The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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the garden of india
a country and culture
revealed through its plants

Conservatory Exhibit at the
University of Michigan
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Jan. 25–March 9, 2014
Open daily 10 am-4:30 pm;
Wednesdays until 8 pm. Free admission.

India is often identified by its arts and languages, its ethnic groups or geography. “The Garden of India” takes its inspiration from this South Asian country’s amazingly diverse plant life. Plants native to India or integral to Indian people and culture are featured in the exhibit.

As part of the exhibit we’ve also installed dozens of photographs of India and its people submitted by community members and U-M students and staff. These evocative photographs reveal the beauty and majesty of India through its vivid colors, street and city scenes, and portraits of its people.

Program includes:

January 25-March 9: A highlight of our conservatory plants native or important to India and its people. Featured plants include Indian snakeroot, neem, rice, ginger, and banyan tree, among others.

January 25-March 9: “India As I See It,” a display of photographs of India and its people submitted by community members and U-M students and staff.


Night Cafe, Kolkata,© Colin Day


Naga tribesman in Nagaland, © Nancy Hopwood

Youth and Family programming

January 25:
Hot Chocolate
Learn all about chocolate and make a chocolaty treat to take home. $8/child includes activities and materials. Register online for Hot Chocolate.

February 17-21:
Camp Winter-Break
Kids and parents, visit us school winter break week for guided activities and do-it-yourself fun. All programs 10 am-noon. Or just drop in to enjoy a tropical getaway.

Mon., Feb. 17:
Self-Guided Adventure Day
A free, self-guided in- or outdoor tour of Matthaei using our activity backpacks available at the front desk.

Tues., Feb. 18:
Imagine That!
A morning of storytelling about the plants of India, then make your own illustrated storybook to take home. $5/child includes activities and materials. Register online for Imagine That!

Wed., Feb. 19:
Eco-Kids
Explore how kids around the world take action to protect ecosystems, and join in activities that help reduce your family’s eco-footprint. $5/child includes activities and materials. Register online for Eco-Kids.

Thurs., Feb. 20:
Tree Tales
Listen to stories about trees and then create a collage featuring your favorite tree.

Fri., Feb. 21:
Flavor-Filled Friday
Learn about plants from places like India, and sample fruits and spices from around the world. $5/child includes activities and materials. Register online for Flavor-Filled Friday.

March 8 & 15:
Faerie Gardens & Doors Workshop
Create faerie gardens from natural materials, then take your garden home and watch the faeries flock to your backyard! $10/child includes activities and materials. Register online for Faerie Gardens.

“The Garden of India” is part of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts winter 2014 theme semester “India in the World.”


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