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.
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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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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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  • Exhibit: Letters & Leaves - Nature As Inspiration for Poetry
    We've collaborated with U-M students, faculty, and community members for an exhibit that celebrates the many ways nature has inspired the written word. Exhibit is in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens' conservatory and in the display areas. Admission to exhibit, Spinner's Flock sale, conservatory, and the Gardens is free.

    Note: We are closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. Open New Year's Day!


    • Open House and Spinner's Flock fiber art sale (11/29);  • poetry displays at Matthaei and the Arb;  • poetry writing activities;   • nature photography exhibit;    • seasonal flower display;    • holiday decorated trees;   • faerie house display;    • and more . . .


    Wonders of Winter
    Sat., Dec. 6, 10 am-noon 
    Kids program featuring stories, crafts, and wreath making. $10/child.

    Poetry Reading
    Wed., Dec. 10, 6 pm. featuring readings by U-M faculty Keith Taylor and Lorna Goodison. Free.

    A Visit with Father Christmas
    Sat., Dec. 20, noon-2 pm. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 11/29/2014 to 1/4/2015

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

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