• Spring Trends in Bloom

    FROM THE Spring 2015 ISSUE

    We asked Michigan’s experts in all things floral for their 2015 decor tips. Here’s what they told us.

Popular Flowers:

Derek Woodruff, Floral Underground:
Last season, we saw a strong combination of locally grown, cut flowers with lavish, lush flowers, such as hydrangea, peonies, garden roses and Lisianthus, and these combinations are not going anywhere.

Bill Hamilton, Bill Hamilton Designs:
The romantic look is still huge, as is that lush look of high flower content and tons of textures. Obviously, there is a nice sticker price that comes with that look, although if you have an open mind, it can totally be scaled down to fit into your budget. Also, the freshly picked garden approach with a bit more whimsical nature, and the farm-to-table look with the use of fresh herbs, vegetables and other elements such as stone and moss for a very natural and understated elegance. [Popular] flowers for 2015 are garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies and ranunculus.

David McKnight, Emerald City Designs:
More organic floral, or floral that is more unique in shape. Trending are peonies, ranunculus and different types of orchids.

Hot Colors:

DW: Last year, it was all about champagne gold and blush pink. This year, the hot trend seems to be the latter with the addition of a sherbet orange.

BH: Soft monochromatic colors such as ivory and white, or champagnes, blush pinks and even soft greens are huge for 2015. And the twist is to add a pop of color into the mix such as black, or even red or hot pink. The second color trend is still those bright tropical colors:  hot pink, bright green and orange.

Flower Arrangement and Use:

DW: Everyone likes to know that none of their resources are wasted, so the more elements that can be given away or reused, the better.

BH: Consciousness about being wasteful. People want to be certain that the flowers will not be thrown away after their event, but rather will serve another purpose. We assist them by giving flower centerpieces to the guests as they leave the party. We also have taken leftover flowers to nursing homes the next day for others to enjoy.

DM: Creating designs that are cohesive; truly creating mirror images of each table to define a more sophisticated design.

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MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.


First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 


A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above.