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 16, 2020
Join us for Flight of the Butterflies by SK Films - It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies' secret, the most incredible migration on Earth!
February 20, 2020
“How to Make a Butterfly Garden”. We will go through all the steps needed to build a successful butterfly garden as well as what the best plants to use for our area of Michigan, by John Blair.
March 19, 2020 - EVENT CANCELLED (Maplewood Community Center will be closed due to COVID-19)
"Through the Eyes of a Butterfly - Understanding Butterfly & Plant Interactions" - We'll learn how butterflies see flowers, botany basics & the meaning behind botanical names, and the difference between native, non-native, and invasive plants, by Master Gardener Lisa Denys.
April 16, 2020
"Shrubs and Trees for Butterflies" - by Rick Meader. Rick is a registered landscape architect, the Landscape Architect for the City of Novi, and has given talks about using native plants in landscapes to a number of different groups in Michigan.
May 21, 2020
"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, Master Gardener, SEMBA President, author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden.
June 18, 2020
“Pollinator Pyramid” Movie - The importance of our pollinators will be discussed. Learn the Do's and Don'ts of protecting them, so we can ensure their existence,
by Brenda Dziedzic, Master Gardener, SEMBA President, author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden.
July 16, 2020
“Monarchs” - Monarchs are the most recognizable butterflies around. Their numbers have declined by 90% over the past 2 decades, and they need our help. Join us to learn about their annual migration, lifecycle, what you can do to help them, how to create a habitat, and how to rear them, by Jean Persely, Master Gardener, Owner of BMO Logistics.
August 20, 2020
“Poweshiek Skipperling”, by Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township
September 17, 2020
Butterfly Puddling Station Workshop by Master Gardener Diana McCormick and Owner of Barson's Greenhouse, Debbie Barson.
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, 6414 Merriman Rd, Westland, MI 48185
More details will be shared closer to the event date.
October 15, 2020
Tea Cup Raffle
Join us for our end of the year Tea Cup Raffle Celebration dinner! Come celebrate another successful year of butterflying with a meal and conversation with fellow butterfly enthusiasts.
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.