The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) is Georgia’s statewide trade association for ornamental horticulture.
Our mission is to promote and advance the economic, lifestyle, and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture for our members, our families, and our communities. Through our advocacy efforts, educational opportunities, legislative monitoring, certification exams, trade shows, and conferences for the horticulture-related industries in the state, the GGIA is deeply rooted in the industry. GGIA was formed in 1990 by the merger of the Georgia Nursery Association and the Georgia Association of Landscape Professionals. The association merged again with the Georgia Flower Growers Association in 2005 and with the Georgia Irrigation Association in 2009. We continue to grow for the betterment of the industry’s future. GGIA serves as the umbrella association for the entire ornamental horticulture industry, and our membership reflects the rich diversity of the industry in Georgia.
GGIA is composed of six divisions that provide representation to the entire industry. Each of these divisions is equally represented on our board of directors, ensuring that each industry sector directly influences our policies and initiatives. Our members include landscape professionals, irrigation contractors, wholesale nursery growers, retail garden centers, floriculture, and greenhouse growers, and companies that provide allied products and services.
Throughout the last thirty years, GGIA has made numerous contributions to promote the welfare and growth of the green industry. Our association worked to ensure that the green industry is defined in the Georgia code as “agriculture.” We led the charge on regulatory efforts to ensure consistency and quality control in growing media. We were instrumental in the creation and implementation of the 2010 Water Stewardship Act which protects the industry in times of drought—and more. Most recently, we were victorious in our effort to secure our industry’s essential designation state-wide for every sector of our industry at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Horticulture is a leading segment of agriculture that remains the major economic engine of the state. Overall, the industry accounts for $9.97 billion in annual economic impact and employs over 104,000 Georgians. With members from all areas of the industry in all corners of the state, you can rest assured that we are looking out for your interests and have the right connections to keep a finger on the pulse of the issues that can impact your business. Our strength as an organization is derived from that unity. And that unity makes finding a colleague, a customer, or a supplier that much easier among your fellow members.