17th Annual WMNLA Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser


The 17th Annual WMNLA
Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
Friday, September 23, 2016
Grand Haven Golf Club
1700 Lincoln St. Grand Haven, MI 49417

There will be a lot of great golf, a great time, and all supporting a great cause!

Open to all WMNLA members, employees, friends, customers, vendors, & family.  Bring the sales team!  Bring a new member!  You can sign up individually or as teams of 2, 3 or 4.  We’ll partner individuals to make foursomes.
$75 per person. Advance registration required by September 17th.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; all sponsors will receive recognition in the Golf Outing program, a company sign at the golf course, a listing in the Michigan Landscape magazine, the WMNLA website and the WMNLA newsletter. Dinner sponsorship is $350, Lunch sponsorship is $250 and a hole sponsorship is available at $50.
Dinner included.

March Garden Day 2016. A Celebration of Gardening!

March Garden Day 2016 was celebrated Saturday, March 12th at the Grand Haven Community Center, Grand Haven, Michigan. Over 200 enthusiastic gardeners attended to hear keynote speakers; Janet Macnuvich and Greg Afman entertain and educate listeners with their garden expertise and knowledge. Gardeners enjoyed the indoor landscape designed by Paul Keifer of Specialty Gardens with hundreds of plants and bulbs donated by Evergreen Acres and Zelenka farms.
Breakout sessions included: Zandra Talley, the ‘Chicken Whisperer’ and  Jolene King of Weesie Farms: ’Perennials: Divide and Conquer’. Lori May of Hortech educated gardeners about living walls, and Ruth Zwald discussed the medicinal uses of three common herbs. Greg Afman, of the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden educated our gardeners about Japanese design and conducted a breakout session to give us all a taste of bonsai. Janet Macunovich enlightened gardeners about smarter ways of gardening with plants that are classic in any design. She also entertained gardeners with her hilarious garden experiences.
A portion of profits from March Garden Day support the WMNLA Scholarship Fund and the WMNLA Education fund, which benefits teachers and schools involved in horticulture. It also funds the Master Gardener Fund, which helps employees fund their Master Gardener education.
WMNLA would like to thank the following vendors and contributors who helped make March Garden Day possible: Bartlett Tree Services, Grand Haven Garden House, Jonkers Garden, Landscape Design Services, Michigan Wood Fibers, Blue Horizon Nursery, The Bookman, Michigan Rag Company, Holland Community Theatre, Weesies Garden Center, West Michigan Tree Services and  Ace Hardware of Spring Lake. WMNLA has the greatest appreciation for the March Garden Day Committee who plans and prepares for this event: Lee Ver Schure, Audrey Eaton, Paul Keifer, Pam Cater, Lisa Denison,  Allyson Jeske and Reini Moser. Last but not least: WMNLA thanks the many volunteers who help everything run smoothly.

For more pictures visit our the March Garden Day Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/MarchGardenDay/?fref=ts

March Garden Day Saturday March 12, 2016

A Celebration of Gardening!
Sponsored by the West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus St., Grand Haven MI 49417
Saturday, March 12, 2016

8:00 Registration and Check In
View exhibits, indoor gardens and Silent Auction.

9:00 Session 1
“Experience The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden” with Greg Afman. Greg is the lead horticulturist for the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Gardens at the Frederick Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park. Greg studied Art History at the University of Michigan. While there, he became interested in Japanese culture and bonsai. Greg moved to Japan and was selected as an apprentice to a bonsai master. He also worked as a gardener for a Japanese garden construction company. Greg completed the Professional Gardener program at Longwood Gardens. Greg will present design elements of the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden and ideas for applying them to your garden.

10:30 Session 2
“Simplify to Keep on Growing” with Janet Macunovich Janet is a professional gardener, designer, author and educator. Known as the “lady at the flower house, the one with no lawn”, she began designing for others in 1980, teaching a college garden design course in 1987 and published her first book in 1990. Janet will present techniques for simplifying your garden, including making tasks physically easier by modifying designs and adopting variations in tools and timing. Janet’s ideas can be implemented by experienced and new gardeners alike.

11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions
“Divide and Conquer: Dividing Perennials” with Jolene King, Advanced Master Gardener, Michigan Certified Nurseryman, employed at Weesies Garden Center.

“Bonsai”, with Greg Afman, Lead Horticulturist at the Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

“Zandra: The Chicken Whisperer” with Zandra Talley, Jonker’s Garden

“Vertical Gardening: Bringing Walls to Life” with Lori May ,Sales Specialist for LiveWall, LLC a division of Hortech Nursery

“Twice As Good: Three Common Culinary Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses “, with Ruth Zwald, owner of “SpiritLink Herbals: Linking the Goodness of Plants With The Well-being of Your Spirit.”

1:45 Session 3 :
“Plants on my Wish List” with Janet Macunovich Janet will present trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that she chooses when she must whittle down the choices, yet still be sure to design a beautiful, classic, enduring landscape.

To Register for March Garden Day 2016: 2016 March Garden Day Brochure

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool: WMNLA Horticulture Education Grant Award Recipient

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland has been awarded a $500 grant from the WMNLA Horticulture Education Fund. Little Hawk’s Preschoolers spend half of everyday outside as a part of their curriculum. Little Hawks currently has 56 students, with more than half on tuition assistance. This grant will help fund a greenhouse at the school that will help teach students where plants come from and give them self-confidence in caring for living things. It will also help increase students’ curiosity and appreciation for the outdoors.

