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January 2019

The Mind Bloom

January 12 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 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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March 2019

Herb Seed Giveaway

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Start you summer herbs early. Group President Madolyn Kaminski also offers tips on seed starting. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free.

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Grow & Share: Planting America

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Michigan Garden Clubs President Carol Brodbeck discusses the gardening efforts of the Michigan and National Garden Clubs including the project “Michigan Pollinator Gardens.” Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series. Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. Free.

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Catching Your Breath

March 11 @ 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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Latest Research and Development: Using Microbials to Improve the Lives of Honeybees

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A presentation by Dr. Vera Strogolova, a beekeeper, microbiologist, and co-founder of Milwaukee-based Strong Microbials. She has presented talks on honeybee microbes and probiotics (most recently at the Florida State Beekeeping Association annual meeting in October 2018) and microbial control of small hive beetles. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Free.

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2019 Ann Arbor Orchid Society Festival

March 16 @ 10:00 am - March 17 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join us for this popular annual orchid festival. Program includes orchid displays, orchid raffle, orchids, and related items for sale from orchid vendors, free presentations and demos on orchid growing. Monthly Great Lakes Judging follows ribbon judging. Free admission. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

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Creating Near Native Habitats in Built Environments

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matt Demmon, director of native landscapes division at Plantwise, discusses ways of thinking about creating plant communities and how planting design and new models of landscape maintenance can help us create resilient, beautiful plantings that have the best chance of fulfilling the stormwater and ecosystem functions we are trying to create. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley. Free.

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The Wood Frogs of Saginaw Forest

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Keith Berven, professor at Oakland University, has been monitoring variations in numbers of wood frogs for the past 32 years in an attempt to understand the factors that lead to year-to-year fluctuation in their numbers. He will discuss the relative importance of density-dependent factors, and parasites on the frogs. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

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Birding Israel

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join Len Sander for a program on bird watching in Israel. Israel is a heavily traveled migration route for birds moving twice a year between Africa and the Eurasian landmass. Len has photographed many interesting species at Eilat, one of the world’s busiest migration spots, as well as in other habitats in the country. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor, birder, and photographer. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society.      

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$20.00

Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. Please notify a2ikebana@gmail.com of your interest to attend two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.  You will then receive an evite to attend.  Due to popularity of the classes, the class size is limited to 25 and Ikebana International members are given priority.  We usually have room for 5 - 7 guests and welcome beginners.  Payment can only be by cash or check. $20 fee covers flowers and…

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