Region III Regional Meeting | Holland, Michigan
Rocks, Eats and Tweets in Holland, MI
Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 10:00AM
Early Registration Ends Friday, June 1
GWA members will have the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a large farmer's market works, visit three magnificent private gardens including two prolific plant breeders, and have an opportunity for photography in the display gardens of a large local perennial grower.
10:00AM - 12:15PM
Explore the Holland Farmer’s Market. This is an expansive market that draws thousands of people each weekend from across Michigan and Chicago. We will be talking to specific local farmers about how they grow/produce and bring their goods to market. Tour will be led by the Market Master. Lunch on your own from the food trucks or vendors at the market. A brief business meeting will be held at the market after lunch.
12:30PM - 1:45PM
Tour the private garden of plant breeder and grower Chris Hansen. You may know Chris’ lines of SunSparkler® Sedum, Chick Charms® Sempervivum, Gnome Domes® Orostachys, or 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 - 3:00PMTour the private garden of plant breeder and collector Hans Hansen (no relation). As the principle breeder of perennials and tropicals 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.
3:15PM - 4:25PM
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 sculputres made by Cami's son, a 4-season tree house, a pontoon boat-turned tiny house, and much more.
4:30PM - Dusk
Walters Gardens expansive display gardens featuring over 1,000 varieties of perennials will be open for photography. This garden will not be staffed at this time, but will be available for our group. Visitors are encouraged to tweet and post their pictures on social media, tagging @Walters Gardens.
Dinner is at your own leisure. A list of local eateries will be provided to attendees.
Transportation will not be included. All stops on this tour are within just a few square miles.
- Early Registration: Friday, June 1
- Regular Registration: Friday, June 22
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, June 15 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made after Friday, June 15. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties.