The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

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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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This impressive century plant is one of several agaves in the Arid House at the Botanical Gardens. At over 70 years old, we are still waiting for its first bloom.
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  • Exhibit: Artists at Work
    An exhibit of work in a variety of media by Matthaei-Nichols staff and volunteers. Open daily. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 1/23/2016 to 3/6/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
    Are you interested in beekeepeing and how it works? If so, join us for this free bee school, hosted by the A2B2 Club (Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers) and learn what it takes to be a beekeeper. Find out where to get bees and what equipment you need to be a beekeeper. Instructor Meghan Milbrath will also leave time for a Q&A and a look at various equipment options.This program is designed for those who are brand-new to beekeeping or those who are simply interested in how to keep bees (but were afraid to ask!). Participants will leave this class with all the knowledge needed to start keeping their own bees.  No registration required; just arrive with a desire to learn about beekeeping!

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 2/7/2016

    Time: 12 pm to 4 pm

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