Metro Detroit home and garden calendar

The Detroit News

Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat at Barson’s Greenhouse

Native butterflies from this area and their host plants. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sat. 6414 N. Merriman, Westland. (734) 788-0539.

The Ultimate Homearama 2014 starting at Oakland Church

Presented by Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design. No parking available on-site. Free parking available at Oakland Church with free transportation to site. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Sept. 14. Tickets start at $12. 5100 N. Adams, Rochester.

Struggling Homeowners Program at JVS

Learn how Step Forward Michigan programs can help with property taxes. 1 p.m. today. Free. 29699 Southfield, Southfield. (248) 233-4482.

Heirloom Vegetables at Leslie Science and Nature Center

Learn why it’s important to save heirloom plants, along with key seed techniques. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. Free. 1831 Traver, Ann Arbor. (734) 997-1553 or

Southeast Michigan Dahlia Society Flower Show at Orchard Mall

Annual competition of area growers featuring prize-winning dahlias. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. 6363 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield Township. (248) 475-8945.

Take Back Your Garden at Novi High School

Presented by Gardeners of Northville and Novi (aka No No’s). 6:30 p.m. Mon. $5 nonmembers. 24062 Taft. (248) 737-9981.

Dehydrating Vegetables: The Basics & Beyond at Big Beaver United Methodist Church

Troy Garden Club meeting. Expand your knowledge of food preservation beyond canning & freezing. 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wed. $7 guests. 3753 John R, Troy. (248) 765-4809.

Preparing Gardens for Winter at Ann Arbor District Library-Pittsfield Township Branch

Information on fall garden tasks. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed. Free. 2359 Oak Valley. (734) 327-4555.

Perennial Plant and Seed Exchange at Lake Orion Farmers Market

Bring plants in pots. Have them labeled with plant name, height, and if it needs full sun, partial sun, or shade. The number of plants you bring will be the number you can take home. Do not bring English Ivy, Vinca, Snow on the Mountain, or Lily of the Valley. 6 p.m. Wed. 93 S. Anderson. (248) 766-3969.

Septic System Maintenance Workshop at Green Oak Township Hall

Sponsored by Michigan State University in partnership with Livingston County Department of Public Health. Covers proper maintenance to protect health and to maintain water quality. Registration: 5:30-6 p.m. Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Free. 10001 Silver Lake, Brighton. Preregistration required online at (248) 858-0887 or (248) 858-5198.

Fall Migration and Preparing Your Yard for Winter Birds at Kulick Community Center

Ferndale Garden Club meeting. 7 p.m. Thurs. 1201 Livernois, Ferndale. (248) 541-5888.

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