Georgia Green Industry Association

In the late 1980s, many issues such as legislation and water restrictions faced the “green” industry throughout Georgia. The culmination of House Bill 204, which was a proposed pesticide posting bill, made many firms and individuals throughout the State realize that a unified organization representing many people would serve the industry better than many separate horticultural associations.

During these years, the Georgia Nurserymen’s Association (GNA) and the Georgia Association of Landscape Professionals (GALP) began combining efforts on legislation and other administrative areas.

The Georgia Nurseryman’s Association was a long-standing association with approximately 450 members throughout the State. GNA found its beginnings back in the late 1800s as an offshoot of the Georgia Horticulture Society (GHS), which was founded by P.J. Berkman. Other associations such as the Peach Council, the Apple Council, etc., found their beginnings with GHS. The GNA faced hard times during the depression, but reformed again in 1937. From 1937 until 1990, when GNA merged with GALP to form the Georgia Green Industry Association, GNA represented producers, landscapers, and retail nurserymen.

The Georgia Association of Landscape Professionals was formed in 1988. Many landscapers throughout the State felt that since Atlanta has more multi-million dollar landscape firms than any other US city, a strong landscape educational association was needed. GALP had approximately 300 members and was rapidly gaining membership throughout Georgia when the need to unify the two organizations of GNA and GALP became evident.

In January, 1990, at the annual meeting of GNA, the GNA membership voted to merge with GALP. The following February, GALP members voted to form a new organization with the members of GNA. In June, 1990, an organizational meeting of the new Georgia Green Industry Association was held.

Since the formation in 1990, GGIA has held numerous training events, conducted certification exams, provided a marketplace for horticultural products via the annual trade show, and provided legislative monitoring for over 800 company members statewide. The Annual Conference and Trade Exposition is held each January. Currently, the event is held in Athens, Georgia, but has been held near the airport in south Atlanta and at the Cobb Galleria in north Atlanta.

The Association grew again in 2005 when the Georgia Flower Growers Association merged with GGIA. This merger brought in the greenhouse operators of the state to join the four Divisions already active including landscape professionals, retail garden center owners and managers, sales and marketing professionals in allied businesses, and wholesale nursery growers.

In 2008, the Association welcomed the addition of the Georgia Irrigation Association members through another association merger. Irrigation contractors and manufacturers comprise the sixth Division of GGIA. Educational opportunities for this discipline are provided through a partnership with the national organization, the Irrigation Association.

Recognizing the need for local groups, GGIA formed nine chapters in 2008. Three chapters became active during the first year of this organizational change. The remaining six chapters will become active in 2009 and 2010.

Today, the Georgia Green Industry Association is a vibrant association, adapting to the changes within the industry and in standard business practices. The Association continues to provide education, legislative monitoring, certification exams, trade shows, and conferences to the horticulture-related industries in the State.

Spring into Color 5K Dash Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the race hard?

No, that’s no fun! We are a fun race with lots of color! This 5k you can run, walk, crawl or cartwheel if you wish.

Can I walk the course?

We don’t see why not! This is a race to see who can be the most colorful, not who can finish first! In fact, this race won’t even be timed! Feel free to linger at the color stations and get the most color you can at each one. It isn’t how you get to the finish line that matters, it’s how good you’ll look when you arrive!

What is the color made of?

The color powder we use is custom high quality manufactured and produced right here in the United States. It is 100% safe and non-toxic & biodegradable. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers)

Can I take pictures?

Of course! For most events, we’ll also have our GGIA Spring Into Color professional photography team covering all of the 5K color dash. If you do bring your camera, phone, pager, Walkman, I-pod, we recommend keeping it in a plastic bag to keep the dust out!

If you are a photographer that would like to come and photograph our event, we will grant you permission with the understanding that any photographs you take may be used and edited by GGIA for marketing and promotional purposes with or without your written consent. By photographing our event, you acknowledge and agree to this condition.

Are kids allowed?

Yes, kids love to get colored just as much as the rest of us. All kids must have a release waiver signed by a parent/guardian and turned in before they are allowed to participate. The waiver can be obtained and signed at the event or the pre-packet pick up.

Can I run with a jogging stroller and my kids?

Absolutely! All strollers are welcome.. Just be prepared for them to be rainbow colored when you are done with the race!

Will the Color ruin my clothes or shoes?

The “color” does mostly wash out after the event. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful. If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it. When you wash your shirt, the color will eventually come out.

If you want a lot of color to hit your shirt, plan to run or walk closer to the color throwers. If you want only a little bit of color, run or walk in the farthest lane from the throwers.

Will the color get in my car?

Bring a towel or some plastic bags along, and you’ll be just fine! However, if you do get some in your vehicle, it can be dusted away or vacuumed easily.

Will I be timed?

No timing chips, but you will have the “time of your life”

What should I wear?

You can wear whatever you want but we suggest white clothing because it shows the colors the best! We also recommend our tutus, tube socks, and any other accessories that will make you stand out in the crowd!

What if it rains?

GGIA’s Spring Into Color 5K Dash will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, you will have even more fun!! The wet color is even brighter than the dry color! And you may even see a REAL rainbow! However, if there is lightening or thunder, we will delay the start of the race until thunderstorms have passed for the safety of all the runners. Course adjustments will be made if necessary!

Can you ship my packet to me?

Since we do not charge a shipping fee, we are unable to ship out any merchandise, color packs, and runner packs if the participant does not pick them up at the event.

When is packet pickup?

Packet pickup will be held the day before the event. The location of packet pickup is usually at a local store or at the venue where the race will be held. Two weeks before the race, emails will be sent out with specific instructions and info so you can easily get your packet and be ready for race day!

How does the post-race color throws work?

At the finish line, the crowd will do a color throw every 15 minutes to welcome new runners coming in. We provide one bag in your race bag and more can be purchased at check-in or the finish if desired.

Are there refunds?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds. The logistics of setting up and planning the event make it impossible. Just make sure you are good to go before signing up. If for some reason you can’t make it to race day, at least come to the check in, pick up your Spring Into Color 5K Dash gear, and say hi to us!

Do you use hashtags for this event?

YES! Please use #SpringIntoColor5kDash on all your social media photos.

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

Go to and login to your account. Choose the option “Transfer registration to another athlete” and then enter the email address of the person you are transferring it to. Or click on the link in your registration confirmation email that says “transfer to someone else” and it will prompt you to put the email address in for the person you are transferring it to. Once they claim their registration, it will refund your payment (minus the processing fee) and ask the person receiving the transfer to pay the CURRENT price of the registration. Transferring will be available up until a week before the race.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please email and we will hook you up with an answer.

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