Monday, July 8, 2013

July 2013 Newsletter

Note from the President- Consistent rains this summer are having us mow the lawn weekly or even more often.  On the beneficial side of the rains is that the Hosta are happy and growing very nicely.  For the Hosta the rains also bring dreaded slug outbreaks.  Personally I would rather deal with the slugs that keep my ranch of wild chipmunks happily fed, than to drag hoses around to water the gardens.  No matter what the scourge be, drought, too much rain, tree roots, slugs, rabbits, virus X or something else we will deal with it to keep and grow our beloved Hosta. 

A big thank- you goes out to Phil and Ginger Lisik for their gracious hospitality while hosting our June meeting.  The seating area was set up to facilitate comfort for the meeting as well as promote personal conversations during the refreshment period.  The turkey and pork tenderloin the Lisik’s cooked was fantastic and appreciated by all.  Hopefully everybody took time to stroll through the expansive gardens as the Lisik’s have a remarkable collection of Hosta and other plants.  Lastly, thank you Phil and Ginger for giving us the opportunity to purchase plants before the meeting. 
At the June meeting all paid memberships present received a gift plant of Hosta “Sacramento”.  Any paid membership present at the July meeting that was not present at the June meeting is welcome to obtain their gift plant from Cathy Hodgson.  All extra plants of this Hosta can be purchased from the club for the nominal fee of $3.00 per plant (the wholesale price is $5.00 for each plug). 

Our next meeting is at the home of Helen Wischmeyer in Vassar.  We will follow our summer time schedule of; tour the gardens from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Refreshments will be served 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM, the business meeting will begin at 8:00 PM.   We ask that everybody please help clean up the refreshment area.  Everybody is to respect the home owner by leaving the premises no later than 9:00 PM. 

If you have not decided what plants to bring to the September Plant Exchange, now is the time to make the decision so the plants will have time to acclimate to their pot before being brought to a meeting for exchange.  Divide and transplant them now so they have a little time to fill out and look good for the exchange in September.  Remember we have changed the rules on the plant exchange and the number of meetings you have attended in the past year will determine the order of which your name is drawn, so attending the monthly meetings has a year-end benefit.  Please be mindful of what you chose to bring to the exchange; don’t bring invasive species to trade, don’t bring any plants with known disease or insect infestation, and remember the exchange is not limited to plants.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the July 11th, 2013 meeting at Helen Wischmeyer’s.

Next Meeting- is on July 11th, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the home of Helen Wischmeyer, 5675 Truax Dr. Vassar, MI 48768  Ph.989-823-7842
            Driving Directions- from our regular meeting place of the Mayfield Twp. Hall  in Lapeer;
            North on M-24 13.5 miles to Millington Rd.  Turn left (West) and drive 10.5 miles to M-15.  Turn right (North) and drive 6 miles to Dubois Rd.  Turn left (West) and drive to the first right which is James St.  Turn right onto James, follow around the curve, and take the first right which is Truax.  Turn right on Truax, the house is on the right and the EMHS sign will be in the front yard. 

Time schedule of the meeting is; tour the gardens from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Refreshments will be served 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM, the business meeting will begin at 8:00 PM.   We ask that everybody please help clean up the refreshment area.  Everybody is to respect the home owner by leaving the premises no later than 9:00 PM.

2013 Calendar of Events:
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
Oct. 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

Seeking Nominations for Officer Position- We are seeking nominations for a new Vice-President.  Nominations will be accepted at the June 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. 

Please review the Minutes of the June Meeting prior to the July meeting.  We will vote on the Minutes at the meeting

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          Seeking volunteer   
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                     810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner                      810-631-4292
Fund-Raising              Mick and  Cathy Hodgson         810-664-8985