The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • Crevice Gardening with Kenton Seth
    Renowned rock garden expert Kenton Seth gives a presentation on crevice gardening for rock garden plants. Kenton also talks about the plants of the Caucasus, where many of our perennials come from. Kenton gives two separate talks for the Great Lakes Chapter of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society) on Saturday Feb. 18. One on Crevice Garden Construction, will begin at noon followed by our membership’s pot-luck lunch, and the second presentation  Plants of the Caucuses, is scheduled to start at 1:45 pm. The public is invited to attend either or both lectures.

    Kenton Seth is a young native of Colorado. He is a plant-nut and native plant hunter who has worked in public horticulture and nurseries.  Kenton currently owns Paintbrush Gardens, a dual specialty landscape company which builds un-irrigated native landscapes and crevice gardens for public spaces.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 2/18/2017

    Time: 11 am to 2 pm

  • Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
    Get involved and help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.

    9 a.m.-noon. Second Saturday of each month: meet at the Arb Reader Center, 1610 Washington Hts.; third Saturday of each month meet at Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email.  734.647.8528.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 2/18/2017

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm


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