The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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 - Nichols Arboretum
    Please note: Change of workday venue. Due to a utilities upgrade at Matthaei Botanical Gardens the Gardens will be closed to the public on Saturday, November 17. We welcome you to participate in today’s workday but have moved the program to Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. 


    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

    More info: click here

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 11/17/2012

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Great Lakes Judging (Orchids)
    Note: The venue for this program has changed. The November 17 Great Lakes Judging Center event will meet in the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor MI 48105; 734-677-5034 or 734-677-5045.

    Tonight's program: Ed Cott discusses recent awards and Ron Payeur presents on recent FCC’s. Presented by Great Lakes Judging (Orchids). Info: 517.546.8303.

    Location: Off Site

    Date: 11/17/2012

    Time: 11 am

    More info: click here

  • Life as an Epiphyte
    A presentation on the strategies used by bromeliads—many of which are well-known house plants—to acquire the moisture and nutrients they need and the often surprising strategies for ensuring ample progeny. Presented by Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society. 647.7600.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/17/2012

    Time: 2 pm

    More info: click here

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