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

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.

March Garden Day A Celebration of Gardening 2018 Registration Form (PDF) 

Woohooing with Rich Lohman

Wednesday, January 10

11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

At The Maas Center

Hope College

264 Columbia Ave
Holland, Mi

Taco Bar Lunch

RSVP by Friday, January 5th

Text or call 616-402-4885

Rich Lohman,

Do you want to learn how to become more successful in everything you do and start to reach the potential inside of you? Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful than others?

Hi, my name is Rich Lohman and I am the WOOHOOing Business Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. I have been coaching, speaking, and training business owners, entrepreneurs, and people in all levels of business since 2008. Since 2008 I have helped countless people grow themselves to reach closer to their potential and achieve greater levels of success. I have researched the coaching community, learned a lot about myself, and learned a ton about people in general.

‘Staff Retention’ with Stan Moore, Wednesday, December 13th

Improving Staff Retention requires that employees want to work for your farm or business.  Becoming an “employer of choice” will require owners and managers to improve upon their employee management skills for current workers, and to improve upon their hiring practices to bring the best people on board.  During this session, you will learn key areas of employee management that you can improve upon, that will also improve the opportunity for your employees to become more engaged and productive, and ultimately want to work for your business.

Stan is a Senior Educator at Michigan State University and offers a variety of educational programs in northwest lower Michigan and the eastern UP. His special interest areas are: Labor Management, Nutrition, Forage Production, and Canola Production and use on dairy farms, Stan can be reached at:
Office: 231-533-8818
Fax: 231-533-8392
203 E. Cayuga, P.O. Box 427
Bellaire, MI 49615
Michigan State University Extension


Wednesday, December 13
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At The Maas Center
Hope College
264 Columbia Ave
Holland, Mi

Reservations for lunch necessary by Friday December 8

Call or text 616-402-4885. Email

WMNLA 2017-18 Calendar

WMNLA 2017/18 Programs

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Dr. Bob Schutzki, Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture and Amy Frankmann, Executive Director of MNLA  at the Grand Haven Community Center, Grand Haven, Mi.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Stan Moore, Michigan State University, Senior Educator ‘Staff Retention’, at Hope College, Holland, Mi.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Rick Lohman, Business Coach, Trainer, Speaker; at Hope College, Holland, MI.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Mike Bryan Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; ‘Green Industry Specific Updates’
at Michigan Wood Fibers, 9426 Henry St, Zeeland, MI 49464 (Lunch provided by Michigan Wood Fibers)

All meeting eligible for CPIG Credit
Meeting time 11:30 a.m. at The Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Michigan. (October and November), Hope College, Holland, MI (December and January)

The 18th Annual WMNLA Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser

The 18th Annual Scholarship WMNLA Golf outing was held Friday, September 22 with 66 golfers participating. WMNLA would like to thank the golfers, sponsors and prize contributors for helping make the event a great success.

The winning team was Mellema Nursery (Matt Mellema, Jason DeKuiper, Steve Yonker, and Keith Scott). Scott Sprick from Bosch’s Landscape & Lawn Specialties also had a hole in one!

A $1500 scholarship was awarded to Eric Bauder for the 2017-18 school year. Eric is attending Michigan State University. A $500 Education grant was awarded to Lakeshore Elementary School, West Ottawa Schools to help supplement their elementary gardening program.

A special appreciation for event sponsors: Eco Green Supply and Bosch’s Landscape and Lawn Specialties. Landscape Design Services sponsored lunch and Hope College sponsored dinner.

Scott Sprick
Hole in One on Hole #2 hole, , Grand Haven Golf Club

Golf Hole Sponsors

ALTA Equipment, LLC
Bartlett Tree Experts
BFG Supply
Double L Enterprise
Dykstra Landscape Services
Evergreen Acres
Evergreen Sprinkling
Grand Haven Garden House
Mattson Landscaping
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Nursery & Landscape
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Seavers Lawn Service
Van’s Pines

Prize Contributors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Colonial Golf Club
Grand Haven Golf Club
Grand Traverse Resort
GVSU Facilities
Tony Hamilton
Allison Jesky
Michigan Wood Fibers
Wallinwood Golf Club

Golf Teams
ALTA Equipment
Bartlett Tree
BFG Supply
Dykstra Landscape Management
Eco Green Supply
Landscape Design Services
Mattson Landscaping
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Site One Landscaping
Van’s Pines
Weesies Landscaping & Garden Center