The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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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Few places on earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Take an afternoon walk through the Arb or Garden trails to see the spectacular autumn foliage.
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  • The Grandmother Tree Walk - a U-M Bicentennial Program
    A tree’s-eye view of the bicentennial. The Grandmother Tree Walk is a self-guided tour of 12 trees in Nichols Arboretum. The trees are historically or horticulturally important and their stories are told alongside key moments in U-M’s history. Maps will be available at the Arboretum visitor center, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and on-line beginning in April. Free.  #umich200

    Part of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebrations. The Arboretum is free and open daily sunrise to sunset.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 4/3/2017 to 12/31/2017

    Time: 7 am to 8 pm

  • Wiring Your Bonsai Plants
    A workshop by award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger, who provides a wiring demonstration and works hands-on with attendees. Attendees encouraged to bring trees to be wired. Presented by Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 10/18/2017

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • Birding in Spain
    Join Washtenaw Audubon’s field trip organizer Bryn Martin for a presentation on the society’s recent trip to Spain. From desert to high in the Pyrenees, we visited various habitats and saw over 200 species of birds, including the elusive wallcreeper. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 10/18/2017

    Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

    More info: click here


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