Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

Note from the President- Spring has finally arrived!  Yes we will still have a few nights that are near or below freezing, but we will probably not see any more accumulating snowfalls.  

My first delivery of plants ordered last fall has arrived, but just like most of us, the nursery had losses from the severe winter and part of my order had to be refunded due to those losses.  Even in my own gardens there have been some losses.  The Arum dracunculus in the front yard has not broken dormancy and therefore I presume it has frozen out.  Many of the Cypripedium orchids at Pace Gardens have succumbed to the winter and spring.  I am sure the losses are from being too wet when freezing weather started and staying too wet during the spring thaw.  When you experience losses like these you get disappointed, but you correct the problem, replant, and try growing the plant again or you give up on that particular specie and move on to another family of plants. 

Those members that ordered plants from the EMHS Annual Plant Sale can expect to pick up their plants at the May 1st meeting.  If you will not be at the meeting please make arrangements for someone else to pick up your order as the plants are bare root and will not tolerate more than a day or two of being wrapped in wet newsprint.  Please contact Glen at 989-244-4029 if you cannot find someone to get your order for you so that other arrangements can be made for you to get your order.  

Joseph Tychonievich will be our speaker at our May 1stmeeting.  He will be bringing plants to sell and the plants Joseph brings to sell at our meeting are not common box store findings.  Plan to bring some extra money to buy something new and unusual for your gardens.  

Information regarding the car pool trip to Arrowhead Alpines and Gee Farms on May 21st is contained in the is newsletter.  This will be a busy day filled with excitement, plants, and spending time with friends.  We hope you will join in on the ride.   

There are a few Hosta “Joy Ride”, the plant featured on our 2014 EMHS Hosta Stone, available for purchase at the price of $15.00 each.  These are larger, multiple division plants.  Also, if you purchased a plant and did not get a name tag for it, Cathy will have name tags available at the May 1st meeting. 

I look forward to seeing all of you at our May 1st meeting. 


Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on May 1stat 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 Joseph Tychonievich.  The presentation topic will be “Plants Brigitta Taught Me" about cool plants he learned about while working at Arrowhead Alpines Nursery.  Joseph will also be bringing plants to sell so don’t forget to bring extra money or your checkbook. 

EMHS T-shirt featuring Joseph Tychonievich's  Hosta Addiction self-test are $18.00 each for an EMHS Member and $20.00 each for a non-member.  Sizes available are L, XXL and XXXL.  
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.  
Also available are 3 Iron colored 2013 Hosta Stones featuring  "Indiana Bob" Balitewicz’s Hosta “Krugerrand” and 2 Brown 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s H. “Alakazaam” at the sale price is $30.00 for each stone.  In addition we have two Natural color 2011 Stones featuring Van Wade’s H. “American Halo” at $25.00 each.  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.

Need a Host- We need a member to host the July 10th meeting.  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.  We will meet at Arrowhead Alpines at 9 AM, spend approximately 2 hours at Arrowhead Alpines, then drive onto Gee Farms in Stockbridge, MI where we will meet at noon.  You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch that you can eat at Gee Farms or Gee Farms has hotdogs, chips, and beverages available for purchase.  An agenda and driving directions will be sent in an email to the membership. 

Review the last meeting’s minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the next meeting.
2014 Calendar of Events:  EMHS events are noted in bold print and
            other events are noted in italics.
May 1- NOTE DATE Mayfield Twp. Hall, Speaker-Joseph TychonievichMay 17 Workday at Hidden Lake Gardens, TiptonMay 21- EMHS Carpool trip to Arrowhead Alpines/Gee Farms
June 1 Ed Elslager Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor

June 12- Campbell’s Greenhouse in North Branch
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’sAug. 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  http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/   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.  810-664-8317gardenfairy50@aol.com
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.  810-631-4292, mhanner@aol.com
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies. 810-664-7531, baha@chartermi.net
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.  989-642-5772, lisik46@yahoo.com
Moore, Dyane- Fairy houses  https://www.facebook.com/GardenArtAndMoore
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,robfamily5@yahoo.com
Salk, Pat/Bill Kapustka, Daylilies.  810-678-3519,daylilyabode@msn.com
Smith, Stan/Mary Lou, Concrete leaves, toad houses.  989-845-3455

