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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  • Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens
    An exhibition of black-and-white photographs featuring African American folk gardens captured by artist Vaughn Sills. In the spirit of outsider and folk art traditions, these culurally significant gardens reveal a unique aesthetic that is disappearing from the American landscape. Sills, an associate professor at Simmons College in Boston, traveled throughout the south, photographing gardens in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina along with their creators.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/18/2013 to 3/10/2013

  • 2013 American Dahlia Society New Dahlia Introductions
    All invited to watch this DVD from the American Dahlia Society on new dahlia introductions. Also, general meeting and a discussion on “Planting Practices and Garden Layout”; and “How to Grow Dahlias” handouts for the new grower will be available. Info: 734.429.5796.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 2/17/2013

    Time: 1:30 pm to 4 pm

  • Photographing Native Orchids in the Field

    Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society

    Tips and tricks from Ann Arbor-based fine art photographer Matthew Cook for photographing our native orchids in the field. Also, show and tell, orchid raffle, and orchid-related items for sale. Info:

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 2/17/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

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