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January 2019

The Quest for Michigan Dark Skies

January 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Sally Oey, University of Michigan professor of astronomy, describes the benefits of darkness for us and our fellow beings, as well as how we can navigate our nighttime lives with less escaped light. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

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Survival of the Red Crossbill

January 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Jamie Cornelius, assistant professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University, presents her research on these unusual birds, who raise their young in the challenging conditions of northern winters. Jamie and her family spent six weeks on snowshoes in winter in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, tracking radio-tagged red crossbills. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society. Free.  

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

January 17, 2019 @ 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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Recent American Orchid Society Awards

January 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Accredited American Orchid Society Judge Dennis Seffernick gives a PowerPoint program of the latest AOS awards. Orchid judging at 1. Visitors welcome to observe. Presented by Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids). Free.

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Trials, Triumphs and Tragedies of Benedict’s Garden

January 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Indiana nursery owner Esther Benedict focuses on small plants, including dwarf woody plants, and the varied uses of small plants in modern gardening. Participants in this evening’s program will learn helpful things for their own gardening from Esther’s experiences growing treasures. Presented by Great Lakes Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. Free.

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Orchid Growing for Beginners

January 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Learn the important elements of growing orchids: how air movement, fertilizer, pest control, potting media, sunlight and water will bring you beautiful flowers!  Speaker to be announced. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

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The Other New World Temperate Vegetation Zone: Patagonia

January 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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University of Michigan Herbarium Curator Tony Reznicek discusses the forests and grasslands of much of Patagonia (South America), with a focus on the more important species and some of its interesting habitats and remarkable plants. Michigan Botanical Club. Free.

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February 2019

Tea Time!

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$10.00

Winter weekends call for a cup of hot cocoa or tea and sweet treats.  Learn about tea time around the world and make a special tea or cocoa mix to take home.  Learn how to make a healthy snack to go with your tea.  Recommended for children ages 5-12. Cost $10.00/child.  Adult accompanies children.

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Catching Your Breath

February 11, 2019 @ 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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Bees in New Zealand

February 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Long-time Lansing-area beekeeper Steve Tillman talks about beekeeping Down Under. Program also includes a mini-workshop on building and using a Styrofoam nuc. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free.

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