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; Woohooing.com 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

19th Annual WMNLA Golf Outing

The 19th Annual WMNLA
Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
Friday, September 21, 2018
Grand Haven Golf Club
1700 Lincoln St. Grand Haven, MI 49417

There will be a lot of great golf, a great time, and all supporting a great cause!

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. Advance registration required by September 16th.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; all sponsors will receive recognition in the Golf Outing program, a company sign at the golf course, a listing in the Michigan Landscape magazine, the WMNLA website and the WMNLA newsletter. Dinner sponsorship is $350, Lunch sponsorship is $250 and a hole sponsorship is available at $75. The opportunity to sponsor snacks is also available this year for $100. Your company logo would be on the snack bag and your company would be recognized in all publications.
Dinner included.

Proceeds benefit the WMNLA Scholarship Funds & Horticulture Education Fund.






March Garden Day, Saturday, March 11, 2017

Over 230 excited gardeners, speakers, vendors, members and volunteers participated in March Garden Day: A Celebration of Spring. March Garden Day was held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Grand Haven Community Center. March Garden Day is a daylong seminar featuring key note speakers, WMNLA member speakers, vendor booths, 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.
March Garden Day went ‘green’ this year for the first time following guidelines set by members Lee and Kay VerSchure. All lunch waste, wrappers, silverware and drinkware was biodegradable and composted by Spurt Industries. All paper and cardboard was recycled, water bottles were eliminated and replaced with water stations with biodegradable cups

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 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 Weesie, Nate Weaver, Brian Boyink, Allison Jesky and Russ Hillman) for their help moderating break out sessions and providing support with the silent auction.
Thanks also to Gardens Alive, Evergreen Acres, Hortech, Jonkers Gardens, Paul Kiefer and Walter’s Gardens for providing plant material, growing space, and expertise to make the beautiful indoor landscape and auction.

Paul Kiefer & Greg Dunn, Specialty Gardens

Members who showcased in the Expo included Grand Haven Garden House, Bartlett Tree Experts, Landscape Design Services, Specialty Gardens, Jonkers Garden, Weesies Brothers Farms, Chips, The Bookman and Blue Horizon Nursery.
Speakers included: Susan Martin, Rebecca Finneran of MSU Extension, Eric Nelson of Weesies Brothers Garden Center & Landscape, Keith Hogan of Bartlett Tree Experts, Bev Harkema of Jonkers Garden, Paul Kiefer of Specialty Gardens, Greg Dunn of Blackbird Farms CSA, Allison Jesky of Hope College and Kathi Skorupski.

Rebecca Finneran, MSU Extension, Keynote Speaker
Susan Martin, Keynote Speaker

For more pictures go to the March Garden Day Facebook page .https://www.facebook.com/MarchGardenDay/

March Garden Day 2017

A Celebration of Gardening!
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grand Haven Community Center
421 Columbus St., Grand Haven MI 49417

Sponsored by the West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association

8:00 Registration and Check In
View exhibits, indoor gardens and silent auction.

9:00 Session 1
“Lessons Learned under the Trees” with Susan Martin. Susan is an avid gardener, writer and speaker for gardening audiences across the U.S. She has spent nearly two decades in the Horticulture industry working in new plant development, garden design, communications, sales and marketing; including over a decade in management at the largest wholesale grower of bare root perennials in the United States. Susan will share her knowledge of shade gardening gleaned from over ten years of experience gardening in every degree of shade along the Lake Michigan shoreline. You will learn how to take advantage of the conditions you have, not those you wish you had, and discover life beyond hostas in the shade garden.
10:30 Session 2
“Smart Plants for Pollinators with Rebecca Finneran. Rebecca is a Senior Horticulture Educator with Michigan State University Extension. Rebecca has been serving Michigan since 1987 helping the green industry and consumers learn about horticulture, the environment and pesticide safety. Supporting native bees and beneficial insects right at home is the first step in conservation of these species. Rebecca will help you choose the right plants and how to adopt ’Smart Gardening’ behaviors to help our native bee and insect populations thrive.

11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions
“What’s New and Old in Roses” with Eric Nelson, Weesies Brothers Garden Center and Landscaping.

“Indoor Miniscapes; Creating Miniature Gardens and Terrariums”, with Bev Harkema”, Jonkers Garden

“Mature and Ornamental Tree Pruning” with Keith Hogan, Bartlett Tree Experts

“Tools and Tips from the Pros” with Paul Keifer Specialty Gardens, Allison Jesky, Hope College and Greg Dunn, Blackbird Farm CSA. Join Paul, Allison and Greg for a lively discussion about their favorite ‘can’t do without’ tools.

“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 :
“Moving Beyond Pretty with Bonus Points” with Susan Martin. Susan will show us how to see plants from a new prospective, resist buying impulses, and how to select plants in a more intentional way, moving beyond pretty and into the realm of more.

March Garden Day is going Green! All food waste and lunch products will be biodegradable and composted. All paper and plastic will be recycled. Water and coffee will be available with biodegradable cups. Registrants are welcome to bring their own water bottles. 

Download March Garden Day Registration form here :2017 March Garden Day Brochure