Each month our mission-related non-profit partners offer programs, workshops, and classes on everything from ikebana flower arranging to beekeeping. Check out the lineup for April 2018:


  • A free how-to for pruning trees and bushes from arborist at Belle Isle Conservatory and the Detroit Zoo.
  • Bringing conservation to cities, a presentation by the manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
  • How to grow native plants: the final segment of a series on native plants offered by Wild Ones Ann Arbor
  • A sale of dahlia tubers
  • And highlights from a biking adventure in Croatia

Wed. April 11, 6:45pm
How to Grow Native Plants
Presenter: Wild Ones Ann Arbor
Growing native plants often requires different strategies than those used in traditional horticulture. Come hear how Wildtype’s Bill Schneider propagates and grows native plants and what this means for using them in your garden or ecological restoration. Part IV of a series.

Sat., April 14, 1-3 pm
Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale
Presenter: Michigan Dahlia Association
Program also includes a video presentation on growing and caring for dahlias, as well as literature on dahlia culture. Info: 734.429.5796.

Sun., April 15, 2 pm
Ann Arbor Orchid Society
Presenter: Ann Arbor Orchid Society
This monthly program presented by the Ann Arbor Orchid Society includes a presentation on a timely orchid topic along with a show and tell, raffle, orchids, and related items for sale. Info: aaosonline.org. Tonight’s program TBD.

Mon., April 16, 7:30 pm
Bringing Conservation to Cities
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
Dr. John Hartig, the manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, talks about what it takes to foster a conservation ethic in a major urban area, the subject of his book Bringing Conservation to Cities.

Tues., April 17, 7:30 pm
Biking Adventures in Croatia
Presenter: Sierra Club Huron Valley
Travel with Marty Cooperman along the Adriatic coast to learn methods for engaging with the locals and managing the challenges of mountain biking in a unique scenic area.


Wed., April 18, 7:30 pm
Birding the Puget Sound
and Mt. Rainier
Presenter: Washtenaw Audubon Soc.
Join Pioneer High junior and budding expert birder Ben Hack as he shares his experiences birding in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mt. Rainier with 13 other young birders at Camp Cascades, a birding and educational experience for young birders.

Thurs., April 19, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese
Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. $20 cost covers flowers and instructor. Reservations required. Info: a2ikebana@gmail.com.

Sat., April 21, 11 am-2 pm
Pleione Orchid Growing
Presenter: Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
Student judge Sandra Dixon discusses Pleiones, easy to grow, cold-tolerant orchids from China, Nepal, Tibet, and Taiwan. Followed by a GLJ orchid judging at 1 pm.

Mon., April 23, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
Presenter: MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center
A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Info and to register: 734.936.8803.