20th Annual Scholarship WMNLA Golf Outing

56golfers participated in the 20th annual WMNLA Golf Outing at  Crestsview Golf Club.. Everyone enjoyed a day of wonderful weather, companionship with peers, good golf, and raised over $3000 for WMNLA Scholarships and Education Grant Funds.


The winning golf team was Mattson Landscape: Brian Mattson, George Slater, Matt Strong and Kurt Kugler.

WMNLA would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring meals, holes or providing prizes.
Event Sponsors: Bosch’s Landscape & Lawn Specialties and EcoGreen Supply.
Dinner Sponsor: Landscape Design
Lunch Sponsor: Bartlett Tree Experts
Snack Sponsor: BFG Co.

Hole Sponsors:
Bartlett Tree Services
B&B Trucking
BFG Supply Co
Dykstsra Landscape Mgt.
Evergreen Acres LLC
Evergreen Sprinkling
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Mattson Landscape
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Wood Fibers
Michigan Turf & Ornamental
Specialty Gardens
Walters Gardens


Prize Donors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Grand Valley State University
Maple Hill Golf Club
The Meadows Golf Club
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Specialty Gardens
Vandenberg Hort
Wallinwood Spring Golf Club
Walters Gardens

20th Annual WMNLA Scholarship Golf Outing

Friday, September 20, 2019

Crestview Golf Club, Borculo

6279 96th Ave, Zeeland, Mi 49464

Friday, September 20, 2019
at 8:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start at 9:30 a.m.
Dinner at 2:30 p.m.

Open to all WMNLA members, employees, friends, customers, vendors, & family. Bring the sales team! Bring a new member! You can sign up individually or as teams of 2, 3 or 4. We’ll partner individuals to make foursomes.
$75 Per Person – Includes 18 holes of golf, power cart, and an all-round great time. Followed by a chicken dinner.

Advance Registration Required by September 14th. Spouses and non golfers welcome to “dinner only” for $25. Cash bar available.

Sponsorships are also available for snacks as well as hole sponsors. There will be a lot of great golf, a good time, and all supporting a wonderful cause!

Sponsorship Levels
All sponsors will receive recognition:
in the Golf Outing Program, a Company Sign at the Golf Course
In the Michigan Landscape magazine
On the WMNLA Website and In the WMNLA Newsletter

Golf Sponsor Eco Green Supply and Bosch’s Landscape and Lawn Specialties
Dinner Sponsor Landscape Design Services
Lunch Sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts
Snack Sponsor $100, available
Hole Sponsors $75

                           WMNLA GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION FORM


Ali Jesky of Hope Staff Helps Holland Highlight it’s Oz History

This article was written by Greg Olgers and appeared in the Hope College Campus News on June 7, 2019.

The Holland area’s connection to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has been brought to life in a literal sense in Centennial Park thanks in large part to Ali Jesky of Hope’s grounds-keeping staff.

Baum, who wrote 14 Oz books published between 1900 and 1920, spent about a dozen summers at Macatawa Park on the Lake Michigan coast west of Holland, first staying in the shoreline resort community in 1899.

A 10-foot by 12-foot “plant mosaic” shaped like an open book featuring the iconic Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City was installed at the park on Wednesday, June 5. Covered with living plants, the display was initiated by Jesky, who had seen similar pieces exhibited during a visit to Ottawa, Canada, in 2017 as a member of the city’s Holland in Bloom committee, and immediately envisioned the potential for the college’s hometown.

“I was blown away by them,” said Jesky, who is a grounds irrigation specialist at the college. “They were incredible.”

She spoke with the manufacturer and brought the idea back to Holland, where it ultimately dovetailed nicely with others’ vision for highlighting Baum and Oz specifically. “It has been a dream of the Visitors Bureau for a number of years to pay homage to Baum,” said Sally Laukitis, executive director of the Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a news release announcing the subsequent “Holland Oz Project.”

Anchored at the northeast by the book, the project includes a path of yellow bricks that winds to the southwest, continuing at neighboring Herrick District Library, which is located across River Avenue and 12th Street. Full-size bronze statues of central characters including Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man are scheduled to be installed outside the library in August.

“Once everything’s all set, it’s going to be something really special,” Jesky said.

The Macatawa Park of the turn of the 20th century became a popular destination for summer resorters from the Chicago area, like Baum, who traveled there with his family across the lake by steamer. Baum named his family’s cottage (which no longer exists) “The Sign of the Goose” for a best-seller that he wrote before the Oz series: Father Goose: His Book.

It isn’t certain how much of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in May 1900, was written at Macatawa Park, nor exactly how it was shaped by Baum’s experience in the area. In her 2009 biography The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum, Rebecca Loncraine noted that Baum was midway through writing his “new story about a child called Dorothy” when he and his family arrived at Macatawa Park during the summer of 1899. During his time there, she wrote, “Baum continued working on his new story about a lost balloonist, as he sat next to the very lake that had seen many aeronauts disappear… weaving the characters, the narrative, and the landscape together in a whole, a feat that Baum hadn’t managed to achieve before in his stories, which had so far been episodic and fragmented.” By the time he returned to Chicago in September 1899, she continued, he had the new story “almost drafted.”

In any case, Baum’s seasonal tenure in a locale that he is believed to have described (as shared by Loncraine) as “the most original and wonderful place in all the world” spanned several of the years that he developed the Oz series. Because of the history, the International Wizard of Oz Club even met in the Holland area multiple times, most recently in 2012.

And perhaps it’s appropriate, even a feature, if there’s a bit of mystery associated with the origins of an imaginative fantasyland. How much of a role, if any, did the shaded walkways and Victorian-era cottages of Macatawa Park play in informing the development of Oz? How influential was the castle at Castle Park, approximately a mile to the south? Regardless of whether or not she unwittingly informed how Baum portrayed his heroine, isn’t it interesting that a young girl named Dorothy from Chicago was told stories of Oz by Baum himself while she summered at Macatawa Park with her family — and well into old age delighted in the memory and continued to own a cottage there.

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.

‘Technology and Young Plant Production’ presented by Walters Gardens Staff

“Technology and Young Plant Production” with Walters Gardens Staff
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (note new date)

at Walters Gardens 
1992 96th Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464
Lunch Provided by Walters Gardens

Walters Gardens staff will be presenting a talk about some of the things they do to ensure their customers receive the very best liners, as well as to ensure their company runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.They will be highlighting ideas they’ve developed that might transfer to members businesses.

More specific highlights of the presentation and tour:

  • Brand new technologies in our now-year old acclimation range such as dry fog humidity control and water booms with juhl light sensors.
  • MSU studies on nematodes and weed control in the bare root fields
  • New versions of climate and water control
  • Advanced diggers in the bare root fields and how they build them
  • Drones for scouting in the bare root fields and possibly soon the greenhouse
  • Lean flow production practices especially marketplace order picking and bar code record keeping
  • Optional tour of the Walters Gardens facility
  • Bio pesticides and fungicides used in our facility;

Reserve your place by Friday, December 14th. RSVP: wmnla2013@gmail.com

or text/call 616-402-4885.

Note: new date, Tuesday, December 18th.