March Garden Day: A Celebration of Gardening 2019

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 16, 2019

Mail in formMarch Garden Day A Celebration of Gardening 2019 Registration Form (PDF) Print and submit this form with check and mail to: WMNLA PO Box 96, West Olive, MI 49460 or submit payment online.


To register online: fill out all personal information, then proceed to the Paypal site to submit secure payment. Fill out credit card information or Paypal account information, then proceed to the bottom of the form and hit the Pay button to complete the transaction. You will receive an email confirmation from WMNLA and a seperate PayPal receipt to let you know the transaction has been completed.

8:00 Registration and Check In

View exhibits, indoor gardens and Silent Auction.

9:00 Session 1

“Taking Flight-Attracting Pollinators and Winged Wonders to your Garden!” with Elly Maxwell.

Gardening to attract pollinators starts with providing appropriate habitat for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other critters! Selecting appropriate plants and timing blooms will attract nectaring adults. Another important detail is planting host plant species for caterpillars as they complete their life cycle. Lastly, we’ll focus on overwintering habits of Michigan insects to help us understand how to encourage them from season to season. Ellie has been the Entomologist at Dow Gardens since 2006. She earned a master of Science from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, both in Entomology. Elly works as an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University where she teaches

Entomology 110. She is also the 2018 incoming President of the Michigan Entomology Society.

10:30 Session 2

“How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity” with Jan Bills.

Gardens should be our love, not our labor of love! Discover how sustainable gardening includes a variety of practices that respond to environmental concerns. These practices are used in every stage of gardening, including design, planting and maintenance. Together we will develop a shift in perspective as we explore how to garden with comfort ease and simplicity. Jan will share her dirty little gardening secrets for a happier and healthier 2019! Jan is the author of Late Bloomer, is a certified landscape designer, an Advanced Master Gardener, entrepreneur and contributing writer for State-by-State Gardening magazine. After a successful career in the corporate world, she made a major life reassessment and followed her heart: She traded in her heels for Wellies and started the Detroit-area landscape design company Two Women and a Hoe. (


11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions: Snapshots: A Taste of Short & Sweet Possibilities

“The Spirit of Container Gardening” with Scott Jacobs, Garden Liaison for Specialty Gardens.

“What’s Bugging our Trees”, with Keith Hogan, Bartlett Tree,  Qualified Arborist, ISA Risk Assessment Qualified

“Operation Healthy Heights” with Dr. Rick and Nancy Peters, Coalition for Community Development

“Not Your Grandma’s Jade Plant” with Rachel Kemme, co owner Dutch Touch Growers, Inc.

“The Snack That Bites Back: A Researchers Peek at SE Asian Tropical Carnivorous Plants”, with Dr. Rachel Love, Professor Grand Valley State University.

1:45 Session 3

“Romantic, Inspiring, Educational-Public Gardens of Today ” with Rebecca Finneran. When one thinks of a garden, people often conjure up the lavish displays of color, intensely clipped hedges, and romantic outdoor rooms of the great European estates. Many of today’s internationally noted, elite gardens have ties to wealth, power, class and prestigious family estates. Yet some have dedicated themselves to education, choosing to provide inspiration and connection to the natural world. Closer to home, research plans   a key role i U.S. gardens and landscapes. While many American gardens were established among the wealthy class, others were started with the express role to educate budding horticulturists. Join Rebecca Finneran, MSU Senior Horticulture Educator in a look at a collection of gardens that are inspirational, educational and have shaped our lives.


3:00 March Garden Day Concludes

Print and submit this form with check and mail to: WMNLA PO Box 96, West Olive, MI 49460 or submit payment online.

March Garden Day A Celebration of Gardening 2019 Registration Form (PDF)

To register online: fill out all personal information, then proceed to the PayPal site to submit secure payment. Fill out credit card information or PayPal account information, then proceed to the bottom of the form and hit the Pay button to complete the transaction. You will receive an email confirmation from WMNLA and a separate PayPal receipt to let you know the transaction has been completed.

*Online registration is not available at the moment, check back next week.

‘Technology and Young Plant Production’ presented by Walters Gardens Staff

“Technology and Young Plant Production” with Walters Gardens Staff
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (note new date)

at Walters Gardens 
1992 96th Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464
Lunch Provided by Walters Gardens

Walters Gardens staff will be presenting a talk about some of the things they do to ensure their customers receive the very best liners, as well as to ensure their company runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.They will be highlighting ideas they’ve developed that might transfer to members businesses.

