Hosta College

Here’s an educational opportunity:

Here is a great event for all gardeners and it is not just about Hostas. They offer over 70 different classes on a variety of subjects. There will be vendors, an auction, a raffle, a prize giveaway and a banquet. I have been going for the last 7 years and can highly recommend it. Registration opens January 26 and classes fill up fast.
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Attention Plant Enthusiasts: Attend the 2019 Plants of Distinction and Beat the Winter Doldrums!
Beat the winter doldrums and get energized for spring! Join nationally renowned horticulturists and fellow “plant geeks” for the daylong MSU Extension “Plants of Distinction” seminar in Novi on February 13th.

This year’s topics and speakers include:

The Layered Garden – David Culp, Horticulturist & Vice President, Sunny Border Nurseries, CT
At the Water’s Edge: Marginal Plants – Matthew Ross, Director of Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens, PA
The Hunt for New and Better Hydrangeas for Michigan Gardens – Tim Wood, Plant Hunter, Product Development and Marketing Manager, Spring Meadow Nursery, MI
50 Plants You Cannot Live Without – David Culp, Horticulturist & Vice President, Sunny Border Nurseries, CT
Plants that Ignite the Winter Landscape – Matthew Ross, Director, Continuing Education, Longwood Gardens, PA

Cost is $85.00, and includes a light breakfast, lunch, beverages and handouts.

Visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/POD2019/ for full details and registration.

Registration closes February 6th or until this popular event is filled. To avoid disappointment, register early. Regrettably, we are unable to accommodate walk-in registrations.

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Naida received a note from our Michigan Garden Clubs
President. She wanted to share this information so
sent this link:


On this website you can click on the Newsletter Archives to read how the
idea started and the progress.


I have a couple of secret Santa’s out there and I thought I would share.(Thank you Santa). I received two great books to share. The first is Garden Walks: Hand In Hand by Gary W. Burns. It’s filled with poetry inspired for the garden. It is divided in to sections that include: Colorful Blooms, This Back Yard Garden, Garden Paths, Seasons Cascading and Perennial Days. Each sections has several poems for reading. I’ve read a few that have brighten my day. But, I so want to read them on a sunny day in the garden.
This book is very inspirational and I recommend it.

As most of you know, during the cold winter months, I make paper flowers. This leads me to my second Secret Santa’s book…The Accidental Botanist: The structure of Plants Revealed. This is authored by Robbie Honey. It begins with an introduction to Robbie Honey. Seems we have some common interests: interior design and flowers. Santa knew me well. This book is filled with information of flower varieties along with a photo of the plant deconstructed. A jewel for a Master Gardener, especially if they happen to make paper flowers. The chapters are divided by flower color. I’ve already made a few. I totally recommend this book for those interested in the particular parts and how they appear of a plant and bloom. Along with the photos is a short story and information on the plant.

Santa sure was good to me.

As we plan out our new year activities; you may want to add a few of these destinations for a visit. Naida will be printing out some sites for our next meeting. But’ why not have a preview? These links will include additional links to areas that can be visited.

Public and Private Gardens:


Michigan Nature Centers, Conservatories, Bogs, Prairies and Fens:

Horticulture Club Card

Happy New Year!!!!!!

In celebration, I would like to finalize my quest to name that mystery plant by disclosing its name to you. Please go back into the blog to review photos and highlights-(Thank you Paul for your photos & PDFs on bittersweet.) In response to the initial question, Jenny (my secret accomplice) offered her expertise by sending me a hint for review. Sure enough–it would offer me some valuable resources to provide me with what we believe is the positive ID of this plant-BUT she did not want to give the answer at this point. Had I been approaching it all wrong–so even though we thought we had it named, why not take the opportunity to share the methods available to us, as gardeners, to ID a plant. It was fun to see who or what some of you would post. Following the last post–Naida, another accomplished master gardener offered her insight and again—gave a link to share-which she believed allowed her to narrow down the list of possibilities. Folks, let me tell you–there is just so much information out there.

Linda has included those link for all of us to have.

And now–without further adieu-May I
present to you the name of the unknown plant:



In Jenny’s words—now wasn’t that fun????
I hope you all enjoyed this quest…………..I know I enjoyed sharing the experience with you
All the best to you for 2019……………. gail