The MES usually holds its annual meeting in late spring or early summer. These meetings are fun gatherings for members of differing abilities, talents, interests, and educational backgrounds. Although short formal presentations are given, there is always ample opportunity for good conversation, comraderie, and a chance to share our knowledge. Depending on the location of the annual meeting, informal evening or day collecting trips are another enjoyable activity.

The Society also hosts various informal meetings and collecting trips as interest and time allows. A mid-winter "Breaking Diapause" party has been an effective way to break the winter doldrums and dream of days of summer breezes.

The 2018 Breaking Diapause will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018

at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI.

10:30 to 2:30 in the Hauenstein Room

We hope you can attend Breaking Diapause this year! The Frederik Meijer Gardens has an international reputation! MES will pay for our entrance to the garden as well as a catered lunch. All you have to do is come early (10:00) and get ready to experience spring at the gardens!

You will have the following FREE:

  • Parking
  • Entrance to the amazing Butterflies are Blooming exhibit (this will still be going strong)
  • Entrance to the current International Sculpture/Art Gallery
  • Use of all outdoor trails, amenities, sculptures, and flower gardens
  • Hiking along the extensive trails of an amazing Japanese Garden
  • Entrance to all Seasonal Exhibits
  • Entrance to the Xeric Biome and Seasonal Room
  • Entrance to the auxiliary support Greenhouses (many, many orchids!)
  • Please contact Matt Douglas as soon as possible so we can get an accurate head count!




    64th Annual MES Meeting

    August 14-15, 2018

    Dow Gardens, Midland, MI


    Greetings everyone! The 2018 MES meeting will be hosted in Midland at The Dow Gardens/Whiting Forest. We are planning a Thursday, June 14th pre-meeting gardens tour, followed by an all-day Friday meeting. More details to follow!

    Click on the link below to download the meeting form and information.

    2017 Annual Meeting Registration





    last updated 2/20/2018