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Future Local Events
With the easing of the restrictions on assembly due to COVID-19 mitigation we have returned to holding meetings and lectures, still with the sorts of public health policies recommended by the State of Michigan and the US CDC — masking and social distancing as appropriate.
January, 2023 Winter Potluck
Stay tuned for our winter potluck.
March, 2023 Seed Exchange
GLC will be doing the second round of the NARGS seed exchange for one more turn, again in Tony's giant garage.
New events are posted once the time and place is fixed, usually just after a Newsletter has been distributed to the membership. We have posted a video of the most recent lecture by Tony Reznicek; see below for details under Nov. 20, 2021.
Matthaei-Nichols Botanical Gardens and Arboretum are now open again. The outdoor trails are open; see their web site for more details. University of Michigan closed many of its operations because of COVID; consult their main site for any more details of how they are navigating the COVID times.
SATURDAY, NOV 13, 2021: NARGS NATIONAL EVENT
This was a ZOOM event with 6 excellent presentations – See: https://www.nargs.org/nargs-rocks-woodlanders-buy-ticket. See the website for possibilities to watch the recorded program.
Previous Great Lakes Chapter Events
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Saturday, October 29, 2022 Harry Jans
We had Harry Jans from the Netherlands, intrepid traveller and rock gardener, come to our Chapter through the NARGS speakers tour. See his website with numerous wonderful images of plants (more than 26,000). Further meeting details were shown as they became available; the talks were in Matthaei's Auditorium.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 Fall Meeting and Plant Sale
This was at Jacques and Andrea Thompson's beginning at noon;
with a Board Meeting preceding at 11:00 AM.
There was a succesful plant sale.
For location details see the 2022 Fall Newsletter and its 2022 Fall Plant Sale insert.
SUNDAY, October 2, 2022 Fall meeting
Karen Perkins of
Garden Vision Epimediums
gave us two talks in the Matthaei Botanical
Gardens auditorium; lunch was served between talks.
Many of you will have gotten her lovely catalogues
her inspiring site.
She had plants for sale since she is retiring the business this year. All the details were be in the Fall newsletter. This was a joint meeting with the Hardy Plant Society. (NOTE the date is a SUNDAY).
Saturday, June 11, 2022 Spring meeting and Plant Sale
This meeting was later than usual to accommodate peak flowering
of hardy cacti. Members visited two gardens, Vince Russo’s and
Bob Swartz’s. Some continued on to view Harold Berg's Rhododendron
gardens. As usual, the auction and sale contained a good number
of interesting plants, as well as a strikingly beautiful book1 2022 on
The details were in our Spring newsletter or emails.
Saturday, March 12, 2022 Winter Meeting, in person
BOARD: 12:00 PM GLC-NARGS Board Meeting
(note, no food or drink allowed in the auditorium>
BUSINESS: 1:45 PM: Brief membership business Meeting
PLACE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor .
PROGRAM: Vince Russo and David Hinch
Cold-Hardy Cactus for the Garden: Growing in Unexpected Places
NOTE: Matthaei required masks of all persons in the building.
See the Winter Newsletter.
A PDF of Cactus Lecture by Dave Hinch and Vince Russo is viewable through their generosity.
16 Mar 2022: PDF of Cactus Lecture by Dave Hinch and Vince Russo posted
12 Mar 2022: Cactus Meeting held at Matthaei BG
SeedEx—Holly Pilon still needs volunteers with half job already done
A stipend for first-time AGM attendance was announced; to apply contact the GLC Chair or Treasurer
The Azary Garden project will be restarting in the Spring; to volunteer contact Tony Reznicek
For the Azary Project more tufa will be obtained from the Sandusky OH area; members who wish to join a convoy down there to get their own tufa should contact Linda Gates.
6 Mar 2022: New GLC Blog posting from Jacques Thompson
1 Mar 2022: SeedEx—Holly Pilon needs volunteers
The surplus seed round ordering starts
on Tuesday, March 1 and we will have our
first work day on Saturday, March 5, 1-4pm. Our workday schedule after
the 5th goes as follows:
Tue and Thu, March 8 & 10, 1-4pm
Wed March 9, 6-8pm
Sun March 13, 1-4pm
Tue and Thu, March 15 & 17, 1-4pm
Wed, March 16, 6-8pm
Sat, March 19, 1-4pm
Tue, March 22, 1-4pm
For details and to volunteer see the Winter Newsletter.
28 Feb 2022: new GLC Winter Newsletter posted.
Plant Image List: Hamamelis xintermedia ‘Orange Peel’; Galanthus woronowii; Eranthis hyemalis; Adonis 'Fukujukai'; Mahonia bealii; Illicium floridanum; Arum dioscoridis; Cylindropuntia davisii.