Thursday, July 8, 2021

July gardens tours were a wonderful experience

My phone mixed up the photos but all are from the July gardens tour.  This is Joyce’s patio surrounded by beautiful flowers.  
Joyce’s beautiful specimen of Cercis “Ruby Falls”
Hardy Begonia grandis flanked by Brunnera and Cimicifuga at Sandy’s. 
One of Joyce’s Hosta gardens
The most unusual butterfly drinking vessel I have ever seen. 
Sandy’s pond and fantastic waterfall
Another one of Joyce’s Hosta beds. 
Joyce’s Hosta “Etched Glass”.  I have to find this one!
Sandy’s garden
Sandy’s front porch garden. 
Joyce’s sitting area with the scent and beauty of roses. 
Joyce’s roses were beautiful.  
Joyce’s fern glade. 
A gorgeous Sambucus at Joyce’s.  
The remainder of the EMHS plant sale.   Only $10 each.   Call Barb if interested in purchasing any of these. 
The safest herons to have near your pond.  Sandy is a smart one.  
Another of Joyce’s wonderful roses.  This one was gorgeous and smelled Fantastic!
More Hosta gardens.  
Sandy’s butterfly garden.  
Hosta “Paisley Print” at Joyces.  
More gardens at Sandy’s.  
 

Monday, July 5, 2021

EMHS July 2021 Newsletter

 

Eastern Michigan Hosta Society
July 2021 Newsletter

Next Meeting is on July 8th, 3PM-7PM

Note from the President- This Newsletter will be a short one, but I will try to make sure I include all of the up-to-date information.  

 First, I want to thank Barb Hunter for hoisting the June Garden Tour!   I can appreciate all the work she has put into her property and Wow, what a selection of Hosta!

 I am saddened to announce that one of our long-time members, Carol Leonard from Leonard, MI died on May 28th.   Carol had a wonderful garden that she shared with us by hosting meetings at her home.   She will be sadly missed by us.  

We are trying something new with our summer tour this month; we are going to have two gardens to tour.   If this event is a success, we will continue to do it for future summer garden tour gatherings.   Our hosts this month will be Joyce Farrow in Otisville and Sandy Vukonich in Oxford.   Since this event was not originally planned this way, these two gardens are a distance apart, but Joyce Farrow’s Garden is one that we have never toured before.   We are hoping to get new gardens to tour and there is less hassle for the garden owners since tables are not needed for a potluck.   Gardens located in the same area would be best for this new idea.  Please let me know if you are interested in letting us visit your garden.

 At Sandy’s, please do not park in the circle driveway as that is the means for others to come and go.   Please park on the grass by the shed on the right side of the driveway.   Both gardens will be open from 3PM until 7PM.   This gives ample time to visit both sites even though they are far apart.  

We will not be having a potluck, but cold bottled water will be offered at each of the gardens.

Since Covid we have not had a true business meeting.   If any member wants to see the Books for the Club, please see Barb Hunter or myself.   We are not charging dues for the Club again this year because we are not having speakers or indoor meetings.  For those that were paid ahead, your dues will be extended to reflect such. 

The August tour is being hosted by Elin Bastianelli in Highland on August 12, 2021.  

We are hoping that EMHS will be able to have the September Plant Exchange Meeting at the Suncrest Pavilion in Lapeer.   This decision will be made at a later date and is dependent on the opening of the pavilion for social gatherings.   The Pavillion is open to the public for gatherings, but they are not taking reservations at this time.  

 Directions to the tour sites are below.   I look forward to seeing you at the gardens.  

Sincerely,
Glen Pace
EMHS President


Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on July 8th, 2021 at Joyce Farrow’s in Otisville and at Sandy Vukonich’s in Oxford.   These garden tours are open to anybody interested in coming.   Please ask your friends to join you for the experience.  

Directions:  Joyce Farrow, 9283 Castle Ct. Otisville, MI  48463.   The road Castle Ct. is located on the west side of M-15 just south of downtown Otisville between Dodge and Francis Roads.   I will place a tour sign at the corner of M-15 and Castle Ct and another sign at the driveway.   Turn west onto Castle Ct and drive about ½ mile to the home.    

Directions:  Sandy Vukonich, 2961 Secluded Pines Dr. Oxford, MI 48371.  The phone number is 248-302-4700 in case you need to call for directions on your way to the meeting.   

From Joyce Farrow’s - Turn right onto M-15 and drive to I-69.   Turn onto East I-69 and take the M-24 exit.  Turn right (South) and drive 7.7 miles to Brocker Rd.  Turn Right (West) and drive 1.3 miles to Baldwin.  Turn Left (South) and drive 0.8 miles to Secluded Pines Dr.  Turn Left (East) and drive 0.2 miles to house on right.   

Both gardens will be open from 3 PM to 7 PM. 

