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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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July is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the garden and take in the breathtaking variety, design and bright colors of this July highlight.
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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: 7/20/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms
    Participants will learn how to grow oyster mushrooms on large-diameter logs using the totem pole method (logs between 10–24 inches diameter), with a focus on the many varieties of oyster and other mushrooms that can be grown using this technique. Participants will create their own mushroom totem pole to take home. Fee: $45.00. Advance registration required. Presented by Forest Organics.  Info & registration: forestorganics.net.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 7/20/2013

    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

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