GWA: The Assoc. for Garden Writers Holland Garden Tour


Rocks, Eats and Tweets in Holland, MI

Join fellow garden lovers in a relaxed day touring one of West Michigan’s largest farmer’s markets, three outstanding private gardens, and ending with a photo op in the extensive perennial display gardens at Walters Gardens. Whether you’re into organic produce, rock gardening, specimen trees, plant collecting, or garden photography, there’s something for you on this tour. All stops are conveniently located within just a few square miles near the shore of Lake Michigan. Make it a weekend trip and enjoy the area’s white sand beaches, the famous Big Red lighthouse, and unique downtown boutiques while you’re in town.

Here’s what the event will include:

10:00AM-12:15PM We’ll explore the Holland Farmer’s Market, an expansive venue that draws thousands each weekend. Led by Market Master Sara Cozolino, we’ll meet with four local area farmers about how they grow/produce and bring their foods and plants to market.

10:15-11:15AM Tour will include interviews with: Shady Side Farm–specializing in organic beans, wool and lamb; Plants with Stories—specializing in heirloom vegetables and seed saving; Sweet Everlastings—specializing in homegrown and dried flowers; Windridge Perennials and Landscaping–specializing in perennials

Bring your cooler and pick up organic veggies, fruits, meats and plants while you’re there. Lunch will be on your own at the market; choose from vendors or food trucks. A brief business meeting will be held after lunch.

12:30PM-1:45PM We have the rare opportunity to tour the private home garden of succulent and perennial breeder and grower Chris Hansen. You may know Chris’ lines of SunSparkler® Sedum, Chick Charms® Sempervivum, Gnome Domes® Orostachys, and Winter Thriller™ Helleborus. See them all in action in his botanical garden-grade home rock garden which encompasses every square inch of his suburban landscape. You’ve never seen a home rock garden like this!
2:00PM-3:00PM We’ll also have the rare opportunity to tour the private garden of world-renowned plant breeder and collector Hans Hansen (no relation to Chris). As the principle breeder of perennials and tropical plants for Walters Gardens and the Proven Winners brand, Hans is a wealth of knowledge and his garden reflects it. He will lead us through his no-grass, all-ornamental suburban garden and highlight his favorite unique plants which number in the thousands. This garden is a plant geek’s paradise.
3:15PM-4:15PM Tour the private garden of professional landscape designer Cami Geschwendt. Recently featured in Michigan Gardening magazine, the Geschwendt family garden is a spectacle like none other. Features include numerous unique specimen trees, masses of landscape roses, one of a kind metal sculptures made by Cami’s son, a 4-season tree house, a pontoon boat-turned tiny house, and much more.
4:30PM-Dusk We’ll have the chance to explore and photograph perennials in the expansive display gardens at Walters Gardens, Inc. This garden features over 1,000 varieties of perennials, including all Proven Winners Perennials, which are labeled clearly to make it easy to ID what you are photographing. This garden will be open to GWA attendees through dusk to allow ample time for photography when the lighting is at its best. You are encouraged to tweet and post your pictures to social media while in the gardens.

Dinner will be on your own at your leisure. A list of local area restaurants will be provided to attendees. A list of recommended hotels will be provided upon request. If you do plan to stay overnight, I encourage you to book your room now as this event is taking place during high season in a popular vacation town.

As you can see, this is a one of a kind day not to be missed! The cost is ONLY $35 for members who register by June 1! Non-members are always welcome. Sign up and bring a friend! And feel free to forward this information to anyone who you think might be interested in attending. Here’s the link to register online:


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

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