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is located at: 5678 143rd Ave., Holland, MI. www.littlehawks.org.
For WMNLA Horticulture Education Grant applications, go to www.wmnla.com and click on the .scholarship tab.

WMNLA 2015 Golf Outing

The 16th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser was a big success for the WMNLA Scholarship Fund with 79 golfers participating.  It was a great day for golf, even with the damp, chilly morning. The Grand Haven Golf Club hosted an excellent outing and the camaraderie was good fun.
For the first time there was a three way tie for first place honors. The winner by tiebreaker was Mellema Nursery, followed by Jacobsen and Double L Landscaping. Our last place award of practice golf balls was happily accepted by Dykstra Landscape Management. Congratulations to all teams for supporting the WMNLA Scholarship funds!
WMNLA is grateful for the generous support from Event Sponsors Eco Green Supply and Forever Green Sod. Our lunch was sponsored by Landscape Design Services.  Over 50 businesses, both members and friends of WMNLA, supported the event and the scholarship & horticulture education grant fund through hole sponsorships, cash prizes, and raffle gifts.  Some of the great prizes included a two night stay at Grand Traverse Resort, Michigan State Basketball tickets, craft beer baskets, wine baskets and more. For additional pictures go to our Facebook page.
Thank you to Mike Teunis of BFG Supply Co. for chairing this year’s event.  He did a great job and we appreciate the WMNLA board’s support!
WMNLA is very fortunate to be able to award a $1500 scholarship for 2015/16 from the WMNLA Scholarship fund to Rachel Grinwis, a student at Michigan State University. WMNLA also awarded a $300 Master Gardener grant to Kathy Wells. This is a new fund set up in 2015 to help members and employees of members off set tuition costs.

Thank you to Eco Green Supply and 
Forever Green Sod
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Lunch Sponsor
Landscape Design Services Landscape design image

Golf Hole Sponsors
Bartlett Tree Experts
BFG Supply
Double L Enterprise
Dykstra Landscape Management
Evergreen Acres
Grand Haven Garden House
Great Lakes Nursery Soils, Inc.
Jacobsen-Great Lakes
John Deere Landscaping
Jonker’s Gardens.
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Nursery & Landscape
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Rosebay Nursery
Seavers Lawn Service
Vandenberg Bulb Co

Prize Contributors
BFG Supply
Boyink Plant Solutions
Colonial Golf Club
Grand Haven Golf Club
Grand Traverse Resort
GVSU Facilities
Tony Hamilton
Jonker’s Garden
Lemon Creek Winery
Maple Hill Golf
Michigan Wood Fibers
New Holland Brewery
Old Boy’s Brew Pub
Simpson Nursery
West Ottawa Golf Course

Golf Teams
Bartlett Tree
BFG Supply
Double L Enterprises
Dykstra Landscape Management
Dykstra Landscape Services
Eco Green Supply
Evergreen Acres
Grand Haven Garden House
Jacobsen-Great Lakes
Jonkers Garden
Landscape Design Services
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Pete’s Lawncare
Seavers Lawn Service
Van’s Pines
Weesies Garden Center
Weesies Landscaping & Garden Center

WMNLA 2015 Scholarship Award Recipient

Rachel Grinwis (2)

Rachel M Grinwis was awarded the 2015 WMNLA Scholarship Award. Rachel is student at Michigan State University majoring in Horticulture with a track in Landscape Design and Construction Management. Rachel has a wide range of experience with a west Michigan tree nursery and was involved in all aspects of the business, from bidding and installing landscape jobs to harvesting and preparing plant material for Christmas season sales. Rachel has also been involved in a research projects for Muskegon Conservation District, including a project planting and monitoring trees used to clean heavy metals from the environment.
Rachel has finished spring semester at MSU with a 4.0 grade point average and currently has an internship at MSU with Bert Cregg involving tree research. We are pleased to award this scholarship to Rachel and wish her success at her studies at Michigan State University.


Successful March Garden Day 2015

Everyone was excited for Spring‘s arrival in West Michigan. With over 200 Michigan gardeners attending, WMNLA celebrated the coming of spring with the annual March Garden Day.

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Lee VerSchure, Paul Kiefer, Reini Moser, Pam Cater, Audrey Eaton, Allison Jesky, and Lisa Densison, members of the Garden Day committee, planned all year to produce this annual event at the Grand Haven Community Center.

We would like to acknowledge the help of many volunteers who were also enlisted to help with publicity, photos, the silent auction donations, moderators, and. . . of course, the set up and tear down crew. A big “Thank You” goes to this team – Mike Teunis, Gary Katerburg, Kay VerSchure, Lisa Denison, Matt Mellema, Laurel Nease, Nate Weaver, Brian Boyink and the team of Master Gardener Volunteers.

We would also like to thank Tony Hamilton of BFN Operations, Paul Kiefer of Specialty Gardens, Dirk Jonker of Jonkers Gardens ,Gary Katerberg of Evergreen Acres, Spring Meadow Nursery, Walter’s Gardens and Hortech for donating plants, expertise and growing space to make the beautiful indoor landscape and auction.

Welcome to WMNLA

WMNLA is a “green industry” non-profit organization whose members are West Michigan landscape designers and contractors, landscape management companies, wholesale nurseries and retail centers.

WMNLA Members are dedicated to:

  • Professionalism and integrity in all business practices.
  • Promoting the general welfare and prosperity of all association members.
  • Encouraging environmental responsibility and public trust.
  • Increasing awareness of this industry’s contribution to the quality of life.
  • Providing workmanship, service and materials of the highest quality at a fair price.