Garden Club Events & Programs
Monthly Programs for 2020
Possibility of cancellation | April 28th: Tips for Your Garden
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
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.
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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
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.