Ann Arbor Farm & Garden
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2019-20 AAF&G Calendar
Monthly meetings are held at the Ann Arbor City Club (AACC) on the second Thursday of the month. Lunch (optional, $15) is served at 11:30 am. The business portion of the meeting begins at 12:30 pm; program begins at 1 pm. Guests are welcome. Events with * have additional costs.
September 12 The Victorian Language of Flowers
Every flower has a meaning; every bouquet tells a story. Jane Riddle, co-founder of Lodi Farms Nursery, will help us understand the meanings of the flowers we love as we create small bouquets. What messages might you be inadvertently sending with the blooms you choose?
October 10 Crafting Community: Roadkill, Stinging Nettle & 10th Century Viking Shoes
Craft skills such as weaving, forging and smithing are in danger of being lost. New technological advancements are exciting, but they can also lead to a disconnect from the community and an increase in depression. Yet, through the craft of roadkill, stinging nettle, and 10th century Viking shoes, we can pay respect to the past, be present in the moment, and inform our future. Jason Gold, director of the Michigan Folk School, presents an alternative to mass consumerism and copycat products with a movement that uses crafting as a community builder. We will honor our Laureate members this month.
November 14 Managing Macrofauna in Your Garden
Royer Held’s love of growing things began early in his life. He watched his father start arborvitae from seed and grow yews from slips stuck in the ground under glass jars. A renowned seed saver and heirloom tomato grower at Project Grow, Royer is also an instructor at Washtenaw Community College and for the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ adult education program. He’ll share his secrets for keeping critters and bugs away from our plants.
December 5 Holiday Luncheon*
Note: First Thursday
January 9 Transcendent Bonsai: The Ever-Contemporary International Art Form (PUBLIC ADMISSION $10)
The art of Bonsai creates miniaturized yet realistic versions of plants. Practiced for centuries, Bonsai requires patience, skill, and vision. David Michener, curator at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and Carmen Leskoviansky, Bonsai specialist who oversees MBG’s Bonsai and Penjing Garden, will present an overview of this ancient art and MBG’s efforts to collect, preserve, and enhance this unique form of horticulture.
February 13 Land Preservation: Ann Arbor Greenbelt Ann Arbor's Greenbelt program, created to protect working farmland, natural areas, and land along the Huron River, has a new strategic plan. With us to share the latest in land preservation efforts in our area is Remy Long, Greenbelt Manager. We will learn more about this innovative program that has protected more than 5,000 acres of farmland and open spaces surrounding the city of Ann Arbor since 2003.
March 12 Campus Farm: Food by and for Students
Jeremy Moghtader, manager of the University of Michigan Campus Farm, shares the history and evolution of the Campus Farm (a 2019 AAF&G grant recipient). This flagship learning lab is a cornerstone of the University’s Sustainable Food Program. Located off the service entrance at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the Farm’s produce goes to the student dining halls, completing the circle of fresh food grown by students, for students.
April 9 My Herbicide did THAT?
Dr. David Roberts, renowned as The Plant Doctor (aka The Tree Doctor), retired from MSU in 2018 after four decades of research and discovery in arboriculture, landscape, and nursery sciences. He will enlighten us regarding the unintended damage herbicides can cause.
April 15 Daffodils4Detroit Luncheon at Belle Isle*
May 14 Annual Meeting & Silent Auction* 11:30 am, AACC
Conversation and camaraderie are on the agenda as we induct new officers and get ready for Garden Walk. A Silent Auction will offer delights and add to our Foundation funds. Bring friends to join the fun!
June 13 30th Annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk™ 10am - 4 pm
June 20 Ka-BLOOM! Member Party*
Summer Garden Chats
These small (12 people), informal gatherings at members’ gardens are a great way to get to know fellow members, keep in touch over the summer, and share garden tips and info.