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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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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  • Is It Spring Yet? - A Make Way for Spring program
    Children accompanied by a parent may check out an activity backpack for a self-guided scavenger hunt for signs of spring. Free; self-guided. 734.647.7600. A Make Way for Spring school break program.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Kid's Stuff

    Date: 4/6/2015

    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

  • Mindfulness-Based Demetia Care
    A new, free, 7-week program specifically designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care, and also greatly improve the experience of the person in your care. Program time slot listed is tentative. For class times or to register call U-M Memory Connection at 734.936.8803. Program runs Mondays, March 23 through May 18. Presented by Mich. Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 4/6/2015

    Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

    More info: click here

  • Start Your Own Herb Garden
    A discussion on creating an herb garden that includes annuals, perennials, biennials, and culinary herbs. Presented by Herb Study Group. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 4/6/2015

    Time: 7 pm to 9 pm


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