 

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, www.debbrown.towergarden.com
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes. 810-664-8317, gardenfairy50@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
Pickard, Carolyn- Hosta.   989-871-2873,
robfamily5 @yahoo.com

Websites of Interest:

American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/

American Hosta Society Convention Website- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website-
http://www.hostalibrary.org/
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
http://www.hostahappenings.com/
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/

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             Becky Hanner             BGHanner@aol.com               810-631-4292

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-                           Mick and                      

Raising                        Cathy Hodgson              cehodgso@hotmail.com         810-664-8985

Thursday, June 10, 2021

EMHS has its first Garden Tour of 2021

 Our first Tour was at the home of our Treasurer, Barb Hunter.   What a gorgeous place she has and she sells plants too.  Thank you Barb for sharing your talent and beautiful gardens with us!














Wednesday, May 26, 2021

June 2021 Newsletter

 

Note from the President- The current MIOSHA Guidelines for outdoor gatherings as of June 1, 2021 are that there are no capacity limits for gatherings of vaccinated people.   Non-vaccinated persons must still wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.  The CDC recommendations as well as mandated restrictions are being relaxed so EMHS is going to start doing summer garden tours.  These tours will be open to anybody wishing to attend whether they are an EMHS Member or not.   We will not be having a “meeting” at the tours so attendees are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish.   Although EMHS is known for its potluck meals, there will be no food at the tours, but bottled water will be available.   The gardens will be open rain or shine and if rain is forecasted for any of the dates, please bring your umbrella with you. 

Our first garden tour of 2021 will be at Barb Hunter’s in Lapeer on June 10th, 2021.   Remember that Barb sells plants so be sure to bring money because you will surely find something you will want to purchase.   Barb sells Hosta, Koi, Water Plants, tropical plants, and various garden plants. 

 Sandy Vukonich in Oxford has offered to host the July tour on July 8th, 2021.   Sandy has a remarkable pond and waterfall along with some beautiful gardens in a beautiful wooded setting.

The August tour is being hosted by Elin Bastianelli in Highland on August 12, 2021.   Elin has been working on her woodland garden and stream for only a couple of years, but her pictures are beautiful.   This will be our first visit to the Bastianelli garden and I am looking forward to what I can learn from Elin.  

We are hoping that EMHS will be able to have the September Plant Exchange Meeting at the Suncrest Pavilion in Lapeer.   This decision will be made at a later date and is dependent on the opening of the pavilion for social gatherings. 

The biggest news is that we get to see each other again!   I look forward to seeing our members and friends at a beautiful garden where we also get to feed our plant addiction with a large selection of plant for sale

Sincerely,
Glen Pace
EMHS President


Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on June 10th, 2021 at Barb Hunter’s in Lapeer.   The address is 316 Davis Lake Road, Lapeer, MI 48446.   The phone number at Barb’s is 810-664-7531 if you need to call for additional directions.    Barb will be selling plants!

Directions:  Driving Directions- (from I-69/M-24) – Drive 3 miles north on M-24 to Davis Lake Road, turn left (West) to 4th house on right. 

            (from the Mayfield Twp. Hall) turn left onto M-24 and drive to the first light south of the of the Hall.  Turn right onto Davis Lake Road.  Park on the shoulder of the road (not over the white line) or park at the bank on the corner and walk to Barb’s.   

The gardens will be open from 3 PM to 7 PM. 


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, www.debbrown.towergarden.com
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes. 810-664-8317, gardenfairy50@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
Pickard, Carolyn- Hosta.   989-871-2873, 
robfamily5 @yahoo.com

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

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website- http://www.hostalibrary.org/
Michigan Hosta Society Website- http://www.hostahappenings.com/
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog- http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/
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             Becky Hanner             BGHanner@aol.com               810-631-4292

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-                           Mick and                      

Raising                        Cathy Hodgson              cehodgso@hotmail.com         810-664-8985

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

American Hosta Society Convention 2021

 

Attention EMHS Members and Friends,

 Attached below you will find details of the 2021 American Hosta Society Convention plans.

I have seen a few comments on Facebook regarding the Convention so when I received the information directly from AHS, I decided to share it with all of you so you could make plans for July 15th through 17th

EMHS will have meetings scheduled by the EMHS Board once it is deemed safe by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.   You can always go to the EMHS blog at http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/   for all current information regarding EMHS.

Sincerely,

Glen Pace

EMHS President


Hello Hosta Friend,

We have a combination of disappointing and exciting news to share. As you know, the pandemic continues to take its toll. Even with the good news of a vaccine rollout, top medical experts continue to recommend limited gatherings, social distancing, masks, and other precautions for the foreseeable future, suggesting that most Americans will not be vaccinated until late summer and that life may not begin to return to a semblance of “normal” until fall of 2021.

Out of concern for the safety of attendees and after being contacted by several members expressing unease over attending a large gathering, the American Hosta Society and the 2021 convention committee in Kalamazoo, Michigan have come to the difficult decision to cancel the in-person convention in June.

