Our non-profit mission-related partners offer compelling programming and events every month of the year. Following are programs and events for September 2018. All programs are free and held at Matthaei Botanical Gardens unless noted otherwise in the listing.


Wed., Sept. 5, 7 pm
Fall & Winter Garden Prep
Members share their experience preparing their gardens for the fall and winter months, including seed plantings.
Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.
Ann Arbor Garden Club

Sun., Sept. 9, 2 pm
Classic Roses
A powerpoint presentation followed by discussion, Q&A, and refreshments.
Huron Valley Rose Society

Sun., Sept. 9, 2 pm
Multifloral Paphiopedilum and Their Culture
Program speaker is Chicago-based Sam Tsui, who has been hybridizing orchids since 1990. He started selling commercially in 1995 and today is known throughout the world as an expert breeder of Paphiopedilums (Asian slipper orchids).
Ann Arbor Orchid Society

Mon., Sept. 10, 7 pm
Herb Garden Walking Tour
Madolyn Kaminski, Herb Study Group president, conducts a tour of the Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden at Matthaei. Sun tea and other herbal refreshments available.  Meet outside the auditorium at Matthaei.
Herb Study Group

Tues., Sept. 11, 6:30 pm
Are My Bees Tripping? Oxalic Acid Update
Richard Mendel discusses oxalic acid as a varroa mite eradication tool as well as other topics.
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers

Wed., Sept. 12, 6:45 pm
Natural Areas Stewardship: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities for the Future
Leaders from three Southeast Michigan natural areas programs share perspectives on managing local preserves. Includes David Borneman, City of Ann Arbor Natural Areas Preservation; Ryan Colliton, Huron-Clinton Metroparks; and Allison Krueger, Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program.
Wild Ones Ann Arbor

Sat. & Sun., Sept. 15-16, 10 am-4:30 pm
Exotic Plant Show and Sale: Cactus, Succulents, and Bromeliads
Includes supplies, books, art prints and note cards.
MI Cactus & Succulent Soc. and SE MI Bromeliad Society

Monday Sept. 17, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Info and to register: 734.936.8803.
Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Mon., Sept. 17, 7:30 pm
Glacial Geology of Michigan & Formation of the Great Lakes
Larry Bean of the Mich. Dept. of Environmental Quality discusses the geology of Michigan and how that has influenced ecological patterns and flora.
MI Bot. Club Huron Valley

Tues., Sept. 18, 7:30 pm
Survival of the Red Crossbill
Eastern Mich. University professor Jamie Cornelius discusses the red crossbill and its ability to survive and thrive in difficult conditions.
Sierra Club Huron Valley

Wed., Sept. 19, 7:30 pm
Birds, Beasts, and Beliefs: Incredible India!
A photo journey of the beasts and birds of India—from southern India’s Nagarhole National Park north to Binsar Forest Reserve near the Nepali border—with local veterinarian Cathy Theisen.
Washtenaw Audubon Society

Thurs., Sept., 20, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. $20 fee covers flowers and instructor. Please email 2 weeks prior to each class to receive an e-invite to attend. Attendance limited to 25. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.
Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl.

Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12, 10-noon
Mindfulness-based Dementia Care
A free, 7-week program designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Info and to register: 734.936.8803.
MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Wed., Sept. 26, 7-9 pm
Annual Bonsai Auction
Members may bring trees and other bonsai-related items to be auctioned. There will be a silent action and a live auction. Non-members may purchase items, but attendees must be members to sell at the auction.
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society

Sat., Sept. 29, 1–4 pm
Community Dahlia Competition
Bring your best cut dahlias. Entries accepted 11 am-12:30 pm. Vases supplied but personal containers are welcome. Program also includes demo on winter dahlia storage.
MI Dahlia Association

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