Champion Silver Maple at Van Zeeland Nursery

May 9th, 2007

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 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”!

Planet Announces New Certified Landscape Professional

September 26th, 2006


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.


May 4th, 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.