Meetings take place at 7:00 p.m.

at Maplewood Community Center

31735 Maplewood St, Garden City, MI 48135


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.

2020 Meetings 

January 16, 2020

Movie Night!

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 (Through ZOOM Online)

"Attract Butterflies and Moths to Your Yard with Woody Plants" -  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 (Through ZOOM Online, Presentation only)

"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 (Through ZOOM Online)

“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 (Through ZOOM Online)

“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 (Rescheduled)

“Poweshiek Skipperling”, by Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township.


September 17, 2020 (Through ZOOM Online)

"Overwintering" - By Brenda Dziedzic, Master Gardener, SEMBA President, author of Raising Butterflies in the Garden.

October 15, 2020 (Zoom Online)

“Poweshiek Skipperling”, by Mike Losey, Natural Resources Manager for Springfield Township.

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

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.


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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