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Just returned from an executive board meeting in Battle Creek. Two and a half hour drive from here. Time went fast traveling with a partner. We talked the whole way down and back. Stayed at the McCamly Plaza Hotel and then stayed over to work on updating the state Bylaws. Hard work.

Flower show judges from around the state met yesterday at McQuires in Cadiallac. Dolores S., former MGC president and new NGC horticulture instructor gave an informative talk on growing roses in Michigan. After a brief meeting where new officers were installed, we had a great buffet luncheon. Still recovering from the deserts.

After lunch NGC floral instructor Penny D. from Florida gave an exciting program on design. Here is one of her designs.

Design with ginger

Design with ginger

Yesterday nine members my Morning Glory’s Garden Club went to the Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary near Whitecloud. We took the 1.2 mile trail from the parking lot around Loda Lake and back to the parking lot. Most of the plants were labeled, but we needed a wildflower book to double check which plant was being marked. Very few people get to see these plants in the wild anymore; they have disappeared from most wild sites.

Leaving the sanctuary, we stopped for lunch on the way back and then stopped again at a nursery north of Baldwin. It was cool and threatened rain, but a perfect day for a walk in the woods. Loda Lake is one of the ongoing projects of MGC and it was a pleasure to see all the wildflowers. Any warmer and the insects would have been out in full force.

Last of ladyslippers in bloom

Last of ladyslippers in bloom


Pitcher plant found along Loda Lake

Pitcher plant found in bloom along Loda Lake

Just returned from the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo and the Michigan Garden Club’s annual meeting. The District III clubs and convention co-chairmen Phyllis S. and Norma S. did a wonderful job. The hotel was easy to get to. The employees were friendly, helpful and nearly always smiling. Original art work decorating the hotel was visually inviting as was the salt-water aquarium. (Who takes care of that? It was glorious!) Combined with the great food served, all in all, it was a great place to hold the meeting.

This year was a special year as MGC’s President Dolores S. graciously passed the organization’s future over to new MGC President Lynn D. and her Board of Directors. Former President Lynn B. did the installation with everyone listening and even laughing through the ceremony.

The actual meeting took one morning. Business finished, those who came for the fun went to the workshops. I only visited the Raptors workshop where Joe Rogers from the Wildlife Recovery Association spoke on loons, owls, hawks and eagles. He brought birds that could not be returned to the wild due to injuries such as eye or wing loss, carrying them around the room so everyone could get an up close look. I’ve never heard anyone talk so fast.

Raptors Program

Raptors Program


Besides the official function of doing the organization’s business, the annual meeting is an opportunity to meet garden club members from all over the state and catch up with friends about our club activities, gardens and families. Another part is viewing the amazing floral designs both those by clubs on dining tables and those done by individuals as invitational designs. I’ve included a few photos.
Design by Pauline F.

Design by Pauline F.


Floor Design by Jean M.

Floor Design by Jean M.

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