Discover all the ways you can clean your house with herbs; pick up some fairy-garden plants; learn about preserving open space in Washtenaw County; and how you can help prevent new forest pest invasions. Check out our October opportunities below.

Wed., Oct. 2, 7 pm
Scottish Gardens
Ann Arbor Garden Club
Bonnie & Patrick Ion share their experience visiting the many lush gardens of Scotland, including Cluny Gardens near Edinburgh and others. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series.

Sat., Oct. 5, 10 am-3:30 pm
African Violets, Gesneriads, Terrarium and Fairy Garden Plants Display and Sale
MI State African Violet Society
Free leaf propagation workshop: 10:45.

Mon., Oct. 7,  7 pm
House Cleaning with Herbs, Essential Oils & Eco-friendly Formulas
Herb Study Group
A presentation by Herb Study Group President Madolyn Kaminski.

Tues., Oct. 8, 6:30-8:45 pm
Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
This Vermont beekeeper shares knowledge of his craft, including apitherapy.

Sat., Oct. 12, 8-10:30 am
Conservatory Ambassador Volunteer Training
Ambassadors greet & guide visitors.
Contact to pre-register interest in attending the training required for all new volunteers to this program.

Tues., Oct. 15,  7:30 pm
Preserving Farmland and Open Space in Washtenaw County
Sierra Club Huron Valley
Local land-preservation experts discuss their efforts, which have resulted in the preservation of over 10,000 acres of farmland and open space in Washtenaw County over the last several decades.

Wed., Oct. 16, 7:30 pm
Birding in Ghana
Washtenaw Audubon Society
International birder Bryn Martin gives a visual tour of this West African nation, which has over 750 bird species and a number of interesting fauna.

Sat., Oct. 19, 11 am
Awarded Phalaenopsis Orchids
Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
See what judges across the country have selected as the finest Phalaenopsis orchids so far in 2019.

Mon., Oct. 21. 7:30 pm
Eyes on the Forest: What You Can Do to Help Prevent New Forest Pest Invasions
MI Bot. Club Huron Valley Chapter
A presentation by Georgia Peterson of MSU on how citizen scientists can become more adept at identifying the warning signs of potential new invaders.

Wed., Oct. 23, 7-9 pm
The Chinese Art of Penjing – Taking Bonsai to a World Stage
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Chicago bonsai artist Jennifer Price discusses the art of penjing. Jennifer has apprenticed with multiple renowned bonsai artists and was the first female artist invited to Generation Bonsai.

Fri., Oct. 25, 5:30 pm
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. Registration now open. Member discount applies. Visit for info.