Garden Club Events & Programs

Monthly Programs for 2020

Elk Rapids Garden Club meetings occur on the 4th 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.

Possibility of cancellation | April 28th: Tips for Your Garden

There is a possibility that the April Luncheon will need to be canceled as we follow COVID-19 recommendations. Please check back for updates as the event date gets closer.

Jeannine Rubert of Pine Hill Nursery & Landscaping always has valuable gardening advice! She will help us understand the “what, when and how” of fertilizing our gardens, planters and baskets. Want to combine vegetables and flowers for a new gardening look? She has ideas! You have questions, she will have the answers.

Hostesses: Inez Gotts*, Jan Shurte

May 19th: Designing Landscapes With Native Plants*

*Please note this program will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month due to Memorial Day weekend.
Carolyn Thayer, certified Shoreline Professional and owner of Designs in Bloom, will share her knowledge in designing landscapes with native plants. Combining plants in rain gardens and shoreline buffers will create habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Discover how these plants can protect our fresh water supply. The focus will be on the key elements of beneficial landscape.

Hostesses: Ann Kassen, Kathy Maxson, Jane Stauffer, and Jan Johnson

June 23rd: Utilizing Your Harvest — Part Two

Mary Mooney Nachazel of Oryana Community Co-op will share her talents with us once again. This will be a celebration for all our work and planning to organize another award-winning Garden walk. Mary will cook up meats, vegetables and fruits in new and easy recipes that we can prepare for all our summer.

Hostesses: Ellen Wojtowicz*, Robyn Shank, Lynda Jarrold and Mary Anne Frey

July 28th: A Visit to Cuddle Cottage

Pam has invited us to walk her flowing gardens, discover new plants, and learn more about her system to organize and care for a large collection of plants. Carpooling from the Park and Ride will be set up.

Location: Address TBA

Hostesses: Joyce Steffey*, Verna Sak, Karen Hess and Arlene Hall

August 25th: Green Infrastructure Project in Elk Rapids

Sarah U’Ren, Program Director at The Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay, will explain the goals of the Green Infrastructure Stormwater Project in Elk Rapids. We will learn the details for protecting the Grand Traverse Bay from pollutants and stormwater runoff from various locations in Elk Rapids.

Hostesses: Char Brady*, Sarah Peck, Eddie Hubbell and Judy Oswald

September 22nd: Fall Celebration and Awards Luncheon + Norman Veliquette Photography

The annual Fall Celebration and Awards Luncheon will begin at 12 noon. Then, Norman Veliquette will present a program that will inform and entertain! Norman shoots photographs as a pastime. He has catalogued unique scenes from foreign lands to local gardens. An active and important member of our local and statewide community, he has made a significant impact on the Michigan cherry industry as president of Great Lakes Packing Company — one of Michigan’s largest and most progressive cherry processing firms. 

Location: HERTH (401 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629)

Hostesses: Cheryl Bachman*, Paula Schmeichel

October 8th: District V Fall Conference

2020 District V Fall Conference
Date: October 8th, 2020
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: TBA — Hosted by The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City
Visit the MGC website to learn more.

October 27th: Challenges of Farm and Orchard Owners

Sara McGuire, owner of Royal Farms, will share the challenges and rewards of the farm and orchard owners in local markets. This will help us to appreciate and understand the often fragile and demanding businesses in our area.

Hostesses: Jane Hamilton*, Lori Bartz, Ann Craig, Jane Lund, Geri Frederixon and Beth Guntzviller (Blue Star Group)

December 8th: Holiday Luncheon

Join us for our last get together of the year! We will enjoy appetizers, beverages and a holiday gift exchange.
Location: Townline Ciderworks (11595 US 31 S, Williamsburg, MI 49690)
Hostesses: TBA

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

Past Programs in 2020

January 28th: Winter Luncheon at Siren Hall

Please join us for a Winter Luncheon at Siren Hall!
Date: Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 12:00pm
Location: 151 River Street in downtown Elk Rapids

February 25th: Winter Luncheon at Pearl's

Please join us for a Winter Luncheon at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen!

Date: Tuesday, February 25th
Time: 12:00pm

Location: 617 Ames Street in Elk Rapids

CANCELED | March 24th: Winter Luncheon at McGee's

The Winter Luncheon at McGee's has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations. 

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