Garden Club Events & Programs

Coming soon — Monthly Programs for 2021

Please check back here (and/or, if you're a member, please watch your email) for updates on future meetings and events. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you're staying safe in these challenging and uncertain times.
Elk Rapids Garden Club meetings are usually held 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.

Monthly Programs for 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 March 24th luncheon has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

CANCELED | April 28th: Tips for Your Garden

The April 28th meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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

CANCELED | May 19th: Designing Landscapes With Native Plants

The May 19th meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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 freshwater supply. The focus will be on the key elements of a beneficial landscape.

RESOURCES: Bringing Nature Home article | Why Going Native Is Good For Nature And You! article

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

CANCELED | June 23rd: Utilizing Your Harvest — Part Two

The June 23rd meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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

CANCELED | July 28th: A Visit to Cuddle Cottage

The July 28th meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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

CANCELED | August 25th: Green Infrastructure Project in Elk Rapids

The August 25th meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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

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

The September 22nd event has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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

CANCELED | October 8th: District V Fall Conference

The 2020 District V Fall Conference has been canceled due to COVID-19. Please see the MCG's confirmation here.

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.

CANCELED | October 27th: Challenges of Farm and Orchard Owners

The October 27th meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

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)

CANCELED | December 8th: Holiday Luncheon

The Holiday Luncheon event has been canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations.

The Holiday Luncheon is traditionally our last get together of the year! Come 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

Ready to become a Member?

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

The Elk Rapids Garden Walk

Out of concern for our garden owners, guests, and club members, we have decided to postpone our Garden Walk until July 2021. We invite you to read the full note from our Club President on our Garden Walk page.

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



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