Local Society Events

Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

The Eastern Michigan Hosta Society meets second Thursday of the month except for January, March (Hosta College), and November
(our annual Board Meeting). Our winter meeting place is:
Mayfield Twp. Hall
1900 N. Saginaw Rd.
Lapeer, MI 48446

February 14 - Esther Benedict

April 11 - Aaron Strouse

May 9 - Eldred Steinkoph

June 13 - Garden Tour

July 11 - Garden Tour

August 8 - Garden Tour

September 12 - EMHS Plant Exchange

October 10 - “Amaryllis Presentation”

November 14 - Board Meeting

December 12 - Annual Christmas Party

All Newsletters, Meeting Minutes, and up-to-date information can be found on the EMHS blog at:

The Metro Detroit Hosta Society

The Metro Detroit Hosta Society meets at 7pm, (usually on the Fourth Monday of the Months of September, October, November, January, February and March) at the First United Methodist Church Birmingham, 1589 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham MI and the month of April at Telly's Greenhouse, 3301 John R. Rd., Troy, MI
(where we always get a preview of the newest annuals and perennials for the year.)

March 25, 7pm
Julia Hofley, “Ferns & shade companions”
First United Methodist Church; Birmingham

April 22
George Papadalis, “What’s new in annuals &
Telly’s Greenhouse; Troy, MI

July or August - TBA
Sundaes in the Garden

Saginaw Valley Hosta Society

The Saginaw Valley Hosta Society meets at the Rustic Inn in St. Charles on the 2nd Wednesday of September,
November, February and April. There are 4 monthly summer meetings (May through August)
at members gardens.

Southwestern Michigan Hosta Society meets in the Kalamazoo area.

March 24, 3pm
New plants of 2019
Romence Gardens; Portage, MI

April 28, 3pm
Don Rawson “You can have a Treemendous
Romence Gardens; Portage, MI

June 6, 6pm
Member Plant Sale
Flesher Field; Kalamazoo, MI

June 29
Bus Trip TBA

July 28, Noon
Oshtemo Grange Hall; Kalamazoo, MI

September 22, 3pm
Nate Fuller, “Invasive Plants in Michigan”
Romence Gardens; Portage, MI

October 27, 3pm
Gail Walter, "Toxic Plants in Our Yard”
Romence Gardens; Portage, MI


West Michigan Hosta Society

Saturday, May 11 – Workday at local WMHS gardens. Contact Don Rawson for more information.

Thursday, May 23 – Potluck & Plant Auction at Allendale Township Hall, 6678 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401. Potluck at 6pm; auction 7-9pm

Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21 – Hosta Show at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Thursday, August 15 – Meeting at Kent/MSU Extension Grand Ideas Garden, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday, October 18 (6pm) – Fall Harvest Potluck at Forest Hills Aquatic Center, 660 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

WMHS website is at www.wmhostasociety.org . WMHS Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/WMiHS/

Dates, times and locations are subject to change.

Questions are sometimes asked about the relationship of the local hosta societies to the Michigan Hosta Society. A little history is perhaps the easiest way to answer most of those questions. In the mid-90’s MHS held a meeting to discuss the feasibility of sponsoring or helping in the establishment of some local societies around the state. There was a growing need for a way to get more information about hostas out to the increasing number of gardeners who were growing hostas. MHS had tried winter meetings but because of the long distances involved the meetings had to be on weekends; that and the winter weather often made them poorly attended. The establishment of some local chapters seemed to be the best way to meet the needs of our members.
As the result of the initial meeting, members of six areas in the state said they were going to look into starting a local group. Some of those groups were immediately formed; others have happened in the intervening years. All of the groups are financially independent and operated under their own bylaws. Membership in MHS as well as the local group is encouraged but not mandatory.

For information on the local societies or the Michigan Hosta Society contact: MHS@hostahappenings.com