Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Newsletter

Note from the President- First I want to thank Betty and Andy Malburg from Campbell’s Greenhouse for hosting our June meeting.  I had no idea of what all was involved in being a plant production greenhouse.  Andy’s enthusiasm about making a stack of trays, some soil, seeds, and automation turn into a basket of flowering beauty, all done in the shortest possible time, baffles me, but the proof of his capability lies in the product he sells.  The hanging baskets were beautiful!  The tour of the production houses and seeing the automated seed planter, soil machine, and temperature controls as well as the watering computer panels was mind boggling and inspiring.  Betty’s retail management skills were evident by the amount of things we purchased before the meeting and her organizing the set-up and tear-down of tables and chairs for our meeting was greatly appreciated.  Thank you Betty and Andy for a great time and for being wonderful hosts as well as for the hanging baskets you gave to various members and Melva especially thanks you for the white rock!

This afternoon I took down the portable greenhouse used each spring to house the orders of plants as they arrive in the mail.  The weather forecast is for rain and thunderstorms tonight and the plants will definitely appreciate a good rain after being planted in the open soil. 

After this past winter killed all of our Koi, Shubunkins, and Orfe, this is our first year of having a pond without the fish.  All of the fish dying had me ready to fill in the pond.   I miss my pets as part of them had been in the pond since it was built more than 15 years ago.   Not having the Koi greet you at feeding time was a bit depressing as they were always so active and kept the pond alive with movement.  But, I have to admit that being able to grow a water lily for the first time is rewarding.  The first water lily bloom opened today and it is beautiful.  We also started the water fall pump so the falls is at full water capacity so the sound of rushing water adds another interest to the fish-less pond.   To sum up my feelings about the pond without fish…..I do miss the activity, but I am thoroughly enjoying the ability to grow the water plants that the Koi used to eat no matter what I did to try and protect them from their hungry mouths. 

July 10th is Music-in-the-Garden at the Jessop’s in Lapeer.  This meeting involves something new to our group and will be something special.  We will have live music for an EMHS Meeting?  How exciting!  I look forward to seeing all of you on July 10th, 2014 at the Jessop’s.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring a dish to pass for the potluck and a chair to sit on for the meeting. 

Next Meeting- July 10th, 2014 at Jim and Lorraine Jessop’s, 3735 Oregon Rd. in Lapeer at 6:00 PM.  This is the Music in the Garden Meeting featuring musician Steve Prince playing the Indian flute.  After viewing the gardens Mr. Prince will give a presentation about the Indian flute.  This will be a very interesting meeting as well as a good time to view Jim and Lorraine’s Daylily and Hosta collections.   
            Directions- From our regular meeting place of the Mayfield Twp. Hall- turn right to get to M-24.  Turn right (SSW) and drive 9/10ths of a mile to Davis Lake Road and turn right (West).  Drive 1.4 miles and turn Left (South) onto Millville Rd.  Drive 1.0 miles and turn Right (West) onto Oregon Rd.  Drive 1.3 miles to the destination (3735 Oregon Rd.) on Left (South) side of the road. 
            From I-75 (Saginaw/Birch Run)- Drive South on I-75 to I-475 south (Flint) to I-69 East and drive 12.5 miles to Exit 149 Elba Rd.  Turn left (North) and drive 4/10ths of a mile and turn right (East) onto Genesee Road.  Drive 3.6 miles and the road curves north and turns into Hayes Road.  Drive another 1.3 miles and turn Right (East) onto Oregon Road.  Drive 2/10ths of a mile to the destination (3735 Oregon Rd.) on the Right (South) side of the road.

Jim Jessop made a map of the Lapeer area that has been scanned and the file will be attached to your newsletter when it is emailed to you. 

2014 Calendar of Events: 
EMHS events are noted in bold print and other events are noted in italics.
July 10- Garden Meeting at The Jessop’s with
            “Music in the Garden” featuring Steve Prince
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- Mayfield Twp. Hall, speaker Tony Reznicek 
No Meeting
Nov. 2 Ed Elslager Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
Dec 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, EMHS Christmas Party

Review the last two (2) meeting’s minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the next meeting.

EMHS 2014 Gift Plant- Hosta “Bachelor Party” is the 2014 EMHS Gift Plant.  H. “Bachelor Party” is a medium size plant with mature dimensions of 14”H x30”W.  Each paid 2014 EMHS Membership will receive one plant as a gift.  More of the plants are available at the extremely low cost of $3.00 each.   You must be present at the July meeting to receive your free gift plant.

EMHS Business Cards- are still available for members to take for promoting the club.

Name Badges- If you need one of the new EMHS name badges, please put your printed name on the sign-up sheet at any meeting or you can email Glen with your request.  Glen will try to have your name badge at the next meeting. 

