Thursday, April 25, 2013

May 2013 Newsletter

Note from the President- We are beginning to wonder if spring is ever going to settle into Mid-Michigan.  We received the rains typical of spring, then received more rains to flood any low lying areas only to be followed by temperatures cold enough to freeze the flood water. 

Last week I set up the 6x8 pop-up unheated greenhouse that I use to protect the mail order deliveries received in early spring.  I had it full of the plants purchased at Hosta College and some deliveries from some rare plant nurseries when we got the 22 degree night temps of last weekend.  Much to my surprise the plants inside this $100.00 plastic zip closed greenhouse were fine.  The five Hosta “White Feather” inside the enclosure fared rather well with only two leaves frost bitten and the Hawaiian Gingers nipped but still alive were the worst of the damage.  The other unheated greenhouse houses the potted miniature trees and grafting rootstock where multiple trees have been sprouting.  Again, the structure saved the tender plants inside its plastic walls.

Since nobody volunteered to be the new Vice-President of EMHS at last month’s EMHS meeting, we will again be seeking nominations for the Office of Vice President.  Please consider volunteering for this position.  The duties of the position are printed later in this newsletter.

The topic of this month’s meeting will be Wonderful Woodlanders.  This group of plants is a favorite of mine and all plants pictured in this presentation are grown at Pace Gardens.  Unless you visited Pace Gardens weekly from February to June you would never see all of these plants.  So watching this presentation is a way to get more than 3 months of flowers in one hour.     Be sure to print out the handout and bring it to the meeting with you so you can make notes during the presentation.   Another perk of coming to this meeting is the chance of taking home one of the woodland plants featured in the presentation, I will be donating a number of spring ephemerals which will be given away as door prizes. 
We have four new members of EMHS.  Please welcome Debbie Minkler, Norma Oprea, Cheryl Richardson, and Tammy Sherman to our group.  
From the reports I receive from the blog site I can see that more people are going to the blog to obtain information about EMHS.  If you haven’t checked out the blog, please do so at
I hope to see you at the May 9th meeting.
Glen Pace
EMHS President

**The Hostas from the EMHS Plant Sale will be delivered at the May Meeting, please be there to pick up your order or call Glen to make arrangements.

Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on May 9th at 6:00 PM 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. 
The topic for this meeting is Wonderful Woodlanders.  This PowerPoint Presentation given by Glen Pace contains pictures of spring wildflowers grown in the woodland setting.  There are over 240 pictures in this fast paced presentation.  To help you keep track of your own personal likes during the presentation there is a handout of the species covered. 

Seeking Nominations for Officer Position- We are seeking nominations for a new Vice-President.  Nominations will be accepted at the May meeting.
Please consider helping our organization by volunteering to be our 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 you can call Glen, Mark, Marlene,  Mick and Cathy, or Barb to ask any questions you may have prior to the meeting.   

Nematode Research- Per the vote taken at our April Meeting, EMHS will be donating $500.00 to the Research being conducted at Ohio State University.    

2013 Interlochen Bus Trip- June 27th, 2013
The deadline for sign-up for the trip is May 1st
, if you are planning to go on this bus tour please contact Carolyn at 989-871-2873 so she has an accurate accounting of those who will be prepaying the deposit.
Bus will leave Meijer parking lot in Birch Run at 8:00 AM (loading begins at 0730)
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. 

Review the April meeting minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the next meeting.   

Hosta Stones- The last order for 2013 Hosta Stones will be placed soon, please order your stone now.  The hybridizer for 2013 is "Indiana Bob" Balitewicz and the Hosta is Krugerrand.  H. Krugerrand is a large, upright mound, thick bright gold foliage, large leaf 14 X 10 inches up to 171/2 X 131/2 inches, 17 vein pairs, ovate shape, moderately wavy. slightly corrugated, with pale lavender flowers.  The official unveiling of the 2013 Hosta Stone was at Hosta College in Piqua, OH on March 15th, 2013.
There are 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s H. “Alakazaam” left this year.  The price is $35.00 for each stone.  We also have two 2011 Stones featuring Van Wade’s H. “American Halo” and one 2008 Stone featuring Gil Jones’ H. “Joshua’s Banner”.  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 Calendar of Events:
May 9th- EMHS Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall, Glen Pace speaker
May 19th- MHS Workday at Hidden Lake Gardens
June 2nd- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
June 13th- EMHS Meeting, at Phil/Ginger Lisik’s in Hemlock, MI
June 13-15thAHS Nat’l Meeting, Milwaukee, WI
June 22nd- MHS Garden Walk
June 27th- EMHS Bus Trip to Interlochen
June 28-29th- Great Lakes Regional Tailgate, IN
July 11th- EMHS Meeting, at Helen Wischmeyer’s in Vassar
July 13th- MHS Leaf Show/Plant Sale, Lansing, MI
July 28th- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
August 8th- EMHS Meeting, at Rhonda Laur’s in Otter Lake, MI
August 25th- MHS Annual Meeting/Workday,
            Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI
Sept. 12th- EMHS Plant Exchange, at the Hanner’s Otisville, MI
October 10th- EMHS Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall, Speaker- Joseph Tychonievich
Nov 3rd- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
Nov- no EMHS meeting
December 12th- EMHS Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

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,
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 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

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                    Glen Pace                989-244-4029
Vice-President            Carolyn Pickard        989-871-2873
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                    810-664-7531
Secretary                    Marlene Daniels         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner                    810-631-4292
Fund-                         Mick and                    
Raising                       Cathy Hodgson          810-664-8985

April 11, 2013 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall on April 11th, 2013
The doors opened at 5:00 PM
Networking began at 6:00 PM
Refreshments were served at 6:30
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Glen Pace.
Glen Pace presented a program on Cypripedium Orchids.
Approval of Minutes: there were no corrections to the February meeting minutes. Motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Mark Hanner and seconded by Carolyn Pickard. The membership voted and motion was carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Barb Hunter, treasurer, reported March’s monthly balance. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report was made by Paulett Johnson and seconded by Cathy Hodgson. The membership voted to accept the treasurer report, motion carried.
Nematode Research Mark Hanner spoke to the membership about the nematode research and new information that was provided to him. Mark is on the Review Committee for the research. A motion was made by Paulette Johnson that we give a one-time $500.00 donation to the Nematode Research Fund; it was seconded by Connie Force. After a vote (22 in favor, 2 opposed and 2 abstained) the motion was carried. Updates of progress will be provided to the club by Mark Hanner.
Hosta stone update from Hosta College was presented by Cathy Hodgson.
The Interlocken bus trip still has seats available. The trip will be on June 27th leaving the Birch Run Meijer parking lot at 8:00AM and will be returning approximately at 8:45PM. May 1st is the deadline for signing up and paying if you intend to be going. Any questions please contact Carolyn Pickard.
Saginaw Valley Hosta Society June 22nd MI Hosta Garden Walk. Cost will be $41.00 or $32.00, dependent on number of participants. If interested please contact Grey Gitzen @ 989-792-0615 or
Nominations for Vice president were presented to the membership. There were no nominations. Glen Pace has asked the membership to think about volunteering for the position.  
Speaker for October’s meeting will be Joseph Tychonievich from Arrowhead Alpines. His fee is $250.00. This meeting will be open to the public. Only light snacks for this meeting.
Drawing : 50/50 raffle $40.50 prize won by Jan Zawisa. 
Next meeting will be May 9th, 2013 at Mayfield Twp. Hall, topic is Wonderful Woodlanders. 
Adjournment: 8:40PM
Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels
EMHS Secretary
From notes taken by
Nancy Reno