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? 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 Abraham Cone

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2015


Emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of trees near its introduction point in southeastern Michigan, and many have predicted the elimination of ash from the landscape. Almost 15 years after the introduction of EAB, however, we still find ash in the "aftermath" forests, as surviving trees and sprouts, both of which are producing an abundance of seed and new ash seedlings. With EAB still present at low populations in the area, is ash resilient enough to survive this devastating invasive species? Dan Kashian is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University, where he teaches and conducts research in forest and landscape ecology. He studies the effects and interactions of human and natural disturbances on forest structure and ecosystem processes. Dr. Kashian’s research in Michigan in part examines the dynamics of jack pine forests and barrens in northern Lower Michigan and the ecological effects of the emerald ash borer in southern Michigan.

NOTE: HVC's October Meeting will be held: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2:00 P.M.

Bob Grese, Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens presents, “The Great Lakes Garden and the Role of Botanical Gardens in Native Plant Education”. This is in conjunction with the MBC Fall State Meeting which HVC will help the State Board host (refreshments). A tour of the Great Lakes garden will follow. See details in the Arisaema.

November 16, Josh Cohen discusses, “A Field Guide to the Plant Communities of Michigan … Methods and Challenges”.

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  (more details will be posted soon)