The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
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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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July is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the garden and take in the breathtaking variety, design and bright colors of this July highlight.
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  • The Grandmother Tree Walk - a U-M Bicentennial Program
    A tree’s-eye view of the bicentennial. The Grandmother Tree Walk is a self-guided tour of 12 trees in Nichols Arboretum. The trees are historically or horticulturally important and their stories are told alongside key moments in U-M’s history. Maps will be available at the Arboretum visitor center, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and on-line beginning in April. Free.  #umich200

    Part of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebrations. The Arboretum is free and open daily sunrise to sunset.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 4/3/2017 to 12/31/2017

    Time: 7 am to 8 pm

  • Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop
    Jack Sustic, AABS member and former curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington DC., will host a bring your own tree discussion and workshop. Individual trees will be discussed, and there will be time for working on trees as well. This is a good opportunity to get ideas for trees that are under development. Free. Presenter: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 7/26/2017

    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


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