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.

19th Annual Golf Outing

68 golfers participated in the 19th annual WMNLA Golf Outing at the Grand Haven 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. Eric Gertiser from Weesies Brothers Farm & Garden Center also enjoyed a hole in one.

Eric scored a Hole in One
Winning Team

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: Hope College
Lunch Sponsor: Landscape Design Services
Snack Sponsor: Evergreen Acres LLC and Alta Equipment Company.

Hole Sponsors:
Bartlett Tree Services
BFG Supply Co
Evergreen Acres LLC
Evergreen Sprinkling
Grand Valley State University
Integrity Landscape
Mattson Landscape
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Wood Fibers
Michigan Turf & Ornamental
Specialty Gardens
Walters Gardens


Prize Donors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Allison Jesky
Macatawa Legends
Maple Hill Golf Club
The Meadows Golf Club
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Site One
Specialty Gardens
Spring Meadow Nursery
Wallinwood Spring Golf Club
Walters Gardens

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

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

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

“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.

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 2018 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 seperate PayPal receipt to let you know the transaction has been completed.