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.
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
*SPECIAL WEEKEND GARDEN WALKS*
Visit three beautiful butterfly gardens!
Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm, Joanne Schwab will welcome visitors and answer questions at 3B's Native Plant Garden: Birds, Butterflies, and Bees at 8500 Flamingo St., Westland, MI 48185. If you cannot make those times, this garden is located in a public park open dawn to dusk.
Saturday, 1 pm to 4 pm, Brenda Dziedzic will host visitors to her garden at 1263 Springer St, Westland, MI 48186.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, Elmer Grimm will open his garden at 17462 Rexwood St. Livonia, MI 48152.
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
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
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
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".
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.