Hosta Happenings Online

The Newsletter of the Michigan Hosta Society
February 2017 Volume 18 Number 1

Message from the President,

As you read this, winter will have finally established itself in Michigan. It took a long time coming this year. I was worried that if it didn’t arrive soon our hostas would not have the necessary 14 weeks of dormancy to flourish next year. What has become a tradition in our family several members show up in my garden mid October to have what has become known as “Hosta La Vista”. They put my garden to bed for the winter, but this year I really wondered if we did it too early. When was the last time you visited Hidden Lake Gardens and the national certified Hosta Hillside? Why not circle your calen-dar for Saturday, May 20 and join your fellow members of the Michigan Hosta Society for our Spring work day, potluck, and meeting? Ifyou don’t know anyone I guarantee you will when you leave the Garden. This is the “friendship plant” we all admire, and it lives up to its name. Also, there might be a number of plants that need dividing, so you might return home with a named and cherished plant that hasn’t been on the market for years. Just remember to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. If you can’t make for the work session come for lunch. It is a great time to see the gardens. The 2017 garden tour will be hosted by the Southwest Michigan Hosta Society on June 24. Details and maps will be in the “Spring Hosta Happenings”. The club is doing double duty that weekend as they are also hosting the GLRHS Tailgate Weekend at the same time. Come see the marvelous gardens of Kalamazoo and Portage and visit with hostaphilesfrom all over the Midwest. Are you always on the lookout for unusual and healthy hosta? Circle June 17 on your calendar. It is the date of the MHS an-nual Leaf Show and Plant Sale in the Plant and Soil Science building on the MSU campus. A great selection of registered hostas for sale, marvelous leaf specimens on display, and Sessions on and about the plant hosta. It is also a great opportunity to visit the Perennial garden and Annual display gardens at MSU. Last but not least, I would like to acknowledge the service of Jim Munson as president of the Michigan Hosta Society. He persevered through several severe health crisis when a lot of us would have quit. Thanks Beverly and Jim.

Grey Gitzen