The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

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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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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  • Orchid Culture Class - Part I
    Presented by Ann Arbor Orchids Society

    A three-part class (also Tuesday, March 26 & Tuesday, April 2)


    Part I: Introduction to orchids, covering the various types of orchids, a look at their ecology and how it relates to growing them indoors or in a greenhouse; growing under artificial lights; basic culture of lower to medium-light loving orchids such as Paphiopedilum and Phalaenopsis; orchid growing media, water, fertilizer, humidity, light and temperature for the above plants.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/19/2013

    Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

  • Bird Migration Basics

    Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley Group

    Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Ornithologist Dea Armstrong explains the mysteries of migration and discusses what happens with local birds and those just passing through. Armstrong will also discuss what scientists have learned about migration, and the importance of stopover sites along migration routes.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/19/2013

    Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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