While we’re incredibly disappointed that we won’t be able to enjoy the fellowship of friends and other hosta lovers in person, it creates a wonderful opportunity to put on the first-ever virtual AHS convention! The team in Kalamazoo is planning an exciting, action-packed virtual event!

What will participants receive access to?

  • One convention gift Hosta ‘Silly String’ (mailed to you)
  • Speakers, workshops, Q&A, awards shows, and judges clinics via Zoom
  • On-demand, professionally recorded virtual garden tours
  • Participating vendors
  • Hosta leaf show photo contest (unsanctioned)
  • Seedling photo competition
  • And more!

Mark your calendar for July 15–17! The new date allows convention planners to record and produce video of the featured garden tours at their peak. The cost to participate in the 2021 virtual convention will be $49 per household.


Please join me in thanking the Kalamazoo convention team for their hard work through a difficult time and for their creativity in planning a meaningful experience virtually. They’re excited to present a one-of-a-kind event for you!

We’ll send out an update with details and registration information to be released on the forthcoming convention website in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.

For the Love of Hostas and Hosta Friends,
Tammy Borden
AHS Executive V.P.


Thursday, September 3, 2020

September 2020 Newsletter

 

Note from the President- This Newsletter is going to be very brief and to the point as I have been extremely busy and forgot to get a newsletter written last week.  

First, I want to thank Barb Hunter for hosting the August Garden Tour.   Barb’s gardens are such a beautiful place to visit that I am in hopes you all got the chance to visit during the tour. 

 Next, our September meeting is our Annual Plant Exchange and Garden Tour at the home of Sandy Vukonich.   Sandy has wonderful gardens to stroll through, a large pond with a fantastic waterfall to view, and enough space for us to follow the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.  We are going to have the September Garden Tour and Annual Plant Exchange following the same premise as our last two meetings.  All attendees will have to wear a face mask while at the gardens, there will be no potluck, and please adhere to the social distancing guidelines.  Bottled water will be provided. 

The success of the Plant Exchange depends on the quality and number of plants donated to the exchange.  High quality plants can be placed on the $5.00 table at the discretion of the donor of the plant.  Rules of the exchange are given below.  This meeting is always a blast and everybody leaves with new plants (sometimes many plants) to use in their own yard. 

 Lastly, there are a couple of things to remember about the Plant Exchange meeting; bring something to exchange, each membership (single, couple, or family) gets only one name in the drawing canister, look things over as the drawing is being held as we have to go fast to get finished before dark.  Also, please do not bring any invasive species such as Lily of the Valley, Houttuynia (Chameleon plant), Ostrich Ferns, Bishops Weed, Persicaria (Painter’s Palette), etc.  Suggestions of plants to bring are Hosta, companion plants, ornamental trees/shrubs, or garden related items such as bird houses, garden ornaments, watering wands, ornamental pots, etc.   *Please put a name label in each plant you bring to the exchange (It is nice know what a plant is when you plant it in your garden). 

We hope to see you at the September Garden Tour and Annual Plant Exchange at Sandy’s on September 10th.
Sincerely,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

 

Next Meeting- on September 10, 2020 at the home of Sandy Vukonich, 2961 Secluded Pines Dr. Oxford, MI 48371.  The phone number is 248-302-4700 in case you need to call for directions on your way to the meeting.   

Directions;
From Mayfield Twp. Hall (our regular meeting place)- Turn right onto N. Saginaw and drive to M-24.   Turn Left (South) and drive 12.2 miles to Brocker Rd.  Turn Right (West) and drive 1.3 miles to Baldwin.  Turn Left (South) and drive 0.8 miles to Secluded Pines Dr.  Turn Left (East) and drive 0.2 miles to house on right.   

From Flint/Saginaw/I-75-  I-75 South to I-69 East.  Drive 21.6 miles to M-24.   Turn Right (South) and drive 7.7 miles to Brocker Rd.   Turn Right (West) and drive 1.3 miles to Baldwin.  Turn Left (South) and drive 0.8 miles to Secluded Pines Dr.  Turn Left (East) and drive 0.2 miles to house on right.

The time schedule for the evening is;
4:00 PM- Drop off plants for the Exchange
5:00 PM- Gather for Plant Exchange drawing
5:30 PM- Exchange drawing
7:00 PM- Dismissed

2020 EMHS Calendar of Events    “?” denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates-
Sept 10- Plant Exchange, Sandy Vukonich’s
Oct 08 - Cancelled
Nov 12- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s in Davison
Dec 10- 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, www.debbrown.towergarden.com
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes. 810-664-8317, gardenfairy50@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
Pickard, Carolyn- Hosta.   989-871-2873,
robfamily5 @yahoo.com

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

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website- http://www.hostalibrary.org/
Michigan Hosta Society Website- http://www.hostahappenings.com/
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog- http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com/
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             Becky Hanner             BGHanner@aol.com               810-631-4292

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-                           Mick and                      

Raising                        Cathy Hodgson              cehodgso@hotmail.com         810-664-8985