Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hosta College 2010 Pictures

Mark & Becky Hanner and Sally Suttle

Mick Hodgson, Carolyn Pickard, Cathy Hodgson

(Thanks to Cathy Hodgson for submitting these pictures.)
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hosta College 2010 pictures

A big thank you to Joanna Kovalcsik for providing these pictures from the 2010 Hosta College in Piqua, OH.  You can view a larger version of all pictures by clicking on them.  To return to the Blog, just click the back button on your browser.  Remember, if you have pictures to share for our Blog, please send them to

Hosta College 2010

(left to right)
Cathy Hodgson, Mick Hodgson, Carolyn Pickard, Betty Valentine
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Hosta College 2010

(left to right)
Joanna Kovalcsik, Mary Smith, Sally Suttle
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Hosta College 2010 EMHS Hosta Stone table

Standing (left to right)
Carolyn Pickard, Joanna Kovalcsik, Sally Suttle
Sitting (left to right)
Cathy Hodgson, Cathy Clark
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 2010 Newsletter

Note from the President: It is already a busy spring with many activities underway for EMHS. Our first meeting of 2010 was very busy with many things to get accomplished in so little time. Typical of EMHS we had a feast for refreshments instead of snacks at the Feb. meeting. Jan Everson did a wonderful job of giving us a recap of the 2010 National Hosta Convention and seeing the Tour sites that we weren’t able to go see was a treat. Thank you Jan!

I want to thank Mary and Marlene for keeping the Membership Apps, Club Plant Sales, Hosta Stones, Monies being collected, and other sign-up sheets in order at the Feb. meeting.

I also want to thank Eric Hahn for starting the EMHS blog and for doing the monthly additions to it. This project is saving a lot of time for me and has alleviated the problem of people not being able to view the newsletter when it is emailed to them. Anybody can go to the blog site at any time and view the current newsletter, old newsletters, future meeting dates and meeting sites, past minutes, and even make comments about the blog. To protect the blog from inappropriate comments, all comments sent to the blog are forwarded to my personal email for approval before they are posted to the blog.

A giant THANK YOU goes out to Mick and Cathy Hodgson, Carolyn Pickard, Mary Smith, Cathy Clark (who has helped in previous years), Betty Valentine, Sally Suttle and Ron Colligan who worked at the EMHS Hosta Stone booth at Hosta College last week. Mick and Cathy said it was a great benefit having the help this year.

I hope to see you all at the April 8th, 2010 meeting at the Mayfield Twp. Hall at 6:30PM,


April 8th Meeting- The next meeting of the EMHS will be April 8th, 2010 at the Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer. This is our regular meeting place located at 1900 N. Saginaw Lapeer, MI next to Stiles Cemetery. Networking will begin and refreshments will be served at 6:30PM and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00PM.

Note- since grafting is a near sterile procedure, please be sure to wash your hands after networking and refreshment time and be ready to start the meeting at 7:00PM.

April 8th Meeting continued- The topic for the meeting is Japanese Maple Grafting. This will be a “hands-on” meeting. First, Glen will give a Power Point presentation about grafting your own Japanese Maple then he (with the help of Mark) will assist you in grafting a Japanese Maple that you will take home and plant in your own garden. Kits that include one rootstock tree, one scion of Acer p. Oridono Nishiki, one sterile surgical scalpel, one grafting band, one grafting bag, and one grafting tie will be available at the meeting for the cost of $5.00 per kit. The charge for each kit is actually less than the actual cost for the materials it contains. Glen is doing this as a favor to the attendees. Glen will be supplying all the scion wood from his own Japanese Maple collection. If you would like to graft your own tree and have not already reserved a kit, please do so by emailing Glen at or by calling him at 989-244-4029. Glen has to know before the meeting that you plan to graft so sufficient scion can be cut from his trees.

Refreshment Committee- The refreshment committee for the April 8th meeting is; Dawn Hagemeister, Jane Schade, Sally Suttle, and Deb Brown. Since we have people from other clubs and from out of town planning to attend this meeting, anybody that wants to bring refreshments to help these ladies out, please note that it would be greatly appreciated.

Bus Trip to OH- If you are interested in being part of the EMHS bus trip to Van Wade’s on July 17th & 18th, please contact Mark Hanner at or 810-631-4292.

Club Plant Sale- We sold 81 plants for this year’s Club Plant Sale. The scheduled shipping date for the plants is May 10th so the plants should be available for pick-up at Pace Gardens in Clio later that week (hopefully on the 12th). More will be announced as the delivery time approaches, but please plan on a trip to Clio to get the plants you ordered as all plants will be bare root and wrapped in wet newsprint.

Hosta Stones- If you have ordered and paid for a Hosta Stone, please contact Mick and Cathy Hodgson at 810-664-8985 to arrange a time to pick-up your stone. Anybody wishing to purchase a stone can contact Mick and Cathy to arrange that as well.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the April 8th, 2010 meeting at the Mayfield Twp. Hall at 6:30.

Meeting Minutes from Feb 18, 2010

Meeting opened at 7:00PM by Pres. Glen Pace

Bus Trip- Mark Hanner explained details of the upcoming bus trip to OH. Seating (max of 40 people) to be open to EMHS members first and then opened to other clubs. Date of trip, July 17 & 28.

New Blog- Eric Hahn explained the new EMHS BLOG. Now those that receive the EMHS Newsletter via email will be sent a reminder via email to log onto the blog to view the newsletter. Blog will be open for anybody to view. Any and all comments made on the blog will be sent to Glen for approval before being posted on the blog.

Sign-up Sheets- Sheets for Bus Trip, Refreshments, Garden Stones, Tree Grafting, Club Plant Sale, Name Tags, and helpers for Hosta College, were out for members to sign-up for ways they are willing to help the club.

Membership Applications- All members were asked to fill out a new membership app. so the club roster can be updated. This was also done to help the club “go green” by reducing the number of newsletters that are sent out via US Mail.

Club Directory- The members present at the meeting voted to have a club directory published and distributed to the membership. An opt-out box is on the membership application for those that wish to keep their membership private.

Presentation- Jan Everson gave a presentation on the American Hosta Society’s 2009 National Convention and Tour that was held in Lansing, MI. After the presentation, Jan was presented with a certificate for an EMHS 2010 Hosta Stone and a beautiful Cyclamen to thank her for being our speaker for the evening.

Hosta College- Mark gave an update on Hosta College and how to register for the event.

New Members- Don Mosher and Linda Keller were welcomed.

Dues Deadline- Membership dues must be paid by March 31st, 2010.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM