March Garden Day 2017

A Celebration of Gardening!
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus St., Grand Haven MI 49417

Sponsored by the West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association

8:00 Registration and Check In
View exhibits, indoor gardens and silent auction.

9:00 Session 1
“Lessons Learned under the Trees” with Susan Martin. Susan is an avid gardener, writer and speaker for gardening audiences across the U.S. She has spent nearly two decades in the Horticulture industry working in new plant development, garden design, communications, sales and marketing; including over a decade in management at the largest wholesale grower of bare root perennials in the United States. Susan will share her knowledge of shade gardening gleaned from over ten years of experience gardening in every degree of shade along the Lake Michigan shoreline. You will learn how to take advantage of the conditions you have, not those you wish you had, and discover life beyond hostas in the shade garden.
10:30 Session 2
“Smart Plants for Pollinators with Rebecca Finneran. Rebecca is a Senior Horticulture Educator with Michigan State University Extension. Rebecca has been serving Michigan since 1987 helping the green industry and consumers learn about horticulture, the environment and pesticide safety. Supporting native bees and beneficial insects right at home is the first step in conservation of these species. Rebecca will help you choose the right plants and how to adopt ’Smart Gardening’ behaviors to help our native bee and insect populations thrive.

11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions
“What’s New and Old in Roses” with Eric Nelson, Weesies Brothers Garden Center and Landscaping.

“Indoor Miniscapes; Creating Miniature Gardens and Terrariums”, with Bev Harkema”, Jonkers Garden

“Mature and Ornamental Tree Pruning” with Keith Hogan, Bartlett Tree Experts

“Tools and Tips from the Pros” with Paul Keifer Specialty Gardens, Allison Jesky, Hope College and Greg Dunn, Blackbird Farm CSA. Join Paul, Allison and Greg for a lively discussion about their favorite ‘can’t do without’ tools.

“Yoga for Gardeners”, with Kathi Skorupski, Yoga fit instructor for 19 years. Learn how to garden smarter and healthier with simple yoga moves.

1:45 Session 3 :
“Moving Beyond Pretty with Bonus Points” with Susan Martin. Susan will show us how to see plants from a new prospective, resist buying impulses, and how to select plants in a more intentional way, moving beyond pretty and into the realm of more.

March Garden Day is going Green! All food waste and lunch products will be biodegradable and composted. All paper and plastic will be recycled. Water and coffee will be available with biodegradable cups. Registrants are welcome to bring their own water bottles. 

Download March Garden Day Registration form here :2017 March Garden Day Brochure

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

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.

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.