The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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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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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  • Foreshadowing - Endangered and Threatened Plant Species
    A unique exhibit of botanical portraits that illuminates native and invasive plant species in a different light. Local artist and photographer Jane Kramer spent weeks exploring Michigan’s nature preserves and botanical gardens---including Matthaei---taking pictures of the shadows cast by native plant species. The shadow images were then transferred to handmade paper created from invasive plant species. For Kramer the shadows speak to the fragility of threatened plants and their struggle to survive in a changing environment that includes invasive species. The coupling of shadow and paper underscores the complex relationship between invasive and endangered plant species. Free admission. Open Wednesdays until 8 pm.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 9/17/2016 to 11/13/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Annual Bonsai Auction
    All invited to shop the auction of bonsai and bonsai-related material. Items can be purchased from either the silent or live auction presented this evening. Info: AABonsaiSociety.org. Free. Presented by Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 9/28/2016

    Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm


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