WMNLA 2015 Golf Outing

The 16th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser was a big success for the WMNLA Scholarship Fund with 79 golfers participating.  It was a great day for golf, even with the damp, chilly morning. The Grand Haven Golf Club hosted an excellent outing and the camaraderie was good fun.
For the first time there was a three way tie for first place honors. The winner by tiebreaker was Mellema Nursery, followed by Jacobsen and Double L Landscaping. Our last place award of practice golf balls was happily accepted by Dykstra Landscape Management. Congratulations to all teams for supporting the WMNLA Scholarship funds!
WMNLA is grateful for the generous support from Event Sponsors Eco Green Supply and Forever Green Sod. Our lunch was sponsored by Landscape Design Services.  Over 50 businesses, both members and friends of WMNLA, supported the event and the scholarship & horticulture education grant fund through hole sponsorships, cash prizes, and raffle gifts.  Some of the great prizes included a two night stay at Grand Traverse Resort, Michigan State Basketball tickets, craft beer baskets, wine baskets and more. For additional pictures go to our Facebook page.
Thank you to Mike Teunis of BFG Supply Co. for chairing this year’s event.  He did a great job and we appreciate the WMNLA board’s support!
WMNLA is very fortunate to be able to award a $1500 scholarship for 2015/16 from the WMNLA Scholarship fund to Rachel Grinwis, a student at Michigan State University. WMNLA also awarded a $300 Master Gardener grant to Kathy Wells. This is a new fund set up in 2015 to help members and employees of members off set tuition costs.

Thank you to Eco Green Supply and 
Forever Green Sod
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Lunch Sponsor
Landscape Design Services Landscape design image

Golf Hole Sponsors
Bartlett Tree Experts
BFG Supply
Double L Enterprise
Dykstra Landscape Management
Evergreen Acres
Grand Haven Garden House
Great Lakes Nursery Soils, Inc.
Jacobsen-Great Lakes
John Deere Landscaping
Jonker’s Gardens.
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Nursery & Landscape
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Rosebay Nursery
Seavers Lawn Service
Vandenberg Bulb Co

Prize Contributors
BFG Supply
Boyink Plant Solutions
Colonial Golf Club
Grand Haven Golf Club
Grand Traverse Resort
GVSU Facilities
Tony Hamilton
Jonker’s Garden
Lemon Creek Winery
Maple Hill Golf
Michigan Wood Fibers
New Holland Brewery
Old Boy’s Brew Pub
Simpson Nursery
West Ottawa Golf Course

Golf Teams
Bartlett Tree
BFG Supply
Double L Enterprises
Dykstra Landscape Management
Dykstra Landscape Services
Eco Green Supply
Evergreen Acres
Grand Haven Garden House
Jacobsen-Great Lakes
Jonkers Garden
Landscape Design Services
Mellema Nursery
Michigan Turf & Ornamentals
Michigan Wood Fibers, LLC
Pete’s Lawncare
Seavers Lawn Service
Van’s Pines
Weesies Garden Center
Weesies Landscaping & Garden Center

WMNLA 2015 Scholarship Award Recipient

Rachel Grinwis (2)

Rachel M Grinwis was awarded the 2015 WMNLA Scholarship Award. Rachel is student at Michigan State University majoring in Horticulture with a track in Landscape Design and Construction Management. Rachel has a wide range of experience with a west Michigan tree nursery and was involved in all aspects of the business, from bidding and installing landscape jobs to harvesting and preparing plant material for Christmas season sales. Rachel has also been involved in a research projects for Muskegon Conservation District, including a project planting and monitoring trees used to clean heavy metals from the environment.
Rachel has finished spring semester at MSU with a 4.0 grade point average and currently has an internship at MSU with Bert Cregg involving tree research. We are pleased to award this scholarship to Rachel and wish her success at her studies at Michigan State University.


Successful March Garden Day 2015

Everyone was excited for Spring‘s arrival in West Michigan. With over 200 Michigan gardeners attending, WMNLA celebrated the coming of spring with the annual March Garden Day.

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Lee VerSchure, Paul Kiefer, Reini Moser, Pam Cater, Audrey Eaton, Allison Jesky, and Lisa Densison, members of the Garden Day committee, planned all year to produce this annual event at the Grand Haven Community Center.

We would like to acknowledge the help of many volunteers who were also enlisted to help with publicity, photos, the silent auction donations, moderators, and. . . of course, the set up and tear down crew. A big “Thank You” goes to this team – Mike Teunis, Gary Katerburg, Kay VerSchure, Lisa Denison, Matt Mellema, Laurel Nease, Nate Weaver, Brian Boyink and the team of Master Gardener Volunteers.

We would also like to thank Tony Hamilton of BFN Operations, Paul Kiefer of Specialty Gardens, Dirk Jonker of Jonkers Gardens ,Gary Katerberg of Evergreen Acres, Spring Meadow Nursery, Walter’s Gardens and Hortech for donating plants, expertise and growing space to make the beautiful indoor landscape and auction.

Welcome to WMNLA

WMNLA is a “green industry” non-profit organization whose members are West Michigan landscape designers and contractors, landscape management companies, wholesale nurseries and retail centers.

WMNLA Members are dedicated to:

  • Professionalism and integrity in all business practices.
  • Promoting the general welfare and prosperity of all association members.
  • Encouraging environmental responsibility and public trust.
  • Increasing awareness of this industry’s contribution to the quality of life.
  • Providing workmanship, service and materials of the highest quality at a fair price.