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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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  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Matthaei Botanical Gardens as you contribute to our restoration efforts. Education and tools provided. Individuals welcome to drop-in; groups register in advance. Volunteers under age 18 must submit a permission form prior to participation; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? (734) 647-8528 or tgriffit@umich.edu.

    More info: click here.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Retaining Identity Art Exhibition
    Matthaei Botanical Gardens is the venue for this special show of art created by older adults with memory loss and art students working in a variety of materials and media. The exhibit is based on the class created by U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Associate Professor Anne Mondro. Partnering with the U-M Silver Club mild memory loss program club members, including the newer Elderberry (barely elder) group, students guided the members in art making. The theme of the semester was “Lessons Learned.” Students and club members shared experiences and expertise to create one-of-a-kind works of art. The final result is an art exhibition for the Club Members, care partners and students. This traveling exhibition captures the spirit of creativity and embraces a shared experience. 

    Sponsored by U-M Geriatrics Center,  Silver Club  Mild Memory Loss Programs; U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; U-M  Alzheimer's Disease Center; and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.
     
    Note: Beginning May 18, the main building, lobby, Conservatory, and Garden Store at Matthaei will be open daily through Labor Day 10 am-8 pm.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/11/2013 to 6/23/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? - A Little Green Thumbs Program CANCELED
    Growing something you can harvest and eat is a delightful and tasty experience! Seedlings need the right soil, sun, water and care to grow into delicious fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers. Learn how to make a beautiful vegetable garden anywhere! Decorate a small pot and transfer seedlings to take home. A Little Green Thumbs program: Spring 2013 kids’ gardening classes at Matthaei. Fees cover materials and activities. $8.00/child 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

  • Kitchen Favorites Sale & Fundraiser
    Help support student volunteers and spice up your garden with some great herbs and hard-to-find heirloom vegetables grown by Cultivating Community, the U-M student volunteer group. Featuring herbs and herb container plantings. Also, on May 18, the Herb Study Group will be on hand with information on herbs, free herbal samples and recipes, information on worm castings and gardening with worms, and more. Both Saturday and Sunday, UM Bees, the student beekeepeing group, and the Michigan Gourd Society will offer information and demonstrations. Free admission to all events. For more information visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum website in late April: mbgna.umich.edu or call 734-647-7600.

     

    Early Bird Member Hour
    Sat., May 18 9 – 10 am
    Friends members are invited to shop early, enjoy breakfast, and receive an extra 10% discount on purchases (20% discount total).

     

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013 to 5/19/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • Ann of Green Gables
    Join the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior for an original adaptation of Anne of Green Gables set on Willow Island at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Bring blanket or chair to follow the action around Willow Island. Presented by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior. Tickets $5; advance purchase recommended. Info and tickets: a2ct.org or 734.971.2228.

    Performance times May 18 at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm
    May 19 at 1 and 4 pm

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013 to 5/19/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

    More info: click here

  • Herb Study Group Information Station
    The Herb Study Group will be onsite in greenhouse #3 during the Kitchen Favorites sale to answer your questions about herbs during the Kitchen Favorites Sale. There will be herbal information, free herbal samples, and recipes. Also, information on gardening with worms and worm castings. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013

    Time: 10 am to 3 pm

  • How to Heal Your Gut with Food!
    If you're suffering from problems with your digestive system, or from allergies or food sensitivities, fermented foods might be what your body needs to feel healthy again. Fermented foods are loaded with beneficial probiotics that make up the flora in our gut. Maintaining this population in healthy balance is critical many important bodily functions. Join local holistic nutritionists Ann McHugh and Brenda Baran in this hands-on workshop where you'll gain the knowledge and skill of safe and practical fermentation. Ann and Brenda will demonstrate how to ferment ginger beet kvass, carrots and onions, and delicious salsa. Fermented products you can find at local food markets will also be sampled.

    Class fee: Matthaei-Nichols members and students, $25; nonmembers/others, $35. Fee collected at the door. Regsitration/RSVP recommended. Visit our RSVP form to save your place at the workshop.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Community Education

    Date: 5/18/2013

    Time: 1 pm to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • Pest and Pathogens in Beekeeping
     

    This month’s meeting takes an in-depth look at pests and pathogens and what integrated pest management (IPM) practices can be employed by the new beekeeper to help reduce pests’ negative impact on a colony. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Info: brescue@att.net.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/18/2013

    Time: 7 pm to 9 pm


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