Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at Mayfield Twp. Hall

 Networking – 5:00 pm doors open, set up refreshments, sign in and pay dues

 Refreshments – The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Glen Pace.   The Membership enjoyed the potluck meal typical of this organization.

Business Meeting – the meeting was called back to order by Glen Pace at 6:48 to complete the Business Meeting before our speaker’s presentation so he could take all the time he needed for his presentation. 

Approval of Minutes – there were no corrections to the minutes from the February 14, 2019 meeting.  A Motion to accept the minutes was made by Steve Balabon and seconded by Bruce Pollard. The membership voted to accept the December meeting minutes as written. 

Treasurer’s Report – There was no treasurer report given, anyone, with any questions or want to see the report should contact the treasurer, Barb Hunter.

Hosta College 2019– was held on March 15 & 16, 2019.   An overview of the happenings at Hosta College was given by President Glen Pace with input from some of the attendees of this year’s Hosta College.    Member’s were encouraged to consider plans to attend the 2020 Hosta College in Piqua, OH on March 20 & 21, 2020.   The EMHS Board will decide at the November 2019 Board Meeting how many EMHS new Hosta College attendees will have their registration fee paid by EMHS. 

EMHS Plant Sale 2019 – Kathy Hodgson gave an update to the sale.   Available this year are 3 Hosta, 2 Helleborus, and one hardy hibiscus.  Plants cannot be picked up until payment has been made. Plants will be delivered at the May meeting.   After everybody has had a chance to buy one of each, the rest will be put up for sale at $10 each at the May meeting.

Name Badges – sign sheet if you need one.

Other Announcements – John Gavit was asked to talk about the 2019 Michigan Hosta Tour.   John stated that there will be 5 gardens featured in the tour and are located in Saginaw, Bridgeport, Frankenmuth, and Hemlock.   John will email the names, address, and maps to Glen and a burst email will be sent to the EMHS Membership.   John will also bring brochures to the May/June EMHS Meeting.  

Joy Boots has stated that she will not be doing the question/answer article to be published on the EMHS blog because she has received no interest in the topic.  

Next Meeting – May 9, 2019, at Mayfield Twp. Hall.  Eldred Steinkoph will present “Succulents”. 

Presentation – Glen Pace introduced Aaron Strouse who gave a wonderful pictorial presentation on “Michigan’s Wildflowers and Trilliums”.   Aaron answered questions about his photographs.  

Raffle – Donation to meeting Raffle made by Gene Arms, Marilyn Balabon, Glen Pace, and Aaron Strouse.   Tickets were drawn at end of meeting and items won by members as tickets were drawn.

Adjournment – 8:15 pm.   Motion made by Pat Maitland with second by Sandy Vukonich.
Minutes Recorded by
Sandy Vukonich
Submitted by
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

Note from the President- Eastern Michigan is finally getting some spring weather and gardening fever is warming our blood.   Every March the gardening season is kicked off with the Great Lakes Hosta College in Piqua, OH.   This year as always there were informational classes with great speakers, some hands-on classes, a sales floor full of plants and plant related products, and lots of friends both old and new with whom you could talk “plants”.   If you have never been to Hosta College, please consider going to the 2020 GLRHC on March 20 & 21, 2020.  In the gardens you can look for the early spring bloomers; Galanthus, Eranthis, Crocus, Cyclamen coum, and many other plants are in bloom at this time of year.   Walking out into your garden and finding blooms in the early spring makes you feel warm inside with the hope of another season of growth and beauty in the garden.  

Our speaker for the April 11th, 2019 meeting is Aaron Strouse.  Aaron has been our guest speaker on two other occasions with us having the pleasure to encounter his presentations, “The Native Orchids of Michigan” at the May 2017 meeting and “The Waterfalls of Michigan” at the April 2018 meeting.   This time we get to see “The Wildflowers of Michigan”.   Aaron is an informative speaker that has a wonderful sense of humor and his presentations keep you engaged.   He has been asked to bring his photos to sell at the meeting and a table will be set up at the front of the meeting room to display his pictures he has mounted and ready for sale.   You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet Aaron, enjoy another one of his presentations, and have the opportunity to purchase your favorite photo from his presentation.  
For informational purposes, I want let the membership know that at meetings where we have a guest speaker, we will not have a complete business meeting.    We will not review a financial report, but any current member is welcome to go ask our Treasurer Barb Hunter to see the current financial records.  

