The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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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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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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  • The Grandmother Tree Walk - a U-M Bicentennial Program
    A tree’s-eye view of the bicentennial. The Grandmother Tree Walk is a self-guided tour of 12 trees in Nichols Arboretum. The trees are historically or horticulturally important and their stories are told alongside key moments in U-M’s history. Maps will be available at the Arboretum visitor center, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and on-line beginning in April. Free.  #umich200

    Part of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebrations. The Arboretum is free and open daily sunrise to sunset.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 4/3/2017 to 12/31/2017

    Time: 7 am to 8 pm

  • Member Hour: Fall Native Plant Sale
    Matthaei-Nichols members enjoy a special one-hour sale of native plants prior to the public sale opening. Join us for coffee, tea, and breakfast munchies. Water-resilient native plants are easy to care for and suited to our climate and conditions. And they attract many beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and others. 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/7/2017

    Time: 9 am to 10 am

  • Fall Native Plant Sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Water-resilient native plants are easy to care for and suited to our climate and conditions. And they attract many beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and others. This sale features native herbaceous and woody plants, many grown at Matthaei Botanical Gardens by staff and volunteers. Ann Arbor-based Native Plant Nursery will also be on hand with Michigan native plants..

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/7/2017 to 10/8/2017

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • African Violet Show and Sale
    African violets and other flowering plants in the Gesneriad family are on display and sale. Learn how to keep these popular houseplants in bloom all year long by attending a free hands-on growing skills workshop at 11:30 am. Presented by MI State African Violet Society. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 10/7/2017

    Time: 10 am to 4 pm


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