Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer 2017 Nature Education Programs at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

A list of summer 2017 programs offered presented by our organization and by the non-profit and mission-related groups at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

Mon., July 10, 7-8:30 pm
The Milkweed Community
Presenter: Herb Study Group; Michigan Botanical Club; Wild Ones Ann Arbor
Everyone knows about the monarch-milkweed connection. But many other creatures also make their home in the milkweed community. Join Michigan naturalist and photographer Don Drife as he presents a program on the organisms that feed on and among the different species of milkweeds, 
and those that make passing visits.

Wed., July 12, 6–7:30 pm
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.

Tues., July 18, 7:30 pm
Practicalities of Modern Electric Cars
Presenter: Sierra Club Huron Valley
Electric cars give us the promise of reduced greenhouse emissions and less reliance on fossil fuels. When buying a vehicle, many consumers are also concerned with costs, maintenance, reliability, etc. Tonight’s presentation explores some of these questions along with other areas to consider when 
purchasing an electric vehicle.

Sun., July 23, 10 am-2 pm
Hosta Round Table Discussion and Annual Plant Auction 
Presenter: Hosta Hybridizing Group
Come prepared for  a lively discussion about plant material, goals, making crosses, methodology, surprises, disappointments, successes, seed growing and plant management. 
Plus, a fundraising auction of rare or unusual hosta seedlings.

Wed., July 26, 5:30 pm
Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
Jack Sustic, AABS member and former curator of the National Bonsai & 
Penjing Museum in Washington DC., will host a bring your own tree discussion and workshop. Individual trees will be discussed, and there will be time for working on trees as well. This is a good opportunity to get ideas for trees that are under development.

Sun., July 30, 1-4 pm
Things with Wings
A family-friendly program featuring crafts, face-painting, butterflies, birds 
of prey, and more. Free.

Open House & Intern Presentations
Sun., Aug. 6, 1-2 pm
Members and the public are invited to this annual open house, where our interns present and discuss the projects they’ve worked on all summer.

Tues., Aug. 8, 7 pm 
Showcasing the Beauty of Bees: The Basics of Macrophotography
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard 
Beekeepers (A2B2)
Michigan State University Associate Professor of Entomology Zachary Huang discusses varroa mite control and associated diseases, especially nosema. Huang is an outstanding photographer of bees, and his photographs grace beekeeping internet sites and publications.

Tues., Aug. 15, 7:30 pm
About Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac

Join us for a film about Enbridge Line 5. Line 5 is a twin set of pipelines that pass along the lakebed of the Straits of Mackinac, just west of the Mackinac Bridge. Currents in the Straits are strong, turbulent, and variable. The area is described as the absolute worst place for a pipeline. Placed in 1953, the pipelines are used to pump millions of gallons of crude oil, natural gas, and propane gas. The entire pipeline route travels through Wisconsin, through the southern edge of the Upper Peninsula, under the Straits of Mackinac, and down through the Lower Peninsula to Sarnia, where it again crosses to Sarnia, Ontario. The film discusses the risks to our Great Lakes, water, environment and economy. Please join David Holtz, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Chair, to watch, discuss, and plan for action. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free.

Sat., Aug. 19, 11 am  
Cattleya Orchid Species
Presenter: Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
Diane Burton, accredited American Orchid Society judge, reviews important Cattleya species as they occur in nature. Monthly orchid judging takes place at 1.

Mon., Aug. 21, 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.

Wed., Aug. 23, 6 pm
Images of Japan
Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
AABS members Jack Wikle, Diane Faust, Cathy Strachan, Cyril Grum, and Kurt Smith share photos and impressions from their 2016 trip to Japan with renowned bonsai expert William Valavanis.

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 26 & 27
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale

Includes a display of over 100 bonsai, demos in the bonsai and penjing garden at Matthaei, bonsai accessories and materials, Peoples’ Choice awards, and more. $3 admission per adult (12 and under free) payable at the door.

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