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.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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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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  • 2013 Ann Arbor Orchid Festival
    The Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. Tropical and hardy orchids for sale and on display, orchid raffle, orchid-growing supplies, and related items. Also, free educational talks, photo opps, demonstrations both days, and more. Hours: Sales – Sat. & Sun., 10 am-4:30 pm; display area open noon-4:30 Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm Sun.; photographers’ hour 9-10 am in the auditorium. For more information visit the Ann Arbor Orchid Society website

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 4/20/2013 to 4/21/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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