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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.
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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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  • Halloween Spooktacular- Vexing Vines and Batty Flowers
    Join us for a morning of (not so) scary fun. Make a mask and take a spooky trip through the conservatory to learn about vines that just might reach out and grab you, critter-munching leaves, and bat-shaped flowers. Complete the morning by decorating a mini pumpkin to take home. A Homemade Heritage program. $8.00 per child includes activities and materials.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Kid's Stuff

    Date: 10/26/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

    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: 10/26/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 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


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