Our partner and mission-affiliated groups offer nature-based programs throughout the year, most of them free. Check out our April 2019 lineup of workshops, discussions, and presentations.

Mon., April 1, 7 pm
Growing Herbs for the Kitchen
Herb Study Group
Group President Madolyn Kaminski also offers tips on growing your own herbs for cooking.

Wed., April 3, 7 pm
Plant Propagation
Ann Arbor Garden Club
North American Rock Garden Society Vice President Don LaFond gives a presentation on propagating plants by seed, cuttings, and dividing. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.

Sat., April 6, 11 am-12:30 pm; 1:30-3 pm
Focus on Choice Alpines
Great Lakes Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society
Two programs presented in one day by Ger van den Beuken, one of Europe’s most eminent experts on the cultivation of choice alpine plants. Program I (11-12:30): The Cultivation and Propagation of the Genus Saxifraga (includes Porphyrion, Saxifraga and Ligulatae Saxifrages). Program II (1:30-3): Cushion Plants.

Mon., April 8, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
Mich. 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.

Tues., April 9, 6:30 pm
Producing Nucs to Meet Your Needs
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
Caledonia, Mich.-based beekeeper Ray Lackey discusses making nucs as well as record keeping for your beekeeping efforts and how to learn from your mistakes.

Sat., April 13, 2-4:30 pm
Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale
Michigan Dahlia Association
Program also includes a video presentation on growing and caring for dahlias along with handouts.

Sun., April 14, 2 pm
Orchid Mounting Demonstration
Ann Arbor Orchid Society
Epiphytic orchids grow in trees, lithophytic orchids grow on rocks. Chris Steel demonstrates how, using plastic mounts, mounting orchids is a great natural way to grow them.

Mon. April 15, 7:30 pm
Spring Ephemerals of the Great Lakes
MI Botanical Club Huron Valley; Wild Ones Ann Arbor
Presenter Bob Smith displays and discusses colorful photographs of spring ephemerals (perennial woodland wildflowers that bloom and set seed quickly), while Robert Ayotte highlights the systematics and site preferences for each species. This is a primer for upcoming field trips.

Mondays, April 15 – June 3, 10-noon
Mindfulness-based Dementia Care
MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center
A free, 7-week program specifically designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care, and also greatly improve the experience of the person in your care. Program time slot listed is tentative. For class times or to register call U-M Memory Connection at 734.936.8803. Program runs Mondays, April 15 – June 3.

Tues., April 16, 7:30 pm
PFAS in Health and the Environment
Sierra Club Huron Valley
PFAS, perfluorinated compounds, is an umbrella term for some 5,000 chemical compounds that have been manufactured and used in consumer products since 1960. Stephen Brown, Ph.D., chemist and co-chair of the Sierra Club Huron Valley conservation committee, provides a non-technical review of aspects of concern about PFAS.

Thurs., April 18, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. $20 fee covers flowers and instructor. Please email 2 weeks prior to each class to receive an e-invite to attend. Attendance limited to 25. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.

Sat., April 20, 11 am
Botanical Terminology: A Look at Words We Can Use to Describe Flower and Plant Parts
Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids)
Accredited AOS judge Dave Miller familiarizes us with the anatomy and descriptions of orchids and other plants. Orchid judging at 1. Visitors welcome to observe.

Fri., May 17, 10 am-2 pm
Caregiver Wellness Day
MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center
This free program for learning skills essential for continued health and well-being is designed for caregivers of adults living with memory loss. Info and to register: 734.936.8803.