The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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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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  • Wondrous Wilderness: Tramping in New Zealand
    Author Jim DuFresne shows why New Zealand is such a paradise for hikers and backpackers, and why backpacking is such a passion with New Zealanders. DuFresne is a contributor to michigantrailmaps.com, a free resource site for trail users in Michigan. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley Group. 647.7600.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/20/2012

    Time: 7:30 pm

    More info: click here


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