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 2015-2016 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? 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 Abraham Cone

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2015 - 2016

MONDAY, November 16

A TOUR OF MICHIGAN'S NATURAL COMMUNITIES presented by Josh Cohen, Lead Ecologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), Michigan’s Natural Heritage Program.

This presentation will discuss the recently published book “A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan”. The culmination of three decades of work, this field guide provides readers with an accessible introduction to Michigan’s natural community classification and is meant to serve as a tool for those seeking to understand, describe, document, conserve, and restore the diversity of ecosystems native to Michigan. In the course of an ecological tour of Michigan, the author will discuss the methods behind the creation of this book and its critical components that include dichotomous keys, natural community distribution maps and descriptions, plant lists, and places to visit the communities.    

December – No meeting.

January 18, 2016 - Annual Potluck -  Bob Smith – Wildflower Photography and Techniques

February 15 - Dr. Donald Zak - Role of Soils in Ecosystems and Physiognomy

March 15 – Chris May - Ecosystem Thinking and The Nature Conservancy Erie Marsh

April 18 – Barb Barton – Wild Rice and Conservation

Field Trips

Saturday October 24, Horner Woods Workday and Botanizing 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Trip Leader: Sylvia Taylor

Join Sylvia and mentor Matthaei volunteers on HVC's last field trip of 2014 for trail maintenance, woody invasives removal, and botanizing in this wildflower sanctuary and oldgrowth forest. Meet at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road (west lobby), Ann Arbor for sign-in and carpooling to the site. Questions? Contact: Sylvia Taylor <>

Sunday, October 25, Leonard Preserve, Manchester Michigan. 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Fall Woody Plants of Leonard Preserve

The 259-acre Leonard Preserve is the largest natural area in the County's system of NAPP preserves.  Its diverse landscape includes rolling hills, oak-hickory woods, wetlands, sedge meadows and prairie remnants and nearly one mile of winding River Raisin shoreline.  This trip will focus on fall trees and shrubs as well as some of the late goldenrods and asters.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  See the attached link for a map and directions.