Flowers bloom and the summer deepens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. July and August are also great months to learn something new about a nature-related topic such as beekeeping, bonsai, and orchids. Check out our July-August lineup below:


Tues., July 10, 6 pm
Beekeeper Potluck
A2B2 (Beekeepers)
All invited to this annual bee-centric celebration featuring activities and speakers and sponsored by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Bring a dish to pass.

Tues., July 17, 7:30 pm
Politics of the Environment
Sierra Club Huron Valley
Hear members of Michigan Sierra Club Chapter speak on the coming year’s key races and issues. Join in the discussion and learn how to make a difference in local, state, and national elections.

Sat., July 21, 11 am
Little-Known Orchid Awards
Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
Curious about how orchids are judged? Accredited American Orchid Society judge Ed Cott discusses some of the awards that can be granted but seldom are. Followed by an orchid judging.

Sun., July 22, 10 am-2 pm
Hosta Leaf Show and Auction
Hosta Hybridizer Group
Join the group for a hosta leaf show that allows plants to be showcased by their leaves. Followed by the annual auction at 1 pm of quality donated hosta plants.

Wed., July 25, 7-9 pm
The Art of Bonsai Pots
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Bonsai Society members and potters Mark and Becky Hanner discuss bonsai pots and the art of pot making, including a demonstration of techniques.

Thurs., July 26, 9 am-noon
Bonsai Pot Making Workshop
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Make your own bonsai pots with potters Mark and Becky Hanner. $65 per person; workshop limited to 8 participants. Info/register:


Sun., Aug. 12, 2 pm
David Austin English Roses
Huron Valley Rose Society
Austin’s roses combine the qualities and fragrances of old roses with the wide color range and repeat bloom of modern roses. Program also includes Q&A and refreshments.

Mon. Aug. 13, 10–11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
MI 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.

Tues., Aug. 14, 6:30 pm
Veterinarians’ Role in Honeybee Health
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
Veterinarian Terry Kane discusses the role of vets in beekeeping, the ecology of pollinators, and the physiological pressures on pollinators. Plus, a demo on creamed honey by Judi Schmaltz.

Sat., Aug. 18, 11 am
Using Orchids Plus for Judging
Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
Highlights and methods of using the orchid research program Orchids Plus, the source of official American Orchid Society award data and photos from 1932 to present.

Tues., Aug. 21, 7 pm
A Late Summer Stroll on the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail
Sierra Club Huron Valley
Discover this new paved trail that connects the gardens with the county Border-to-Border trail. Meet at the Campus Farm lot just off N. Dixboro Road. Round-trip distance 4 miles.

Wed., Aug. 22, 7-9 pm
Bonsai Junipers and Deadwood Techniques
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Indiana bonsai business owner Mark Fields styles a Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) and demonstrates deadwood techniques.

Thurs., Aug. 23, 5:30-9 pm
Dwarf Cypress Bonsai Workshop
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
A workshop with Hinoki cypress cultivar Sekka dwarf. For beginning to experienced bonsai growers. $100.00 per person; workshop limited to 10 participants. Advance registration only for this workshop. Info and to register:

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