Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 2012 Newsletter

Eastern Michigan Hosta Society
June 2012 Newsletter
Note from the President- A big thank you goes out to Mark and Becky Hanner for hosting our May meeting and some extra thanks are included for putting up with the mess of the paper-­crete class.  The Hanner’s has either been out cleaning up from the late frosts or they just hadn’t been affected the same way some of our yards had been, but their gardens were beautiful. 
We also wish to thank all of those that made paper pulp for the class.  As a lot of you got to witness, paper-crete mixing is not an exact science and it is a bit like old fashioned cooking, i.e. it is more about the look and feel of the mix than it is about the measurements.  It was greatly appreciated that most of you measured out the water and counted the pages of paper as that is one part of the process that does need to be somewhat followed. 
For those of you that have not removed your paper-crete pot from the mold, please do so now and place it outside in the weather to have Mother Nature help you to leach the lime from the pot.  Leaving the pot in the rain will help to remove the excess lime that the Portland cement adds to the paper-crete.  
The National Convention is going on the week of our meeting.  For those attending the National, may your journey be safe and filled with everything Hosta!
Jim and Ellie Vrable are hosting our June meeting.  Their gardens are always a delight to visit with Jim’s Hosta hybridizing seedlings in multiple beds and a woodland planted with Hosta, it is a sight to behold.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see this place.  The date is June 14th, 2012 at 6:00 PM.  Driving directions are below. 
We hope to see you at the summer meetings as they are always a lot of fun.

Next Meeting- The next EMHS Meeting is on June 14th, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Vrable’s, 6225 Chesaning Road, Chesaning, MI 48616. 
            Driving directions- Take M-57 (Vienna Road) drive 13 miles West of I-75 to Bishop Road.  Turn right (North) and drive 2 miles to Chesaning Road.  Turn left (West) and drive to house on left. 
Please don’t forget your lawn chair and a dish to pass for the potluck.  The club will provide the table service and cups, but the food is provided by you.  Main dishes are encouraged and much appreciated.

Hosta Stones- The 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s 2008 introduction H. “Alakazaam” are for sale with more in production.  The regular member cost for this year’s stone is $30.00 for Natural and $5.00 more for colored.  Non-member price is $35.00 for Natural and colors $5.00 more.  Call Cathy Hodgson at 810-664-8985 to place your order. 

Membership Dues- If you have not yet paid your 2012 EMHS Membership dues please do so by sending your $5.00 check made out to EMHS, to EMHS Treasurer Mary Smith, 3431 Swaffer Road, Millington, MI 48746.  Mary will have the most up to date printout of the membership list at every meeting if you need to check on your membership status.

2012 Calendar of Events:
June 14th at The Vrable’s in Chesaning. 
Member Garden Tour
June 13th-16th- Nat’l Hosta Convention
in Nashville, TN
July 12th at the Major’s in Goodrich.
Member Garden Tour
August 9th- at Barb Hunter’s in Lapeer.
Member Garden Tour
September 13th at the Hodgson’s in Lapeer. 
Annual Plant Exchange
October- No meeting scheduled
November- No meeting scheduled
December 6th at Mayfield Twp. Hall,
Annual Christmas Party

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention Website-
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website-

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 is $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: Mary Smith, EMHS Treasurer, 3431 Swaffer Rd, Millington, MI 48746

Midwest Hosta Convention
The Midwest Hosta Convention is taking place July 12, 13 and 14, 2012.
 AHS Tailgate Party of June 22-24
Access to information regarding the AHS Tailgate Party of June 22-24 is via these links:

Michigan Hosta Society Garden Tour- June 30th, 2012
This year it is the Saginaw Valley Hosta Society’s turn to host the Michigan Hosta Society garden tour. On June 30 we will have five local gardens open for the members as well as the public to tour. Gardens will be open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
The gardens are:
June & Grey Gitzen, 1400 Coolidge, Saginaw
Jeanie & Robert Quinn, 4820 Indian Trail, Saginaw
Deanna & Tom Leinberger, 11540 Dice Rd., Freeland
Carolyn & Ron Weaver, 11747 Frost Rd. Freeland
Ginger & Phil Lisik, 1445 N Iva Rd. Hemlock

If you have information to be added to the EMHS Newsletter, please email it to Glen at  Please email the info at least two weeks before the next scheduled meeting to have it included in the newsletter.  Information can be added to the EMHS blog at any time but only by the blogmaster, email Glen or reply to the blog for blog additions. 

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                      Glen Pace         989-244-4029
Vice-President             Carolyn Pickard          989-871-2873
Treasurer                     Mary Smith                  989-871-9833
Secretary                      Marlene Daniels                      810-664-8317
Past President               Mark Hanner                  810-631-4292
Fund-Raising                 Mick and Cathy Hodgson                      810-664-8985