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.
Check out the bloom calendar.
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calendar of events

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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In this hot month, see the beautifully restored Riverfront at the Arb with a canoe landing, river access, benches, and picnic tables. This is a wonderful destination for visitors traveling the Arb trails or the Huron River.
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  • Hankerd Prairie Hike
    Join Wild Ones of Ann Arbor and East Lansing for a hike through the Hankerd Prairie (Pinckney Recreation Area). Bring a picnic lunch, with more exploration of the area after. Free. Visit the Wild Ones website for more details.

    Location: Off Site

    Date: 8/11/2013

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    More info: click here

  • Bromeliads in the Desert
    The Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society and SE Michigan Bromeliad Society present a survey of the bromeliads that grow together with cactus and other succulents. Free. Info: 248.380.7359.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 8/11/2013

    Time: 1 pm


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