10, 2018 were included in the agenda packet. Jeanetta Hanlon, treasurer, gave the financial report which was also included in the agenda packet.

Committee Reports:

Botanical Gardens – Lumagination just took place and was well attended. The Botanical Gardens is looking for a gift shop and marketing coordinator.

CNLP Awareness – The CNLP exam will take place March 7 at NCCC. Since we did not have our CNLP Day, we will be looking into additional events for the CNLP to obtain credits.

Trade Show & Education Day Conference – CNLP Day was cancelled due to the weather. Roger Restorff thanked the sponsors: Batavia Turf, Draves Tree & Landscape, Lawley Insurance, Admar, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Unilock, Finger Lakes Mulch and Soil, Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supplies and the Foundation. Our sponsors keep the day affordable for our membership.

Erie County Fair – Our Erie County Fair contact and PLANT WNY member, Ken Wilk passed away. Ken was the one who brought in all the plant material for our display so things are uncertain at this time. Lisa Kiec-Maliszewski will be meeting with the Fairgrounds to discuss what the plans are for 2019.

Foundation – Ed Dore gave a history of the Foundation. He discussed the difference between the endowment (educational purposes) and non-endowment fund (funds can be used immediately and come from activities/events.) We have Plantasia to educate the public and Education Day to educate ourselves.

Historian – A suggestion was made to have a historical tidbit mentioned or brought to each meeting or put on the website.

Landscape Awards – Think about what you need to enter now and take photos early so that you have them to document your projects. Receiving a landscape awards is a great way to promote your business. Reminder for 2018 recipients to bring their awards to Plantasia and display it.

Membership – We have new information cards available to promote our membership to potential members. They give a brief description of the benefits of our organization. Phil Tripi designed the information cards

Leaf a Legacy – There is nothing firm right now. We did have a request from St. Luke’s Mission for a request for seeds and supplies.

Plantasia 2019 – Chris Zeisz would like to welcome three new landscapers for 2019 – S&K Complete Property Services, Simone Landscape, and McMillan’s Landscaping. Setup, preview night, plant distribution and teardown were discussed.

Social Media – PLANT WNY and Plantasia have Facebook and Instagram accounts. Plantasia has made a big push to increase their social media presence.

State Reps – Kim Schichtel read the policies that are up for consideration by the legislature. She indicated the policies NYSNLA will support and oppose. Lobby Day just took place. Region 8 is having a Career of Choice Symposium in Ithaca.
Mike Frank added that advocacy is one of the biggest things that NYSNLA does for us – there is power in an Association. The CNLP program needs to be marketed so the general public becomes aware of the value of it and CNLP accreditation means something to them.

Advertising Co-Op – Members can get a discount advertising with Buffalo Spree, and Upstate Gardener’s Journal. Details can be found on our website.

New Business
Siteone University will take place March 18 and 19 at Turning Stone. CNLP and DEC credits are available.


Roger Restorff motioned to accept the minutes of October 10, 2019. Ed Dore seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Ed Dore motioned to adjourn the meeting. Kim Schichtel seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm