The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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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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This impressive century plant is one of several agaves in the Arid House at the Botanical Gardens. At over 70 years old, we are still waiting for its first bloom.
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  • Exhibit: Artists at Work
    An exhibit of work in a variety of media by Matthaei-Nichols staff and volunteers. Open daily. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 1/23/2016 to 3/6/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Ikebana at Matthaei
    The Ann Arbor Chapter of Ikebana International programs are informal and open to the public. At each meeting an accredited instructor will give a demonstration of an arrangement style. Participants who have registered in advance and who bring their own containers will be provided plant materials. Info and to register:

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 2/11/2016

    Time: 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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