The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • 2013 Ann Arbor Orchid Festival
    The Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. Tropical and hardy orchids for sale and on display, orchid raffle, orchid-growing supplies, and related items. Also, free educational talks, photo opps, demonstrations both days, and more. Hours: Sales – Sat. & Sun., 10 am-4:30 pm; display area open noon-4:30 Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm Sun.; photographers’ hour 9-10 am in the auditorium. For more information visit the Ann Arbor Orchid Society website

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 4/20/2013 to 4/21/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Matthaei Botanical Gardens as you contribute to our restoration efforts. Education and tools provided. Individuals welcome to drop-in; groups register in advance. Volunteers under age 18 must submit a permission form prior to participation; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? (734) 647-8528 or

    More info: click here.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 4/20/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

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