Rocks, Eats and Tweets Tour in Holland, Michigan

Jun 30, 2018 10:00am -
Jun 30, 2018 06:00pm
Holland, MI

Event Description

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

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.  


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. 

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

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
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, and Winter Thriller™ Helleborus. He’ll also be debuting an exciting new brand this summer, which you’ll be one of the first to see. (Its identity is still under wraps!) 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
Tour the private garden of plant breeder and collector Hans Hansen. 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 - 4:25PM
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 sculptures made by Cami’s son, a 4-season tree house, a pontoon boat-turned tiny house, and much more.

4:30PM - Dusk
Photo opportunity 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, we encourage you to book your room now as this event is taking place during high season in a popular vacation town.   

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Transportation will not be included. All stops on this tour are within just a few square miles.

Registration Deadlines

  • Early Registration: Friday, June 1
  • Regular Registration: Friday, June 22

Cancelation Policy
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.


Event Type:Social
Early registration ends on Jun 01, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Jun 02, 2018 and ends on Jun 29, 2018.
Late registration starts on Jun 30, 2018.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $35.00$45.00$45.00
Non-Member Fee: $75.00$85.00$85.00