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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

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May 2018

What About the Balcony? : A Shakespeare in the Arb Member Benefit

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Shakespeare in the Arb Director Kate Mendeloff discusses the challenges and opportunities of staging the 2018 Shakespeare in the Arb play, Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy refreshments and a backstage look at the performances. Space is limited - RSVP today! *This is a members-only event. If you’re not a member, please consider becoming a member now or during your next visit!

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June 2018

Bonsai in Bloom: Satsuki Bonsai Weekend at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until June 3, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3: Delve into the fine points of Satsuki azaleas in this weekend devoted to the centuries-old art of Satsuki bonsai. Renowned bonsai artist David Kreutz leads two Sunday, June 3 workshops. Satsuki Azalea on Display The Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is open and features an exhibition of blooming Satsuki azalea from bonsai expert and collector Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, who will be on hand from noon-2 pm Saturday, June 2, to…

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Bonsai & Penjing Garden Reception

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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An invitation only event. Enjoy an elegant cocktail and sushi reception in celebration of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Bonsai and Penjing Garden. This reception will feature a private tour of the world-class Satsuki Bonsai collection of Dr. Melvyn Goldstein. These exquisite azalea trees bloom just once a year and are not to be missed. This intimate reception is limited to the first 50 registrants. Learn more about the Bonsai in Bloom: Satsuki Bonsai Weekend and Matthaei Botanical Gardens

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Competitions, Clones, and Stock Exchanges

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Love hostas but want to learn more? At tonight’s program, trade your hosta breeding stock or participate in two hosta seedling competitions, and learn about aeroponic cloning, the new technology of plant division. Presenter: Hosta Hybridizer Group. Free

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Bonsai in Bloom: Satsuki Bonsai Weekend at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until June 3, 2018

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3: Delve into the fine points of Satsuki azaleas in this weekend devoted to the centuries-old art of Satsuki bonsai. Renowned bonsai artist David Kreutz leads two Sunday, June 3 workshops. Satsuki Azalea on Display The Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is open and features an exhibition of blooming Satsuki azalea from bonsai expert and collector Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, who will be on hand from noon-2 pm Saturday, June 2, to…

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The Best Way to Display Roses

June 10 @ 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Program also includes what judges are looking for at a rose show, plus Q&A and refreshments. Presenter: Huron Valley Rose Society.

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Three-Day Watercolor Workshop with Geoffrey McCormack

June 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Daily June 11-13
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Be prepared for a different approach to water media in Geoffrey McCormack’s latest three-day workshop with the MWCS. Geoff will share studio practices and techniques he has developed or learned over fifty years as a professional artist. He will demonstrate an array of new materials, tools and techniques. Geoff will focus on designing paintings with an engaging point of view, using rich color triads, unique textural effects, and dramatic lighting. You will combine these techniques and tools with your favorite…

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Catching Your Breath

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

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. Presenter: Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

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Wild Herbs and Plants

June 11 @ 7:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Madolyn Kaminski of Herb Study gives a slide show and talk about wild herbs in the environment, things to know before collecting, how they were used by Native Americans and settlers, and whether the plants are native or introduced. Presenter: Herb Study Group. Free

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Three-Day Watercolor Workshop with Geoffrey McCormack

June 12 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Daily June 11-13
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Be prepared for a different approach to water media in Geoffrey McCormack’s latest three-day workshop with the MWCS. Geoff will share studio practices and techniques he has developed or learned over fifty years as a professional artist. He will demonstrate an array of new materials, tools and techniques. Geoff will focus on designing paintings with an engaging point of view, using rich color triads, unique textural effects, and dramatic lighting. You will combine these techniques and tools with your favorite…

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Testing for Varroa

June 12 @ 6:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Michigan State University Entomologist Walter Pett talks about the importance of testing and controlling varroa, a genus of parasitic mites associated with honeybees. Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyards Beekeepers. Free.

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Three-Day Watercolor Workshop with Geoffrey McCormack

June 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Daily June 11-13
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Be prepared for a different approach to water media in Geoffrey McCormack’s latest three-day workshop with the MWCS. Geoff will share studio practices and techniques he has developed or learned over fifty years as a professional artist. He will demonstrate an array of new materials, tools and techniques. Geoff will focus on designing paintings with an engaging point of view, using rich color triads, unique textural effects, and dramatic lighting. You will combine these techniques and tools with your favorite…

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Invasive Species in Michigan Waters

June 19 @ 7:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Uli Reinhart, Professor of Biology at Eastern Michigan University presents a summary of the state of the Great Lakes’ ecosystem, the threat from aquatic nuisance species, and the latest on research and management of sea lamprey. Presenter: Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

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Bonsai Conifer with Bjorn Bjorholm

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

This bonsai artist and expert discusses and demonstrates techniques for conifer bonsai.  Bjorholm is certified with the prestigious Nippon Bonsai Association and his work has appeared in many notable exhibitions. Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Free.

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Dolph Park, Ann Arbor’s Other Birding Hotspot

June 20 @ 7:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

A program on birding in Dolph Park, one of Ann Arbor’s best birding spots and a place with some of the same attributes as Nichols Arboretum, but with the advantage that it can be birded in less than an hour. Presenter; Washtenaw Audubon Society. Free.

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Bring Your Owns Bonsai Workshop with Bjorn Bjorholm

June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$50

Bring your own tree, tools, and wire to this experienced-level workshop by the renowned bonsai artist Bjorn Bjorholm. $50.00 per person; workshop limited to 8 participants. Advance registration only for this workshop. For info and to register email the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society: aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Summer Safari – Sensational Nature Youth Ed Program

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$8.00

Summer officially starts on June 21. Kids and families, help us celebrate the summer solstice with activities and a hike and learn how plants and animals spend their summer at Matthaei.  $8.00/child includes activities and materials. 

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July 2018

Walking Tour of the Herb Garden

July 2 @ 7:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Madolyn Kaminski of Herb Study gives a walking tour of the fragrant Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden at Matthaei, with a slide show on wild herbs in case of inclement weather. Sun tea served. Presenter: Herb Study Group. Free.

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Summer Care of Roses

July 8 @ 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Learn what care needs roses have in the summer. Program also includes Q&A and refreshments. Presenter: Huron Valley Rose Society. Free.

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Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan is the first book of its kind to bring forward the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live here, focusing on the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant.   Barb  Barton will discuss the historic wild rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts of tribal and nontribal people to restore and protect Manoomin across…

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Wonderful Wetlands – Sensational Nature Youth Ed Program

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$8.00

Wetlands are an important natural resource.  They filter water, provide homes for many different animals and are home to beautiful plants.  Explore the amazing world of wetlands and learn how you can protect the wetlands near you. 18-ye-07 $8.00/child includes activities and materials. Ages 4-11.

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August 2018

Nature’s Sketchbook – Sensational Nature Youth Ed Program

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$8.00

Nature has always been inspiration for art, sketching and using watercolors help us focus on the beauty and subtle features of the natural world.  Come for a relaxed morning of sketching along the trail and create a sketchbook to take home.  18-ye-08.  $8.00/child includes activities and materials. Ages 4-11.

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