Two from Suffolk earn certified horticulturist title

Published 8:14 pm Saturday, August 30, 2014

Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the state trade association for garden centers, nursery growers, landscape designers, installation and maintenance contractors, greenhouses and horticultural suppliers, recently designated 85 nursery and landscape professionals with the title of Virginia Certified Horticulturists.

Suffolk residents Kendel White and Eric Schimmel were among those recognized as being qualified to offer the latest in green services and scientifically sound advice to community members creating beautiful landscapes and thriving gardens.

“Virginia Certified Horticulturists impact the region where they work and live in many ways,” VNLA Executive Director Jeff Miller said. “Having someone with this breadth of expertise and knowhow in their community allows residents and businesses to confidently seek advice and assistance as they improve Virginia’s green landscape.”

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VCH designations require dedication and study. Candidates must pass a four-hour exam, comprehensively covering everything from basic botany to the study of insects. If they pass, VCH awardees must renew their certification every three years and prove at least 30 hours of sanctioned horticulture-focused training within that timeframe.

The VCH designation offers many benefits to businesses and consumers as well. Consumers are assured they will receive professional services from a capable associate and the confidence that any business employing a VCH certified employee is a credible source for their nursery or landscaping needs. Additionally, VCH designations provide businesses a standard for evaluating potential and current employees.

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