Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

Note from the President-   This year at Hosta College I took a couple classes, taught a couple classes, and sold plants in the vending area for Soule’s Garden.  Then, after Hosta College closed we had a blast sitting and talking in the Hotel Conference Room.   Anybody that has not gone to one of these after-college get-togethers is really missing out.  You learn a lot, meet new friends, visit with your old acquaintances, eat and drink.  Then you get to go to bed for a few hours and get back up to go back to Hosta College.  We had a great time and hope to see you at Hosta College next year. 

                I have already turned in the order for this year’s EMHS Annual Plant Sale, but if you missed out on ordering I will accept your order via an email to me at or at the April 14th meeting.  The plants will be delivered at the May 12th meeting.  If you still need to pay for your order please make out a check to EMHS and give or send it to Barb Hunter, EMHS Treasurer. 

                Our speaker for the April 14th meeting is Julia Hofley.  Julia is a freelance writer for gardening magazines, a speaker for gardening audiences, a member of multiple gardening societies, and a plant collector.  For our meeting Julia will present Building a Collector’s Garden

                We will have our usual potluck at the meeting.  As always the club will provide the flatware, plates, and napkins. 

                Come prepared to have a great time, see a great presentation, and have some friendly conversation. 

See you at the April 14th meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- April 14, 2016 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 speaker will be Julia Hofley.  Julia’s presentation is Building a Collector’s Garden.  This is Julia’s description of the presentation.
            We didn’t start out to be collectors but as we began to garden together, we found which plants actually won our hearts and square footage in the garden beds and borders. Take a look at our many collections of conifers, Lilium, Chrysanthemums, groundcovers, ferns, fragrant plants and more. Learn why we fell in love with these plants and how they create waves of color and interest throughout the seasons.

The doors will open at 5:00 PM for Networking, Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM, Presentation at 7:00 PM, Break at 8:00 PM, and Business Meeting at 8:15 PM.

Review the February 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the April 14, 2016 meeting.

2016  Calendar of Events     ?denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
April 14- Mayfield Twp. Hall- Julia Hofley
May 12- Mayfield Twp. Hall, Bonsai (Becky inquiring)____
June 9- ?______________________, ?_________________
July 14- Garden Tour at the Arms Garden
Aug 11- Garden Tour at the Balabon Garden
Sept 8 – ?_____________________, EMHS Plant Exchange
Oct 13- ?_____________________, ?__________________
Nov 10- Annual Board Meeting
Dec 8- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

EMHS Annual Plant Sale- The order for the plant sale has been turned in.  If anybody missed out on ordering I will accept prepaid orders at the April 14th meeting.  If anybody that ordered plants has not yet paid for their order, please remit your payment to the EMHS Treasurer, Barb Hunter, 316 Davis Lake Rd.  Lapeer, MI 48446
            The plants will be delivered at the May 12th, 2016 meeting.  If you ordered plants and are unable to attend the meeting, please make arrangements with another member to pick up your order or you can call Glen at 989-244-4029 to make prior arrangements. 

Consider Hosting an EMHS Meeting- above you see the EMHS 2016 calendar of events with a number of openings for meeting places.  We ask that you consider hosting a summer garden meeting at your garden.  Sharing our gardens is a way for all of us to learn; we get ideas for new plantings, insect control, garden art, and learn how other gardeners express themselves through their gardens.  We all have something to share, please share your knowledge with the rest of us.

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-shirts featuring Joseph Tychonievich's Hosta Addiction self-test are $18.00 each.  The only two left are XXL.        Contact Glen at
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.

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.
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies.
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.
     989-871-2873, robfamily5

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention-  
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
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 $20 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             Becky Hanner             810-631-4292
Treasurer                     Barb Hunter               810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner                  810-631-4292
Fund-Raising              Mick & Cathy Hodgson          810-664-8985