Meetings are every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and take place at the:

Maplewood Community Center

31735 Maplewood St.

Garden City, MI 48135

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Meetings take place at 7:00 p.m.

at Maplewood Community Center

31735 Maplewood St, Garden City, MI 48135

(unless noted otherwise below)

Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month between January and October.

Guest attendees are welcome!

The cost of attendance is $3 for guests or free with annual membership. Annual membership is $15 

see the Membership section for more details and application.

2019 Meetings 

January 17, 7pm

Educational Butterfly Movie (Butterfly and Moth, Eyewitness DVD)

February 21, 7pm

Rain Gardens - Come learn something new on how to build a Rain Garden in your own yard, why it's good for the environment, and what plants to grow within it - by Anna Cairns

March 21, 7pm

All About Seeds - by Ben Cohen, from Small House Farms

April 18, 7pm

Monarchs, milkweeds, and disease: Current patterns and future problems - by Professor Mark Hunter, University of Michigan

May 16, 7pm

Silk Moth presentation and Workshop/Silk Moth cage – Learn about some of our native silk moths. The lifecycle and host plants of these moths will be covered. (Must bring a large plastic coffee lid, if you want to make a cage) The cage is used to put the female in, to attract a mate - by Brenda Dziedzic

May 11, 1pm

Saturday Moth Presentation - by Mike Gilligan/Ohio Lepidopterists. He will discuss the difference between butterflies and moths, how to photograph live moths for identification and some hints on identification plus photos of the day-flying moths.

June 20, 7pm

Monarchs in Mexico. Take an awesome visit to Monarch Sanctuaries Cerro Pelón, El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. We’ll also take a look at the small village of Macheros, home of Monarch Sanctuary Cerro Pelón - by Brenda Dziedzic

July 18, 7pm

Beckoning Butterflies – Children of all ages delight in flight of a butterfly! Do you enjoy seeing butterflies flittering about your yard? Have you wondered how to bring more of these winged jewels to your yard? Learn about the butterflies we can see in our area and how you can attract them to your gardens - by Jean Persely

July 27-28

*SPECIAL WEEKEND GARDEN WALKS*   

Visit three beautiful butterfly gardens!

Sorry, no strollers in the residential gardens as the paths are narrow.

August 15, 7pm

Butterfly & Moth Overwintering. Let’s see how some butterflies and moths overwinter. We’ll take a look into the do’s and don’ts of butterfly and moth habitat - by Brenda Dziedzic

September 19, 7pm

Creating Butterfly Garden Gifts & Keepsakes Workshop by Lisa Denys and Diana McCormick and a book signing by Brenda Dziedzic for her new book, Raising Butterflies in the Garden

 

October 17, 7pm

Teacup Raffle & end of the year celebration

Maplewood Community Center

SEMBA Sponsered
Butterfly Gardens 
 
Don't forget to check out:
3B’s Native Plant Garden, Birds, Butterflies, and Bees
located at Corrado Park
8500 Flamingo St, Westland, MI 48185, USA
(map below)
Check out how 3B's looks in the winter. You might not be alone though, birds and other wildlife may be there enjoying some native seeds and habitat!   

Joanne Schwab spearheaded this great project. She is working with Westland Parks and Recreation Director Latricia Gunnells, Wayne County Master Gardener Coordinator Deirdre Hope, Brenda Dziedzic, Master Gardener and proprietor of Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat.

Western Wayne County Master Gardeners and SEMBA provided generous grants

Other Events

 

Past Meeting Topics

  • Butterflies, Ants, and Aphids by Brenda Dziedzic

  • How to Make a Butterfly Garden by John Blair

  • Guess What Butterflies are Drinking, Plant Nectar and/or Fruit Juice by Caryle Spence

  • The Beauty of Native Plants by Drew Lathin, Owner of Creating Sustainable Landscapes 

  • How We Can Help the Butterflies by Brenda Dziedzic

  • Good Bug, Bad Bug by Kristine Hahn, an MSU Extension Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator

  • Growing for Wildlife by John DeLisle, Owner/Ecologist at Natural Community Services

  • Designing and Maintaining Residential Native Landscapes by Bill Schneider - Owner of Wildtype Nursery 

  • The Milkweed Community by Independent Naturalist and Blogger Don Drife, 'The Michigan Nature Guy'

  • Movie viewing of "Toward Harmony with Nature, Native Plants, and Natural Landscapes" - by Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home".

  • Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden by Brenda Dziedzic - Owner of Brenda's Butterfly Habitat and author. Then shopping at Barson's Greenhouse  for butterfly host and nectar plants.

  • Field Trip to Brenda Dziedzic's and John Blair's gardens

  • Maintaining Butterfly Gardens by SEMBA Pres., Carolyn Sohoza. The dos and don’ts of maintaining a butterfly garden.

  • Movie viewing of Wings of Life. An intimate look at flowers, butterflies, bats, & other flying pollinators and their critical importance to the world's food supply.