Thursday, September 27, 2012

October 2012 Newsletter

Note from the President- Thank you Mick and Cathy Hodgson for hosting the September meeting.  The gardens are full of beautifully grown mature Hosta.  The garden faces, the statuary, and the stone are all strategically placed in the most welcoming places to further enhance ones experience.  The new garden extensions are already eye-catching and I can’t wait to see them in another year or two as undoubtedly they will be as fantastic as the rest of the gardens. 

The weather threatened our annual plant exchange at the Hodgson’s, but some quick moving people got all of the refreshments cleared from the table when the wind and drizzle started which scared Mother Nature into holding off with the rain.  I called the names in batches and very quick which caused some confusion.  I am sorry if anybody had an experience other than enjoyment.  We will discuss the plant exchange at the October meeting.  If you have suggestions of what you feel should change please write those ideas down and bring them to the meeting with you.  You can give those ideas to Glen and/or Mark. 

In this newsletter you will find the 2013 Calendar of Events.  Those dates are listed for two reasons, first to give you time to secure the dates on your calendar for 2013 and secondly to seek hosts for the June, August, and September meetings.   If you are willing to host one of the summer garden tour meetings please email or call me.

I look forward to hearing Ric Adams’ presentation at our October 11th meeting at Mayfield Twp. Hall.  I hope to see you there.

Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be held on October 11th, 2012 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).  The doors will open at 5:00 PM, Networking at 6:00 PM, Refreshments at 6:30 PM, Program at 7:00 PM, and Business Meeting at 7:45 PM. 

This month’s speaker is Ric Adams.  He has been a Daylily hybridizer for more than 20 years.  Ric is a teacher at Oaktree Elementary School in Goodrich where he has been for 30+ years.  EMHS visited Ric Adam’s Laidback Gardens Daylily Farm after the July meeting which was held at the Major’s. 

Officer Position Vacancy- Carolyn Pickard has announced her resignation as EMHS Vice-President effective as of May 2013.  We want to thank Carolyn for her years of service as an Officer for EMHS. 

Due to this resignation we are seeking nominations for a new Vice-President.  The duties of the position are;
Vice President- Assumes the duties of President when the President is absent.  Co-signatory on EMHS checking account, helps set-up hall for meetings, sends thank you notes to speakers or hosts for current meeting. 

If you are interested in helping our club in this capacity please talk with Glen, Mark, Marlene, or Barb. 

2012 Calendar of Events:
October 11th at Mayfield Twp. Hall, Rick Adams speaker
November- No meeting scheduled
December 6th at Mayfield Twp. Hall, Annual Christmas Party

2013 Calendar of Events:
January- no meeting
Feb 14th at Mayfield Twp. Hall, Jan Everson speaker
March- no meeting, Hosta College in Piqua, OH
April 11th- Mayfield Twp. Hall,
May 9th- Mayfield Twp. Hall, Glen Pace speaker
June 13th- Garden Tour AHS Convention in Wisconsin starts this day
July 11th- Garden Tour, Helen Wischmeyer in Vassar
August 8th- Garden Tour
Sept. 12th- Plant Exchange
October 10th- Mayfield Twp. Hall
Nov- no meeting
December 12th- Mayfield Twp. Hall, Christmas Party

2013 Summer Garden Tour Meetings- We need gardens to tour for our summer meetings.  The July meeting is spoken for, but we have openings for June, August, and Sept. 

Hosta Stones- There are nine 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s H. “Alakazaam” left this year.  On hand are; 2 Brown, 2 Brn/Blk/Cream, 1 Moss, and 4 Iron.  The price is $35.00 for each stone.  We also have two 2011 Stones featuring Van Wade’s H. “American Halo”.  These stones are in natural color and are $30.00 each.  If interested in purchasing any of these stones please call Cathy Hodgson at 810-664-8985.

