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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

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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 mnla.org.

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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.

DATES & LOCATIONS

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

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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
734.946.7000
http://www.landscapesupplyinc.com/

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APLD-MI Welcomes another new Gold Sponsor

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Rosetta Hardscapes is a family-owned and operated business that started as the brainchild of three brothers who had spent their entire careers in the construction industry—Mark, Jim, and Ben Manthei. Rosetta Hardscapes launched in Charlevoix, Michigan in 2007, responding to the need for a hardscape product that mimicked the colors, textures and shapes of natural stone in a beautiful, convincing way.

The very first Rosetta product developed was the Outcropping Collection—a larger scale wall solution that creates grand walls that truly capture the look of natural stone.

Outcropping was met with success on a local level, and since 2007, several Rosetta manufacturers have joined the Rosetta team—covering select markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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Rosetta is committed to research and development. Beginning with the Outcropping Collection, early advances included the development of a complete the Step Collection, which includes the Dimensional and Irregular Step lines. These additional products make Rosetta a one-stop solution for landscape projects that require coordinating elements.

The complete line of Rosetta wet-cast, concrete products gives Rosetta an appealin every market—within the landscape architecture

community, among the landscape contractor market, and even in the do-it-yourself homeowner crowd. This creates an opportunity to promote Rosetta across a range of specifiers and customers.

Rosetta’s innovative engineering resources include on-staff engineers, wall layout software, design charts, construction details and much more. These resources are available both in print and online and are constantly being improved and updated.

To learn more about Rosetta’s products, please visit their site at http://www.discoverrosetta.com

APLD-Michigan Welcomes Spring Meadow Nursery as our newest GOLD SPONSOR

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Dale Deppe has watched his company grow from a small propagation nursery to one of the largest providers of proprietary plant materials in the country. The reason for this growth? Superior liners optimized to grow and finish fast, and a steady stream of introducing new flowering shrubs developed by top plant breeders across the world.

In 1981, Dale founded Spring Meadow Nursery with his wife, Liz. Today, large and small nurseries from across North America look to Spring Meadow to do their propagation and to bring them new and exciting plants. They are a market leader in the propagation of flowering shrubs, potted liners, and starter plants. Spring Meadow Nursery is also the developer behind Proven Winners® ColorChoice®, one of the most recognized brands in flowering shrubs in North America.

“The old scenario of releasing plants had to do with exclusivity. You reduce the supply to raise the costs. The plants are higher priced because they’re hard to get hold of,” said Deppe. “The Spring Meadow method is to increase the price by driving up demand. It’s a completely different way of thinking, which ultimately enriches everyone, from the grower to the retailer.”

They have over 400 varieties in their catalog, with more than 200 varieties marketed under the Proven Winners ColorChoice brand, including Incrediball® Hydrangea, ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea, Pinky Winky™ Hydrangea, My Monet™ Weigela, Little Henry® Itea, Wine & Roses® Weigela, Quick Fire® Hydrangea and Invincibelle® Spirit Hydrangea.

You can find their shrubs in retail outlets across the U.S. and Canada. You’ll also find Proven Winners ColorChoice plants at better gardening centers in the distinctive Proven Winners containers.

To learn more, please visit their site at http://springmeadownursery.com

Hortech becomes APLD-MI’s newest Bronze Sponsor.

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Hortech is an innovative professionally managed Midwestern wholesale nursery, founded in 1983, which  specializes in perennial plants; conventional perennials, labor saving ground covers, hardy ferns, climbing vines, and a broad array of ornamental grasses. Offering a palette of the finest native and non native species, Hortech is unique in that their plants are test grown in their trial garden and evaluated for hardiness, beauty, and sustainability. They resist the modern concept of rushing products to market to be first, whereby the consumer’s landscape becomes the trial garden. They would rather do their own testing so that when you purchase their plants, from Midwestern garden centers and landscapers, you will be satisfied with the results.

In addition to being dedicated horticultural professionals, they grow their plants in a unique manner utilizing the checks and balances of nature. Hortech was founded by a biologist, David MacKenzie, who maintains that plant culture should be a biological, not chemical, activity. The modern practice of showering plants with chemical cocktails, is not how plants are grown at Hortech. They feel that such practices would be like replacing your daily multi-vitamin with a handful of antibiotics. The very act of trying to ward off disease would suppress your immune system and make you susceptible to disease once the antibiotics are stopped. Likewise for plants; chemical cocktails of fungicides, antibiotics, insecticides, and miticides may appear to create plant health via disease avoidance, but they suppress the plants’ own natural defenses, and once the plant is in the consumer’s landscape it undergoes an inevitable “crash” that occurs when the chemical support is removed.

Hortech plants, which are Grown Earth Friendly, establish quickly and grow vigorously without undergoing chemical withdrawal­­–because of how they are grown, in concert with nature. Their objective is to always seek and implement biological and organic methods of plant culture whereby the plant is healthy due to the proper balance of nutrition, environment, and natural checks and balances. They have figured this out for the vast majority of the plants that they grow. To accomplish this, they use soil inoculants and compost tea to ward off root rot and other diseases, ladybugs to keep aphids in check, predatory mites to consume undesirable sap-feeding mites; predatory nematodes to control weevils, praying mantis to eat leaf eating insects, etc. There is a whole host of other natural checks and balances that we foster, and each contributes to the overall health of our plants and the environment in which we grow them.

Please visit their site http://www.grownearthfriendly.com/ or contact them directly at (616) 842-1392.