Garden Club Events & Programs

Monthly Programs for 2019

Elk Rapids Garden Club meetings occur on the last Tuesday of the month (except January, February, March, and November).
Social Time and Dessert is at 12:30pm.
Meetings / Programs begin at 1:00pm (or as designated).
Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 404 Spruce Street in Elk Rapids unless otherwise noted.

December 10th: Holiday Luncheon

Join us for our annual holiday luncheon!
Location and additional details coming soon.
Hostesses: MaryAnne Frey *, Jane Stauffer, Eddie Hubbell, Char Brady

December: Hanging of the Greens

Greens, swags and garlands will be prepared and placed on the Swan, Library door, Town Hall, and Pedestrian Bridge. Additional details coming soon.
Hostesses: Verna Sak, Pat Griffith


October 22nd: Sharpening Your Pruning Techniques

Brian Zimmerman of Brian Zimmerman & Associates Landscapes will lead us in a discussion and demonstration of techniques for when and how to prune our shrubs and flowers. Learn the proper ways to deadhead a plant as well as the differences in the care of mop head and panicle hydrangeas.
Hostesses: Jane Hamilton*, Lori Bartz, Ann Craig, Jane Lund, (Blue Star Group)

September 26th: District V Fall Conference

District V Fall Conference: Fall, Friends and Flowers
Date: September 26th, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Lincoln Hills Golf Club — 1527 N Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan
Visit the MGC website to learn more.

September 24th: Beekeeping Basics for the Gardener

The Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club will provide an informative program that will include planting flowers to maximize the available food supply through-out the season for our bee population. As a native pollinator, the survival of the honeybee is critical to the survival of our eco-system and our planet. Join us to learn more about the many challenges that bees face and how you can help. The Fall Awards Celebration will begin at 12 noon before GTBC's program. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. Guests are invited to attend! Please RSVP to Sharon Lanier.
Location: Historical Elk Rapids Township Hall — 315 Bridge St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Hostesses: Sue Finlayson*, Joyce Steffey, Sonja Perry, Paula Schmiechel, Susan Green

August 27th: In the Dahlia Garden with Rusty

Rusty of Pine Hill Nursery will educate us on an endless array of very unusual dahlias. With a degree in fine arts, Rusty paints, cooks and farms – he is truly a Renaissance man.

Hostesses: Chris Sloane* Pat Griffith, Kathleen Anne Peterson, Ann Kassen

July 23rd: Utilizing Your Harvest with Mary Mooney Nachazel of Oryana

Mary Mooney Nachazel of Oryana Community Co-op will explore how to have fun, enjoy and show off your bountiful harvest by creating simple, nutritious dishes including a cooking demonstration and delicious samples. Mary’s passion for cooking began at an early age where she bellied up to the counter on a chair alongside her mother. Officially trained in foods and nutrition, Mary will feature some new and unusual vegetables to grow and enjoy.

Hostesses: Robyn Shank*, Ginny Dorner, Linda Gruss, Inez Gotts

June 25th: Herbal Infused Vinegars — A Make-It, Take-It Workshop

Sierra Bigham from Bear Earth Herbals enjoys providing accurate knowledge of herbal remedies to the local public. She is a certified herbalist who is passionate about her field. She has taught classes at North Central Michigan College at the Human Nature School. Cost of the program is $5.00 per member to include a jar with vinegar and herbs for infusing.

Hostesses: Ellen Wojtowicz*, Jan Shurte, Pat Jackson, Linda Gunsch

May 21st: Designing Our Landscape Using Native Plants

Cheryl Gross from Plant It Wild will use her knowledge to teach us how to integrate native plants into our landscape and help us to understand why it is important to do so. The native plant movement has moved from “being a good idea” to an essential way to support insects, birds and wildlife today. Cheryl is an Advanced Master Gardener and has been the editor/team leader of “Real Dirt” since 2013.

Hostesses: Darlene Dufort*, Ann Pentland, Jan Johnson, Kathy Sergent

April 23rd: Hot Plants for 2019

Robin Smillie, general manager of Garden Goods, will speak about new Proven Winners for 2019 as well as easy gardening techniques that include improving soil health, early weed control and how to divide plants in the spring.

Hostesses: Cheryl Bachman*, Kathy Maxson, Bonnie Miller, Karen Hess

Ready to become a Member?

Join us for meetings and/or come get your hands dirty in the gardens!

The Elk Rapids Garden Walk

The next Elk Rapids Garden Walk will happen in 2020! Please stay tuned for the official announcement of the date and theme.

A look back at the 2018 Garden Walk

The 2018 Elk Rapids Garden Walk was a tremendous success — financially, educationally and socially — thanks in large part to our community sponsors. THANK YOU for your hard work and support!

2018 Golden Bouquet Sponsors
Village Market • Barker Creek Nursery • Rotary Club of Elk Rapids • Stoney Cabin Toys

2018 Rose Bouquet Sponsors
Alden State Bank • All Smiles Family Dentistry • Blackmore Property Maintenance • Blarney Castle Oil – Elk Rapids • Blue Owl Antiques • Bodywise • Cellar 152 • Cone Corral & Pizzeria • Covell Funeral Home • Edward Jones • Elk Rapids Cinema • Elk Rapids Nursery • Elk Rapids Primary Care • Elk River Marina • Farmer White • Fitzpatrick Agency • Harbor Flooring • Husbands Barber • Kellie Sergent | Century 21 Lakeside Properties Real Estate • MD Heating • Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery • new|era social marketing • Nifty Things! • Northern Highlights Salon • Pine Hill Nursery • Pine Hill Village Gardens • Re/Max of Elk Rapids • River Pharmacy • Sandies Galley and More • Sapphire Nails • Short’s Brewing Co. • Siren Hall • Starboard Inn • The Granary • The Nature Connection • TJ Charlie’s • Toni Morrison | Real Estate One • Wanigan Corp. • Waterside Properties • Wildflower Soapworks

2018 Collaborators
Antrim Conservation District • Barker Creek Nursery Elk-Skegemog Lake Association (ESLA) • Grand Traverse Watershed • Green • ER Pine Hill Nursery • Tip of the Mitt Watershed • Torch Conservation Center

State & National Event Calendars

Click the buttons below to visit the Event Calendars of the Michigan Garden Clubs and the National Garden Clubs.

Get in Touch


P.O. Box 534
Elk Rapids, MI 49629