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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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  • 2012 U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival
    The Peony Festival this year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the famed Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America. The festival also features free staff-led and self-guided tours, cut-flower display in the Reader Center, and more. Free admission. Nichols Arboretum is open sunrise to sunset.

    Stay tuned for more information. For updates on the Garden, visit our website, Facebook page, Twitter  @MatthaeiNicholsor call for more information, 734.647.7600.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 5/15/2012 to 6/5/2012

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Free Guided Peony Garden Tours
    All invited for a series of twice-daily, free staff-led tours of the U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden during the 2012 peony bloom season. All tours take place in the Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts., at 12:15 & 7 pm. Due to unseasonably warm weather last winter and this spring we've moved the bloom time up. For updates on the peony garden and bloom times visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

    Tuesday, May 15, 12:15 pm:
    Staff Picks - Favorite peonies of Matthaei-Nichols staff;

    7:00 pm: Elements of Style - Demystifying peony forms and fashions.

    Free. Call 734.647.7600 for more information.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 5/15/2012

    Time: 12:15 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Spring-Summer 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
    A youth gardening program open to children ages 9 - 11 as of 1/1/2012. Hands-on, project-based classes provide a high-quality learning experience that helps kids discover the fun of gardening and the importance of volunteering. Six classes, May 8th to June 12th,and a salad party on June 19th;  followed by two garden sessions per month through mid-September. $40.00 per child; application deadline April 30th. Info: MSU Extension Office, 4H Department: 734-997-1678. Free

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/15/2012

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • The Blue/Green Alliance: Jobs for the Future
    Sponsored by Sierra Club, Huron Valley Group

    Creating and sustaining good jobs that are good for the environment is the goal of the BlueGreen Alliance, a partnership of labor unions and environmental groups. Regional Program Manager Sue Browne discusses the Jobs21! campaign for 21st century jobs in renewable energy, manufacturing, transportation, energy efficiency, recycling, green chemistry, and the smart grid.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/15/2012

    Time: 7:30 pm

    More info: click here

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