March Garden Day Cancelled

Due to the current recommendations from the state government and concern for the health and safety for attendees, I regret to inform you that the WMNLA board has decided to cancel March Garden Day this coming weekend,

We ask for your patience as we work to issue refunds and work on alternative plants. We are unsure at this point if the event will be rescheduled for another date later this year. Please stay tuned.

Best regards,

Keith Hogan

WMNLA President

 

Legislative Update with Amy Upton, MNLA Executive Director, The Holland Oz Project

“The Holland Oz Project – the development and details of a living sculpture story”

 

Presented by:

Allison Jesky, Hope College

Linda Hart, Holland Area Convention and Visitor Bureau

Jamie Scott, City of Holland

Wednesday, January 8
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Hope College, Maas Center,264 Columbia Ave, Holland Mi 
Lunch $15, RSVP wmnla2013@gmail.com or 616-402-4885

In this panel presentation the Holland in Bloom committee members, Allison, Linda, and Jamie will discuss the details of “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ” living mosaic book. Located in Holland’s Centennial Park, this was a first of its kind in mid-western America as an innovative approach to horticulture display. This was one part of “The Holland Oz Project”, which launched in the summer of 2019 and quickly became the most photographed spot within the area. You will learn the how and why this project was created. The process that was required for it to happen. As well as the maintenance needs and challenges.

 

Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan

“Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan”

presented by

Dr Alexandra Locher, Grand Valley State University

at Opel Growers, Hudsonville, MI

Wednesday, December 11th

11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

At Opel Growers

6275 Tyler St

Hudsonville, MI 49417

Please RSVP by December 6th

wmnla2013@gmail.com or 616-402-4885

Dr Alexandra Locher

Dr. Alexandra Locher, Forestry Dept., Grand Valley State University graduated with a PhD from Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008, and then landed a faculty position in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. In 2011, Dr Locher came to Grand Valley State University where she focused her research on understanding how forest management practices impact wildlife species and communities. Dr Locher has expertise in wildlife biology and management, forest ecosystem management, and applications of geographic information systems to natural resources questions. Current projects are largely based on using remotely sensed data from satellites to model and predict characteristics of forests.

Dr Locher will be talking about some of her current projects focusing on mapping hemlock trees in west Michigan. She is actively working with the Ottawa Conservation District and West Michigan CISMA to combat the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect that feeds on hemlock trees, which eventually kills them. As hemlocks provide many ecological functions and services including carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and dune stabilization, losing them would be devastating to Michigan. Dr Locher and her students are developing models using high resolution aerial imagery to predict locations of hemlocks and facilitate early detection of HWA and rapid treatment response to ultimately conserve hemlock forests in Michigan.

Lunch is provided by Opel Growers, tours of Opel Growers are available following the meeting. For more information about Opel Growers go to www.Opel Growers.com.

“H2A: Explanation & Staffing” presented by Lawrence Williams,Manzana LLC

Lawrence Williams, Manzana LLC will be presenting a program about the basics of hiring H2A workers.
Lawrence Williams is the owner of Manzana LLC, a farm labor contractor that provides farm labor services to growers around the country. He provides labor services to a wide variety of agricultural clients, including farms, nurseries, and greenhouses. In addition to recruiting domestic workers, Lawrence utilizes the H-2A non-immigrant visa program to legally bring workers from Mexico into the United States. He has used the H-2A non-immigrant visa program since 2007 and has developed an expertise in successfully navigating it for his client’s benefit. Last year his company brought over 600 workers from Mexico to conduct agricultural work.  Members and guest are welcome.

Wednesday, November 13th
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus
Grand Haven, MI 49417

RSVP by November 8th
Let us know you are coming so our hosts can prepare!
WMNLA member businesses & staff are welcomed!
RSVP to Pam Cater at
(616) 402-4885 or wmnla2013@gmail.com