Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pictures from the June 14th, 2018 Meeting at Cathy Clark's

Cathy's gardens surround the house with color, texture, and whimsey.

The white bark of the trees is a perfect way to draw the eye to the center of this bed of Hosta
This is the close-up view of the garden from the previous picture
Don't ride your bike too fast through this garden or else....
Hosta, Hosta, Hosta 
The natural lay of the land lends to beautiful views of Cathy's gardens
From the house looking out toward the front there are even more gardens
A large portion of the membership getting ready for the meeting
Plant sales are a part of most every meeting

Friday, June 8, 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

Note from the President-  Summer has come to mid-Michigan the week after winter was gone.   Most of us are already experiencing drought conditions and having to water our gardens.   Something I found interesting is that the long winter had almost no effect on most of the marginally hardy plants I grow, but some of the Hosta are just now beginning to emerge from dormancy.   I also totally lost a few things that are considered totally hardy for us in USDA zone 5b.   If you experienced unusual activity in your garden this past winter share your experience so maybe we can all learn from each other. 
A big thank you goes out to Aaron Strouse for his presentation on Michigan Waterfalls at our April 12th meeting.   Aaron’s presentations are so well received that we have already asked him to be the speaker for the February 14th, 2019 meeting.   All of the photos from Aaron’s presentations are available for purchase.   I have posted some of Aaron’s photos to the EMHS blog so you can see examples of what he has available.   You can contact Aaron at for more information about purchasing his photographs.  

Another big thank you goes out to Mark and Becky Hanner for hosting the Pinch Pot clay project on May 10th and 12th.   Thirty-four members attended one of the classes and made their own pot, cup, bowl, or whatever else they wanted to make.   Mark and Becky will have the finished products at the June 14th meeting for the members to pick-up.   If you are interested in taking one of Mark and Becky’s pottery classes you can contact them at for more information. 
Our meeting this month will be the first outdoor meeting of the season.   Cathy Clark from Imlay City is hosting the meeting on June 14th.   I am excited to see Cathy’s gardens because I have been President of EMHS since 2009 and have not been to Cathy’s to see what she is growing.   Cathy has attended Hosta College for years and also supports the EMHS Annual Plant sale by buying at least one of every plant available.    She has been a big supporter of EMHS and now she is sharing her gardens with us.   Thank you, Cathy, for hosting the June 14th meeting.  

EMHS has plants available for purchase.   Please bring money or your checkbook to the June 14th meeting so you can purchase the plants the Fund-Raising Committee has chosen for this year’s EMHS Fund-Raiser.   More information is available below and in the flyers attached to this newsletter. 
See you at the June 14th meeting and don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair. 
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- on June 14, 2018 at the home of Cathy Clark, 2603 N. Van Dyke Road, Imlay City, MI 48444.  The phone number if you need to call on the way to the meeting 810-614-1098.

This is the first outdoor meeting of 2018, so I will list a few reminders.  
1) The summer meetings are potluck meetings so bring your favorite dish to pass.  The club provides the plates and flatware.  
2) Please bring your own chair to sit on.   Don’t expect the host to have extra chairs for you to use. 
3) Bring your own bug spray.   It is summer and the mosquitos and flies are out, so you may want to protect yourself.  
4) Please help clean-up when it is time to leave.   The host has enough to do without having to clean up after everybody.  
5) Please leave when the meeting is over as the host needs time to relax after hosting a meeting.   Some hosts are first shift workers and may have to be up early the next morning.   So please do not hang around the host’s garden after the meeting. 

 Directions from I-75: I-75 to I-69 East and drive 35 miles to M-53/Van Dyke Rd/Almont/Imlay City.  Turn left (North) and drive 8 miles to the house on the Left (West).  

