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January 2020

Uncommon Plants from Our Unique Places: Images of the Great Lakes Gardens

January 11 @ 10:00 am - March 1 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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With its plants and habitats, the Great Lakes Gardens at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens celebrate the natural history of the region. As part of the winter 2020 LSA theme semester, the exhibition "Uncommon Plants" offers a rare glimpse of the diverse plant life and ecosystems of the Great Lakes through the lens of photographer Laura Mueller. Mueller's photos capture a side of the region beyond water to show how plants play an integral role in the complex…

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Measuring Difficult Orchids

January 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Orchid judge Dave Miller explains how orchid awards are formalized through description and measurement of flower parts, including a group of orchids with very unusual flower parts not seen frequently but important to the pollinating insect. Includes a 1 pm orchid judging.

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Ecological Classification of the Forested River Floodplains of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A presentation by Douglas Putt about the classification of Shiawassee’s forest ecosystems and its use of a hierarchical method with a focus on disturbance and geo-ecology, how the classification was conducted, what we learned, and how it is being used by managers today.

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Remaking Our Neighborhoods, with Climate in Mind

January 21 @ 7:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A presentation by Matt Grocoff, whose Ann Arbor Mission Zero House is considered the oldest home in North America to be retrofitted to net-zero carbon status.  Matt is currently developing Veridian Farms, a net-zero housing development on Platt Rd. in Ann Arbor.

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So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join Dave Pearce, A2B2’s bee school instructor, for an overview and discussion of what it takes to get started in beekeeping, why you might want to, and what to expect. The class is an introduction to the fee-based bee school that is held at Matthaei.

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February 2020

Sweet Spot: Tea & Cocoa Party

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Learn how to host your own tea party and celebrate the joy of gathering together with friends. Create a decoration for the table using dyes made from tea, and make your own special tea blend to take home. Then sit together to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or herbal tea and a tea-cookie and make a new friend!  This program may contain the following allergens: milk, wheat, chocolate. 20-YE-01 $12.00/child includes all materials and tea party. Recommended ages 5-12.

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Pollinator Preservation Strategies for the Home Garden: Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects.

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Detroit-based master gardener Cheryl English discusses ways to help out our native pollinators and other beneficial insects through plant selection, garden design, and maintenance protocols.

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Programs of the Washtenaw County Conservation District

February 12 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A presentation by WCCD District Manager Megan Deleeuw. The mission of WCCD is to assist residents and landowners with the conservation, management, and wise use of natural resources in Washtenaw County. Presented by Wild Ones Ann Arbor. Free

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The Heathdale at Nichols Arboretum

February 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Bob Grese, director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, gives a presentation on this beloved section of the Arb that's home to Ericaceous plants of the Appalachians such as azalea and rhododendron. Free.

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Bromeliads – Seed to Seed

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The SE Michigan Bromeliad Society offers a presentation from the Bromeliad Society International Media Library titled "Bromeliads - Seed to Seed". The program is free and open to the public.

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