The 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 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 one Natural color 2011 Stone 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.  There are three stone stands available at the price of $20.00 each.  If interested in purchasing any of these at the sale prices listed please call Cathy Hodgson at 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

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Daniels, Marlene, Bottle Wind chimes.
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

Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, Dues $5 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Marge Greskowiak, SVHS Treasurer, 10025 Lakewood Dr., Saginaw, MI 48609

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

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

June 12, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at Campbell’s Greenhouse in North Branch on June 12th at 6:00 PM.  At the direction of Betty Malburg, owner of Campbell’s Greenhouse, the members were allowed to shop until the greenhouse closed at 7:00 PM. 

Called to Order at 7:20 by President Glen Pace.  Visitors introduced and Owners of Campbell’s Greenhouse, Betty and Andy Malburg were introduced, followed by potluck/refreshments.

Business Meeting-
            May Minutes-
were not available.  These will be posted to the blog to be reviewed and voted on at the July meeting. 
            Treasurer’s Report- Barb Hunter-Beginning balance $------, Income of $------, Expenditures of $-------, and end of month balance, $--------.  Motion to accept report by Mark Hanner, seconded by Linda Pollard, motion passed.           
            Hosta Stones- Cathy Hodgson-Current Inventory of (1) 2014 Natural, (3) 2013 Iron, (2) 2012 Brown, (1) 2011 Natural and (3) stands.
            2014 EMHS Gift Plant- Cathy Hodgson- Presented description of H. “Bachelor Party” to membership and presented plan for dispersal of gift plants.  Each 2014 paid membership will receive one free gift plant.  More are available at $3.00 each.  Cathy then presented the first gift plant to Betty and Andy of Campbell’s Greenhouse for hosting the meeting. 
            Name Badges-Glen Pace-If you need a new name badge, sign-up sheet is available.  First badge is free and replacements are $2.00 each.  Please save the magnet off the back of a ruined badge to help save costs.  Name badges given to some members present that hadn’t picked theirs up. 
            T-shirts-Glen Pace- Shirts are still available in XXL and XXXL.  The last (L) was purchased at the meeting.  Price is $18.00 each.
            H. “Happily Ever After”- Ray Brice is looking for this plant, if anybody finds it please notify Ray.
            Joseph Tychonievich- has left Arrowhead Alpines as Greenhouse Manager to pursue his career in speaking engagements and book writing.  Brigitta Stewart, owner of Arrowhead Alpines will continue to run the nursery.
            Asian Long Horned Beetle- Bill Kapustka reported on an article about the progression of this beetle’s migration into Ohio and Michigan.   Per the request of the DNR, if found the insect is to be captured and the DNR notified.  This beetle is 1-1.5 inches long, black with white spots, and has long antennae. 
            Glen Pace will be one of the Instructors at Hosta College 2015.  His Presentation will be on Woodland Plants.
             MI Master Gardeners Sales Event- June 21st, The Hanner’s will be vendors.
            Next Meeting-July 10th, “Music in the Garden” at the Jessop’s in Lapeer.
            August 23rd- “Art in the Garden”, a sales event 10AM-5PM at Suncrest in Lapeer, no                   admission fee.
            September- The Hanner’s host an “Art in the Garden” with multiple vendors.

Presentation/Tour of the Production Houses- at 7:45 PM Andy Malburg from Campbell’s gave a very informative presentation/tour of the production aspect of greenhousing at Campbell’s.  Andy also gave multiple hanging baskets to various members present at the meeting. 
            Betty and Andy were thanked for their kindness and hospitality. 

Meeting adjourned when tour was over at dusk.

Respectfully submitted by,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

May 01, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting- was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall on May 1st, 2014
The Board- met at 3:00pm with our speaker Joseph Tychonievich for dinner at Blind Fish in Lapeer
Doors opened- at 5:00 pm for networking, sign in, set up for Joseph
The Meeting- was called to order by President Glen Pace at 6:00 pm followed by refreshments.
Presentation-Joseph Tychonievich’s was our speaker, his presentation: “Plants Brigitta Taught Me”
Business Meeting-started at 8:10pm by President Glen Pace
Approvals of Minutes- there were no corrections to the minutes from April 2014 meeting. Motion to accept Mark Hanner & seconded by Bruce Pollard.  Membership voted to accept the minutes.
Treasurer’s Report-Barb Hunter, treasurer, April 2014  end of the month balance was $--------.Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Pat Maitland, and seconded by Mark Hanner.  The membership voted to accept the treasurer’s report.
Thanks to Jim and Lorraine Jessop for volunteering to have the July meeting at their home.
Hosta Stones-See Cathy Hodgson if you wish to purchase a 2014 stone featuring Has Hansen’s H. “Joy Ride” Members$30 & $35.
Announcements-Glen Pace invited members to Pace Gardens on the 14th of May to join the Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, May 17th is a workday at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Arrowhead Alpines field trip will be May 21st , and June 1st Ed Elsalager Hybridizers Group will meet in Ann Arbor.
Next meeting-will be held at Campbell’s Greenhouse in North Branch June 12,2014.
Raffle drawing –Than you to Maria Rowland, and Barb Hunter for donating items for the raffle drawing, and thanks go out to Stan Smith, Mark & Becky Hanner, Gene Arms,Nancy Martilla and Jim & Lorraine Jessop for donating items for the door prizes.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm
Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels

EMHS Secretary