California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

Invest in the Nursery Industry through a CANGC Membership

Membership Has Privileges

As your industry association, the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) advocates on your behalf to enhance business opportunities and deliver value to your company. CANGC engages on regulatory affairs and legislation with the potential to impact you: water restrictions, pest regulations, labor laws, and other issues that you may not hear about because they were addressed by CANGC. With your support, CANGC’s voice is amplified, making our efforts even more effective.

CANGC is committed to offering member value through affiliate programs, frequent events, and strategic partnerships ensuring timely industry updates. The Association programs and services to its members includes the Certified Nursery Professional Program (CCN Pro) to increase their public credentials or become a Certified Garden center and tangible benefits that reduce operational costs of doing business such as a credit services discount. Most of all, the Association serves as a resource for its members. It is a resource to keep up to date with changing human resource regulations or regulation requirements for growing and shipping plant material. A complete list of member benefits can be found below.

To become a member of CANGC please submit a membership application, available for download below. 

Membership Application

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General Member Benefits

Weekly e-newsletters 
Subscribe to weekly email communications containing industry news and updates.

National Advocacy
CANGC collaborates with AmericanHort on national issues of importance to the nursery industry. AmericanHort's Lighthouse Program helps CANGC members actively engage their local representatives and provides the messaging and platform to effectively influence both Members of Congress and other federal officials. 
 
State Advocacy
Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP's George Soares and Louie Brown ensure that CANGC members are heard in the halls of the California legislature and in the offices of state regulators. AAMSI's Legislative/Regulatory team consists of Chris Zanobini, Debbie Murdock, and Tad Bell who, in coordination with our state and federal legislative advocates, reviews, monitors and takes action on government actions affecting the industry. Questions on advocacy efforts or state regulatory issues in the nursery industry? Call Chris Zanobini at (916) 448-3900 or chris [at] agamsi [dot] com

United as an industry, your voice can be heard. Every year, people become more disenchanted with big government, so we must work harder to be successful. We have two tools to accomplish our goals—CANGC Legislative Fund and CANGC Political Action Committee. These tools, paid for through contributions, allow us to represent the industry before legislative and regulatory bodies. 

CANGC holds a monthly legislative update on the third Thursday of the month covering state and federal issues impacting the nursery industry. If you would like to receive details on monthly calls please email info@cangc.org

Networking and Sales Opportunties

Discounted and exclusive access to CANGC events including the CANGC Annual Convention, regional events, networking social hours and trade shows:

Affiliate Discount Programs 

  • American Nursery Credit Association (ANCA): ANCA is a member-based organization where members enjoy a unique credit rating service, devised by and limited to wholesale growers and suppliers, to facilitate industry commerce via a system of confidential reports. No need to send credit reference requests to your colleagues, simply login to the ANCA website and find out what you need to know. CANGC members not already members of ANCA, can join at a $50 discount. Renew and you’ll receive a $25 discount for your second year. To join, click here and mark “CANGC” in the “Referred By” line. For more information, visit www.ancainc.com or contact Angela Burkett at 717-724-0296 or customerservice [at] ancainc [dot] com.

Member Directory
Recognition as a CANGC member in the online member directory.

CA GROWN Brand Licensing
As a signatory member of CA GROWN’S $1.5 million program, CANGC members enjoy negotiated Use of the CA GROWN brand (after signing the user & license agreement).
 
Strategic Partnerships

California Ag Day
Participation and representation at CDFA’s California Ag Day.
 
Economic Impact Report
In 2013, CANGC commissioned The California Nursery and Floral Industry: Economic Impacts and Trends by Hoy Carman, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California
 
CANERS Foundation
The CANERS Foundation, an endowment for research and scholarship in the nursery industry, has provided over $3.2 million in research grants and scholarships since 1989.

Grower Benefits

Virtual Nursery Grower Marketplace
In 2015 CANGC received $267,963 in grant funding from CDFA to develop a virtual marketplace to better connect nursery growers and retailers. This marketplace will allow growers to share their plant availability and for retailers to search this inventory for specific plants. This tool is scheduled to go live in early 2017 and will be available in English and Spanish.
 
Pest Management and Pesticide Regulatory Networks
CANGC facilitates the growing and transportation of plant stock with manageable regulatory distractions related to pests including Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), Huanglongbing (HLB), Light Brown Apple Month (LBAM), Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS)

Retailer Benefits

California Certified Nursery Professional program (CCN Pro)
Since 1969, the California Certified Nursery Professional program (CCN Pro) has set the standards for solid, basic knowledge that every sales person should know in order to serve the gardening customer. Through a testing program in three areas -- general knowledge, plant identification and landscape design that requires 70% minimum to pass each section, over 4,000 have been certified to date.

If 50% of a nursery's sales staff is certified, they qualify to become a Certified Garden Center. 
 
Plant California
Creation & management of www.PlantCalifornia.com, a $367,034 CDF grant funded online gardening resource to inspire and educate Californians to plant something, featuring a nursery locator, garden projects, tips, and workshops
 
Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) Retail Compliance Agreement
This agreement, currently under development, will allow citrus sales in quarantined areas.

Associate Member Benefits 
  • Discounted advertising opportunities with CANGC
  • Networking opportunities to connect with customers
Managing Your Business

Bankcard / Debit Card / Gift Card Program 

Many members participate in this program. Take the time to at least get a bid and check it against what you are currently receiving. Contact Retriever Payment Systems for more information: Dan Tomerlin (800) 210-7101 or email Dan at dan@retrieverps.com.  

CANGC Risk Management Consultant Don Dressler
is an attorney and works for you! He provides benefits such as Workers Compensation Coverage Analysis, Sexual Harassment Training and Heat Stress Training in English and Spanish, Employee Handbook Review, Employee Handbook Drafting, and General Consultation: Employment legal questions, wage and hour, discipline, benefit policies, termination problems, and discrimination issues. Call Don Dressler at (949) 533-3742 or email him dondressler1@hotmail.com

Collection Agency
More than 1,000 Green Industry companies are GreenFlag customers. How did they do it? By providing you a combination of affordability, results, and online tools that no other firm can match.  They are dedicated to giving you the best solutions available for recovering bad debt and delinquent receivables. Call  Pat Edgerton at (925) 212-3397.