Garden Club Events & Programs
2021 Monthly Program Schedule
We are excited to announce that per current COVID guidelines, we can safely return to in-person meetings!
COVID Policy: Fully vaccinated folks are not required to wear masks, but may certainly do so. We ask that unvaccinated folks please continue to wear a mask.
September 28th: Designing Landscapes with Native Plants
Carolyn Thayer, a certified Shoreline Professional and owner of Designs in Bloom, will share her knowledge in designing landscapes with native plants. The focus will be on the key elements of beneficial landscape including the combination of plants in rain gardens and shoreline buffers to create a habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Discover how these strategies can protect our freshwater supply!
October 26th: Challenges of Farm and Orchard Owners
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 TBD.
Past 2021 Monthly Programs
April 27th: 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 the questions, she will have the answers.
May 25th: Exploring Dow Gardens
Chuck Martin is the Senior Horticulturist and Grounds Manager for the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens. He will share his passion for the rain garden system he developed there. Chuck will also present the history and design of the various garden areas (gardens, forest, and orchard) throughout Dow Gardens' campus.
June 22nd: Plant Diagnostics
LOCATION: Elk Rapids Harbor Pavilion.
There will be both indoor and outdoor seating.
TIME: 12:15 - 1:00pm—Meet n Greet, purchase Garden Walk Tickets ( $24 check for 2 tickets), sign up to help with the Walk, pay dues
1:00—Garden Club meeting followed by Dr. Nate's program
RSVP: To help us properly prepare for the meeting, please RSVP by Friday, June 18 to Head Hostess, Ann Kassen at email@example.com
July 13th: 2021 Elk Rapids Garden Walk
Color It Blue: Celebrate Gardening!
Six lovely gardens will educate and delight visitors as they stroll through the spaces and paths enjoying vibrant native plants and pollinators.
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July 27th: Norman Veliquette Photography
Meeting Location: Elk Rapids Memorial Harbor Pavilion
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.
August 24th: 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.
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The Elk Rapids Garden Walk
On July 13th, 2021, six lovely gardens will educate and delight visitors as they stroll through the spaces and paths enjoying vibrant native plants and pollinators. More details coming soon!
State & National Event Calendars
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