Learn something new about nature this winter. Our mission-affiliated groups offer discussions, presentations, and workshops every month of the year. Topics range from monarch migration to beekeeping to the quest for dark skies. Most programs are free unless noted otherwise and held at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

January Programs

Wed., Jan. 9, 6:45-8:30 pm
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Presented by Wild Ones Ann Arbor
André Green, a U-M Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, talks about how classical behavioral and physiological analyses are being combined with modern molecular, genetics and genomics tools to reveal hidden details of monarch migration biology.

Thurs., Jan. 10, 12:30 pm
Four Season Landscapes*
Ann Arbor Farm & Garden
Janet Macunovich, Michigan garden designer and author, discusses ways to keep your garden looking good even in the off-season. $5 fee supports AAFG’s grants/scholarships fund. Registration required: annarborfarmandgarden.org. Held at Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. *offsite program

Tues., Jan. 15, 7:30 pm
Quest for Michigan Dark Skies
Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley
Sally Oey, U-M 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.

Sat., Jan. 19, 11 am
Recent Orchid Society Awards
Presented by Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids)
Accredited American Orchid Society Judge Dennis Seffernick gives a PowerPoint program of the latest AOS awards. Orchid judging at 1. Visitors welcome to observe.

Sat., Jan. 19, 1:30-3 pm
Benedict’s Garden
Great Lakes Chapter, N. American Rock Garden Society
Indiana nursery owner Esther Benedict focuses on small plants, dwarf woodies, and their uses in modern gardening. Participants will learn helpful things for their own gardening from Esther’s experiences growing treasures.

Sun., Jan. 20, 2 pm 
Orchid Growing for Beginners
Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society
Learn the important elements of growing orchids: how air movement, fertilizer, pest control, potting media, sunlight and water will bring you beautiful flowers!

Mon. Jan. 21, 7:30 pm
The Other New World Temperate Vegetation Zone: Patagonia
Presented by Michigan Botanical Club, Huron Valley
University of Michigan Herbarium Curator Tony Reznicek discusses the forests and grasslands of Patagonia.

February Programs

Tues., Feb. 12, 6:30 pm
Bees in New Zealand
Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
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.

Wed., Feb 13, 6:45-8:30 pm
Landscape for Life
Presented by Wild Ones Ann Arbor
Julie Conley, landscape architect, discusses a national program developed by the US Botanical Garden called “Landscape For Life” that empowers homeowners to create a more earth-friendly garden at home.

Sun. Feb. 17, 2 pm
Winter Dormant Orchids
Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society
Orchids that are dormant in the winter allow some down time for working on the rest of your collection or taking a winter vacation. Speaker Leo Schordje talks about orchids that go dormant in the winter.

Mon., Feb. 18, 7:30 pm
The Complex Environmental Web of Northern Lower Michigan: Climate, Soils, Forests
Presented by Michigan Botanical Club, Huron Valley 
Randy Schaetzl, professor in the Michigan State University Department of Geology, discusses the process of soil formation in conjunction with climate and plant communities in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Tues., Feb. 19, 7:30 pm
Arachnids: No Need for Phobias
Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley
Cara Shillington, professor of biology at EMU, discusses her research, which includes observations of spider behavior in cold and heat, what they eat, how they move and how they reproduce. Program includes an opportunity to directly observe some specimens.