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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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Few places on earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Take an afternoon walk through the Arb or Garden trails to see the spectacular autumn foliage.
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  • Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Consequences: Decisive Issues in Peony Garden Collection Development
    The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America and now takes the lead role in an international initiative to preserve and catalog living historic peonies by aesthetic, cultural, and scientific criteria. Yet these abstract criteria quickly present very real and conflicting decision points about which peonies to save from extinction. Matthaei-Nichols Curator Dr. David C. Michener discusses these issues and the remarkable role the garden plays as a global reference collection. Audience members are invited to critique the decision process and the project trajectory following an illustrated presentation. 

    The Peony Garden, started in 1922 with a gift from Dr. W. E. Upjohn (UM Class of 1875), is being stewarded as a distinctive living collection in a museum context with deepening roles as a public icon, cross-cultural resource, genomic treasury and DNA-fingerprinted research tool. Public and academic users are being provided with unparalleled access to the living plants, their records and their literature. Visit the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden website our web site for more information.

    Helmut Stern Auditorium
    University of Michigan Museum of Art
    525 S. State St.
    Ann Arbor

    Location: Off Site

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 10/23/2013

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm

  • Legacy of the Land through Art
    In collaboration with the Legacy Land Conservancy, Matthaei-Nichols presents Legacy of the Land through Art, an exhibition of art in an array of media that celebrates the connection between land and people—a key component of both organizations’ missions. Free admission. Open daily.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 10/12/2013 to 11/10/2013

    Time: 10 am

    More info: click here

  • Conservatory Ambassador Training (FULL)
    Training FULL - After the blossoming glory of the display gardens has faded our visitors can find a welcome retreat in the Conservatory. Ambassadors greet & guide visitors to points of interest and informal learning opportunities. This training will introduce volunteers to the Visitor Services Dept. and cover the basics about the tropical, temperate, and arid biomes and the many fascinating plants that are found in each. Ambassadors commit to two, 3 hour shifts per month and attend ongoing educational sessions. Note: phone interview and pre-registration required. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 734.647.8528 or tgriffit@umich.edu.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 10/23/2013

    Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

  • Bill Cadmen on Bonsai
    A member of the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society, Bill has worked on the development of his trees with nationally known bonsai artist Ryan Neal. Bill will share some of the progress he has experienced with Ryan over the years. Free. Presented by Ann Arbor Bonsai Society

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 10/23/2013

    Time: 6:30 pm

    More info: click here


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