The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
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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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  • Conservation Station - A Make Way for Spring program CANCELED
    On a guided tour children accompanied by a parent will explore the trails and wetlands at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and discover ways to become stewards of the land. (Rainy day alternative: Michigan ecosystems games.)  $8.00/child includes materials and activities. A Make Way for Spring school break program.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Kid's Stuff

    Date: 4/10/2015

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

  • Exhibit: Shakespeare's Garden
    In celebration of the upcoming 15th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Arb. Featuring plants and flowers that appear in the works of the bard. Along with the plants and their quotes we'll have photographs from past Shakespeare in the Arb productions, artist David Zinn's playful Shakespeare in the Arb posters, and a selection of costumes from Kate Mendeloff's Residential College productions.

    Open daily. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 3/27/2015 to 5/3/2015

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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