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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

Winter Artist Market

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Our twice-a-year artist markets bring great art and fine crafts from local artists to Matthaei Botanical Gardens for a one-day show. Shop from a curated assortment of fine artists, featuring a broad array of nature-inspired and garden-centric pieces in many media such as paintings, photography, textiles, jewelry and more. Check out the gallery of work below. Featured artists: Cathy Bies, Christy Beulah Budnick Nancy Bulkley, Deborah Cherrin, Julie Cohen, Julie Corey, Jason Dobkowski, Danielle Doyle, Mary Eldridge, Kirsten Elling, Rose Giacherio,…

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Greens Workshop with Ann Arbor Garden Club

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$20

Demonstration by Denise Looker Cost: $20. (Free to Ann Arbor Garden Club members.) RSVP: Nancy Hart, nhartgreen@aol.com. Potluck Brunch during workshop Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Greenhouse #3. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.

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Bugs Don’t Bug Me

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10

Explore the amazing world of insects and how they fly, hop, walk on water, and signal each other. Discover why bugs are so valuable to humans and the planet. Make a beautiful bug ornament to take home! Recommended for ages 5-11. $10 per child includes activities and materials.

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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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