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 impressive century plant is one of several agaves in the Arid House at the Botanical Gardens. At over 70 years old, we are still waiting for its first bloom.
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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

  • Can You Eat That? - A Camp Winter-Break Program
    Come explore the exotic plants in our warm, green conservatory. Learn which plants provide us with food, building materials, clothing and more! Taste food from plants that can be found in the conservatory. Camp Winter-Break programs provide nature-based activities during the local school winter break. All fees if any cover materials and activities. $8.00/child 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 2/22/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm


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