The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • Peonies Galore Sale and Peony Festival
    We’ve partnered with local nursery Northfield Farms to bring you some of the same varieties of beautiful heirloom peonies that grow in the U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden—the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America. This is a very popular sale so be sure to arrive early! All proceeds benefit U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. For more information or the latest updates on the garden's bloom status visit the Nichols Arboretum peony website or call 734-647-7600.

    Saturday, June 1, 10 am, Peonies Galore Sale. Supplies limited; arrive early!

    noon-2 pm: Crafts outside the Reader Center

    7 pm: Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies, an evening of Chinese Flower Songs with the U-M Confucius Institute.   * POSTPONED to Wednesday, June 5 at 6 pm due to forecasted inclement weather

    Sunday, June 2, 10 am, Peony Festival. Enjoy the blooms and bring a picnic.

    Noon-2 pm, Crafts outside the Reader Center

    2 pm, Sneak preview of the 2013 Shakespeare in the Arb (Much Ado About Nothing). Free.

    While you're at the sale, don't miss the peony garden in bloom, with the flowering season approximately Memorial Day through mid-June depending on the weather. Follow us on Twitter or visit our Facebook page for the latest updates in the garden.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 6/1/2013 to 6/2/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Hostas from Hybridizer to Retailer
    All invited to join group members for a contest named after group founder Ed Elslager in which seed-raised hybrids are voted on. Attendees encouraged to bring divisions of their favorite hosta breeder plants to exchange. Bring a dish to pass or sack lunch. Presented by Hosta Hybridizer Group.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 6/2/2013

    Time: 10 am to 2 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

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