The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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 starfish flower resides in the arid house of the Botanical Gardens Conservatory. The arid house is one of three galleries in the Conservatory, each representing one of the world’s major biomes.
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  • Art Exhibit: Forest and Tree: A Multitude of Gifts
    An exhibit in the gallery spaces at Matthaei Botanical Gardens featuring art from the U-M and local communities. Works in a variety of media are inspired by and draw from artists’ views of the forest or of trees. Exhibit is in conjunction with the winter installation of the conservatory exhibit “The Gift of Trees: 10 Plants that changed the World” on display at Matthaei November 28-January 3. 734.647-7600.

    Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 11/28/2015 to 1/3/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • The Gift of Nature: 10 Plants that Changed the World
    The Gift of Nature features plants in the conservatory at Matthaei that have benefited humans in important ways, including medicine, tools, technology, food, religion, economy, and more. 734.647.7600. Plus, seasonal flower display in the conservatory anad themed and decorated fresh evergreen trees.

    Open House Saturday November 28 includes seasonal items in the Garden Store.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 11/28/2015 to 1/3/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

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