The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
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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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  • Exhibit: Hidden Worlds - The Universe of Pollen Revealed in Large-scale Ceramic Sculptures
    Inspired by the beautiful forms that pollen takes, the amazing power of these tiny grains of life, and the challenges that honeybees and pollinators face, U-M Stamps School of Art & Design professor Susan Crowell fashioned large-scale ceramic sculptures of pollen. The sculptures will be displayed in the conservatory at Matthaei. As part of the exhibit Crowell has also created three sculptures of agave pollen based on scanning electron microscope images of the pollen taken by the U-M Hospitals imaging lab.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 4/2/2016 to 5/8/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Picture This! - Photography Exhibit
    An exhibit of photographs taken of and by young patients—many of whom were born with facial differences or cleft palates—in U-M Mott Hospital’s Craniofacial Anomalies Program. The children were paired with professional photographers from the community to learn new ways to look at and through the camera while exploring Nichols Arboretum. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 5/6/2016 to 7/24/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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