Garden Club Events & Programs
Monthly Programs for 2020
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.
Hostesses: Ann Kassen, Kathy Maxson, Jane Stauffer, and Jan Johnson
PENDING | June 23rd: Utilizing Your Harvest — Part Two
The June 23rd meeting may be canceled due to COVID-19 closures and recommendations. Please check back here (and/or if you're a member, please watch your email) for updates.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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. Read the full note from our Club President on our Garden Walk page.
State & National Event Calendars
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