The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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calendar of events

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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It may be cold and dreary outside, but inside itís bright and green. Warm up your senses with a trip to the Conservatory. Be sure to give the kaleidoscope a spin!
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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

  • Volunteer Opportunity 2013 Docent Training - Information Sessions
    Inspire future generations of environmental stewards as a Matthaei-Nichols docent. We are now accepting applications for the 2013 docent class. During the academic year, docents work in small teams to lead interpretive programs for school groups and also lead evening and weekend activities for scout, youth, and family events. Docents develop skills in interpretation and active learning while sharing enthusiasm & knowledge of the natural world with learners of all ages. The 2013 Docent classes will run for 8 weeks beginning Monday, January 28. The classes will be held on Mondays from 9 am–noon at Matthaei. Interview and pre-registration required.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 12/4/2012

    Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

    More info: click here

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