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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

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1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
(734) 647-7600 http://mbgna.umich.edu

January 2019

The Mind Bloom

January 12 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens presents "The Mind Bloom," an art exhibit of nature-inspired paintings by Jennifer Farina. Jennifer's painting and writing start with her experience of the natural world and then, she writes, "lead inward and outward at the same time.” Her work begins with treks through gardens and woodland. These experiences inspire her to write poetry, which then conjures images within her brain instead of in view of her eyes.  Each artwork is non-representational, so viewers will all have an individual take…

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March 2019

Herb Seed Giveaway

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Start you summer herbs early. Group President Madolyn Kaminski also offers tips on seed starting. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free.

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Grow & Share: Planting America

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Michigan Garden Clubs President Carol Brodbeck discusses the gardening efforts of the Michigan and National Garden Clubs including the project “Michigan Pollinator Gardens.” Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series. Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. Free.

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Catching Your Breath

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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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. Presented by Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.

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Latest Research and Development: Using Microbials to Improve the Lives of Honeybees

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A presentation by Dr. Vera Strogolova, a beekeeper, microbiologist, and co-founder of Milwaukee-based Strong Microbials. She has presented talks on honeybee microbes and probiotics (most recently at the Florida State Beekeeping Association annual meeting in October 2018) and microbial control of small hive beetles. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Free.

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2019 Ann Arbor Orchid Society Festival

March 16 @ 10:00 am - March 17 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join us for this popular 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. Monthly Great Lakes Judging follows ribbon judging. Free admission. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

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Creating Near Native Habitats in Built Environments

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Matt Demmon, director of native landscapes division at Plantwise, discusses ways of thinking about creating plant communities and how planting design and new models of landscape maintenance can help us create resilient, beautiful plantings that have the best chance of fulfilling the stormwater and ecosystem functions we are trying to create. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley. Free.

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The Wood Frogs of Saginaw Forest

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Keith Berven, professor at Oakland University, has been monitoring variations in numbers of wood frogs for the past 32 years in an attempt to understand the factors that lead to year-to-year fluctuation in their numbers. He will discuss the relative importance of density-dependent factors, and parasites on the frogs. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

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Birding Israel

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Join Len Sander for a program on bird watching in Israel. Israel is a heavily traveled migration route for birds moving twice a year between Africa and the Eurasian landmass. Len has photographed many interesting species at Eilat, one of the world’s busiest migration spots, as well as in other habitats in the country. Len Sander is a retired U-M physics professor, birder, and photographer. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society.      

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$20.00

Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. Please notify a2ikebana@gmail.com of your interest to attend two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.  You will then receive an evite to attend.  Due to popularity of the classes, the class size is limited to 25 and Ikebana International members are given priority.  We usually have room for 5 - 7 guests and welcome beginners.  Payment can only be by cash or check. $20 fee covers flowers and…

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Faerie Doors Workshop at Matthaei

March 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Faeries are nature’s guardians, keeping a watchful eye on the natural world.  Invite them to your garden or home by creating beautiful faeries doors decorated with natural materials and other decorations.  After the program, visit the conservatory to look for beautiful faerie gardens. Two sessions on March 23: 9:30-11:00am 19-YE-02 and 11:30-1:00pm 19-YE-03. Recommended for children 4-12. Cost $12.00/child; adult accompanies children.

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Faerie Doors Workshop at Matthaei

March 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Faeries are nature’s guardians, keeping a watchful eye on the natural world.  Invite them to your garden or home by creating beautiful faeries doors decorated with natural materials and other decorations.  After the program, visit the conservatory to look for beautiful faerie gardens. NOTE: Two sessions on one date: 9:30-11:00 am 19-YE-02    and 11:30-1:00 pm 19-YE-03. Recommended for children 4-12. Cost $12.00/child, adult accompanies children.

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Dahlia Auction and New Introductions

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A video presentation of the 2019 American Dahlia Society new dahlias at 1 pm. Member auction of 2019 dahlia tubers at 2 pm. Handouts on growing and caring for dahlias for all attendees. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Free.

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Just Deserts – A Spring Break Adventure at Matthaei

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Deserts are beautiful, special places with plants uniquely adapted to dry conditions. Explore the arid house and learn how plants and animals survive in the desert. Then make a desert garden of succulents to take home that requires little care or water. Recommended for ages 5-12. Cost $12.00/child, adult accompanies children.

