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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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  • 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

  • The Roots of Trust - Free lecture by the artist and author of Places for the Spirit

    Hear artist and author Vaughn Sills discuss "The Roots of Trust" at Matthaei Botanical Gardens January 29. Sills, an associate professor of photography at Simmons College in Boston, is the photographer and author of Places of the Spirit - Traditional African American Gardens, our photography exhibit at Matthaei. Sills will discuss the importance of establishing trust with the creators of the gardens in her photographs. Places for the Spirit is being shown in conjunction with the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts winter 2013 "Understanding Race" Theme Semester.

    Lecture times scheduled for 2 and 7 pm at Matthaei. Limited seating available; reserve your place today.

    Sponsored by University of Michigan College of Engineering and University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/29/2013

    Time: 2 pm

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