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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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  • Great Lakes Gardens Opening at Matthaei
    Please join us for the opening of the Great Lakes Gardens, five contiguous themed habitats planted with their native flora. From majestic Great Lakes sand dunes and limestone bluffs, to prairies, oak savannas and inland forests, few regions are blessed with such beauty or so great a range of ecosystems and indigenous plants. Uniquely, the Great Lakes Gardens will re-create many of these special ecosystems and their resident flora, including Great Lakes endemics, native orchids, oak species, prairie wildflowers, and woodland wildflowers. In the gardens a series of accessible pathways, boardwalks and overlooks invites visitors to view plants up close that they might never encounter in the wild, while interpretation will help them understand why conservation of this unique diversity is so important and so relevant to current issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

    As the living material of the gardens is planted over a period of at least two years, expect to be wowed this spring by the physical re-creation of Great Lakes habitat. Here you'll find ecosystems mimicing the coastal areas of the Great Lakes with their sand dunes and limestone plains, rugged environments for species that sometimes grow nowhere else.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 4/14/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

    More info: click here

  • Michigan Dahlia Association Annual Tuber Sale
    Also, a video presentation, “You Too Can Grow Beautiful Dahlias” and "How to Grow Dahlias” handouts for the new grower.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 4/14/2013

    Time: 1:30 pm to 4 pm

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