The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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calendar of events

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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Skunk cabbage gets its name from the odor it produces to attract insect pollinators. Take a walk in the Arb or on the Botanical Garden trails and see if you can spot this unique plant.
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  • Exhibit: Shakespeare's Garden
    In celebration of the upcoming 15th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Arb. Featuring plants and flowers that appear in the works of the bard. Along with the plants and their quotes we'll have photographs from past Shakespeare in the Arb productions, artist David Zinn's playful Shakespeare in the Arb posters, and a selection of costumes from Kate Mendeloff's Residential College productions.

    Open daily. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 3/27/2015 to 5/3/2015

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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