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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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  • 50 Shades of Green - Holiday Exhibit at Matthaei
    Green is the color of nature but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Using examples from the conservatory’s collection and touching on art, science, psychology, research, environmental issues, and literature, 50 Shades of Green illuminates the many meanings of “green.” Plus, seasonal flower display, inspirational ideas for holiday tree decorating, interpretative stations, holiday items for sale in the Garden Store, and more. Free admission.

    For a complete description of programming and events visit the 50 Shades exhibit web page.

    Program includes:

    Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Exhibit opener and Holiday Open House, 10 am-4:30 pm. Free admission.

    Nov. 30: Spinner's Flock Holiday Sale, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission.

    Dec. 1: Musical performance by Midnight Blue, the University of Michigan Women's Glee Club. 1-1:30 pm. Free admission.

    Dec. 8: Photo-Synthesis: Capturing Nature's Beauty - Free photography workshop with the UM student group Michigan Photography Club (space limited), 10 am-2 pm. Free. (Register on our 50 Shades event page.)

    Dec. 8: Green Holiday Crafts - Free DIY holiday craft workshop with U-M Environmental Crafts Organization. 1-3 pm, drop in. Free.

    Dec. 14: Kids holiday greens workshop. 10 am-noon. Fee applies.

    Dec. 21: A Visit with Father Christmas - 11 am-2 pm. Free.

    Jan. 4, It Is Easy Being Green. The Creature Conservancy with live animals and information on adaptation. 12-2 pm. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 11/30/2013 to 1/5/2014

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • The Creature Conservancy presents: "It Is Easy Being Green!"
    Meet live animals from The Creature Conservancy and learn how they have adapted to the world around them. Get an up-close look at creatures like the green iguana, military macaw, and others and find out how the color green helps them survive. Drop-in program noon-2 pm is free and open to all.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/4/2014

    Time: 12 pm to 2 pm


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