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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March Garden Day: A Celebration of Gardening 2019

March Garden Day, Saturday, March 16, 2019, was attended by over 200 gardeners, speakers, vendors, members and volunteers. March Garden Day is a daylong seminar celebrating gardening in West Michigan, featuring speakers, vendor booths, a display garden and a silent auction. Profits from March Garden Day help support the WMNLA Scholarship Fund and Education Fund.

We would like to thank the March Garden Day Committee: Christina Hipshier, Allison Jesky, Scott Jacobs, Audrey Eaton, Reini Moser, Barb Balgoyen, Jude Hofman and Pam Cater. We would also like to acknowledge the board of directors: Keith Hogan, Allison Jesky, Scott Jacobs, Russ Hillman, Josh Roggenbuck and Christina Hipshier for their help moderating and leading breakout sessions, providing help with the silent auction, and set up and take down duties. Thanks to Scott Jacobs and Specialty Gardens for organizing the indoor landscape and silent raffle.

Thanks to Allison Jesky and Christina Hipshier for organizing the plant i.d. quiz and The Bookman for again providing a gardening book booth. A great thanks to Hortech, Northland Farms, Rosebay Nursery, Evergreen Acres, Walters Gardens and Spring Meadow for providing plant material for the indoor landscape and silent raffle. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped keep everything running smoothly.
Members and friends who participated in the Expo included: Grand Haven Garden House, Weesies Brothers , Bartlett Tree, Chips, Jonkers Garden, Landscape Design Services, Specialty Gardens, MSU Extension and Ottawa County Parks.

This is the third year March Garden Day was ‘green’. All paper, cups and food waste was biodegradable and composted by Spurt Industries. Water bottles were eliminated and replaced by compostable cups or personal water bottles.

March Garden Day, March 10, 2018

March Garden Day: A Celebration of Gardening!

Over 200 excited gardeners, speakers, vendors, members and volunteers participated in March Garden Day: A Celebration of Spring. March Garden Day was held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Grand Haven Community Center. March Garden Day is a daylong seminar featuring key note speakers, WMNLA member speakers, vendor booths, a display garden and a silent auction. Profits from March Garden Day support the WMNLA Scholarship Fund and Education Fund. Monies are also available to members for CPIG and Master Gardener scholarships.

This is the second year that March Garden Day was ‘green’. All paper, food waste and drinkware were biodegradable and composted by Spurt Industries. All paper and cardboard was recycled, water bottles were eliminated and replaced by water stations and biodegradable cups. Our total non-recyclable waste and compost was less than a small office waste basket.

We would like to thank the March Garden Day Committee who dedicated many hours of planning to produce this annual event for the community: Lee VerSchure, Kay VerSchure, Reini Moser, Paul Kiefer, Audrey Eaton, Allison Jesky, Jude Hofmann, Chritina Hipshier, Scott Jacob and Pam Cater.

We would also like to acknowledge the help of the many volunteers who were enlisted to help with the silent auction, act as moderators, food waste monitors, and registration hosts among many other duties. We would also like to acknowledge the board of directors (Chris Howe, Ryan Weesies, Keith Hogan, Allison Jesky and Russ Hillman) for their help moderating break out sessions and providing support with the silent auction, and Allison Jesky for the plant i.d. quiz.

Thanks also to Gardens Alive! Farm, Evergreen Acres,and Hortech for providing plant material, growing space, and expertise to make the beautiful indoor landscape and auction. Members who showcased in the Expo included Grand Haven Garden House, Bartlett Tree Experts, Landscape Design Services, Specialty Gardens, Jonkers Garden, Weesies Brothers Farms, Blackbird Farms, Chips, and Blue Horizon Nursery. The Bookman and MSU Extension also had booths.

Speakers included: Joseph Tychonievich, Greg Dunn of Blackbird Farms, Nicole Mathiasz, Stacey Hirvela of Proven Winners Color Choice, Chris Howe of Hortech, Julie Francke of Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Kathi Skorupski