Associations and Credentials

TruNorth Landscaping LLC actively supports many local and state horticultural, educational, and professional organizations through our charitable contributions or donations of landscape construction and horticultural services. We have a passion for designing, creating, and caring for breathtaking gardens and landscapes, while still preserving the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.


Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

The Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA), established in 1922, is the largest and oldest statewide Green Industry trade association. MNLA represents a wide range of Michigan Green Industry businesses on legislative and regulatory issues and provides education and events, certification programs, marketing and promotion, and member-only money-saving programs. TruNorth Landscaping is proud to be a member of this respected trade association.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is committed to the pursuit of the highest industry standards.  Their focus is on enhancing professionalism in the industry through unparalleled education and development programs, tools, and resources; such as webinars, certification programs, and the largest annual landscape and lawn care industry educational and networking convention.

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), founded in 1993, is the trade association representing the segmental concrete pavement industry in the United States and Canada. ICPI is considered by peer associations around the world as the leader in development and dissemination of technical information for design professionals and contractors. ICPI engages in a broad range of technical, marketing, educational, government relations and communications activities.  We are proud members of the ICPI.

Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber’s mission is to serve its members and community by providing services that promote the economy and protect the environment, making this region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.  TruNorth Landscaping is a proud member of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

The Leelanau Chamber’s mission is about enhancing and preserving the economic well-being of Tourism, Business, Industry, Agriculture, and the Arts of the Leelanau Peninsula. TruNorth is a proud member of the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

The Leelanau Conservancy

The Leelanau Conservancy is a nonprofit organization established in 1988 to support, in a balanced manner, the preservation of the natural beauty, ecological integrity, and working farms of the Leelanau Peninsula.  We are happy to support The Leelanau Conservancy as a member.

Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) “Go Beyond Beauty” Program

ISN partners with organizations such as the Grand Traverse Conservation District and the Leelanau Conservancy to improve the quality of native habitats. Go Beyond Beauty is a voluntary program partnering ISN with local gardening/landscaping professionals to reduce the introduction of high-priority invasive ornamental plants by removing them from sales. Go Beyond Beauty is an essential program in stopping the spread of invasive ornamental species from the region.

The program will celebrate its past successes in preserving water quality, educate watershed residents and visitors about best practices to  protect the water, and encourage every person to do a little more. The adoption of these best practices by everyone will help preserve the quality of our water both now and for future generations. To that end, the Glen Lake Association has created the Glen Lake Guardian.

Michigan State University – Native Plants

With funding from Michigan’s Project GREEN, this website has been updated to explain the role that native plants play in ecosystem services. Its content and links include how to select and grow native plants in Michigan and similar locations for the maximum benefit of ecosystem services, especially pest management and pollination.

Michigan State University Horticulture Club Team Sponsor

Every year the MSU Horticulture Club participates in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET SCD).  TruNorth is honored to sponsor the MSU team each year.

The 2016 MSU Student Horticulture Association placed 1st in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition held at Mississippi State University. The competition had 63 colleges and universities represented and consisted of 28 competitive events that have been termed the “Landscape Olympics”. TruNorth was proud to be a sponsor of the MSU Student Horticulture Association team!

Missouri Botanical Garden – Plant Search

Look up, view a photo, and read about the over 6,400 plants which are growing or have been grown in the Kemper Center display gardens (plus selected additions) by scientific name, common name and/or selected plant characteristics.

Registered Landscape Technician Apprenticeship by the Department of Labor

This apprenticeship is offered through the US Department of Labor.