Two Great Locations, One Organization
Fall 2017 programming at Matthaei-Nichols begins in September. Check out our programs on composting, preserving herbs, beekeeping, birds, ikebana, and bonsai, to name a few. Fall calendar runs September through December.

Most are FREE and held at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

SEPTEMBER

Sun. & Mon, Sept 3 & 4, 5:30 pm
Welcome Week Shakespeare Performance for Students
A revival of this summer’s play The Tempest. Directed by Kate Mendeloff and performed by students and faculty. Free for students with ID. Performances start 5:30 pm. 1610 Washington Hts. entrance to the Arb.
Wed., Sept. 6, 7 pm
Composting with a Twist
Presenter: Ann Arbor Garden Club
Compost happens. And there are many ways to make it. Join Master Gardener Mary Fowler as she shares her own recipe for home composting. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Mon., Sept. 11, 7 pm
Preserving Your Herbs
Presenter: Herb Study Group
Advanced Master Gardener and Herb Study Group President Madolyn Kaminski give a presentation on preserving herbs, including new ideas and recipes. A nonalcoholic sangria will be served.
Tues., Sept. 12, 6:30 pm
The Evolution of Beekeeping:  History, Making, and Use of Skeps
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
A presentation on skeps by Roger Sutherland, professor emeritus at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Skeps are beehives made of coiled straw, with a single opening at the bottom. This technique for making beehives has been largely discarded because of the difficulty of accessing the bees and hive for inspection.
Wed. Sept. 13, 6-7:30 pm
Catching Your Breath
Presenter: Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center
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.
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 16 & 17, 10 am-4:30 pm
Cactus & Succulent Society Exotic Plant Sale
Presenter: Mich. Cactus & Succulent Soc. and SE Michigan Bromeliad Society.
Cactus and succulents are enjoying a surge of interest thanks to their unusual forms, colors, and easy care. This annual show features a large selection of cactus, succulents, bromeliads, and air plants for sale in a variety of sizes. Books, growing materials and a broad selection of plants are also available for purchase. Plus, free presentations on bromeliads and how to grow and care for them at 1 pm on both days of sale. Info: 248.380.7359.
Mon., Sept. 18, 7:30 pm
Using Non-natives and Native Plants in Art
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
Local artist Jane Kramer talks about her installation Foreshadowing – Endangered & Threatened Plant Species and how she uses native and non-native plant material in her art by placing shadow images of native plants onto paper made from invasive plants.
Wed., Sept. 20, 7:30 pm
Birds of India
Presenter: Washtenaw Audubon Society
Join Washtenaw Audubon member Amurthur Ramamurthy for a look at some of India’s 1,266 bird species, among the most interesting and colorful birds on the planet. Dr. Ramamurthy is a native of India and an avid birder and photographer.
Thurs., Sept. 21, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20, which covers flowers and instructor. Please bring your own containers. No experience needed. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.
Wed., September 27, 6:30 pm
Annual Club Bonsai Auction
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
A live and silent  auction of members’ bonsai and bonsai-related supplies and tools. Non-members are welcome to attend the auction and purchase items.
OCTOBER

