September 4, 2018

Welcoming Fall and Friends

Meet & Greet time from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting and the passing out of our new yearbook pages. Member Info Sharing: Andrea Millar and Angie Wilkie will do a follow-up of our recent Flower Show.


October 2, 2018

Fairy Lights and Sun Catchers

PROGRAM: Mary Fitzpatrick will do a hands on activity making Fairy Lights and Sun Catchers.


November 6, 2018

Hydrangeas 101

PROGRAM: Did you know there are more than 100 varieties of hydrangeas available?
We will discuss the four main categories of hydrangeas, including those most popular
and best suited for this area. Plus, we will provide tips on care. David Cooper is a
sales associate at English Gardens and has been helping customers create beautiful
outdoor areas for several years.


November 27, 2018 – MEMBERS ONLY

Sharing Our Talents with the Community

PROGRAM: Fresh greens workshop lead by Barbara Krabbenbos and Martha Rotter.
We will learn to assembly our fresh greens arrangement, so we can teach others at our
2018 community workshop. Bring pruners, scissors and a box to carry your project


November 30, 2018

Greens Workshop and Boutique set up.


December 1, 2018

Greens Workshop and Boutique


January 8, 2019

Protect, Preserve, Restore and Enhance Belle Isle

PROGRAM: Michele Hodges will talk to us about protecting, preserving, restoring and
enhancing Belle Isle. Belle Isle works in partnership with the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources, and has responsibility for managing the park. The City of Detroit
continues to own the land.


February 5, 2019

The Houseplant Guru

PROGRAM: Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is The Houseplant Guru, who features all things
houseplants on her blog, She has recently had a book
published; Houseplants, The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for
Indoor Plants. In addition, she has written for, Real
Simple magazine, Michigan Gardener Magazine, the houseplant section of Allan
Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals app, and Michigan Gardening Magazine,
where she writes a monthly column. She worked for more than a decade at Steinkopf
Nursery as the Annuals and Houseplants Manager, and has been interviewed online, in
print, and on TV about houseplants. She harbors well over 1,000 houseplants in her


March 5, 2019

Invasive Species

PROGRAM: Emily DuThinh will talk about common invasive plants, focusing on those
in residential gardens, the problems which they create, and control methods. She will
also have information about many beautiful native plants which are good alternatives to invasive plants.


April 2, 2019

Protecting Michigan Treasures (Natural Plants)

PROGRAM: Julie Stoneman, Director of Outreach and Education for the Michigan
Nature Association, will give an overview of the state’s oldest land trust, founded in
1952. MNA’s purpose is to protect rare, threatened and endangered species by
protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. We’ll “tour” parts of MNA’s
remarkable network of over 175 sanctuaries that stretch from the Indiana and Ohio
border to the tip of the Keweenaw with a look at some botanical highlights.


May 7, 2019

Personalized Hands on Activity Using Re-Purposing Items

PROGRAM: Melanie Pruiett with her husband Steven, own and operate “The Vintage
Farm House” in Holly, MI. They enjoy re-purposing, crafting and finding unique home
decor items. Melanie loves to take items that have been cast aside and find new
beauty and purpose.


June 11, 2019

50TH Anniversary of the Livonia Garden Club

(Member’s Only)
PROGRAM: Our 50th Anniversary and Inaugural Banquet will be at the VisTaTech
Center, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia. The banquet will be held
in the Waterman Wing. Park in the north parking lot and enter through the doors and
proceed down a long hallway. The room will be on your right. Handicap parking is
available. Social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. The buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.
A cash bar will be offered.