March Garden Day 2020

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 14, 2020
8:00 Registration and Check In

Mail In form: 2020 March Garden Day Brochure Print and submit this form with check and mail to: WMNLA PO Box 96, West Olive, MI 49460 or submit payment online.

Our online registration is not currently available. We are working to get if fixed as soon as possible. Please register using the registration form attached and mail to: WMNLA, PO Box 96, West Olive, MI 49460. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


8:00 Registration opens   View exhibits, indoor gardens and Silent Auction.
9:00 Session 1

“Undervalued Native Plants with Matthew Ross. Matthew Ross is the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens. Matthew will share his insight into the lesser known and grown native plants from spring ephemerals, to marginal plants to vibrant colored fall favorites. Learn about the importance of finding these plants in the wild to better understand their niche within the ecosystem and ultimately what types of conditions they prefer.

10:30 Session 2

“Shade Perennials: What Kind of Shade do You Have” with Barb Bolgoyen.
Barb has been working in the West Michigan green industry for almost 40 years. She is a passionate, self-proclaimed ‘Plant Geek ’currently working for the leading wholesale perennial grower right here in our backyards of Zeeland, Michigan. Join Barb as she will showcase some excellent perennials, including some new and under-used plants that thrive in many types of shade gardens.


11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions

“What about Bulbs” with Ryan Stehouwer, Vandenberg Horticulture

“A Tale of Dwarf Conifers: Little Known Secrets”, with Paul Surian, Co-owner and Head Propogator for Blue Horizon Nursery & Gardens, Grand Junction, MI.

“New and Unusual Vegetables for the Home Garden” with Gregory Dunn, owner of Blackbird Farm, Coopersville, MI.

“Understanding Ground Water in Ottawa County”, with Paul Sachs Director of Planning and Performance Improvement for Ottawa County, MI.,

“From Farm to Table” with Pennyroyal Café, Saugatuck, MI

1:45 Session 3 :

“Lessons from Great Gardens” with Matthew Ross. Matthew is a passionate advocate for public gardens with a special affinity for the underappreciated and unheralded gardens. Matthew will present some of his favorite gardens with ideas and concepts that can be used in your own home garden setting. Learn the tips and techniques behind some of the most elaborate and intricate garden displays and the intentional re-creation of nature that span the full regiment of garden themes.


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