Sunday, May 28, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

Note from the President-  Our summer garden tour meetings start with the June meeting.   The garden tour meetings are when we visit the garden of one of our fellow members.   This is our chance to see other’s gardens and to get ideas of what we can do in our own gardens.  It is also a great opportunity to see plants that you may not have seen before.   Don’t forget to bring a chair, bug spray, something for the door prize or raffle, and your favorite dish to pass for the potluck. 

This spring has been great for watering the plants, but terrible for me getting into the gardens to clean out last year’s fallen leaves.   As most of you know, I work every weekend and the rains have been primarily Monday through Friday with rather nice weather weekends.  I am desperately trying to get the gardens cleaned before the EMHS meeting on June 8th.  The portable greenhouse will still be filled with this year’s purchases and the blocks for the new pathways through the woodland gardens will still be stacked along the path near the front, but I assure you that the gardens will have some unusual plants for you to look at.   A lot of the spring ephemeral are already gone, the tree peonies are finished, and the cypripedium orchids will most likely be gone by the time you visit.  You will find Japanese Maples in spring leaf color, Japanese Dogwoods in bloom, Podophyllum (Mayapples) that you have probably never seen before, numerous forms of Solomon’s Seal, and a garden full of other unique plants, trees, and shrubs.   I look forward to seeing all of you at Pace Gardens on June 8th

This is also the time of year to begin dividing the plants you want to bring to the EMHS Plant Exchange in September.   Dividing the plants now will give them time to establish a good set of roots and look great for the exchange.  As a reminder, it has been suggested that instead of dividing a nice plant you are going to donate, keep the plant as a larger multiple eye plant.  Also, don’t forget that the plant exchange is not just for Hosta.   Companion plants for the shade garden are a great donation as are garden ornaments, garden tools, gardening books, and anything else that pertains to our addiction of gardening.   Cathy Hodgson will be running the $5.00 table for the Plant Exchange and the person donating the plants can make the decision if they want their donation to be placed on the $5.00 table or if they want it in the regular exchange.  If you have any questions, please ask Cathy.

A big thank you to Teresa Dillon for the suggestion of obtaining Aaron Strouse as a speaker.   Aaron’s presentation on Michigan’s Wild Native Orchids was fantastic!

I look forward to seeing you all at the June meeting on June 8th at Pace Gardens in Clio.

Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- June 08, 2017 at Pace Gardens 2426 Delwood Dr. Clio, MI 48420.  The phone number is 810-687-2512.   If you get lost on the way you can call for help.
Directions- From Lapeer, take I-69 West to I-75 North.   Drive North on I-75 to the Clio/Montrose/Vienna Rd/M-57 exit (Exit 131).  Turn right (East) onto Vienna Rd and drive 5.4 miles to Bray Rd.   Turn left (North) onto Bray Rd. and drive 1.3 miles to Delwood Dr.    Turn left (West) and drive to the forth house on the left. 
            or I-69 East 9.5 miles to M-15/State Rd.   Turn right (North) and drive 11.8 miles to
                   M-57/Vienna Rd.   Turn left (West) and drive 7.1 miles to Bray Rd.   Turn right (North)  
                   and drive 1.3 miles to Delwood Dr.  Turn left (West) and drive to 4th house on the
             from Saginaw- Drive South on I-75 to the Clio/Montrose/M-57/Vienna Rd exit (Exit 131).
                   Turn left (East) and drive 5.5 miles to Bray Rd.   Turn keft (North) onto Bray and drive
                   1.3 miles to Delwood Dr.   Turn left (West) and drive to the forth house on the left.

This meeting begins our summer garden tour meetings.   Please remember to bring your own chair, bug spray, your favorite dish to pass for the potluck, and plan to have a great time.                                
The time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Networking
2000-   Business Meeting

Review the May 11th, 2017 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the June 8th, 2017 meeting.

2017  EMHS Calendar of Events    
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
June 08- Pace Gardens in Clio, Garden Tour
July 13- the Hanner’s in Otisville, Clay Hosta Project
Aug 10- the Gavits’ in Saginaw, Garden Tour
Sept 14 – Melva Bonds in Bridgeport- Plant Exchange
Oct 12- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
Nov 09- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s in Davison

Dec 14- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

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. 

Club Members selling Hosta or Related Products-
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Brown, Deb- Aeroponic Tower Garden. 505-379-9100,
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,
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,

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 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

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 $20 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Gordon Burnside, 11640 W Freeland Rd. Freeland, MI 48623

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

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