Attached to this newsletter you will find the 2019 Annual Plant Sale.   The Fund-Raising Committee has done a wonderful job finding some wonderful plants to offer as our 2019 EMHS fund raiser.   You can review the flier and Cathy will discuss the Sale at the April meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all at the April 11th meeting featuring Aaron Strouse presenting, “The Wildflowers of Michigan”. 

Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- is on April 11th at the Mayfield Twp. Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw, Lapeer, MI 48446.  This is our regular meeting place located just south of the point of M-24 and N. Saginaw, (the driveway just north of the Cemetery).   

Our speaker for the evening will be Aaron Strouse from Clare, MI.   Aaron has been a photographer since he was 12 years old.  His pictures have been on display at Whiting Forest in Midland in 2008 and 2009.  Aaron has been a member of the Michigan Nature Association for 10 years and is also a member of the Native Orchid Conference.  In 2008 he won first place in the Michigan Nature Association’s State Photography Contest for orchids.   Aaron will be selling his photos at the meeting so bring some extra money or your checkbook.
The time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Doors open/ Networking

2015-   Business meeting

EMHS Calendar of Events 2019
April 11- Aaron Strouse, Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer, MI
May 9- Eldred Steinkoph, Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer, MI
June 13- Garden Tour at The Gavits in Saginaw
July 11- Garden Tour at The Trotts in Columbiaville

Aug 8-
Garden Tour at The Marttilas in Lapeer
Sept 12-
EMHS Plant Exchange, at Sun Crest in Lapeer
Oct 10-
Chris & Connie Green
at Mayfield Twp. Hall Lapeer
Nov 14-
Board Meeting at Whitey’s in Davison
Dec 12-
Annual Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall Lapeer, MI

A Hosta Lovers Additional Dates of Interest:
May 18th - Hidden Lake Gardens, Workday
June 12th - 15th - AHS National Convention in Green Bay, WI
June 22nd - MSU Cut Leaf Show & Plant Sale
June 29th – Michigan Hosta Tour in Saginaw Area
July 21st – 23rd – GLRHS Tailgate Weekend in Cleveland, OH
Aug 18th – Hidden Lake Gardens Workday
Review the February 14th, 2019 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the April 11th, 2019 meeting.

Name Badges- If you need one of the new EMHS name badges, please put your printed name on the sign-up sheet at any meeting or you can email Glen with your request.  Glen will try to have your name badge at the next meeting.

Comments to the EMHS blog:  I am mentioning blog posting to let you know that your comments to the blog can be published too.  All you have to do is go to the EMHS blog at http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com  and comment to a blog posting which will alert me that you have made a comment.  Once I deem the comment valid for publishing I will okay and it will automatically be posted.  Please note that I cannot edit or spell check your comments, all I can do is to publish, ignore, or delete your comments.  All comments will be screened by me to deter any vulgarity or inappropriate comments being published to the EMHS blog.    Glen

Club Members selling Hosta or Related Products-
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting

Brown, Deb- Aeroponic Tower Garden.
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery. 
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies.
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.
Pickard, Carolyn- Hosta.  
robfamily5 @yahoo.com
Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website-            http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website-
http://www.hostalibrary.org/ Michigan Hosta Society Website- http://www.hostahappenings.com/
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website- http://ihostohio.com/portal/glhc/

Hosta Society Membership info-
American Hosta Society
, $30 individual, $57/2 years, $34 family, $62/2 years
Send dues to: Sandie Markland, AHS Membership Secretary, Post Office Box 7539, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Michigan Hosta Society, Dues are $15 per household for up to two people, good for 2 years. Make checks payable to: The Michigan Hosta Society and send to; Michigan Hosta Society, 2509 Wembly Lane, Troy, MI 48084-1280
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society, Dues $5 per year per household, Make check payable to EMHS and mail to: Barb Hunter, EMHS Treasurer, 316 Davis Lake Rd. Lapeer, MI 48746
Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, Dues $20 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Gordon Burnside, 11640 W Freeland Rd. Freeland, MI 48623
EMHS Board of Officers:
President                   Glen Pace
  pacegardens@charter.net    989-244-4029

