A Sampling of Speakers We Have Had
January 12, 2022
Mei Ling Clemens, past President of the Grand Valley Orchid Society and Chair of the GVOS Orchid Show at Meijer Gardens, was our January speaker. She shared her vast knowledge and personal experience of growing orchids for the past 25 years. Where you place your plant provides a microclimate for its growth. Pure water, appropriate potting mix, and fertilizer will ensure a happy, thriving orchid.
November 2021 Meeting: Festive Features, holiday flower arrangements by club members Ann Carter, Anne Todd, Eileen Brader, Christine Pfennig, and Patricia Ophoff
At our October 2021 meeting, Brian Keuning, Operations Manager, and Leslie Hammond, Customer Service and Sales Manager, of Everett’s Gardens, introduced us to a variety of unique conifers. These beautiful evergreens provide color and interest to our gardens (especially in cold winter months). We were amazed at the unusual textures, shapes, and color variations. We learned which conifers were shade tolerant and disease resistant.
Michigan Garden Club District IV
Fall 2021 Meeting
Hosted by Kent Garden Club
MSU Extension Educator Christopher Imler talked about Evidence Based Horticulture Therapy. Engaging people and plant or garden activities helps improve their bodies, minds, and spirits.
Deanna Geelhoed, Plaster Creek Stewards Coordinator at Calvin College, spoke about creating creek-friendly yards. We can conserve and help purify our waters, as well as boost aquatic biodiversity, by shrinking the size of a grassy lawns, utilizing rain barrels, and planting trees and native shrubs and flowers.
Rick Vuyst, Flowerland Radio Show host and author, shared his mission to help advance the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. His humor and heartwarming stories entertained our members.
David Marquard, Director of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, and Matt Chapman, of Grand Rapids Rapids White Water, were our speakers at the September 2021 meeting. Their mission is to re-create the original wild nature of the Grand River, re-capturing the city’s name sake. This will include removing aging dams (which flattened the river flow), placing giant boulders in the river to create rapids ideal for surfing, kayaking, and fishing, and creating natural reefs for new fish habitats.
Holly Haveman, Kennedy’s Flowers and Gifts Speaking on World Peace Through the Common Language of Flowers
Kathy Rohm from Flowerland, Alpine location, gave a talk about Succulents and their care.
Rick Vuyst, author of “I Just Wet My Plants” and former CEO of Flowerland
Brenda Brown, Wildberry Floral Design, demonstrated creating beautiful and dramatic centerpieces and holiday decor.
Our October speaker, Alana Haley, presented a program on ornamental grasses and their role in the environment. She has presented numerous gardening programs and workshops to Garden Clubs and gardening conferences.
All About Owls
The Art and Practice of Aesthetic Pruning
David Rettig, Horticulturist, Frederik Meijer Gardens
Steve Jetzer, Bonsai
Steve Jetser has studied Bonsai Gardening for 25 years. He began the learning process at the Chicago Botanical Gardens along with spending time studying in Japan with a master. He has pursued this passion by teaching classes at Frederik Meijer Gardens. When not in the classroom, he displays his work in National Bonsai Shows across the country.