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

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. (http://twowomenandahoe.com)

 

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.

 

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