More specific highlights of the presentation and tour:

  • Brand new technologies in our now-year old acclimation range such as dry fog humidity control and water booms with juhl light sensors.
  • MSU studies on nematodes and weed control in the bare root fields
  • New versions of climate and water control
  • Advanced diggers in the bare root fields and how they build them
  • Drones for scouting in the bare root fields and possibly soon the greenhouse
  • Lean flow production practices especially marketplace order picking and bar code record keeping
  • Optional tour of the Walters Gardens facility
  • Bio pesticides and fungicides used in our facility;

Reserve your place by Friday, December 14th. RSVP:

or text/call 616-402-4885.

Note: new date, Tuesday, December 18th.

“Pollinator-friendly Plants and Practices” presented by Heidi Lindberg, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, Michigan State University Extension

MSU Extension Greenhouse and Nursery Educator
West Michigan greenhouse and nursery education and research
Ottawa County Extension Office
12220 Fillmore St., Suite 122
West Olive, MI 49460

Are your customers interested in pollinator-friendly plants? Do they want your business to grow and maintain them with methods that are not harmful for pollinators? Attendees will learn about the challenges facing pollinators including bees and begin to understand that complexity of the topic. Participants will learn about planting perennial, tree, and shrub species that provide nectar for pollinators throughout the whole season. Plant growers will also learn about best management practices to protect pollinators in the landscape and some disease and insect-prone species to avoid planting in the landscape. Finally, landscapers will learn how to certify their plantings an official “pollinator habitats” which may stimulate marketing opportunities.
Heidi Lindberg is a greenhouse and nursery extension educator based in Ottawa County. She serves greenhouses and nurseries in western Michigan including the large density of ornamental plant production in Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties. Her major program initiatives include: lighting for efficient production of greenhouse crops, increasing energy efficiency and sustainability, biological control in greenhouses, and marketing of ornamental plants.

 Wednesday, November 14th
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus
Grand Haven
Lunch $15
Bring 3,4th person eats free!

RSVP by November 9th
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

WMNLA October 10th meeting at Spring Meadow Nursery

Spring Meadow Nursery hosted WMNLA members, Wednesday, October 10th at Spring Meadow Nursery. This message is from Allison Jesky, WMNLA President (

I would especially like to thank Spring Meadow Nursery for their kind hospitality, as they were our host for the lunch and seminar. Jane Beggs-Joles gave an informative and thought-provoking presentation about the company’s experience of their office fire.  Highlighting all the issues to be concerned about to withstand a crisis. The importance of preparation and how your reaction to a crisis is critical.

Following the talk we took our show on the road. We were fortunate to have a tour of the trial gardens, (and a break in the rain), on the property of the Deppe’s home. It was such a delight to witness all the beauty and variety that is planted there. It proves the point that every season has something spectacular to showcase.

Allison Jesky, WMNLA President


WMNLA 2018-19 Calendar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Spring Meadow Nursery, 12601 120th Ave., Grand Haven, Mi.’ Disaster Planning and Tour of Trial Gardens ‘ presented by Jane Beggs-Joles,  Proven Winner Color Choice, Landscape Program Development at Spring Meadow Nursery, 12601 120th Ave. Grand Haven, Mi. Lunch provided by Spring Meadow Nursery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Heidi Lindberg, Nursery & Greenhouse Educator, Michigan State University at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Mi.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 ‘Technology and Young Plant Production’ presented by Walters Gardens. At Walters Gardens, 1992 96th Ave., Zeeland, MI. Lunch provided by Walters Gardens.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 ‘Legislative Updates & the Impact of Marijuana on Your Green Industry Business’, Amy Frankmann, Executive Director, MNLA and Rebecca Park, Michigan Farm Bureau Legislative Counsel at Hope College, Maas Center, 264 Columbia, Holland, MI.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Program presented by Fleet Compliance, LLC, ‘Fleet Compliance Updates & Information for 2019’ at Michigan Wood Fibers, 9426 Henry St, Zeeland, MI 49464 Lunch provided by Michigan Wood Fibers

All meetings eligible for CPIG Credit Meeting time 11:30 a.m. To RSVP: Text or call 616-402-4885, email:
Members and guests are welcome.