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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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This starfish flower resides in the arid house of the Botanical Gardens Conservatory. The arid house is one of three galleries in the Conservatory, each representing one of the world’s major biomes.
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  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Arb
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Nichols Arboretum as you contribute to our restoration efforts. Education and tools provided. Individuals welcome to drop-in; groups register in advance. Volunteers under age 18 must submit a permission form prior to participation; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? (734) 647-8528 or tgriffit@umich.edu.

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    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 11/10/2012

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Kids Are Chefs, Too!
    Release your inner chef! Learn how the original Thanksgiving celebration used native plants and items brought from Europe, while today’s Thanksgiving feasts include foods from around the world. Learn to make foods from native plants as well as plants brought by immigrants and explorers to America. Make a decorative centerpiece to take home. $8.00/child includes activities and materials.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/10/2012

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

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  • Rock Garden Plants for Eastern North America
    Author and rock-garden expert Rex Murfitt, from Victoria, BC. discusses rock garden plants suitable for our region, with an emphasis on Saxifrages suitable for smaller rock gardens and troughs. Presented by Great Lakes Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Info: reznicek@umich.edu.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/10/2012

    Time: 1:30 pm

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