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Future Local Events


Saturday, May ?, 2024 Meeting

Details TBA

Saturday, June 29, 2024 Bus Trip

Last year’s bus trips were amazing and enjoyed by everyone on them. We’re looking to have another one to Blue Horizon Nursery and Chris Hansen’s garden in western Michigan. Costs will be higher, we need to do some budgeting and planning, so think about this for the May meeting.

Saturday, October 19, 2024 Fall Plant Sale, & Garden Tour

PLACE: Tim Karl’s.
This is a jewel of a garden we have never been to, and we’ll be there a bit later than usual to admire the fall display of Japanese maples.


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.


Previous Great Lakes Chapter Events

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Saturday, May 18, 2024 Spring Meeting, Plant Sale, & Garden tour

MEETING: 11:00 AM — ca. 2:30 PM
PLACE: Bev and Bob Walters, 3437 Charing Cross, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
PROGRAM: 11:00 – ca. 1:00 tour the gardens
BAG LUNCH: At your convenience, while touring the gardens
PLANT SALE: 1:30 PM
This is a phenomenal garden that we have not been to in quite a while, with a great diversity of plantings — water features, a crevice garden, dryland beds with succulents, and an amazing pergola that you just must see.

Saturday, January 27, 2024 Annual Winter Potluck

MEETING: 12:00 noon – ca. 3:00 PM
PLACE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium (1800 N Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)
PROGRAM:
12:00 Noon: Potluck Lunch
1:00 PM: Brief membership business meeting
1:30 PM: Lecture: Don Lafond "Vapor Locked”
Don is one of our steadfast long-time members and an adventurous gardener. He will be presenting specifically on his adventures in Europe this past spring, ranging from sleet at the Edinburgh Botanical Garden, to visiting gardens, both public and private, in Scotland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and finally ending at the International Rock Garden Meeting in the Czech Republic! It was a monumental “garden crawl” so be sure to see Don’s Program so you can plan your own trip! And you have to come to find out the meaning of Don’s title.


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News

6 May 2024: 2024 Spring Newsletter from Tony Reznicek with Chair comments and other details

14 Jan 2024: 2024 Winter Newsletter from Tony Reznicek

8 Sept 2023: 2023 Fall Newsletter from Tony Reznicek

15 July 2023: From Jacques Thompson: blog posting "The Red Menace"

10 June 2023: From Jacques Thompson: blog posting "Approaching Mid June"

26 Mar 2023: 2023 Spring Newsletter from Tony Reznicek

16 Mar 2022: PDF of Cactus Lecture by Dave Hinch and Vince Russo posted

12 Mar 2022: Cactus Meeting held at Matthaei BG

Announcements included:

  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.

Jan and Feb 2022: new GLC Blog postings from Jacques Thompson

Tony Reznicek received 2017 NARGS Edgar T. Wherry Award

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Spring Photos: Jacques Thompson (03 Mar 2020)

  • Eranthis a wood lot full

    Eranthis hyemalis: wood lot full

  • Eranthis in a wood lot

    Eranthis hyemalis:

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis hyemalis: an almost white form

    Eranthis hyemalis: an almost white form

  • Eranthis hyemalis: in the Ions' garden Mar 08

    Eranthis hyemalis: in the Ions' garden Mar 08

  • The same space in the Ions' garden 16 Mar 2015

    The same space in the Ions' garden 16 Mar 2015

  • Eranthis hyemalis: a green one, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden

    Eranthis hyemalis: a green one, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 12 Mar 2020

  • Eranthis hyemalis: the green one, in the Ions' garden 15 Mar 2023

    Eranthis hyemalis: the green one, in the Ions' garden, 15 Mar 2023

  • Two Daphnes showing different icing 24 Feb 2023

    Two Daphnes showing different icing 24 Feb 2023

  • A green Trillium in Northern Michigan 10 May 2015

    A green Trillium in Northern Michigan 10 May 2015.

  • Eranthis hyemalis: the green one two back, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 19 Mar 2021;noe 'Peony Envy'

    The green one two back, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 20 Mar 2021; now Eranthis hyemalis 'Peony Envy'.