Our non-profit mission-related groups offer programs, classes, and workshops every month year-round at Matthaei-Nichols on topics such as beekeeping, birding, ikebana, bonsai, native plants, and others. Check out our March 2018 programming for sessions on deer-resistant plants for the garden; designing landscapes with native plants, sustainability and social justice, and the world of birds on stamps. Most programs are free unless noted otherwise, and open to all.
Wed., March 7, 7 pm
Oh Deer! What’s Happened to My Plants?
Presenter: Ann Arbor Garden Club
Master Gardener Linda Green shares tips on how to deter deer in your garden and what plants deer are likely to avoid. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Tues, March 13, 6:30 pm
Establishing a Varroa Resistant Population in the Apiary
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
A talk by Roger Hoopingarner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University Entomology Department. Hoopingarner’s research interests were in apiculture. He has kept bees for 70 years, mostly in Michigan.
Wed., March 14, 6:45 pm
Designing Landscapes with Native Plants
Presenter: Ann Arbor Wild Ones
Native plant landscapes can range from formal to informal while being beautiful and supporting wildlife. This interactive conversation led by local landscape designer Drew Lathin is guided by drawings and pictures of native landscapes to identify tips and pointers for design success. Part III of a series.
Thurs., March 15, 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. Reservations required. Info: email@example.com.
March 17 & 18, 10 am-4:30 pm
Ann Arbor Orchid Festival at Matthaei
Presenter: Ann Arbor Orchid Society
Join us for one of the most popular events of the year—the annual orchid festival. Program includes orchid displays, orchid raffle, orchids, and related items for sale from orchid vendors, free presentations and demos on orchid growing: Free admission.
Mon., March 19, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
Presenter: 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.
Mon., March 19, 7:30 pm
Wildflowers of Michigan: A Photo Project
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
Wildflower expert Dan Sparks gives a presentation on the state’s wildflowers.
Tues., March 20, 7:30 pm
Sustainability and Social Justice
Presenter: Sierra Club Huron Valley
Award-winning educator and author Susan Santone, Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, will show what’s possible if we reorient education around sustainability and social justice.
Wed., March 21, 7:30 pm
The World of Birds in Stamps
Presenter: Washtenaw Audubon Soc.
Amurthur Ramamurthy presents a fascinating and colorful program on stamps of the world depicting birds. Just as birding is about more than simple listing, stamp collecting opens the door to a vivid world of history,
art, and zoology.
Saturday, March 24, 10 am-4 pm
African Violets, Gesneriads, Fairy Gardens, & Terrarium Plants
Presenter: MI State Africa Violet Society
A display and sale of these popular plants. Program includes a free growing skills class at 11 am on learning how to propagate African violets.
Sun., March 25, 1-3:30 pm
American Dahlia Society New Introductions
Presenter: Michigan Dahlia Association
A video presentation at 1 followed by an auction of Dahlia Society members’ 2018 introductions Program include handouts on growing and caring for dahlias. Info: 734.429.5796.
Wed., March 28, 7-9:30 pm
Bonsai Styling of Deciduous Trees
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Tyler Sherrod of Dogwood Studios in North Carolina demonstrates how to style a deciduous tree. Tyler has studied with Boon Manakitivipart in California, and apprenticed with Shinji Suzuki in Japan. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs., March 29, 5:30-9:30 pm
Bonsai Juniper Workshop
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Tyler Sherrod of Dogwood Studios in North Carolina demonstrates how to style a deciduous tree. Tyler has studied with Boon Manakitivipart in California, and apprenticed with Shinji Suzuki in Japan. Cost: $80, limited to 8 participants. Info: email@example.com.