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November 2018

Beautiful Bugs: The Amazing Insects of Our Global Ecosystems

November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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There’s more to the forest than meets the eye. Welcome to the land of butterflies, moths, beetles, and other multi-legged creatures that crawl, fly, march, and munch their way through the world’s ecosystems. Each year we feature a holiday exhibit with a different theme in the conservatory at Matthaei  Botanical Gardens. This annual winter/holiday event also features seasonal flowers, decorated trees, kids activities, holiday items, discounts in the Garden Store for Matthaei-Nichols members, and more. Free. Note: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas,…

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December 2018

Annual Audubon Society Ann Arbor Christmas Bird Count

December 15
Free

All invited to join Washtenaw Audubon Society on December 15 for the annual Christmas bird count, part of National Audubon’s century-old yearly winter bird census in North America and beyond. For more information visit the Washtenaw Audubon Society website.

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Great Lakes Orchid Judging Holiday Party and Bizarre Bazaar

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Orchid fun with auction of books, plants, and other items. Review of top American Orchid Society awards; lunch provided by judges. Everyone welcome! 1 om:  monthly Great Lakes Judging Center judging. Visitors are welcome to observe. Sponsored by Great Lakes Judging (Orchids). Free.

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A Visit with Father Christmas

December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The annual visit by the real McCoy, Father Christmas. In town for one day only. A great photo opp! Free.

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Catching Your Breath

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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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. Presented by Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

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Tales and Travels of Sierra Club Huron Valley

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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All invited to join in and contribute to the annual review of Sierra Club Huron Valley members’ explorations over the past year. Show and tell us about your favorite place in the world. We will be ready to watch and hear about your view of our natural world! Send your photos in digital format to Ed Steinman, lighthawk.pilot@gmail.com. Free. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley.

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January 2019

The Beauty of Native Plants: Their Function in Supporting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Landscapes

January 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Local nursery owner Drew Lathin talks about ways that home gardeners can use native plants to create beautiful and ecologically restorative landscapes for residential, commercial, and public spaces that support wildlife, reduce resource inputs, and create healthy outdoor living spaces. Sponsored by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free.

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Four Season Landscapes

January 10, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Ann Arbor City CLub, 1830 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Janet Macunovich, Michigan garden designer and author, discusses ways to keep your garden looking good even in the off-season. $5 admission fee supports AAFG’s grants/scholarships fund. Registration required. Info and to register: annarborfarmandgarden.org. Program held at Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. Presented by Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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The Mind Bloom

January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 24, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens presents "The Mind Bloom," an art exhibit of nature-inspired paintings by Jennifer Farina. Jennifer's painting and writing start with her experience of the natural world and then, she writes, "lead inward and outward at the same time.” Her work begins with treks through gardens and woodland. These experiences inspire her to write poetry, which then conjures images within her brain instead of in view of her eyes.  Each artwork is non-representational, so viewers will all have an individual take…

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Catching Your Breath

January 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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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. Presented by Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.

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