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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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  • Bonsai & Penjing Garden Opening at Matthaei
    Join Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum staff for the opening of the new Bonsai and Penjing Garden, located at Matthaei. With its handcrafted benches, display areas, and pavilion, the garden will allow for display of many more of the Arb and Gardens' collection of more than 70 bonsai and penjing trees created from a variety of plants. Festivities include music, tours, and more in this unique space, the first bonsai garden at the Univerity of Michigan.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/19/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Novelty Cattleya Orchid Breeding
    All invited to hear speaker Allen Black discuss breeding novelty Cattleyas. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/19/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

    More info: click here

  • Zentangle Workshops
    During the celebration of our Bonsai and Penjing Garden Opening, we will be hosting two introductory Zentangle workshops with local artist Jeanne Kero.  Come learn the basics of this beautiful, relaxing pen and ink art form.

    Each workshop is FREE and lasts an hour.  Both workshops limited to 25 people (ages 9+).  Click here to RSVP or learn more.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/19/2013

    Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

    More info: click here


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