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 2015 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. Field Trips for 2015 are below.

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

Huron Valley Chapter 2014-2015 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  Beverly Walters (734) 358-2946

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  Artemis Eyster 

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2015

Programs will resume in September 2015. Information about previous programs is in the archive linked at the bottom of this page.

Field Trips


Saturday 18 July 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: North Hydro Park

Trip Leader: Bill Brodovich

Ypsilanti Township’s North Hydro Park along the Huron River offers a surprising diversity of plant life.  The steep wooded bluffs are very scenic and have some uncommon plants such as Allium cernuum, Taenidia integerrima, Gymnocladus dioicus, Muhlenbergia tenuiflora (very uncommon), Piptatherum racemosum (the old Oryzopsis racemosa), and native redbuds.

The entry road to the parking area is on the east side of Bridge Rd., just north of Textile Rd. Coming from the south, you pass the pld power house on the river, then a dirt road going to two big blue storage tanks, then right after that is the entry road to the park.




Saturday August 15 9 AM - 12 PM. American Lotus in bloom at Sterling State Park

Trip Leader: Milton French


Park at the parking lot for the lotus pavilion with overflow parking across the park drive in the beach parking lot. See the American lotus in full bloom. Other plants may be in bloom also such as swamp mallow with its showy pink flowers. In addition we may see the state threatened broadleaf arrowhead. The walk will be easy and flat.

If you have a kayak, bring it along for a post-trip paddle. 

Saturday 12 September (This was previously scheduled in June, but moved to September because of flooding at the site.)

 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Flora of the River Raisin Floodplain

Trip Leader: Bob Smith

This trip is to a floodplain along the River Raisin in southern Lenawee County. The site is home to a remarkable number of listed and unusual plants. Among these are smooth ruellia, ravenfoot sedge, toadshade, wild hyacinth, woodland lettuce, fox grape, and beakgrass.  Many of the plants are unusual in Michigan because this is their northern limit.  It is also an interesting area to observe the ecological effects of the ash mortality.  It is an easy walk, but boots may be needed. Car pooling will be arranged as there is limited parking at the site.