Directions from Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer (EMHS’s regular meeting place): Turn right to M-24.  Turn right (North) and drive 0.2 miles to Daley Road.  Turn right (East) and drive 4.4 miles to Bearanger Rd.  Turn left (North) and drive 0.5 miles where the road turns right (East) and the name changes to Lum.  Continue driving another 5.5 miles to Summers Rd.  Turn right (South) and drive 0.5 miles to Armstrong.   Turn left (East) and drive 2.0 miles to N. Van Dyke Rd.   Turn left (North) and drive 1.2 miles to the house on the left (West side of road). 

The time schedule for the evening is;
View Gardens/ Networking
   Business Meeting/ View Gardens

 EMHS Annual Plant Sale- The plants ordered from the 2018 Plant Sale were delivered at the April 12th meeting.  All extra plants are now up for sale.  I will attach the 2018 Plant Sale flyers to your Newsletter email so you can review what is available.   The Hellebore is sold out and there is only one Clematis left, but there are some of each of the Hosta available.   If you need additional information you can call Cathy Hodgson, her contact information is on the flyer.

The committee will bring all extra plants to the June 14th meeting.    

After Hosta College Plant Sale- The Fund-Raising Committee chose plants from Bob Solberg while at Hosta College and these plants are now available for purchase.   I will attach the flyer that gives specific information about the plants to your emailed newsletter.   You can also contact Cathy Hodgson for more information.   The committee will bring all plants to the June 14th meeting so you can purchase them there. 

Review the April 12th, 2018 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the June 14th, 2018 meeting.
2018 EMHS Calendar of Events    “?” denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic   

June 14- Member Garden Tour @ Cathy Clark’s
July 12- Member Garden Tour @ Dyane Moore’s
Aug 09- Member Garden Tour @ Sandy Vukonich’s
Sept 13- Plant Exchange, ?____________________
Oct 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
Nov 08- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s in Davison
Dec 13- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Hosting a Summer Meeting- We need a host for the September Plant Exchange meeting.  This meeting is a big meeting with lots of people and lots of plants donated for the exchange.   Please consider volunteering to host this meeting.  

 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- 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 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

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-                           Mick and                  
Raising                        Cathy Hodgson             810-664-8985



April 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at the the Mayfield Twp. Hall on April 12, 2018
Doors Opened – at 5:00 pm for Networking, setting up refreshments, sign in and paying dues, and plant pickup.

Meeting called to order – 6:00 pm Potluck was enjoyed by all.

Business Meeting – 6:35 pm meeting was called back to order by President Glen Pace

Approval of Minutes – February 2018 there were no corrections to the minutes from February. Motion to accept the minutes were made by Becky Hanner and it was seconded by Bruce Pollard. Membership voted to accept the February minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – there was no report given, because we had a guest speaker. If anyone would like they could see Barb Hunter, Treasurer and she would show the report.

Hosta College – March 16 & 17 , 2018 EMHS had a good show of members to attend the Hosta College, if you haven’t ever been you should think about attending a good time is had by all, especially the after  party at the hotel.

Election Of Officers – President and treasurer positions were up for election this year. There were no volunteers to take either position, so Glen Pace and Barb Hunter offered to stay on in their current positions.

EMHS Plant Sale 2018 – Kathy Hodgson said there were a few plants left if anyone would like one and they are $10.00.

May Meeting – the May meeting will be different this year, it will be a clay project at the Hanners, days to attend are May 10 and 12.  Please sign up before you leave tonight. Every member can make a pot.

June Meeting – June 14 this will be the first of our Summer Garden Meetings. Junes meeting will be held at Cathy Clarks’ home.

July and August summer meetings – The July meeting will be held at the home of Dyane Moore and August meeting will be held at Sandy Vukonich’s home.

Name badges – Sign sheet if you need one. Badges are available for Sandy Vukonich, Melvyn Corner, Kay Alderson, and Doug Pearce.

Other announcements – Next April 2019, Glen Pace will be doing a grafting presentation, there will be a $10.00 per person if you would like to make one. There will be more info to come at a later date.

Presentation – Aaron Stouse, gave a slide presentation on The Waterfalls of Michigan.

Adjourned – 8:00 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels