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.
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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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  • Miracle Plants and Renegades
    All invited to a program presented by the Michigan Cactus & Succulent Society in which attendees can share stories and information about the culture of plants that were the most difficult or the easiest to grow. Attendees can also share stories about any “miracle” plants or plants that appeared to die but later came back to life. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/11/2012

    Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

  • What's New in Roses for 2013
    Also, Q&A and refreshments. Presented by Huron Valley Rose Society. 647.7600.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/11/2012

    Time: 2 pm

    More info: click here


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