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Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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There's always something happening at the Arb & Gardens, whether it's a single cactus blooming in the Conservatory or a few thousand people enjoying Earth Day celebrations. Free guided tours. Prescribed burns. Gardening and art classes for kids and adults. School field trips. Seasonal exhibits. Let our calendar help you find the activity that's right for you and your family.

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Few places on earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Take an afternoon walk through the Arb or Garden trails to see the spectacular autumn foliage.
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  • Foreshadowing - Endangered and Threatened Plant Species
    A unique exhibit of botanical portraits that illuminates native and invasive plant species in a different light. Local artist and photographer Jane Kramer spent weeks exploring Michigan’s nature preserves and botanical gardens---including Matthaei---taking pictures of the shadows cast by native plant species. The shadow images were then transferred to handmade paper created from invasive plant species. For Kramer the shadows speak to the fragility of threatened plants and their struggle to survive in a changing environment that includes invasive species. The coupling of shadow and paper underscores the complex relationship between invasive and endangered plant species. Free admission. Open Wednesdays until 8 pm.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 9/17/2016 to 11/13/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Native Plant Sale Members Hour
    Matthaei-Nichols members enjoy a special one-hour sale of native plants prior to the public sale opening. Join us for coffee, tea, and breakfast munchies.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/1/2016

    Time: 9 am to 10 am

  • African Violet Display & Sale
    Includes a large selection of hard-to-find European and Russian African violets, Streptocarpus, and other Gesneriads. Free growing skills seminar during show. Sponsored by the Michigan State African Violet Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/1/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • African Violet Display and Sale
    See why they call African violets America’s favorite houseplant. This sale and display also includes a free hands-on growing skills workshop at 11:30, and experts will be available all day to answer questions and offer advice on how to keep your plants in bloom throughout the year. Free. Presented by Michigan State African Violet Society.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/1/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4 pm

  • Fall Native Plant Sale at Matthaei
    A sale of native herbaceous and woody plants, many grown at Matthaei Botanical Gardens by staff and volunteers. Local grower Native Plant Nursery will also be on hand with a diversity of perennial plants and a small selection of shrubs and trees. Native plants are easy to grow and care for and do well in a variety of soils and conditions in our local climate. They also attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators.

    For a plant list and more information on the ecological and horticultural value of native plants, read a post on the Matthaei-Nichols blog.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/1/2016 to 10/2/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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