WMNLA 2016-17 Calendar

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 George Lessens, Chief Meteorologist WZZM Channel 13 Weather,Past and Present Weather Trends including WZZM’s Long Range Forecast”. @ Grand Haven Community Center

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Amy Frankmann, Executive Director MNLA, “Updates within the Green Industry” @ Grand Haven Community Center

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Rick Vuyst, Flowerland Garden Centers, “”Mow-tivational…..a good swift kick in the plants” @ Hope College

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Rick Lohman, Business Coach, Trainer, Speaker; Woohooing.com. ”Is Your Chemistry Right for the Results You Want To Generate?” @ Hope College

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police; “Green Industry Updates “ at Michigan Wood Fibers, 9426 Henry St, Zeeland, MI (Lunch provided by Michigan Wood Fibers)

All meeting eligible for CPIG Credit
Meeting time 11:30 a.m. at The Grand Haven Community Center (October & November), 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Michigan or Hope College. (December & January)
Cost: $15.00 person,
Employee special: Send 3-4th employee eats free

17th Annual WMNLA Scholarship Golf Outing

The 17th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser was a big success for the WMNLA Scholarship Fund with 68 golfers participating. It was a great day for golf, the Grand Haven Golf Club hosted an excellent outing and the camaraderie was good fun.

Awarded first place was the Landscape Design team of Jeremy Bakker, Mitch Bosma, Bob Stirling and Brian Kintigh. Longest putt was won by Tom Czerniak, closest to the pin by Ryan Weesies and Mike Teunis. Ann Van Doeselaar won the longest drive along with Bill O’Connell. 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 35 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 Yeti coolers and more.
Thank you to Mike Teunis of BFG Supply Co. for chairing this year’s event. He did a great job! We appreciate everyone’s support!
WMNLA is very fortunate to be able to award a $1500 scholarship for 2016/17 from the WMNLA Scholarship fund to Rachel Grinwis, a student at Michigan State University.

Event Sponsors:
Eco Green Supply
Forever Green Sod
Lunch Sponsor:
Landscape Design Services

Hole Sponsors:

Bartlett Tree Experts
BFG Supply
Blue Ridge Nursery & Landscaping
Bosch’s Landscape & Lawn Specialties
Double L Enterprise
Dykstra Landscape Services
Evergreen Acres
Hope College
Integrity Landscape Mgt.
Jacobsen-Great Lakes
Jonker’s Gardens
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Nursery & Landscape
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Seavers Lawn Service
Van’s Pines

Prize Contributors
Boyink Plant Solutions
Colonial Golf Club
Grand Haven Golf Club
Grand Valley State University
Tony Hamilton
Allison Jesky
Ken Stanton
Landsharks, Saugatuck, MI
Michigan Wood Fibers
Old Boys Brew Pub
Pure Michigan
Wallinwood Spring Golf Course
Simpson Nurseries (FL/TN)



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WMNLA 17th Annual Golf Outing

17th Annual WMNLA
Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
Friday, September 23rd
Grand Haven Golf Club
1700 Lincoln St, Grand Haven, Mi 49417
at 10:00 a.m.
Shotgun Start at 11:00 a.m. Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s Event Sponsors are Eco Green Supply of Wyoming and Forever Green Sod of Fremont. Sponsorships are also available for the first time for lunch and dinner, as well as hole sponsors.
There will be a lot of great golf, a good time, and all supporting a wonderful 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 – Includes Hot Dog Lunch, Chicken and pulled pork dinner, 18 holes of golf, power cart, and an all-round great time. Advance Registration Required by September 16th.
Dinner includes a cook-out after the tournament of chicken and pulled pork. Spouses and non golfers welcome to “dinner only” for $25
Cash bar available.
To donate prizes for the raffle (golf shirts, golf outings, restaurants, etc) Contact Mike Teunis at (616) 366-2916 or mike.teunis@bfgsupply.com,

Sponsorship Levels are available. All sponsors will receive recognition int the Golf Outing Program, a company sign at the golf course, in the WMNLA newsletter and website, and in the Michigan Landscape magazine. Dinner sponsors are $350, lunch $250 and Hole sponsorships are available for $50.


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