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Volume 14, Number 3 - April 2014

Date: April 14, 2014

Location: First Congregational Church
Time: 12:30 pm Social - 1:00 pm Meeting
Hostesses: Nancy Ellis & Pat Gaston
Presenter: Dr. David Wendling
Summary: Just as Mother Nature is about to unfurl her ephemeral beauty, Dr. Wendling will take us on a virtual tour of Dowagiac Woods and entice us to visit this Michigan Nature Association sanctuary at the height of its Spring loveliness. Wild flowers, ferns, mosses and native plants will be highlighted in his presentation. He mentioned that the Woods is a treasure trove for nature photographers.


I’m ready; I’m ready, are you? It’s tough to hold back when the sun shines, tools are sharpened and the spring equinox has passed; but hold on, is that snow coming down as I type this? Oh no, not again! Surely, the snow will melt, the temperature will rise above freezing, the soil will start to dry out and little shoots of green will begin to show, it just has to happen – SOON! We need to get out and admire the rebirth of life and dig and plant and feel our connection to nature; we are, after all, gardeners.
Spring will be in the air when Dr. David Wendling talks about Dowagiac Woods on April 14. We hope you and our returning snowbirds will attend.


Susan Betz, author and lecturer on herbs and native plants will speak on “Shades of Herbal Green” and “Something Native, Something New” at the District Meeting on April 29 in Lawrence. She is the past President of Michigan Herb Assoc. Cost for the event is $26.00 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. If you are interested in going, please send a check made out to the South Haven Garden Club for $26.00 to Joanne Reed, 778 North Shore Dr., South Haven 49090. Checks are due to Joanne by April 5; your check is your reservation. Those who are going can carpool from the church.

Date: May 12, 2014
Artistic Design

Location: First Congregational Church
Time: 1:00 pm Meeting
Hostesses: Janet Ryskamp & Barbara Bruce
Presenter: Debbie Walter & Nancy Daugherty
Summary: Fine art and stunning floral arrangements by the region’s most talented Flower Artists are a winning combination in this presentation. Deb will share her photographs from the display at the GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum) and Nancy will do the same from an exhibition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


With spring comes dues; yes it is that time of year. At the March meeting, Club dues were set at $25.00 for the coming year. Please pay your dues at either the April or May meeting or by mailing a check to South Haven Garden Club, PO Box 464, South Haven 49090, by May 25th so state dues can be paid on time. Please make your $25.00 check payable to South Haven Garden Club.
Thank you for taking care of this as early as possible.

WEBSITE IS MOVING is moving to in May. We are a nonprofit organization and this category better describes our purpose. Either name can be used until May.

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Nancy Daugherty asks that you save 2 and 4 oz. jars with their tops to be used for summer boutique items. These are the jars that pimentos or chopped garlic come in; they can be brought to any meeting.
Nancy Duagherty


Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead:
1)Remove last year's dead plants, rake back winter mulches, and top-dress beds with compost.
2) After you've finished preparing your beds, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, and other leafy greens as well as beets, turnips, and carrots.
3) Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout.
4) Dig, divide, and replant perennials, such as fall asters, Shasta daisies, chrysanthemums, and phlox.
5) As soon as the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.), foxglove (Digitalis spp.), and other cool-weather flowers.
6) Sow seeds of sweet peas, bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and larkspur (Consolida ajacis) in flowerbeds.

2014-04-21 - 2014-04-22 - Garden Study School Course IV , Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, MI - Contact Bobbie Quick at
2014-04-24 - 2014-04-25 - Environmental Studies School Course III , Pleasant Ridge, MI - Contact Stacey Stutcher at
2014-04-29 - District III Spring Meeting , Lawrence Conference - Lawrence, MI - Theme – Shades of Herbal Green
2014-04-30 - 2014-05-01 - Landscape Design School Course II , Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor,, MI - Contact Mary Pulick at
2014-05-10 - 2014-05-11 - Bonsai Show , Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI -
2014-05-12 - 2014-03-12 - SHGC Monthly Meeting , FCC - 12:30 pm
2014-05-17 - Van Buren Cnty. Native Plant Palooza (order by May 5) , - plant-palooza/
2014-06-03 - MGC Annual Convention , Bath, MI -
2014-06-09 - SHGC Monthlyb Meeting , FCC - 12:30 pm
2014-06-11 - SHGC Garden Walk Preview , Meet at LHB Museum - 6:00 pm
2014-06-12 - SHGC Annual Garden Walk , - Buy tickets @ LHB Museum and visit Boutique.


A work party of eight (8) is needed on Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 to package Arbor Day Tree Seedlings for South Haven 3rd Graders. A team of 8 can complete the job in 1 hour. This is a good opportunity for new members to get to meet and mingle with fellow members. Location will be at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. Please contact me, Paula Schultz, at: or 269- 227-3661 if you can help.
Paula Schultz


Bill Snyder, Blue Horizon Nursery, 09721 59th St. Grand Junction, MI 49056, cell: 269-998-8165 email:
Lynn Kasper, 76294 Evergreen Bluff, South Haven, MI 49090, 269-637-6657, cell: 269-615-2498 email:
New Address for JoAnn Harris: 5749 Stadium Dr., Apt. 107, Kalamazoo 49009
New email for Paula Schultz:

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