2013 Interlochen Bus Trip- Date June 27th, 2013
Bus will leave K Mart parking lot in Clio or Meijer parking lot in Birch Run at 8:00 AM
Stop at McDonald’s in Clare for bathroom break at 9:30 AM
Arrive in Interlochen at 11:30
Stop for lunch in Interlochen
Arrive at Interlochen Perennial Farm at 1:30 PM, tour, shop and reload bus to leave by 3:30 PM
Arrive at Cedar Hedge Gardens, tour, shop, reload bus in 1.5-2 hours.
Arrive back in Clio or Birch Run around 8:00 PM

The EMHS Board by majority vote has authorized the trip to be subsidized by the club so that each member attending will pay only $25.00 (non-refundable deposit) for the trip as long as at least 30 people reserve a spot on the bus by paying the deposit in advance.  Details of the trip are given to give the membership time to think about the trip before the October meeting when any questions you may have will be answered by Carolyn Pickard who is acting as the director of this trip.
Any immediate questions can be directed to Carolyn Pickard at 989-871-2873. 

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.  810-631-4292,
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies. 810-664-7531,
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.  989-642-5772,
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,
Canning, Rob- Lakeside Hostas.  810-714-1885,
Salk, Pat/Bill Kapustka, Daylilies.  810-678-3519,
Smith, Stan/Mary Lou, Concrete leaves, toad houses.  989-845-3455

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

2012 Christmas Party- The annual EMHS Christmas Party will be on December 6th, 2012 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). 

For those wishing to help decorate you can arrive as early as 5:00 PM.  This annual event is always a lot of fun and a great way to end the year for the club.  The Club will provide the meat (ham) and table set-ups.  We do ask that everybody bring a dish to pass as this is our biggest potluck of the year.  We will be doing the gift exchange as we have done in the past.  If you are interested in exchanging gifts, all you have to do is bring a wrapped non-gender-specific gift with a value of $10.  All the gifts will be laid at the front of the room and during the party we will call names from the sign-up sheet of the people who brought gifts.  If your name is called you go pick out a gift.  Nobody is required to bring a gift for the exchange, but if you do not bring one please understand that you will not be able to place your name on the list to pick one out.  This is the only way to assure that all people who bring a gift will receive one.

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
*Treasurer changing to;
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                    810-664-7531

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

August 9, 2012 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at Barb Hunter’s on August 9th, 2012. 

Networking and viewing of Barb’s gardens began at 6:00 PM. 

Refreshments were served at 6:30 PM.
Business Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by President Glen Pace.  Visitors and new Members introduced themselves and were welcomed to the meeting by Glen.

Treasurer’s Report- Carolyn Pickard gave a treasurer’s report since Treasurer Mary Smith was absent.  Details can be obtained at any meeting. 

Treasurer  Announcement- Mary Smith has announced she will be stepping down from her position as EMHS Treasurer.  Barb Hunter has offered to take over as EMHS Treasurer.  This change will be effective as of the end of the year.  

Hosta Stones- an update of Hosta Stone inventory was given by Cathy Hodgson.  Cathy also asked for names of Michigan hybridizer’s to consider for the 2013 stone. 

Opening EMHS Aug Meeting- Some SVHS Members joined us.  They were invited to join us since they are not having an Aug. meeting.

Gift of Seeds- Melva Bond gave seed pods of Dracunculus vulgaris to anybody that wanted them.  Members were instructed on how to clean the seeds and plant them. 

Raffle- proceeds for club activities.

Door Prize Drawing- thank you to donors by Glen, drawing ensued.

Michigan Nursery – Steve Balabon spoke about two nurseries in NW Michigan.  Carolyn Pickard is to obtain info for a possible bus trip in 2013 to these nurseries. 

Next Meeting- is on September 13th, 2012 at the Hodgson’s in Lapeer, MI at 5:30 PM.  This meeting is the Annual Plant Exchange.  Rules of the exchange were reviewed. 

Adjournment- at 7:45 PM