Vice-President             Becky Hanner
  BGHanner@aol.com             810-631-4292

Treasurer                    Barb Hunter
  baha@chartermi.net            810-664-7531

Secretary                     Marlene Daniels
  gardenfairy50@aol.com       810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner
  mhanner@aol.com               810-631-4292
Fund-Raising        Mick and Cathy Hodgson
  cehodgso@hotmail.com       810-664-8985

 Pre-May Meeting Personal Want/Purchase List 2019
Plants are expected for the May 2019 Club meeting
One plant (max) from each selection per mailing address initially
Plants remaining at the end of the May meeting will then be available for general sale
Email purchase list to cehodgso@hotmail.com  OR call me with purchase choices at 810-664-8985
Plant Name
Additional Purchase @ May 2019 meeting
Added Total
Helleborus ‘Shotgun Wedding’
Helleborus ‘Wedding Crasher’
Hosta ‘Blue Elf’
Hosta’ Wiggles & Squiggles’
Hosta ‘Wu-La-La PPAF
Cherry Choco Latte’  PPAF
Check preferred or cash

February 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at Mayfield Twp. Hall

 Networking – 5:00 pm doors open, set up refreshments, sign in and pay dues

 Refreshments – The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Glen Pace, everyone enjoyed a wonderful potluck.

 Business Meeting – the meeting was called back to order by Glen Pace at 6:38

Approval of Minutes – there were no corrections to the minutes from the December 13, 2018 meeting. Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ethan Griffith and seconded by Bruce Pollard. The membership voted to accept the December meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – There was no treasurer report given, anyone, with any questions or want to see the report should contact the treasurer, Barb Hunter.

2018 IRS forms – have been completed and accepted by the IRS. Anybody wishing to see the forms is welcome to review them.

Hosta College – March 15 & 16. The after-party at the Holiday Inn in Troy is a blast. Wine and snacks for the party are brought by everyone and Eric and Glen buy pizza. The recipient of the Hosta College paid registrations are Ken and Jan Zawisa, Sandy Vukonich, and Ethan Griffith.

Election of Officers – Vice President and Secretary positions were up this year. There were no volunteers to take either position. Becky Hanner and Marlene Daniels have offered to stay on in their current positions

EMHS Plant Sale 2019 – available this year are 3 hostas, 2 Helleborus, and one hardy hibiscus.  Plants cannot be picked up until payment has been made. After everybody has had a chance to buy one of each, the rest will be put up for sale at $10 each. Plants will be here in May.

Name Badges – sign sheet if you need one.

Other Announcements – Rob Trott is hosting a Wild Game dinner, April 6, at the Lions Bear Lake Camp.  For tickets contact Rob. 

Instead of Book on tips, Joy Boots has offered to do a blog where any tip you have can be submitted and published there.

Next Meeting – April 11, 2019, at Mayfield Twp. Hall.  Aaron Strouse will present Wildflowers of Michigan.

Presentation – Glen Pace introduced Esther Benedict. Esther gave a wonderful presentation on the Trials, Triumphs, and Tragedies of Benedict’s Garden.

 Adjourned – 8:45 pm

Respectfully submitted
Marlene Daniels
EMHS Secretary

Thursday, February 21, 2019

First informational entry for EMHS Questions and Tips

From: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/asian-longhorned-beetle
USDA - APHISUnited States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Asian Longhorned Beetle - About

Last Modified: Jan 22, 2016

About the beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB, is an invasive insect that feeds on a wide variety of trees in the United States, eventually killing them. The beetle is native to China and the Korean Peninsula and is in the wood-boring beetle family Cerambycidae. Adult beetles are large, distinctive-looking insects measuring 1 to 1.5 inches in length with long antennae. Their bodies are black with small white spots, and their antennae are banded in black and white. Checking your trees regularly for this insect and looking for the damage it causes and reporting any sightings can help prevent the spread of the beetle.

