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MBC Spring Meeting – Save the Date

Saturday April 30 at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hidden Lake Gardens

6214 Monroe Rd, Tipton, MI 49287

(517) 431-2060

The Southeastern Chapter is pleased to invite all MBC members and friends to Hidden Lake Gardens on Saturday April 30. The day will begin with Board meetings for the Michigan Botanical Foundation and the Michigan Botanical Club followed by a program of interest to all and a field trip on the grounds.


Schedule for the day:

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. MBF Board Meeting in the Garden Room

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. MBC Board Meeting in the Garden Room

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Social/Refreshment break

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Program in the Auditorium by Brad Garmon, MEC

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Field trip on the grounds with Dr. Tony Reznicek, UM Herbarium


Program: Michigan's New Draft Water Strategy: a 30-Year Vision

Brad Garmon, Director of Conservation and Emerging Issues for the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), recently served on the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (OGL)'s Water Cabinet, a group of partners and organizations consulting with the state on the development of their new 30-year water strategy: “Sustaining Michigan Water Heritage, A Strategy for the Next Generation." The lengthy document, still in draft form, outlines the key issues, threats and opportunities we should all be aware as we work to ensure Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, citizens, communities, and economies today and into the future. The strategy was drafted in response to Governor Rick Snyder's 2012 Special Message on Energy and Environment, which called for the development of a comprehensive water strategy that takes an ecosystem approach, enhances our economic opportunities around water and strengthens connection to place. In this presentation, Garmon will describe the state's process in developing the strategy, including its current status, and offer a few of MEC's concerns, insights and highlights of the report. 

  • Daily admission to Hidden Lake Gardens is $3 per person. However, since we are attending a scheduled event for which we are renting the facilities, the admission fee is waived for MBC members. Just mention to the guard that you are attending the Michigan Botanical Club event when you drive in. 

The 2016 Foray — Save the Date! 

Our annual foray will be hosted by the Southwest Chapter and will be held in Kalamazoo on Labor Day Weekend. 

We have added a new page to the MBC Website about events that are not sponsored by the MBC or MBC chapters, but may be of interest to MBC members. Click on the "Programs of Interest" tab on the left.

Please join us by  becoming a member. Membership is handled through the individual chapters. If you do not have a chapter near you, you can join us through our Special Memberships program.

Each chapter holds monthly meetings and sponsors field trips. Every Memorial Day, the Michigan Botanical Club sponsors a Foray to a different area of Michigan.

The club also sponsors the publication of The Michigan Botanist, a scientific peer-reviewed journal and Arisaema, our State Newsletter. 

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Check the MBC News section for more information. 


The 2015 Spring Foray

The Spring Foray, was hosted by the Southeastern Chapter May 22-25 at Four Points Sheraton-Saginaw. Field trips explored "the various habitats of the region, from Great Lakes marshes to lakeplain prairie, from floodplain forest to raised bog, and from dune and swale to horticultural garden" .  

Here are the foray attendees on the final evening. Thank you, Southeastern Chapter, for all your hard work in putting this fine event together!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Student Foray Awards: Callie Chappell (HVC), Emily Van Staalduinem (WPC), Cortney Benson (WPC), Katie Manning, Joseph Huston (WPC),  Jim Jensen (WPC), Mary Martin (SEC),  and Sabrina Mastroianni (SEC). (front row, not necessarily in order).


The Arisaema newsletter is now available online to members of the Michigan Botanical Club.  Click here to access the Arisaema newsletter.

The club was founded in 1941 and consists of five chapters.  The focus of the Michigan Botanical Club is:

  • Conservation of all native plants.
  • Education of the public to appreciate and preserve plant life.  
  • Sponsorship of research and publication on the plant life of the State.
  • Sponsorship of legislation to promote preservation of Michigan native flora.
  • Establishment of suitable sanctuaries and natural areas.
  • Cooperation in programs concerned with the use and conservation of all natural resources and scenic features.



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