From the President, Ronald J. Smith
I hope everyone enjoyed the long and beautiful autumn color display this year.
I certainly did!
Since mid-August, the Garden Center had many activities for members and
guests. In late August, Janet Macunovich led the pruning class at the Belle Isle Aquarium
Lily Pond. Everyone who attended received a firsthand experience in pruning. In
addition, the FOBI volunteers who tend to the lily pond area were pleased with the extra
The Detroit Garden Center ended the summer with a lovely day trip to Michigan
State University Gardens, which included lunch and shopping opportunities at two
nurseries. On September 19th, 18 travelers enjoyed the coach ride to E. Lansing and the
touring of the colorful MSU Gardens. The Trial Gardens and Children’s Garden were
exceptional. For lunch, Beggars Banquet in East Lansing provided delicious food and
scrumptious desserts. After lunch, we visited the Arrowhead Alpine Nursery in Fowlerville.
The manager of the nursery, Joseph Tychonievich, invited us to listen to the
NPR’s “Splendid Table” on the following Sunday, September 22, to hear his interview
with Lynne Rossetto Kasper (Joseph developed a new tomato and named it in her honor).
You can listen to the interview by logging on to npr.org. The last stop of the trip was to Specialty Growers Nursery in Howell. Karen Bovio, owner and operator, gave
us a tour of the nursery and talked about some of the special plants, while answering
many questions. (Our bus driver from Bianco Tours was very helpful loading all the
plants that we purchased on the bus for the journey home.)
On the last Sunday of September, Cheryl English and Chancey Miller directed
the Tree and History Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. Participants used their umbrellas a
few times but, thankfully, the real down pour came after the tour. Another tour will be
repeated again in 2014 so watch for the information. Cheryl and Chancey will select a different
area of the cemetery for this tour.
The Leaf Casting Class was very popular and was a sold-out occasion. Marcia Geibel was the instructor and made the class very successful for everyone. Several attendees said their leaves turned out wonderful and were excited about their creations. We hope to repeat this class again next summer.
Barbara Hayes hosted an Herbal Salve Making Class at the Garden Center on November 2nd. Participants were shown how to make the salve and were able to take home two jars of the salve. This herbal salve is great to use on cuts, dry skin and rashes, healing them very quickly.
Our last event for the year is the Annual Holiday Gathering in the Scripps Conservatory Showroom on Belle Isle. This is a great way to end the activities for 2103. We hope to see many more members and guests there this year.
The Detroit Garden Center Board and Advisors want to hear ideas from you, the membership. If you have suggestions for classes, speakers and day trips locally or out of the Metro Detroit area, please call or email the Detroit Garden Center.
The Detroit Garden Center Board of Directors and Advisors extend best wishes for the Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year.