The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
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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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It may be cold and dreary outside, but inside itís bright and green. Warm up your senses with a trip to the Conservatory. Be sure to give the kaleidoscope a spin!
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  • Avant Garden: Weaving Fashion and Nature Together - Holiday Conservatory Exhibit
    Avant Garden explores plants’ long-standing role as the versatile source of raw materials for textiles and the inspiration for the designs, colors, and shapes that fashion takes, proving that the art of fashion follows the forms of nature. Plants in the conservatory will be highlighted along with their historical and cultural roles as they relate to cultivation, sustainability, textiles, colors, and design. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 11/26/2016 to 1/8/2017

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Nature by Design - Holiday Art Exhibit
    Nature by Design is our annual holiday community art exhibit to accompany the conservatory display. Art by members of the University of Michigan and local communities is on display in a variety of media that explores the colors, patterns, textures, and shapes of the natural world around us. Free admission. For more information and to submit your own art for consideration visit the exhibit web page: .

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 11/26/2016 to 1/1/2017


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