The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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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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Late May early June is a lovely time of year to visit the Peony Garden at the Arb. The original garden arrangement of 27 beds separated by season and color is still in place (and looking beautiful!) today.
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  • Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Bloom Season
    The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is a must-see on the University of Michigan campus each spring. Thousands of stunning blooms in the largest collection of peonies in North America. Tours and peony information. Free admission. Also, join us June 8 for Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies, an afternoon of Chinese flower songs in the Arb.

    Note: Peony bloom season is weather dependent. Please visit our dedicated peony website for daily bloom updates starting approximately May 1.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 5/30/2014 to 6/15/2014

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Peonies Galore Sale - Nichols Arboretum
    Heirloom peonies for sale at Nichols Arboretum. June 1, 11:30 am-4:30 pm. Beautiful, old-fashioned varieties in shades of pink, white, and red such as Ben Franklin, Do Tell, Kansas, and many others. Pick up one or more of these beauties today at the Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Also, don't miss the peony garden in bloom right next to the sale. This is the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 6/1/2014

    Time: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • A Tribute to Indiana Bob Balitewicz
    A program in honor of this hosta breeder and aficionado. Includes discussion, show and tell, and slideshow. Participants also encouraged to bring divisions and hostas with any shade of red. Presented by Hosta Hybridizer Group. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 6/1/2014

    Time: 10 am to 2 pm


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