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website-http://www.hosta2012.com/
AHS Hosta Library Website-http://www.hostalibrary.org/
Michigan Hosta Society Website-http://www.hostahappenings.com/
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website-http://ihostohio.com/portal/glhc/

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                   
pacegardens@charter.net      989-244-4029
Vice-President          Pam Walmsley
---no email---                          810-964-2311
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                
baha@chartermi.net              810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels         
gardenfairy50@aol.com         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner              
mhanner@aol.com                 810-631-4292
Fund-Raising              Mick and  Cathy Hodgson    
cehodgso@hotmail.com         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  pacegardens@charter.net

Meeting Minutes, April 10, 2014

The Meeting was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall On April 10th, 2014
Doors opened at 5:00 pm for networking, sign in, dues, plant sales, hosta stones, t-shirt sales and raffle ticket sales.
The meeting- was called to order by President Glen Pace at 6:10 pm
Refreshments served at 6:15 pm
Presentation – Glen Pace was our speaker, his presentation: What is Hosta College?  Afterwards a questionnaire was passed out to the members to get feedback to Glen for improvements or suggestions on his presentation. Glen announced that this presentation would be given to the Hosta College Board for them to use to persuade people to attend Hosta College in the future. 
Business Meeting- started at 8:00 pm by President Glen Pace
Approval of Minutes- there were no corrections to the minutes from February 2014 meeting. Motion to accept minutes made by Paulette Johnson and seconded by Steve Balabon.  The membership voted to accept the minutes.
Treasurer’s Report- Barb Hunter, Treasurer, February 2014 end of the month balance was $4,979.71.  March 2014 end of the month balance was $5,057.91.  Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Pat Maitlin and seconded by Carol Leonard.  The membership voted to accept the treasurer’s report.
2014 EMHS Hosta Sale- Glen explained that we must have 10 of each variety sold to be able to order that variety however the Solbergs’ are willing to work with us.  Order sheets were available.  Plants will be delivered at the May 1st meeting.
Name badges-if any member needs a badge please sign up on sheet at back of room.  Remember if you need a replacement badge it will cost $2.00 and please save the magnet from the back of the badge if at all possible.
T-shirts-EMHS/Hosta Addiction shirts are $18.00 each for members and $20.00 for non-members.  Sizes still available L-XL-XXL-XXXL
Hosta Stones-featuring Hans Hansen’s H. “Joy Ride” are still available members $30.00 natural colored and $35.00 colored, non-member prices $35.00 and $40.00. See Cathy Hodgson for stones available.
Stone Sale-Cathy Hodgson still has older stones available at sale prices: 2013 Iron (3)@$30.00 each, 2012 Brown (2) $30.00 each, 2011 Natural-(1) @ $25.00.  We also have 4 stone stands available @ $20.00 each.
Arrowhead Alpines Nursery fieldtrip-We will be carpooling for this fieldtrip.  Please meet at Arrowhead Alpines Nursery at 9:00 am. After Arrowhead we will go on to Gee Farms in Stockbridge.  More info to announced at May Meeting. 
Raffle drawing- Thank-you to Maria Rowland and Marlene Daniels for donating prizes for the raffle drawing.  Also thanks to Stan Smith for donating items for the door prizes.
Announcements-*Marlene Daniels, Secretary, suggested to those who receive “snail mail” to save the 2014 Calendar of Events, because it would not be printed out in every newsletter. 
*Mark & Becky Hanner announced that they will be having 2 pottery classes on May 3rd, one at 10:00 am to 12:00pm and the next class will be at 2:00 pm to approximately 5:00pm.  The cost of the class is $35.00.
*Cathy Hodgson would like our members to be thinking of a Michigan Hybridizer for the 2015 hosta stone.
Next meeting-Make note that the May meeting is May 1st, 2014 the first Thursday of the month instead of the second Thursday of the month.  Our speaker will be Joseph Tychonievich and he will be bringing plants to sell.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm
Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels

EMHS Secretary