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September 2018

Art Exhibition: The Honeybee Scriptures – Messages from Inside a Living Hive

September 28 @ 10:00 am - November 11 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Kalamazoo, Mich., artist Ladislav Hanka's beeswax-encrusted etchings are on display at Matthaei Botanical Gardens through November 11. After completing his etchings of plants, insects, and other creatures, Hanka places them inside a living beehive and allows the honeybees within to lay down honeycomb and wax on top of the plates. The result is what Hanka calls a "collaborative creative process." The Honeybee Scriptures: September 28 through November 11. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. 734.647.7600.…

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October 2018

Factors Influencing the Distribution of Natural Communities in Michigan

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The natural communities of Michigan span the full range of environmental gradients from dry sand prairies to rich conifer swamps.  Mike Kost, curator of native plants at Matthaei-Nichols, explores the factors that structure the distribution of this diverse assemblage of natural communities across the state. You’ll come away with a framework for better understanding the diversity of ecosystems we observe in nature and a renewed appreciation for the natural beauty of Michigan. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club. Free.

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Hibernating Bats and White-nose Syndrome in Michigan

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The questions: What is hibernation? Why do bats do it? Where do Michigan’s bats hibernate? What is white-nose syndrome and what it has done to our bat populations? How do bats contribute to our ecosystem? Learn answers to these questions and many others from Dr. Allen Kurta, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University. His research for the past 40 years has focused on the ecology and behavior of bats, with an emphasis on the Indiana bat and northern long-eared…

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Birding Borneo

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join Bryn Martin for yet another fabulous Washtenaw Audubon international field trip, to Borneo, the third largest island in the world, and home to one of Earth’s oldest rain forests. With 688 species of birds, including 59 endemics, and such interesting mammals as orangutan, proboscis monkey, and Bornean gibbon, expect great diversity in wildlife. Bryn Martin is an avid international birder, Washtenaw Audubon’s field trip coordinator, and teaches high school in Livonia. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society. Free.

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Third Thursday of September, October, and November except for second Thursday of December (12/13)
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$20

Create your own seasonal ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. $20 fee covers flowers and instructor. Please email 2 weeks prior to each class to receive an e-invite to attend. Attendance limited to 25. Info: a2ikebana@gmail.com. Presented by Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter. Classes occur on third Thursday of the month except for December (12/13). See also ikebana classes on October 18, November 15, and December 13.

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Pumpkins Lanterns and Leaves

Sold Out! (both dates): Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 20, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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NOTE: Both dates of this event are sold out.  We're offering this event on two days, Oct. 19 & 20. When registering, please select your preferred date.  Join us for our annual Halloween celebration: Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves. This year, we're offering "Pumpkins" on two days, October 19 & 20. The event begins at 6 pm and lasts approximately one and a half hours. Night begins to fall by the end of the program, making for an enchanted walk back to…

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Pumpkins Lanterns and Leaves

Sold Out! (both dates): Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until October 20, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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NOTE: Both dates of this event are sold out.  We're offering this event on two days, Oct. 19 & 20. When registering, please select your preferred date.  Join us for our annual Halloween celebration: Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves. This year, we're offering "Pumpkins" on two days, October 19 & 20. The event begins at 6 pm and lasts approximately one and a half hours. Night begins to fall by the end of the program, making for an enchanted walk back to…

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Hardy Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium)

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Program speaker is Cleveland-based Wayne Roberts, who has been growing cypripediums (hardy slipper orchids) for over 25 years.  He presently grows all of the American species, 20 Asian species, and many hybrids. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

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Mindfulness-based Dementia Care

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until November 12, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

A free, 7-week program specifically designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care, and also greatly improve the experience of the person in your care. Program time slot listed is tentative. For class times or to register call U-M Memory Connection at 734.936.8803. Program runs Mondays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 12. Presented by Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

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Styling Stuff: Observations on Bonsai Design and Aesthetics

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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All invited to hear longtime Ann Arbor Bonsai Society (AABS) member and nationally recognized bonsai expert Jack Wikle share his insights on the art and aesthetics of bonsai. Several AABS members will also discuss their experiences at the National Bonsai Show held in Rochester, N.Y. in September 2018. Free.

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