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Mary Ann Fink - Bio
by MaryAnn Fink

email: maryannfink@growexcellence.com

[MaryAnn Fink is a St Louis native always involved with greening the environment and the professional horticulture industry. She is presently Coordinator/Executive Director of the Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association, and promotes the professional green industry throughout Missouri and the Kansas City suburbs. She speaks on a variety of subjects including community greening, plant research, natural and butterfly landscapes. She is an ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation, America In Bloom, The Land Plant Development Center and Plants of Merit. She can be reached at MaryAnnFink@MLNA.org and at growexcellence.com]


April 29, 2007

To professional landscape designer and consultant MaryAnn Fink, "every garden is a picture." Her gardening career began in her own backyard with a "pot of petunias," and quickly blossomed as she began to lend her expertise and design sense to friends and neighbors. Her "desire to personalize her own home" through gardening inspired her to pursue an education a St Louis Community College at Meramec and develop a successful consulting/design career offering valuable instruction to the do-it-yourself gardeners. Sharing her knowledge through writing, teaching and consulting, her background includes over 20 years of professional experience in the home gardening industry.

As a St Louis Native who wears many "hats," MaryAnn is always involved with greening the environment. If it has to do with plants and the professional horticulture industry, she’s probably in the “know”. Presently coordinating the Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association, she travels throughout Missouri and Kansas City suburbs, promoting the Green Industry. “I bring with me to this new position an understanding of the need for everyone in the green community to communicate, share ideas and work together to protect and preserve the environment” says Fink. While raising the visibility of this statewide professional organization, she presents programs, providing information on behalf of the green industry to educate both professionals and the general public. She shares her positive gardening attitude. As a Horticulture Educator at Missouri Botanical Garden, she teaches a variety of professional and home gardening classes. Her personal favorite, "Greenscaping" is a presentation about how to use plant selections that are attractive, noninvasive and reliable. MaryAnn incorporates regional awareness with personalizing the landscape. Specific aspects such as ornamental qualities, aggressive characteristics and management requirements are addressed.

Aware of the environment, she encourages landscaping that protects, improves and enhances the “greenscape” around us. She is convinced it is getting easier to be green and that is a “good thing." Involved with plant performance evaluations throughout the region, she watches for “Good Neighbor” plants and enjoys sharing her annual recommendations.

Freelance writer/editor she is an energetic speaker on horticulture topics. Her writing, published in the St Louis Post- Dispatch, The Gateway Gardener and the Kansas City Gardener, she shows readers how easy and fun it can be to be “Growing Green-Together. “

Fink comes to MLNA after a 10 year association with Missouri Botanical Garden. Fink started as Master Gardener, volunteered as a Plant Doctor and has served in a number of staff positions including Coordinator of the Pots to Planks recycling program, one of the first programs developed to handle the waste stream for horticulture plastic.

The Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association is a not-for-profit professional trade association representing the green industry throughout Missouri. Its mission is to enhance the success of its members through knowledge, advocacy, and promotion of the green industry. Founded in 1921, this preeminent green industry organization provides education, network opportunities and communication for its members while promoting professionalism, integrity, environmental stewardship and a positive image to the general public

maryannfink@growexcellence.com

MISSOURI LANDSCAPE & NURSERY ASSOCIATION APPOINTS NEW COORDINATOR MaryAnn Fink, Coordinator of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Plants of Merit program is selected.

(St. Louis): The Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association (MLNA) is pleased to announced the appointment of MaryAnn Fink as MLNA Association Coordinator, effective mid- April, 2007. Fink is a 25-year veteran of the St. Louis Green Industry, where she has most recently served as Coordinator of Missouri Botanical Garden’s regional Plants of Merit program, which annually recognizes beautiful reliable plants for the lower Midwest. Fink, a native of St. Louis, is uniquely suited for the Coordinator position with a broad background in horticulture, program management and a deep understanding of the professional horticulture industry.

“MaryAnn brings to the position a keen interest in expanding the communication and networking abilities of our organization said Sandi Hillermann McDonald, past president of MLNA and current board member for the Western Nursery & Landscape Association. She shares our vision for raising recognition for the horticulture profession in the Green Community as well as the general public. We are working to increase awareness of our professional organization, our Missouri Nursery Professional Certification program and our stewardship commitment that we as horticulturists have for the environment. MaryAnn’s regional focus and her passion dovetails well with the MLNA’s goals to become recognized as the statewide communication conduit for information and education for all green industry professionals and their affiliated organizations.”

“We are so pleased that MaryAnn will be joining MLNA as Coordinator,” said Scott Rood, President of MLNA. “We look forward to benefiting from MaryAnn’s energy and passion to boost our connection with MLNA’s members, increase membership participation and work closely with our board in planning our future.”

Fink comes to MLNA after a 10 year association with Missouri Botanical Garden. Fink started as Master Gardener, volunteered as a Plant Doctor and has served in a number of staff positions including Coordinator of the Pots to Planks recycling program, one of the first programs developed to handle the waste stream for horticulture plastic. From 1999-2007, Fink was the creative voice and the personality of the Plants of Merit Program. The program raises public awareness by recognizing plants that are beautiful and environmentally friendly for the home landscape. (plantsofmerit.org). Fink developed a network of sponsors and stakeholders throughout the state of Missouri and is poised to provide leadership and energy to the MLNA in 2007. She has been working with members of the MLNA and the regional Western Nursery Landscape Association (WNLA) for several years.

The Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association is a not-for-profit professional trade association representing the green industry in Missouri.

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