The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens
    An exhibition of black-and-white photographs featuring African American folk gardens captured by artist Vaughn Sills. In the spirit of outsider and folk art traditions, these culurally significant gardens reveal a unique aesthetic that is disappearing from the American landscape. Sills, an associate professor at Simmons College in Boston, traveled throughout the south, photographing gardens in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina along with their creators.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/18/2013 to 3/10/2013

  • Rock Garden Vignettes
    A presentation from Great Lakes Chapter, N. American Rock Garden Society's widely traveled membership about wild plants from around the world suitable for rock gardens, visits to botanical gardens, and specific groups of spcial plants suitable for rock gardens. Presenters include Don LaFond and Jacques Thompson, Rimmer dr Vries, Joan Bolt, and Tony Reznicek. For more information, please contact

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/19/2013

    Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Matthaei Botanical Gardens as you contribute to our restoration efforts. Education and tools provided. Individuals welcome to drop-in; groups register in advance. Volunteers under age 18 must submit a permission form prior to participation; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? (734) 647-8528 or

    More info: click here



    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/19/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Paphiopedilum hangianum
    A presentation and discussion by Great Lakes Judging (Orchids) of this recently discovered, large Paphiopedilum species that is beginning to show up in hybridizing and judging. Also, recent awards presented by student judge Dave Miller, and a presentation and discussion of recent awards seen in judging. For more information, please contact; (517) 546-8303

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/19/2013

    Time: 11 am to 1 pm

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