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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.
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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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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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  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Arb
     

    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 tgriffit@umich.edu.

    More info: click here

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 12/8/2012

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • 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

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  • A Visit with Father Christmas
    Kids and parents, don't miss your chance to visit with Father Christmas in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens today. Event is free and open to all.  Warm up in the tropical setting and enjoy our conservatory exhibit, Feast. Conservatory open 7 days a week 10 am-4:30 pm; until 8 pm Wednesdays. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year's Eve; open New Year's Day 10 am-4:30 pm. Free conservatory admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 12/8/2012

    Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

  • Holiday Greens Workshop
    Create your own wreath or bring a vase to make a greens arrangement at this annual greens workshop. Materials for a wreath or arrangement provided. Bring your own clippers to trim greens. Potluck follows. $15 per person includes materials. Presented by the Ann Arbor Garden Club. Space limited; reservations recommended. Information and reservations: 734.255.7912.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 12/8/2012

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

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  • Winter Wonders /Solstice
    Celebrate the Winter solstice—even if it’s a bit early! Learn about the change of seasons, decorate with native plants and other evergreens, and make a holiday card and decorations to take home. $10.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-26

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 12/8/2012

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

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