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January 2023

Cathy Barry Connatural Exhibition

January 7 - April 30
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The Connatural Exhibition features the work of Ann Arbor artist, Cathy Barry and explores the intersection of art, science, and design.  On display Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, April 30m, 2023.  A reception with the artist will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023, from 2-4pm in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens West Lobby.Artist Statement: Nature is the big umbrella of what inspires and has always informed my work. Systems in nature - forms and shapes that repeat themselves - and…

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February 2023

Faerie Houses in the Conservatory

February 7 - February 12

The conservatory at Matthaei has some new residents.  Our faerie friends have moved into the neighborhood and we hope you will give them a warm welcome. Our visitors are encouraged to find all the faeries' houses our little friends have hidden throughout the conservatory. Scavenger hunt sheets are provided at the front desk. Feb 7 - 12 (regular visitation hours) 

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Faerie Door Workshop

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Faerie Door Workshop

Celebrate the last weeks of winter as we gather to learn about woodland creatures and make & decorate faerie doors to take home. Faeries are just one of the marvelous magical creatures that live in the natural world.  Decorate a faerie door with objects from nature as well as ribbons and other bright objects and place your faerie door where woodland sprites might visit. Faerie Door workshop - $12.00/person. REGISTER HERE Recommended for children 3-14 years

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Guided Nature Walks: Tropical Fruits and Flavorings

February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays.  These walks are FREE, no registration is required. Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ Winter Walks are held most Wednesdays and Sundays through April. These free, guided walks will take place inside the Conservatory (though if the weather is particularly wonderful, we may move outside – watch this page for updates).  MBG Winter Walks are designed for all ages to inspire curiosity and learning from each other through activities that model curiosity and honor nature. If we…

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Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Meeting: A Vet in the Apiary

February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Melissa Holahan, DVM, DACVECC   (in person) A Vet in the Apiary. Meet a honeybee veterinarian.  Learn what they do in the apiary and how they can help you. Free. All members are welcome to join in via Zoom or in person; the public is welcome to the in-person meeting. For more information visit: www.A2B2club.org www.facebook.com/A2B2club Questions?  Please connect with A2B2club@gmail.com

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Guided Nature Walks: Spices

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays.  These walks are FREE, no registration is required. Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ Winter Walks are held most Wednesdays and Sundays through April. These free, guided walks will take place inside the Conservatory (though if the weather is particularly wonderful, we may move outside – watch this page for updates).  MBG Winter Walks are designed for all ages to inspire curiosity and learning from each other through activities that model curiosity and honor nature. If we…

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until May 18, 2023

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The Ann Arbor Chapter of Ikebana International welcomes members and guests to learn about the art of Japanese flower arranging. A lesson is presented by a certified Ikebana instructor, and participants then create their own arrangement, with support from the instructor, to take home. Floral materials are provided. Participants provide their own containers. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing a2ikebana@gmail.com. $20.00 fee covers flower and instructor costs. For more information visit the Ikebana International website or on Facebook at Ikebana International Ann Arbor. Ikebana…

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Rematriating Seed Relatives to their Communities of Origin (Online Discussion)

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mutual commitment to food sovereignty and social justice are important to both communities and botanical gardens. During this online discussion, hear about the work of Anishinaabek partners with the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens—work that began with the rematriation of Seed Relatives from the University's extensive ethnobotanical seed collections to their Communities of Origin. The process of rematriation returns traditional seeds or plants to the community that was home before their ancestors were removed. Learn how this work with…

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Guided Nature Walks: Menu Marvels

February 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays.  These walks are FREE, no registration is required. Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ Winter Walks are held most Wednesdays and Sundays through April. These free, guided walks will take place inside the Conservatory (though if the weather is particularly wonderful, we may move outside – watch this page for updates).  MBG Winter Walks are designed for all ages to inspire curiosity and learning from each other through activities that model curiosity and honor nature. If we…

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Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Meeting: Ghazi Zouaoui – Junipers

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Ghazi Zouaoui, of the Flower Market, will give a presentation on junipers. Topics will include basic care (watering, fertilizer regimen, pest control, winter protection, etc.), and pruning techniques. Following the presentation, there will be a styling demonstration. In the auditorium at MBG.  Open to the public.

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