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

March Garden Day: A Celebration of Gardening

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 10, 2018

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

“Gardening for Pollinators” with Joseph Tychoneivich.

Joseph is a lifelong gardener and lover of plants. Joseph earned his degree in horticulture from Ohio State University and worked at specialty/rare plant nurseries in Michigan and Japan. Joseph was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens. He is the author of ‘Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener’ and ‘Rock Gardening: Re-imagining a Classic Style’ Joseph will share practical ideas about attracting pollinators and ways to approach creating gardens that are both beautiful and full of rich insect diversity.

10:30 Session 2

“The Theory and Practice of Organic Gardening” with Greg Dunn.

Gregory and his wife Michelle started Blackbird Farms in 2013 where they grow certified naturally grown produce for local farmers markets and their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Starting from the ground up, Greg will teach us how to grow food that is healthy for you and the environment. Greg will include tips on preparing the site, amending soil, how to select the best varieties and rotating crops. Greg will also show techniques to prevent problems and how to respond to them.

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

“Fungal Wonders: Adventures with a Mycophile” with Nicole Mathiasz, Advanced Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, State of Michigan certified Wild Mushroom Expert.

“Pruning like a Pro”, with Stacey Hirvela, Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs

“Invasive Plants: Think Environmentally, Plant Responsibly” with Chris Howe, Hortech, Inc.

“Start Your Garden from Seed” with Julie Francke, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

“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

“Rock Gardening: Re-imagining a Classic Style” with Joseph Tychonievich. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for small gardens, and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of plants. Joseph will share beautiful images of rock gardens to inspire, the principles of creating rock gardens and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow plants.

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 2018 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 seperate PayPal receipt to let you know the transaction has been completed.