Thursday, December 11, 2008

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Wisconsin

On August 1, 2008 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in ash trees in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. This is the first time that this invasive species has been found in our state, and its potential impact on ash trees here could be devastating. To learn more about this borer and to stay informed of our states' response to this pest, you should refer to the Wisconsin DNR website ( or Wisconsin's Emerald Ash Borer Resource website ( How can you help - - BECOME INFORMED! You should review the information on EAB signs and symptoms, other pests and diseases and EAB look alikes on the two aforementioned websites. After that, if you believe you have spotted signs of this pest, please report them immediately by calling the emerald ash borer hotline at 1-800-462-2803.

As of 2008, Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape has discontinued the inventory and selling of any/all ash trees. Although ash trees are some of the hardiest, cleanest, beautiful and fast growing trees in the Fox Valley area, we believe that it is no longer responsible to sell an ash tree to a client of ours until there is either eradication of this borer or an effective way to control its damage.

Please contact the Nursery at 920-788-1051 if you have further questions.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. recently joined the American Conifer Society. This society is a non-profit organization with a stated purpose of "the development, conservation and propagation of conifers, with an emphasis on those that are dwarf or unusual; standardization of nomenclature; and education of the public." Joining the society is a natural fit for Van Zeeland Nursery as we continue with our mission of providing a selection of plants unlike available elsewhere in the greater Fox Valley area. For more information about the society, check out their website at; for more information on our plant selection at Van Zeeland Nursery, visit the Nursery in Spring of 2008 or give us a call.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Voted Best Landscaper in 2007

Post Crescent readers have voted Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. as the Fox Valley's best landscaper in 2007.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Champion Silver Maple at Van Zeeland Nursery

Everybody likes a huge, old tree. The largest specimen of a particular tree species is called a “champion”. There is a national registry, a state registry and even some local communities who keep registries of champion trees. The Wisconsin Champion Tree Program identifies and recognizes the large trees and is a great way to encourage appreciation of your community’s urban forest. The official registry of Wisconsin’s largest trees is maintained by the DNR. Information on the location, dimensions, and rank of these champions, representing over 270 true species and cultures, totals over 2200 records. The registry is available on the DNR website at champion/. The registry is very interesting, but is has one problem—it hasn’t been revised since 4/25/01.

Since that date: Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, 1715 E. Main St., Little Chute has been formally recognized as having the 11th largest Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum) in the state.*

*When our Champion Silver Maple was measured, it had a circumference of 218”, a height of 85’ and a spread of 90’. It is surely larger today. This tree is estimated to have been a seedling in 1794, marking it at approximately 214 years old in 2007. To put this in perspective, immigrants first began arriving in the lower Fox River region near La Petite Chute (French for Little Falls, and the original name for the area of the rapids on the Fox River where Little Chute is today) in the 1830’s.

Stop in today to see our nursery “Champion”!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Planet Announces New Certified Landscape Professional


Professional Landcare Network
950 Herndon Parkway, Suite 450
Herndon VA 20170
Fax 703-736-9668

Contact: Marcia Higgins
Certification Administration Manager

[email protected]
For Immediate Release


Herndon VA August 14, 2006. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) announced today that Rick Sanderfoot, CLP, of Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. in Little Chute, WI, recently passed the Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) exam.

The four-hour exam covers all aspects of working in the landscape industry. It is divided into seven sections covering sales and marketing; strategic planning; leadership and corporate citizenship; human resources; risk, law and contracts; corporate financial management and production operations/horticulture.

PLANET’s certification program contributes to professional growth and credibility of members of the landcare business who achieve the designation. It provides professional recognition to individuals engaged in the business of landscape contracting and lawn care. The objectives of the program are:

  • To raise the standards of the profession;
  • To encourage self assessment by offering guidelines for achievement;
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of principles and practices;
  • To award recognition to those who have demonstrated a high level of competence;
  • To improve performance by requiring continuing professional development.
  • For more information about Certification, please contact the Professional Landcare Network office at (800) 395-2522 or visit the Professional Landcare Network Web site

    The Professional Landcare Network represents approximately 4,300 members nationwide, including its core membership of companies engaged in landscape maintenance, installation/design/build, lawn care, or interiorscaping and suppliers.

    Thursday, May 04, 2006


    For More Information Contact:
    Rick Sanderfoot
    Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape



    Rick Sanderfoot, Owner of Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape in Little Chute, announces two recent promotions to the Van Zeeland Nursery Team.

    Joe Meulemans and Steve VanRyzin have both been promoted to Senior Landscape Designer and Jonathan Krueger joins the Van Zeeland team as Landscape Designer.

    Joe Meulemans began working at the Nursery in 1983 as a seasonal employee and went on to study Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. After graduation in 1985, Meulemans joined Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape as a Landscape Designer. “Joe has built lasting friendships with our clients and their families over the last 23 years and enjoys offering new clients solutions to their landscape challenges,” said Sanderfoot.

    Steve VanRyzin discovered a passion for gardening and landscape design as a young man and went on to receive his B.S. Degree in Horticulture from UW-Madison. VanRyzin’s career with Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape began in 1988 as an Installation Crew Foreman transitioning into Landscape Design. Sanderfoot noted, “Steve enjoys working with homeowners to develop a personalized landscape design unique to their individual taste, style, and budget.”

    Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, located on Hwy 96 in Little Chute, offers expert Residential Landscape Design and Installation services along with high-quality, hardy evergreens, trees, and shrubs. Many unique and unusual varieties are available. Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape has served the Fox Cities and surrounding communities since 1932.