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.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

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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Bundle up for a glorious winter hike through the Arb or Gardens. See views normally obscured by foliage. The day after a snow fall is always beautiful and the animal tracks so clear.
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  • Catching Your Breath
    A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Presented by Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. To register: 734.936.8803. Also 2/10, 3/12, & 4/14

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 1/8/2014

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm

    More info: click here

  • Annual Native Seed Cleaning Workshop and Exchange
    Matthaei-Nichols’ staff demonstrate how to clean and prepare native seeds for propagation using widely available tools. Bring your extra seeds (carefully labeled) for the various projects at Matthaei and at area Metroparks; return home with seed packets for your own garden.Presented by Wild Ones Ann Arbor. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 1/8/2014

    Time: 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm


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