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Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

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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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  • Ann Arbor Orchid Festival
    Featuring orchid displays, orchids in bloom from orchid societies and commercial vendors, tropical and hardy orchids for sale, orchid growing supplies, and related items. Free informational talks and demonstrations on various aspects of orchid culture in Room 125. Sat.: 1, 2, and 3 pm; Sunday: noon, 1, and 2 pm. Visit aaosonline.org or email annarbororchids@aol.com for detailed information on sales, photographers’ hours, and more. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 3/22/2014 to 3/23/2014

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here


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