The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • 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

  • Fairie Gardens and Doors Workshop

    Join us for our yearly fairie and troll garden workshop. Make a garden for fairies to visit and build a fairie door to invite them into your home or garden. Class fills quickly, pre-registration suggested. A Winter Adventure Saturday program. $10.00/child includes materials and activities. 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/9/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

  • Germinating Native Rhododendrons from Seed
    All invited to hear a discussion on the topic of germinating native rhdodendron species form seed. Presented by the  Ann Arbor Rhododendron Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 3/9/2013

    Time: 1 pm

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