FeaturedWelcome 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.

March Garden Day Expo Registration

Registration for March Garden Day, March 14, 2015

WMNLA will host the Annual March Garden Day Expo to the gardening public of West Michigan on Saturday, March 14 at the Grand Haven Community Center. This day long event allows WMNLA a great opportunity to market our professional members to consumers in advance of the Spring season. Over 250 people attend this event from Ada to Zeeland, Allegan to Whitehall, and Allendale to West Olive and all locales in between. Proceeds go to support the WMNLA Scholarship Fund and the Horticulture Education Grant Fund.

A Standard Booth space of 10’x10′ is available. Early Bird registration cost is $60 before February 1, 2015, after this date the cost is $75. Reserve your space early and take advantage of the “early bird” price.

Exhibitor move in will be on Friday, March 13, from 1-5:00 PM and Saturday March 14, from 7-8:00 AM. Tear down will be at 3:30 PM on Saturday.

Contact Pam Cater, wmnla2013@gmail.com. Or call 616-402-4885 to reserve your space.

March Garden Day, 9:00am Session 1

“Mother Nature’s Calendar in Your Own Backyard” with Elly Maxwell

Elly is the Dow Gardens entomologist. She grew up in Michigan, received a B.S. degree from Michigan State University and a M.S. degree from Auburn University, both in Entomology. She is responsible for pest control and education, as well as the seasonal butterfly display at the Dow Gardens. There is a science to coinciding biological events, termed phenology. Phenology is useful to the backyard gardener. We’ll learn the scientific basic of some of these rules of thumb along with gaining some appreciation of common backyard Michigan critters.

March Garden Day, 10:30am Session 2

“Captivating Combinations” with Julia Hofley

Julia is a freelance garden writer, she has written for Michigan Gardener and Fine Gardening. She is a member of the Michigan Regional Lily Society (MRLS), Hardy Plant Society (HPS), North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS), American Conifer Society (ACS) and Garden Writers Association (GWA). Julia will share head-turning combinations of all plant types, both in containers and garden beds. The focus on color, texture and form will encourage you to try combinations that captivate all season long.

March Garden Day, 11:45-1:15 Lunch Break/Break Out Sessions

“Shade Gardening” with Jolene King, Advanced Master Gardener, Michigan. Certified Nurseryman, employed at Weesies Garden Center.

“Golden Conifers” with Paul Surian, Co-owner and head propagator Blue horizon Nursery.

“All about Orchids” with Dirk Jonker, Jonker’s Garden.

“Fun with Succulents” with Barbara Balgoyen, Technical Customer Support and Web Marketing Consultant, Walters Gardens.

“Michigan Native Wildflowers” with Rob Venner, director of the DeGraaf Nature Center.