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African Violets, Gesneriads, Fairy Garden & Terrarium Plants: Display and Sale

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Includes free growing skills workshop at 11 am. Presented by Michigan State African Violet Society. Free.

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April 2019

Growing Herbs for the Kitchen

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Group President Madolyn Kaminski also offers tips on growing your own herbs for cooking. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free.

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Plant Propagation

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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North American Rock Garden Society Vice President Don LaFond gives a presentation on propagating plants by seed, cuttings, and dividing. Part of Ann Arbor Garden Club’s Hands-on Home Gardening series. Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. Free.

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Super Seedlings

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Seeds are a mystery: how does a tiny seed grow into a big tomato plant?  Now is the time to start seedlings which can be transplanted when the weather is warm. Explore the lifecycle of plants from flower to seedling and plant seeds to grow at home. Cost $10.00/child; adult accompanies children.

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Focus on Choice Alpines

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Two programs presented in one day by Ger van den Beuken, one of Europe’s most eminent experts on the cultivation of choice alpine plants. Program I (11-12:30): The Cultivation and Propagation of the Genus Saxifraga (includes Porphyrion, Saxifraga and Ligulatae Saxifrages). Program II (1:30-3): Cushion Plants. Presented by Great Lakes Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. Free. (Note: Program breaks for one hour from 12:30-1:30.)

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Catching Your Breath

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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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. Presented by Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.

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Producing Nucs to Meet Your Needs

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Caledonia, Mich.-based beekeeper Ray Lackey discusses making nucs as well as record keeping for your beekeeping efforts and how to learn from your mistakes. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free.

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Garden Ambassador Volunteer Training 2019

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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This volunteer training provides an overview of the most popular points of interest in the display gardens (Gaffield Children's Garden, Gateway Garden, etc), an introduction to the Visitor Engagement department, best practices for working with the public, and beyond.We seek volunteers with a love of learning and interest in working with a diverse population of visitors, including children and families. Continuing education garden tours/talks are led by our horticulturists throughout the season. Shifts are available daily, May–October. Questions before committing? Please…

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Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Program also includes a video presentation on growing and caring for dahlias along with handouts. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Free.

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Orchid Mounting Demonstration

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Epiphytic orchids grow in trees, lithophytic orchids grow on rocks. Chris Steel demonstrates how, using plastic mounts, mounting orchids is a great natural way to grow them. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free.

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Mindfulness-based Dementia Care

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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A free, 7-week program specifically designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care, and also greatly improve the experience of the person in your care. Program time slot listed is tentative. For class times or to register call U-M Memory Connection at 734.936.8803. Program runs Mondays, April 15 – June 3. Presented by Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free. NOTE: This program runs Monday mornings…

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Spring Ephemerals of the Great Lakes

April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Presenter Bob Smith displays and discusses colorful photographs of spring ephemerals (perennial woodland wildflowers that bloom and set seed quickly), while Robert Ayotte highlights the systematics and site preferences for each species. This is a primer for upcoming field trips. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley. Free.

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PFAS in Health and the Environment

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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PFAS, perfluorinated compounds, is an umbrella term for some 5,000 chemical compounds that have been manufactured and used in consumer products since 1960. Stephen Brown, Ph.D., chemist and co-chair of the Sierra Club Huron Valley conservation committee, provides a non-technical review of aspects of concern about PFAS. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$20.00

Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with help from a certified instructor. Please notify a2ikebana@gmail.com of your interest to attend two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.  You will then receive an evite to attend.  Due to popularity of the classes, the class size is limited to 25 and Ikebana International members are given priority.  We usually have room for 5 - 7 guests and welcome beginners.  Payment can only be by cash or check. $20 fee covers flowers and…

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Botanical Terminology: A Look at Words We Can Use to Describe Flower and Plant Parts

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Accredited AOS judge Dave Miller familiarizes us with the anatomy and descriptions of orchids and other plants. Orchid judging at 1. Visitors welcome to observe. Presented by Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids). Free.

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May 2019

Caregiver Wellness Day

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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This free program for learning skills essential for continued health and well-being is designed for caregivers of adults living with memory loss. Info and to register: 734.936.8803. Presented by Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.

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