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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 - Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 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.

    More info: click here.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/16/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

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  • Recent Orchid Awards with Ed Cott
    Presented by Great Lakes Judging (Orchids). Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 11/16/2013

    Time: 11 am

    More info: click here

  • Life as an Epiphyte
    This PowerPoint presentation by Penrith Goff illustrates the ways that some 30,000 species of tree canopy-dwelling bromeliads—many of them well known houseplants—use in order to acquire the moisture and nutrients they need and the often surprising strategies they employ to ensure ample progeny. Free. Presented by Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 11/16/2013

    Time: 2 pm

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