Mon., Oct. 2, 7 pm
Wild Herbs
Presenter: Herb Study Group
Advanced Master Gardener and Herb Study Group President Madolyn Kaminski presents a slide show and presentation on wild herbs. Herb tea will be served.
Wed., Oct. 4, 7 pm
Winter Seed Planting
Presenter: Ann Arbor Garden Club
Get ready for spring with Glenda Perry, master gardener and flower show judge. Glenda shares tips on best practices for starting seeds in your home throughout the winter. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Sat., Oct. 7,  9-10 am
Native Plant Sale Member Hour
Matthaei-Nichols members enjoy a special one-hour sale of native plants prior to the public sale opening. Join us for coffee, tea, and breakfast munchies.
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 7 & 8,  10 am-4:30 pm
Fall Native Plant Sale
A sale of native herbaceous and woody plants, many grown at Matthaei Botanical Gardens by staff and volunteers. A local nursery will also be on hand with woody plants and trees.
Sat., Oct. 7, 10 am–4 pm
African Violet Show and Sale
Presenter: MI State African Violet Society
African violets and other flowering plants in the Gesneriad family are on display and sale. Learn how to keep these popular houseplants in bloom all year long by attending a free hands-on growing skills workshop at 11:30 am.
Tues., Oct. 10, 6:30 pm
Beekeeping Resources, Education, and Programs for Military Veterans
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
A presentation by Army vet and MSU entomologist Adam Ingrao about options for veterans to keep bees. Presentation covers grants vets can apply for, education programs such as Heroes to Hives, labeling and marketing programs for veteran produced products, and federal resources like the USDA-NRCS program for pollinator habitat seed.
Fri., Oct. 13, dusk
Zombie Run – Run for the Arb, Run for Your Life!
Nichols Arboretum is an obstacle course of marauding zombies in this 5K run/walk over the Arb’s trails. Can you survive to the finish line? Registration begins spring 2017. Member discount on registrations.
Mon., Oct 16, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
Presenter: Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center
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.
Mon., Oct. 16, 7:30 pm
Restoring Michigan Prairies and Seed Mix Experimentation
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
A presentation by Eastern Michigan University Assistant Professor of Biology Emily Grman.
Wed., October 18, 6:30 pm
Wiring Your Bonsai Plants
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
All invited to a workshop by Mauro Stemberger, award-winning bonsai artist and wiring expert. Stemberger provides a wiring demonstration and works hands-on with attendees. Ann Arbor Bonsai Society members: bring trees to be wired.
Wed., Oct. 18, 7:30 pm
Spain with Washtenaw Audubon
Presenter: Washtenaw Audubon Society
Join Washtenaw Audubon’s field trip organizer Bryn Martin for a report on our most recent international field trip: Spain. From desert to high in the Pyrenees, we visited various habitats and saw over 200 species of birds, including the elusive wallcreeper.
Thurs., Oct. 19, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20, which covers flowers and instructor. Please bring your own containers. No experience needed. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.
Fri., Oct. 20, time TBD
Pumpkins, Lanterns, & Leaves
Join us after hours in the gardens with pumpkins, masks, and other harvest-themed fun. Then top off the evening with a parade of lanterns that kids and families make and take home. This is a ticketed event; member discounts apply. Ticket information and reservations available in September.
Mondays, Oct. 23-Dec. 18, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Mindfulness-based Dementia Care
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, Oct. 23 through Dec. 18. Presented by Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.
NOVEMBER
Wed., Nov. 1, 7 pm
Dutch Spring Flowers
Presenter: Ann Arbor Garden Club
Club member Betty Bishop shares pictures from her trip to Holland and the bulb fields of Keukenhof. This show garden features over 7 million spring bulbs. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Sun., Nov. 5, 10 am-2 pm
Annual Hosta Seed Exchange
Presenter: Hosta Hybridizers
All invited to participate in the seed exchange. Bring planned or open-pollinated seeds from your garden and trade with other attendees. Bring 25-30 seeds in small coin envelopes marked with the cross and your name.) Also, a presentation on red traits in hostas by Doug Beilstein.
Mon., Nov. 6, 7 pm 
Herb Garden Winter Prep
Presenter: Herb Study Group
A presentation by Advanced Master Gardener and Herb Study Group President Madolyn Kaminski on overwintering herbs, extending the gardening season, and the best autumn and winter tasks to ensure a healthy herb garden in spring. Herb tea will be served.
Tues., Nov. 14, 6:30 pm
Comb and Nest Architecture
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
Presentations by organic beekeeper and teacher Chris Harp and organic beekeeper Grai St. Clair Rice on “reading” your hive and on comb and nest architecture, including naturalist and biodynamic methods and unique hive designs.
Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 pm
Birding Panama
Presenter: Washtenaw Audubon Society
A presentation by retired U-M professor Lathe Claflin on the birds of Panama, with over 250 species seen, included rarities such as crested eagle, harpy eagle, and streaked xenops.
Thurs., Nov. 16, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20, which covers flowers and instructor. Please bring your own containers. No experience needed. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.
Fri., Nov. 17, 10 am-2 pm
Caregiver Wellness Day
Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center
This free program for learning skillsessential for continued health and
well-being is designed for caregivers of adults living with memory loss.
Registration required by Nov. 4. Info and to register: 734.936.8803.
Mon., Nov. 20, 7:30 pm
What, My Herbicide Did That?!
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
A presentation by David Roberts, Ph.D. on the variety of herbicide uses and their unexpected or unintended aftereffects.
Nov. 25, 2017–Jan 7, 2018
Sacred Plants – Holiday Conservatory Exhibit
Focusing on plants in our conservatory collection, the holiday exhibit explores how certain plants figure in myth, lore, and ritual for cultures around the world. This annual winter/holiday event also features seasonal flowers, decorated trees, kids activities, holiday items in the Garden Store, and more. Discounts in the Garden Store for Matthaei-Nichols members. Free. Note: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Open New Year’s day.
Nov. 25, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018
Holiday Art Exhibit
A display of art created by U-M students, faculty and staff, and members of the local and regional communities. Stay tuned for exhibit details later in 2017. Free.
DECEMBER
Sun., Dec. 3, 10 am-4:30 pm
Holiday Artisan Market
Our first holiday artisans market was such a success we’re offering it again in 2017. This year, dozens of local artists as well as U-M students and staff are selling their high-quality crafts and art. No member discount on merchandise. Free.
Sat., Dec. 9 , time TBD
Kids Holiday Greens Workshop
Our annual holiday greens/craft program for kids. Choose from a selection of evergreens and ribbons and decorate a bough for the door or mantle. Make winter related crafts to take home. Class fee TBA.
Sat., Dec. 9, 10 am-noon
Holiday Greens Workshop
Presenter: Ann Arbor Garden Club
Denise Looker conducts a workshop for making bows and wreaths and other arrangements and keeping them looking fresh. Join the potluck brunch during the workshop. Held in greenhouse 3 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Cost: $20. Reservations: Nancy Hart, nhartgreen@aol.com. Free to Garden Club members. Bring pruners. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Thurs., Dec. 14, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20, which covers flowers and instructor. Please bring your own containers. No experience needed. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.
Sat., Dec. 16, noon-2 pm
Father Christmas
The annual visit by the real McCoy, Father Christmas. In town for one day only. Free.
Wed. Dec. 20, 6-7:30 pm
Catching Your Breath
Presenter: Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center

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.
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