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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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Skunk cabbage gets its name from the odor it produces to attract insect pollinators. Take a walk in the Arb or on the Botanical Garden trails and see if you can spot this unique plant.
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  • Get to Know My Orchid
     

    Each judge in attendance will have up to 5 minutes to present information about one species or hybrid orchid. All encouraged to bring in an orchid in bloom to discuss, with the presentation covering any or all of the following: history; culture judging criteria; what the parents of a hybrid contribute (or not). Info: freespirit@pleurothallids.com; 517.546.8303.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/16/2013

    Time: 11 am to 1 pm

  • Evolution of My Garden
    All invited to an entertaining and informative presentation of an individual rock gardener's odyssey and gradual evolution towards his specialty, and the successes and failures as he learned to grow and garden with rock garden plants in his climate. Peter George is a resident of Massachusetts and well-known rock gardener who has been a long-time member of the North American Rock Garden Society and is the current President of the Society. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Free. For more information: reznicek@umich.edu.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/16/2013

    Time: 1:30 pm

  • Aechmea: The Catch-all Family
    All invited to hear a discussion by the Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society about this genus in the family Bromeliaceae that has more than 250 species distributed from Mexico through South America.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/16/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm


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