The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
"I come to the Gardens for my health, the serenity of nature, and the company of kindred souls."
 
Beverly Mosely,
Garden Volunteer
In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
Check out the bloom calendar.
Wild Wonderful Winter
A Season’s Tale

Exhibit and Display in the Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2009 through
Sun., Jan. 17, 2010

Plan your winter escape to the conservatory now! Our interactive exhibit and display takes visitors on a journey through all the reasons for the winter season. Why do we have winter here in Michigan? What does the winter solstice mean? Why is winter so wild sometimes? And what’s happening weather-wise on the other side of the world? By way of our conservatory visitors can travel to the southern hemisphere with a “passport to summer” for discovering the plants of the world; take a winter hike to look for signs of animal life outdoors; and learn how snowflakes form—even create their own snowflakes to take home. During the exhibit, the conservatory will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a variety of white flowers and a tree decorated with pressed Queen’s Anne Lace and other natural ornaments. Drop-in activities during the exhibit are included with admission to conservatory.


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