The Art of Stone Craft Workshop


John DeVore is a lifelong student of all things natural. He is president of DeVore’s Land and Water Gardens, established 1979, and has used his business as an excuse to pursue design, horticulture, water aesthetics, stone construction, and travel.
He is an active participant in the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, The Stone Foundation, the International Professional Pond Companies Association, and the North American Japanese Garden Society. He was also the founding US partner of Garden Design School from the UK, and has trained designers and professionals in design, aesthetic boulder and stone construction, and water feature construction.
His interests always run towards aesthetics and experience. Experiencing the wonders of nature fuels the creative impulse, and working with his hands has allowed him to grow as garden artist, enabling him to bring some of that wonder into people’s lives.

John held this same class at the APLD International Conference in Cleveland in 2011 and it was very well received.  Please visit to sign up for the class.  APLD Members receive an additional $50.00 off the MNLA membership fee.


2017 Landscape Design Tour

MNLA’s Annual Landscape Design Tour in partnership with Association of Professional Landscape Designers Michigan Chapter and Michigan State University as always been very educational and exciting. We have seen the sustainable landscape at the Kresge Foundation in southeast Michigan, the break taking landscapes of Drost Landscape in northern Michigan, Muhammad Ali’s house in Southwest Michigan, the picturesque facilities of Blue Thumb in the Bay Area, and we crossed into international borders (Canada) in 2013.

This year’s event takes us farther and adds even more excitement as we visit Philadelphia and the east coast. Philadelphia is America’s Garden Capital, with over 300 years of horticultural heritage.

Longwood Gardens alone boasts a collection of over 10,000 different plant taxa. Longwood Gardens is an American botanical garden. It consists of over 1,077 acres (436 hectares; 4.36 km²) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States in the Brandywine Creek Valley.[1] It is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as educational lectures, courses, and workshops

Get inspired by both the formal gardens of Nemours Mansion and the natural, native landscape of Mt. Cuba Center. The Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre (120 ha) country estate with jardin à la française formal gardens and a classical French mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. Mt. Cuba Center is a non-profit botanical garden located in Hockessin, Delaware, near Wilmington, in the gently rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont. Its woodland gardens produce some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in the mid-Atlantic region


Join us on a trip like never before. Experience exclusive access to both famed public gardens and private estates, special receptions, and insights from prominent industry figures.  Register NOW at

Rosetta Hardscapes Contractor Training Days

Are you getting excited for Spring? Are you amped up about breaking ground in 2017?  If so, Rosetta Hardscapes would love for you to pop the cork off the landscape season at one of their  Contractor Training Days. It’ll be a celebration of all things hardscape, and a chance to connect before things get crazy this year.

 Check out the dates below, and sign up for free. It’ll be just like that movie, Training Day, except without the guns and drugs.


  • Monday, March 13, Fenton, Michigan
  • Tuesday, March 14, Hastings, Michigan
  • Wednesday, March 15, Crown Point, Indiana
  • Thursday, March 16, Grayslake, Illinois

It’s A Party!

Designers and public welcome. Join us next Friday, rain or shine!



APLD Michigan welcomes a new Silver Sponsor. Landscape Supply of Taylor, Michigan joins our mission to promote the highest standards for the landscape design profession. Pioneering and mastering the concept of wholesale distribution of premium nursery stock is something Landscape Supply has been doing for over 60 years—long enough to know how to do it right. Along the way they have learned how to care for their customers as well as care for their trees and plants. Three generations have taken great pride in hand selecting the strongest, healthiest, and most esthetically pleasing plants from around the country then bringing them to their Taylor, Michigan nursery for us as landscape designers to utilize.

Please check them out at:

24300 Brest Road
Taylor, MI 48180


Rosetta Contractor Days

Rosetta of Michigan Contractor Training Flyer

Upcoming Chapter Events

Upcoming Chapter Events:

(Additional information and participation costs will be provided closer to the time of the event.  Please feel free to invite a guest or potential member to join us.  Schedule is subject to change.)

***Cancelled- will be rescheduled***Tuesday, July 21, 11:00-2:00pm: HOUZZ Beginner & Advanced Workshops (run back to back)
Location: MNLA Office, Okemos Michigan

Thursday, Aug 6.: Tour of Japanese Gardens with Ken Wenger, VP Meijer Gardens
Location: Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MIFriday, Sept. 18, 11:00am: Chapter membership meeting and round table discussion
Location: MNLA Office, Okemos, MI

Friday, Oct 9-12: APLD International Design Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Tuesday, Nov 3rd: 11:00: Membership meeting and Design Conference recap
Location: MNLA Office, Okemos, MI
Wednesday, Dec 9th, 12:00: Holiday Lunch and Chapter Board Elections
Location: TBAJanuary 2016: GLTE
Location: TBA

February 2016: Membership Meeting
Location: MNLA Office, Okemos, MI