A list of April 2017 programs offered by the non-profit and mission-related groups at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

Mon., April 3, 7 pm
Easy Herb Garden Ideas
Presenter: Herb Study Group
Herb Study Group president and advanced master gardener Madolyn Kaminski discusses some easy herb garden ideas and shows participants how to make moth-repellent sachets using herbs. Madolyn will also be giving away herb seeds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wed., April 5, 7 pm
Looking to the Future – Ann Arbor Garden Club
Karen Sikkenga, Associate Director for Matthaei, and Joe Mooney, Marketing Manager, will discuss future expansion opportunities for the AAGC. The dialogue will include popular program topics, the importance of advertising, and reaching out to other garden organizations in the community.

Tues., April 11, 7 pm
Helpful Hive Management Tips and Techniques
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
Mike Risk, president of the Center of Mich. Beekeepers club, discusses hive management. Program also includes a presentation on Integrated Pest Management and a discussion about what to do with the laying worker bee.

Wed., April 12, 6-7:30 pm
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.

Thurs., April 13
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20 which covers flowers and instructor. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.

Sat., April 15, 11 am
The Blue Orchid
Presenter: Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
A presentation by Great Lakes Judging Center accredited judge Alex Challis on the Vanda coerulea, an orchid from India and southeast Asia that’s also called the blue orchid or blue vanda for its striking bluish-purple color.

Tues., April 18, 7:30 pm
Climate Change & Its Effect on Health
Presenter: Sierra Club Huron 2017, Valley
We observe differences in the environment as our climate is changing, but what outcomes can we anticipate with respect to our health? For an opportunity to think through the issues, join us and Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers Robbi Duda and Larry Junck as they lead us through a discussion of the jeopardy that we face as our climate heats up.

Sat., April 22, 1–4 pm
Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale
Presenter: Michigan Dahlia Association
Also includes a video on growing and caring for dahlias and free dahlia-care literature. Info: 734.429.5796.

Wed., April 26, 6:30–9 pm
Bonsai Group Planting
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
David De Groot illustrates and discusses placement and balance, perspective, branch arrangement, and single species or mixed plantings, followed by the creation of a group planting. De Groot served for 25 years as curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection/Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Wash.

Thurs., April 27, 6– 9 pm
Hinoki Cypress Workshop
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
David De Groot leads this workshop on hinoki cypress. Participation limited to 8-10 people. This workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced participants. Cost to participants: $120. Registration through the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society: aabonsaisociety@gmail.com.