ALB lifecycle and how it affects trees

Adult females chew depressions into the bark of various hardwood tree species. They lay an egg—about the size of a rice grain—under the bark at each site. (Females can lay up to 90 eggs in their lifetime.) Within 2 weeks, the egg hatches, and the white larva bores into the tree, feeding on the living tissue that carries nutrients and the layer responsible for new growth under the bark. After several weeks, the larva tunnels into the woody tree tissue, where it continues to feed and develop over the winter. Larvae molt and can go through as many as 13 growth phases. As the larvae feed, they form tunnels or galleries in tree trunks and branches. Sawdust-like material, called frass, from the insect’s burrowing can be found at the trunk and branch bases of infested trees.

Over the course of a year, beetle larvae develop into adults. The pupal stage lasts 13 to 24 days. After adult beetles emerge from the pupae, they chew their way out of the tree, leaving round exit holes approximately three-eighths of an inch in diameter. Once they have exited a tree, they feed on its leaves and bark for 10 to 14 days before mating and laying eggs.

Because ALB can overwinter in multiple life stages, adults emerge at different times. This results in their feeding, mating, and laying eggs throughout the summer and fall. While adult beetle activity is most obvious during the summer and early fall, adults have been seen from April to December. Adult beetles can fly for 400 yards or more to search for a host tree or mate. However, they usually remain on the tree from which they emerged, resulting in infestation by future generations.

Signs of ALB start to show about 3 to 4 years after infestation, with tree death occurring in 10 to 15 years depending on the tree’s overall health and site conditions. Infested trees do not recover, nor do they regenerate. Foresters have observed ALB-related tree deaths in every affected state.

Host Trees

Collectively, the tree species the insect favors are called ALB host trees. In the United States, known ALB host trees include all species of the following 12 genera:

Ash (Fraxinus)
Birch (Betula)
Elm (Ulmus)
Golden raintree (Koelreuteria)
London planetree/sycamore (Platanus)
Maple (Acer)
Horsechestnut/buckeye (Aesculus)
Katsura (Cercidiphyllum)
Mimosa (Albizia)
Mountain ash (Sorbus)
Poplar (Populus)
Willow (Salix)

Look for Signs of Damage

Besides seeing the beetle itself, there are distinctive signs that can be found on a tree that may mean your tree is infested, and if you see a beetle or suspect that tree damage is caused by the ALB, please report it by calling the hotline at 1-866-702-9938 or filling out the online Report It form:
  • Exit holes – In the warmer months the adult beetles chew their way out of the tree leaving, ¼ inch or larger, perfectly round exit holes.
  • Egg sites – Adult female beetles chew up to 90 oval depressions, called oviposition sites or egg sites, into the bark of the host tree. She lays a single egg beneath the bark at each site. These look like little wounds on the tree, and you can sometimes see the chew marks on the edges.
  • Frass – As the larvae tunnel and feed, it often pushes sawdust-like material or excrement, called frass out onto the ground around the tree or onto the tree branches.
  • Tunneling – After the egg hatches, the larva tunnels into the growing layers (phloem and cambium) of the tree and eventually into the woody tree tissue (xylem). If you have a fallen branch or are cutting wood, you may see this tunneling.
 Other Signs of Damage
  • Weeping sap – Tree sap may be seen flowing from the wounds or egg sites.
  • Unseasonable yellowing leaves – Seeing leaves turning colors sooner than they should could indicate the tree is under stress.
  • Branches dropping or dying – If the tree has lost a branch or has a dead branch showing it could be a sign that something is wrong.
United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
September 2012

Asian Longhorned Beetle
and its Host Trees

Bruce L. Parker and Margaret Skinner Entomology Research Laboratory University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont

Kevin Dodds and Michael Bohne U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection Durham, New Hampshire

photo: Dennis Haugen, U.S. Forest Service
Closeup of oviposition pits showing mandible marks on the margin of the pits.


photo: Michael Bohne
Heavily attacked trees showing fresh and old oviposition pits on Sugar Maple.

photo: Anson Eaglin
Fresh exit holes and old egg sites on Maple.

Photo: Robert Haack, U.S. Forest Service
Frass from larval feeding will protrude from the egg sites or bark cracks and will often collect in branch crotches or at the base of the tree.

 Information submitted by Joy Boots