Piedmont Landscape Association

About Us

The Piedmont Landscape Association (PLA) was established in 1981 under the name Piedmont Professional Grounds Managers (PPGM), as an association of local golf course managers, arborists and tree workers under the auspices of county extension agent Tom Brown and Bill Hoover, director of the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department. The organization has had a historic connection with these agencies as well as local grounds maintenance supply businesses and tree companies.

PPGM developed over the years to include landscape architects, designers, consultants and nursery people as well as landscape contractors and maintenance gardeners. Eventually an associate membership was created, with no voting rights, for those interested in the landscape trade but who do not derive their income from it.

In 1998, PPGM changed its name to the PLA to reflect its broader membership, but its roots remain in PPGM's emphasis on a professional code of ethics and educating its members and the general public. The first public horticultural seminar was held in 1984 at the old Albemarle County Office Building. This annual spring seminar has become the chief fund-raiser and public face of the PLA. In 2011, over 600 people from around the region attended the event held at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia.