Friday, March 28, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

Note from the President- Another winter is coming to an end, finally, and now we have to think about cleaning up the gardens.  Cleaning up from the ice storms of this winter removing dead and damaged plant material, adding mulch to areas where the mulch has broken down, fertilizing, weeding, and finding new areas to plant the things we ordered over the winter are but a few of the things we have facing us over the next few months. 

A good place to order plants is from the Annual EMHS Plant Sale.  There will be a board at the April meeting with pictures and descriptions of this year’s offerings.  We have not met the minimum number of plants for our club order so any plants that interest you, please order them from Glen as soon as possible. 

Other places to find new plants and garden accessories are our own EMHS members.  There is a list later in this newsletter of the members that sell plants and garden accessories.  Please call to set an appointment before planning to visit any of these members. 

EMHS has another year of programs and events already planned or in the planning stages.  A group trip to find more plants for your gardens (Arrowhead Alpines and Gee Farms on May 21st), new speakers, new program topics, and new member’s gardens to see are just some of the things to look forward to this year.
Joseph Tychonievich will be our speaker on May 1st.  I am mentioning this because Joseph will be bringing plants to sell and the plants Joseph brings to sell at our meeting are not common plants.  Plan to bring some extra money to buy new stuff for your gardens. 

The EMHS T-shirts featuring Joseph Tychonievich’s Hosta Addiction saying are available by contacting Glen.  More information is contained below in this newsletter.

Hosta “Joy Ride”, the plant featured on our 2014 EMHS Hosta Stone, is available for purchase at the price of $10.00 each.  Contact Glen to reserve your plant/plants. 

Lastly, we need of members to volunteer to host the June and July Garden Tour Meetings.  If you have never hosted a meeting, this is your chance to show off what you have done in your yard.     


Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on April 10th 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).

Our speaker for this meeting will be our President, Glen Pace who will give a PowerPoint presentation on “What is Hosta College?”.  This program will give an overview of what happens at Hosta College held in Piqua, Ohio every March; what classes are offered at Hosta College, what the Vending area looks like, and a view of the camaraderie that happens at the hotels after hours. 

The new EMHS T-shirt featuring Joseph Tychonievich's  Hosta Addiction self-test are available by contacting EMHS President Glen Pace at or by calling Glen at  989-244-4029.

The cost of the shirt is $18.00 each for an EMHS Member and $20.00 each for a non-member.  Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.  Priority Mail shipping is available at an additional $6.00. Joseph Tychonievich's Hosta Addiction Self-Test saying is printed on the back of the shirt.

The proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to promote our “Purpose” which is, to promote the interest of hostas and shade gardening; to extend horticultural education and activities to its members and the community.

Hosta Stones- The hybridizer for 2014 is Hans Hansen and the plant is Hosta “Joy Ride”.  H. “Joy Ride” was introduced by Walter’s Gardens.  It forms a wriggly, broadly mounding mass of very wavy blue-green leaves accented with upright folded edges, grows to 16 x 36, and has 24 inch scapes of widely flared, tubular, light lavender flowers produced in midsummer.   The Hodgson’s have 4 Natural and 1 Moss Stone for immediate sale, if interested please call Cathy at 1-810-664-8985. 
Also available are 2 Brown, 1 Moss, and 3 Iron 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s H. “Alakazaam”.  The sale price is $30.00 for each stone.  We also have two 2011 Stones featuring Van Wade’s H. “American Halo”, natural color at $25.00 each.  Lastly, there is one 2008 stone featuring Joshua’s Banner hybridized by Gil Jones, natural in color at $25.00.  All of the aforementioned stones are for sale on a first come first served basis.  If interested in purchasing any of these stones at the sale prices listed please call Cathy Hodgson at 810-664-8985.

Review the last meeting minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes as written at the next meeting.

Need a Host- We need a member to host the June 12th and July 10th meetings.  Please let Glen know if you are willing to host either of these meetings.  The summer Member Garden Tour meetings are a way for the membership to visit member’s gardens and learn from each other as well as for members to show their skills and various techniques of gardening. 

2014 Group Carpool Trip – The EMHS Carpool trip to Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville, MI will be on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Further details will be presented as they are confirmed.    

2014 Calendar of Events:  EMHS events are noted in bold print and other events are noted in italics.
April 10- Mayfield Twp. Hall, Topic “What is Hosta College”
May 1- NOTE DATE CHANGE Mayfield Twp. Hall, Speaker-Joseph Tychonievich
May 17 Workday at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton
May21- EMHS Carpool trip to Arrowhead Alpines/Gee Farms
June 1 Ed Elslager Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor

June 12- Garden Meeting at???
June 11-14 AHS National Convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
June 20 - 22 Great Lakes Region Tailgate - Dayton OH area
June 28 Hosta Show and Sale at MSU, East Lansing
July 10- Garden Meeting at???
July 27 . Ed Elslager Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
Aug 14-
Garden Meeting at Diana O’Riordan’s
Aug. 24 Annual Meeting and Workday, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton
Sept 11- EMHS Plant Exchange at Pam Walmsley’s
Oct 9- Meeting possible, ideas???
No Meeting
Nov. 2 Ed Elslager Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
Dec 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, EMHS Christmas Party

Comments to the EMHS blog:  I am mentioning blog posting to let you know that your comments to the blog can be published too.  All you have to do is go to the EMHS blog at   and comment to a blog posting which will alert me that you have made a comment.  Once I deem the comment valid for publishing I will okay and it will automatically be posted.  Please note that I cannot edit or spell check your comments, all I can do is to publish, ignore, or delete your comments.  All comments will be screened by me to deter any vulgarity or inappropriate comments being published to the EMHS blog.    Glen

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Daniels, Marlene, Bottle Wind chimes.  810-664-8317
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,
Moore, Dyane- Fairy houses
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          Pam Walmsley
---no email---                          810-964-2311
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

This is the extra space that needs to be filled with your articles of information for EMHS.  Please give any information you want added to the monthly newsletter or the blog to Glen or email it to

Friday, March 7, 2014

February 13, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall on February 13, 2014
Doors opened at 5:30 pm for networking, sign in, dues, plant sale, ordering of hosta stones and club t-shirts.
Refreshments served at 6:15
The meeting was called to order by President Glen Pace and Glen introduced our speaker Jan Everson.
Presentation – Jan Everson’s presentation was the 2013 MHS Garden Tour and 2013 GLRHS Tailgate.
Business Meeting started at 8:15 pm by President Glen Pace
Approval of Minutes- there were no corrections to the minutes from December 2013 meeting.  Motion to accept minutes made by Dyane Moore and seconded by Betty Stange. The membership voted to accept the minutes.
Treasurer’s Report-Barb Hunter, treasurer, as of January 31, 2014, the end of the month balance was $------. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Deb Brown and seconded by Paulette Johnson .
Glen Pace informed the membership that “Indiana Bob” Balitewicz died January 26, 2014.
Glen Pace reminded the membership of the 2014 EMHS Hosta sale must have 10 of each variety sold to be able to order that variety. Delivery will be at the May meeting.
Hosta research report- Mark Hanner said as of today’s date there was no new information available.
Business cards- Glen Pace has printed business cards for EMHS. They are available for members to have something to give to people that show interest in joining our group.  They are available to anyone that would like them.
Name badges- signup sheet is available for those that need a name badge. Reminder to membership that first one is free and replacements are $2.00 each.
Arrowhead Alpines- field trip will be in May.  Joseph Tychonievich will be our speaker for the May meeting.  The board decided to car pool to Arrowhead in Fowlerville then travel on to Gee Farms in Stockbridge.  No date has been set yet for this trip.  Details will be forwarded once they have been set.
Hosta College-This is Hosta College’s 21st anniversary. Details for registration were given out as well as the web site for Hosta College. 
EMHS Hosta Stone sale at Hosta College- people are needed March 14 to help transport stones, stands, plants, t-shirts.  Discussion- the number of members allowed in our vendor area.   Update- This matter has been resolved.  
T-Shirts-EMHS/Hosta Addiction shirts are $18.00 each to EMHS members.  Non-member price is $20.00 each.  A few are available tonight.  Order sheets are at the back of the room.
Hosta stones-featuring Hans Hansen’s H. “Joy Ride” Order sheets are at the back of the room. Members pay $30.00 Natural & $35.00 Colored , non-members pay $35.00 Natural & $40.00 Colored.
Hosta Stone sale-2012 featuring  H.  “Alakazaam”  3-Iron at $30.00 each,  2-brown at $30.00 each,  1-moss at $30.00 .  2011 featuring H. “American Halo” 2-natural at $25.00 each.  2008-featuring H. “Joshua’s Banner” 1-natural at $25.00.
Hosta Joy Ride project-Thank you to Walter’s Gardens for the 100 plants to be sold at Hosta College. The club will be selling the plants for $10.00, alongside the stones featuring the plant from their facility.  Also a big thank you to Sally Suttle for taking care of the plants until we can transport them to hosta college.
Club tax exempt status- We are a 501c7 not a 501c3, which means that contributions to the club are not tax deductible.
2014 calendar of events-April meeting still needs a speaker and June and July meetings still needs someone to volunteer their garden and home to meet at.  Need ideas for October meeting also.
50/50 raffle-$31.00 profit
Next meeting-April 10th, 2014 at Mayfield Twp. Hall.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm
Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels

EMHS Secretary