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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  • Feast! - A Cross-Cultural Culinary Tour of Plants Around the World
    From cinnamon in Sri Lanka to figs in ancient Rome, the winter exhibit takes a look at how plants have played an essential role in celebrations and cooking, especially during the holiday season. Activities during the exhibit include a visit from Father Christmas, food event, music on Nov. 24, seasonal flower display, member sale, kids activities, and more.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/24/2012 to 1/6/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here


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