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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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  • Native Beauties - A Make Way for Spring program CANCELED
    Children accompanied by a parent will learn what makes a plant native and how it can be used in the garden  $5.00/child includes activities and materials. A Make Way for Spring school break program.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Kid's Stuff

    Date: 4/9/2015

    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

  • Ikebana Workshop
    Anne Morrison, who arranges in the style of the Ohara School, leads today's workshop and the one in May. The Ohara School was founded in the late 1800s by Ushin Ohara. As Western flowers began to be introduced into Japan, Ohara instituted the moribana style---arrangements in a low bowl usually depicting scenery. This style was thought to be the most suitable method for arranging western flowers. For today's workshop we will do an arrangement called Hana Isho rising form, low bowl. It is an introduction into the moribana style in a somewhat simplified form. 

    Participants should bring appropriate containers, kensan, clippers, and a vase or pitcher for holding flowers while arranging them. Each of these arrangements is created in a low, round, oval or rectangular container, six to eight inches in diameter, with a flat bottom, and each requires one kensan. We will use spring flowers in keeping with the Ohara preference for seasonal materials. 

    Guest are welcome to attend. Please email to register at least three days before the workshop.

    Ikebana International member material cost $8
    Guest material cost $15

    At the second workshop, on May 14, we will do a traditional color scheme Moribana.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 4/9/2015

    Time: 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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