The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

50 Shades of Green
A Dynamic Look at the Color of Nature
Holiday Exhibit at Matthaei
Sat., Nov. 30–Sun., Jan. 5

Ever take green for granted? Green is the color of nature but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Using examples from the conservatory’s collection and touching on art, science, psychology, research, environmental issues, literature, and even humor, 50 Shades of Green illuminates the many meanings of “green.”

The exhibit also features seasonal flower displays, inspirational ideas for holiday tree decorating, interpretative stations, an exhibit of student and community art inspired by the color green, holiday items for sale in the Garden Store, and more. Free admission. Open daily 10 am-4:30 pm; Wednesday until 8.

Holiday hours: closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Open New Year’s Day 10 am-4:30 pm.

Program includes:

  • Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
    Exhibit opener and Holiday Open House
    10 am-4:30 pm. Holiday items and fresh greens in the Garden Store at Matthaei. Matthaei-Nichols members receive a discount in the Garden Store.
  • Nov. 30:
    Spinner's Flock Holiday Sale
    10 am-4 pm.
  • Dec. 1:
    Vocal performance by Midnight Blue, the University of Michigan Women's Glee Club. This talented group will be singing a few holiday treasures as well as “green” melodies.
    Free. 1-1:30 pm.
  • Dec. 7:
    A book reading and signing by local author Robert Johnston (The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree).
    12:30 pm in the Conservatory.
  • Dec. 8:
    Photo-Synthesis: Capturing Nature's Beauty
    Workshop with tips and tricks from the UM student group Michigan Photography Club (space limited).
    10 am-noon. Free.
    "Green" Holiday Crafts
    Join the University of Michigan’s Environmental Crafts Organization in this DIY holiday crafts workshop. Using all recycled and reused materials, you can make gift wrap, gift bags and cards perfect for this season of giving. Feel free to drop in any time between 1-3 pm, but note that supplies are limited. This free activity is open to all ages.
  • Dec. 14:
    Winter-Green: Kids holiday greens workshop
    10 am-noon. $8 per child fee includes activities and materials.
  • Dec. 21:
    A Visit with Father Christmas
    11 am-2 pm
  • Jan. 4:
    It Is Easy Being Green: These Live Animals Thrive in the Great, Green World
    The Creature Conservancy with live animals and information on adaptation.
    12-2 pm. Free.

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