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Red Valley Landscape & Construction Hosts Successful Let's Eat Charity Event Benefitting Edmond Mobile Meals New Weekend Meal Program, Published: June 8, 2017

Red Valley Landscape & Construction, an Oklahoma landscape company, celebrated its grand
opening of its new 80-acre facility featuring extensive Outdoor Display Gardens in Edmond, OK
with a fundraiser benefitting Edmond Mobile Meals.  The event titled, Lets Eat!, is responsible for
the annual funding needed for EMM's new weekend meal program. Over 200 people attended
the first annual event that raised enough money for over 11,000 weekend meals. 

Red Valley Landscape owner Mike Freeman  explained how his company wants to give back to the community that he cares for so deeply, "Red Valley is a family-owned business that lives and breathes because of our community and the people who live in it. We are truly blessed in our tremendous success and honored to sponsor such a worthy cause. EMM is a true charity in every sense of the word and we look forward to many, many years of partnership."

See the full article here .

Current Job Openings with ONLA Members

Customer Acquisition Specialist (Tulsa area)

Business Development Manager (Oklahoma City / Edmond area)

Site One Landscape Supply, Tulsa area and Oklahoma City/Edmond area

Out there, it's hard to know where you stand. But in here, you'll find your footing. At SiteOne, we pride ourselves on knowing our customers and their business better than anyone else. It starts with knowing you by name, but it goes much deeper than that. We want to know your challenges, your expectations, your goals-so we can meet your needs like no other supplier can. We prefer to let you do most of the talking, but here are some things you should know about us.

click here to view the information for Customer Acquisition Specialist (Tulsa area)

click here to view the information for Business Development Manager (OKC / Edmond area)

Plant Protection Specialist

State of Oklahoma, Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma City

The Plant Protection Specialist will manage the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program (CAPS) grants, submitting work plans, midyear reports, end of year reports, data entry, ordering supplies, providing support to field staff, setting traps and attending meetings.  They will conduct horticulture inspecions of nurseries, greenhouses and garden centers and enforce applicable federal and state horticulture laws and rules.  Please see the job posting on the State of Oklahoma website for a complete description of the position and requirements.

click here to view the job posting for Plant Protection Specialist

ONLA Scholarship Recipients

ONLA is thrilled to support Oklahoma's up-and-coming Horticulture and Landscape Architecture stars!
ONLA awards three scholarships annually to students in the horticulture and landscape architecture departments at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Oklahoma City

OSU-Stillwater students are nominated by faculty members and chosen during the April board of directors meeting.
OSU-OKC students may apply directly to ONLA for the scholarship.  The deadline for application is June 30th, as the recipient is chosen during the July board of directors meeting.  Please complete the application packet, which can be found here .

Congratulations to the The 2016 ONLA Scholarship recipients from OSU-Stillwater, Katy Layman and Cole Landers.
Katy, a graduate of Dewey High School, is a horticulture major.  Cole, a Fort Gibson graduate, is pursuing a degree in Landscape Management.

The 2016 ONLA Scholarship recipeint from OSU-OKC is Victoria Kembel.  Victoria is studying horticulture and landscape management.

2015 recipients:  Allison Phillips (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Cody Landis (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Lisa Hair OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture (Landscape Design)

2014 recipients:  Cole Landers (OSU-Stillwater): Landscape Management
                                      Matthew Murray (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture

2013 recipients:  Garrett Noble (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Matthew Bowlan (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Contracting

2012 recipients:  Courtney DeKalb (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Business
                                      Robert Shane McMurry (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Science
                                      Tracy Sharp (OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture Technologies

Crystal Sizemore, ONLA president, with Katy Layman and Cole Landers (left)
Victoria Kemble (right)


Congratulations to Colby Davis, 2015 Tahlequah graduate who plans a Spring of 2019 degree in Nursery Management with a minor in business management.

Colby is shown to the right as he receives his award at the 2016 ONLA Green Industry Celebration during the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  Mary Ellen Sanders, widow of Jim Sanders, is seen to his left.
Seed money for the scholarship was raised by a spur-of-the-moment bid on our auctioneer’s hat in Jim’s name during the annual live auction.  The ONLA Board of Directors shortly thereafter voted to set aside this seed money to start a scholarship in Jim’s name.  The Sanders Family chooses the recipent of the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship.  This honor will be awarded to one (1) undergraduate student enrolled for the Fall Semester of 2016 at Oklahoma State University.  The student must be working toward an undergraduate degree in the area of Horticulture and be currently maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75.  The student may be classified as a part-time or full-time student.

Applications must be received by August 31 and will be chosen by September 15th and announced at the ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show.  Download the application for the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship here .

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