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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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In the late summer, prairie grasses and plants begin to peak. The prairie sites in the Arb and Gardens are great places for a peaceful stroll.
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  • Exotic Plant Sale
    A large selection of cactus, succulents, and bromeliads, including air plants, will be available, in sizes ranging from seedlings to mature plants. Growing supplies, books, and art prints will also be available. Lectures scheduled for both days. Info: 248.380.7359. Presented by Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society and the Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 9/20/2014 to 9/21/2014

    Time: 10:30 am to 4 pm

  • Yes, You Can Grow Bromeliads in Michigan
    Paul Wingert discusses tips on choosing the bromeliads that best suit your needs: the easiest, the prickliest, the ones that keep their color during winter gloom, the ones which bloom in winter, and those which make a stunning accent in the summer garden. Discussion of potting mix, fertilizing, watering, plant propagation and pest control. Presented by Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 9/21/2014

    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

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