Huron Valley Chapter

HVC meetings are held on the 3rd Monday, September through April, excepting December, at 7:30 pm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  Meetings are free and open to the public, however, there is a fee for parking that supports MBGNA. Program descriptions for 2016 - 2017 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. Field Trips for 2016 are below.

Do you wish to join the Huron Valley Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club? Click here to access the membership form.

Huron Valley Chapter 2015-2016 Contacts & Officers

President  Anton Reznicek  (734) 764-5544

Vice President   Ron Gamble

Secretary  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Treasurer Toni Spears (734) 424-2530

Director at Large  Lynn Kirkpatrick

Director at Large Sheila Bourgoin

Director at Large  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Immediate Past President Larry Noodén (734) 663-5667


Programs Ron Gamble

Publications  Sarah Nooden

Nominations Irene Eiseman (734) 475-9654, Sarah Nooden, Beverly Walters

Field Trips Robert Ayotte, (734) 718-6114

Artist Abraham Cone

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2016 - 2017

Monday, September 19 – THE RUBIACEOUS ANT-PLANTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FOR ANTS presented by Frank Omilian. Tens of thousands of plants have symbiotic relationships with ants but few can match the elaborate nature of this one! The swollen bases of these plants make a number of different kinds of chambers for the ants (some to live in and others for wastes) as well as ant entry holes in the base and tunnels connecting it all. A power-point presentation will provide the details, and many plants from Matthaei’s world-class ant-plant collection will be on display in the auditorium.

Monday, October 17 – THE MICHIGAN DUNE ALLIANCE:  RESTORING EASTERN LAKE MICHIGAN COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS presented by  SHAUN HOWARD, The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Lake Michigan Project Manager.  The Great Lakes contain the world's largest freshwater dune system, totaling 275,000 acres of perched, parabolic, and linear dunes with the majority of these ecosystems located throughout Eastern Lake Michigan.  The nearshore dunal area provides critical habitat to nearly 10% of Michigan’s species of concern, while also playing a key role in Michigan's growing eco-tourism economy through the numerous recreation and quality of life benefits it offers.  This presentation with provide information on the importance of this system, the threats facing it, and efforts by the Michigan Dune Alliance to protect and restore a globally-unique landscape. 

Monday, November 21 – The Far-Reaching Effects of Soil Fungi on Plant-Insect Interactions - Amanda Meier,  doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan.    Beneficial soil fungi, such as mycorrhizal fungi, can have extensive effects on plants and insects above-ground. Mycorrhizal fungi associate with over 80% of all plant species and provide plants with nutrients in exchange for sugars from the plant in a mutually beneficial relationship. Amanda will discuss the important role mycorrhizal fungi play in interactions among plants, insects, and the predators of insects above-ground. She will review this research performed at the University of Michigan in milkweed (Aslcepias) species and conclude with comments on why we should consider mycorrhizal fungi in our own natural landscapes.

No December Meeting

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Annual Pot Luck and Wildflowers of MNA Sanctuaries - Rachel Maranto

Monday, February 20, 2017 - Ferns of Southeast Michigan-  Carol Clements

Monday, March 20, 2017 - DNA and the Changing Names of Michigan Plants - Anton (Tony) Reznicek

Monday, April 17, 2017 - To be announced

Previous meeting information is archived here.

Field Trips - 2016

Workday and Botanizing at Horner Woods

Saturday 15 October 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Trip leader: Dr. Sylvia Taylor

Join Sylvia and mentor Matthaei volunteers on HVC's last field trip of 2012 for trail maintenance,  buckthorn removal and botanizing in this wildflower sanctuary and old forest.  Meet at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road (west lobby), Ann Arbor for sign-in and carpooling to the site. 

Fall Woody Plants of Radrick Forest

Saturday 22 October 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Note this was changed from October 8 to October 22.)

Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Comprised of three adjacent forest ecosystems Radrick Forest is the perfect place to demonstrate how different forest ecosystems evolve from contrasting physiography (geography and parent soils).  We will discuss the glacial origins of the landscape, and closely examine the soils of communities dominated by Oak-Hickory, Southern Dry Oak, and Southern Mesic forest types.  There will be an in-depth review of the diverse Woody Plants growing within these ecosystems.