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Upcoming Events for Michigan

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Through Aug. 20, Grand Rapids
Ai Weiwei
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Ai Weiwei in his first show in the upper Midwest, as well as the first of its kind for the Chinese artist and activist at a botanic garden. Iconic among recent work is his colossal Iron Tree, acquired and installed in 2015 in honor of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s 20th anniversary. Hours vary, there is an entry fee,




March 1 - April 30, Grand Rapids
Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming
Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park

Walk around in the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation, as 7,000 butterflies take over the Tropical Conservatory. Entrance cost included in general admission. For more information, visit

March 3 – 5, Mt. Clemens
Spring Home Improvement and Landscaping Show
Gibraltar Trade Center

237 N. River Road, for ideas to spruce up your home and yard. Admission is free; parking, $2 per vehicle. For more information,

March 4, Bloomfield Hills
Study Day
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary

Janet Macunovich will present a daylong event on Easiest and Best Perennials, Diagnosing Plant Problems, and Great Plants and Plant Combinations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee, $80, includes light breakfast, refreshments at breaks, and box lunch. Registration and more information:,
248- 645-3149.

March 7, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Hannah Schaurer, wildlife education expert with the Michigan DNR, will talk about “what every gardener should know about bats,” 6:30 p.m., Room A149 of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, 1066 Bogue on the Michigan State University campus. Cost is $3 for nonmembers,

March 8, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Kim Davidson, horticulturist at Ironwood Golf Course, will speak on designing a landscape with plants that feature scent, texture, color, sound, and taste, 12:30 p.m. in the lower level at Meijer Gardens. For more information,

March 11-17, Niles
Fernwood Garden Spring Symposium

Speakers: R. William Thomas, Chanticleer Foundation, Wayne, Pennsylvania; Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Designer, Lake Forest, Illinois; Tres Fromme, 3. Fromme Design, Sanford, Florida; Richard Hawke, Chicago Botanic Garden. For details and registration, or 269-695-6491.

March 15, Bloomfield Hills
Tour and Lunch
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary

Enjoy a tour and lunch in the elegant setting of Cranbrook House, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest manor home in metro-Detroit. Guests encouraged to attend 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Starts promptly at 11 a.m. Fee: $32/adult, $30/seniors or active duty military. Reservations required, or phone 248-645-3149.

March 18, Niles
Spring Symposium
Fernwood Botanical Garden

Guest speakers talk about new possibilities and groundbreaking ideas, the future of gardens and gardening. For more information,

March 24, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Jackie Walley, landscape designer, lecturer, educator, and owner of Herbal Thymes and Gatherings in Ann Arbor, will speak about the beauty of herbs, including their fragrance, color, and texture. Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee, 9:15 a.m., program 10 a.m. Guests welcome, $5/nonmember donation, reservations are not necessary, or 248-364-6210.

March 24 & 25, Kalamazoo
22nd Annual Spring Flower & Garden Expo
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

Beautifully landscaped gardens, garden trends, hottest plants, and garden tips at short seminars, 5020 Texas Drive. For more information:




April 4, East Lansing
Monthly Meeting
Capital Area Master Gardeners

Renita Rebitz, retired perennial gardens manager at Michigan State University, will talk about “Mulching Dos and Don’ts,” 6:30 p.m., Room A149, Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg, 1066 Bogue on the MSU campus. Cost is $3 for nonmembers,

April 12, Grand Rapids
Monthly Meeting
Kent Garden Club

Carol Lepres will present a program on blue birds and their habitat. For information on location and time, visit

April 13, Lapeer
Monthly Meeting
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society

Mayfield Township Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw Road. Public welcome, 6 p.m., $5 annual dues,

April 28, Rochester
Monthly Meeting
The Meadow Brook Garden Club

Charles Martin, senior horticulturist at Dow Gardens and garden writer for the Midland Daily News, will talk about how to select a flowering shrub, Meadow Brook Hall, 480 S. Adams Road. Coffee, 9:15 a.m.; program, 10 a.m. Guests welcome. $5/nonmember donation, reservations not necessary, or 248-364-6210.

April 29, Kalamazoo
Plant for Your Health
Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

Learn more about healthy growing & eating. Visit with herb, fruit and vegetable experts, free seminars, more, 5020 Texas Drive. For more information,



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