A recent gift from the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association will help ensure West Virginia University’s new greenhouse continues to grow.
Led by an alumna of WVU’s landscape architecture program, the association recently pledged $50,000 to finish an interior conference room inside the new facility.
“The West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association has always had a relationship with WVU,” said WVNLA Executive Director Beth Loflin. “When the greenhouse opportunity presented itself, it seemed logical for our association to continue with this long-lasting bond.”
Rudolph P. Almasy, interim dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, said it’s wonderful that the association continues to be interested in supporting the College’s students and faculty.
“The generosity and concern of this organization will help make great things happen in the university’s new greenhouse,” he added.
Almasy also believes the connection between the Davis College and WVNLA shows the importance of fostering and maintaining relationships with alumni and appropriate industries to help enhance student educational experiences, and Loflin couldn’t agree more.
“Knowing now how important it is for students to interact with industry and businesses, both in West Virginia and nationally, I’m proud to be part of an organization that fosters that,” she said. “We totally support student-business interaction, whether through annual volunteer projects or scholarships. We enjoy supporting WVU and its students, and we plan on having a long-term relationship with both.”
The association already has a rich history with the Davis College having awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees that align with green industry like horticulture or landscape architecture and providing support funds for faculty research and student focused educational trips.
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