“Pollinator-friendly Plants and Practices” presented by Heidi Lindberg, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, Michigan State University Extension

MSU Extension Greenhouse and Nursery Educator
West Michigan greenhouse and nursery education and research
Ottawa County Extension Office
12220 Fillmore St., Suite 122
West Olive, MI 49460
wollaege@msu.edu
616-994-4701

Are your customers interested in pollinator-friendly plants? Do they want your business to grow and maintain them with methods that are not harmful for pollinators? Attendees will learn about the challenges facing pollinators including bees and begin to understand that complexity of the topic. Participants will learn about planting perennial, tree, and shrub species that provide nectar for pollinators throughout the whole season. Plant growers will also learn about best management practices to protect pollinators in the landscape and some disease and insect-prone species to avoid planting in the landscape. Finally, landscapers will learn how to certify their plantings an official “pollinator habitats” which may stimulate marketing opportunities.
Heidi Lindberg is a greenhouse and nursery extension educator based in Ottawa County. She serves greenhouses and nurseries in western Michigan including the large density of ornamental plant production in Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties. Her major program initiatives include: lighting for efficient production of greenhouse crops, increasing energy efficiency and sustainability, biological control in greenhouses, and marketing of ornamental plants.

 Wednesday, November 14th
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus
Grand Haven
Lunch $15
Bring 3,4th person eats free!

RSVP by November 9th
Let us know you are coming so our hosts can prepare!
WMNLA member businesses & staff are welcomed!
RSVP to Pam Cater at
(616) 402-4885 or wmnla2013@gmail.com

WMNLA October 10th meeting at Spring Meadow Nursery

Spring Meadow Nursery hosted WMNLA members, Wednesday, October 10th at Spring Meadow Nursery. This message is from Allison Jesky, WMNLA President (jesky@hope.edu).

I would especially like to thank Spring Meadow Nursery for their kind hospitality, as they were our host for the lunch and seminar. Jane Beggs-Joles gave an informative and thought-provoking presentation about the company’s experience of their office fire.  Highlighting all the issues to be concerned about to withstand a crisis. The importance of preparation and how your reaction to a crisis is critical.

Following the talk we took our show on the road. We were fortunate to have a tour of the trial gardens, (and a break in the rain), on the property of the Deppe’s home. It was such a delight to witness all the beauty and variety that is planted there. It proves the point that every season has something spectacular to showcase.

Allison Jesky, WMNLA President

 

WMNLA 2018-19 Calendar

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Spring Meadow Nursery, 12601 120th Ave., Grand Haven, Mi.’ Disaster Planning and Tour of Trial Gardens ‘ presented by Jane Beggs-Joles,  Proven Winner Color Choice, Landscape Program Development at Spring Meadow Nursery, 12601 120th Ave. Grand Haven, Mi. Lunch provided by Spring Meadow Nursery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Heidi Lindberg, Nursery & Greenhouse Educator, Michigan State University at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Mi.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 ‘Technology and Young Plant Production’ presented by Walters Gardens. At Walters Gardens, 1992 96th Ave., Zeeland, MI. Lunch provided by Walters Gardens.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 ‘Legislative Updates & the Impact of Marijuana on Your Green Industry Business’, Amy Frankmann, Executive Director, MNLA and Rebecca Park, Michigan Farm Bureau Legislative Counsel at Hope College, Maas Center, 264 Columbia, Holland, MI.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Program presented by Fleet Compliance, LLC, ‘Fleet Compliance Updates & Information for 2019’ at Michigan Wood Fibers, 9426 Henry St, Zeeland, MI 49464 Lunch provided by Michigan Wood Fibers

All meetings eligible for CPIG Credit Meeting time 11:30 a.m. To RSVP: Text or call 616-402-4885, email: wmnla2013@gmail.com
Members and guests are welcome.

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

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool: WMNLA Horticulture Education Grant Award Recipient

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland has been awarded a $500 grant from the WMNLA Horticulture Education Fund. Little Hawk’s Preschoolers spend half of everyday outside as a part of their curriculum. Little Hawks currently has 56 students, with more than half on tuition assistance. This grant will help fund a greenhouse at the school that will help teach students where plants come from and give them self-confidence in caring for living things. It will also help increase students’ curiosity and appreciation for the outdoors.

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is located at: 5678 143rd Ave., Holland, MI. www.littlehawks.org.
For WMNLA Horticulture Education Grant applications, go to www.wmnla.com and click on the .scholarship tab.