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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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  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Arb
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Nichols Arboretum 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: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 5/11/2013

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Retaining Identity Art Exhibition
    Matthaei Botanical Gardens is the venue for this special show of art created by older adults with memory loss and art students working in a variety of materials and media. The exhibit is based on the class created by U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Associate Professor Anne Mondro. Partnering with the U-M Silver Club mild memory loss program club members, including the newer Elderberry (barely elder) group, students guided the members in art making. The theme of the semester was “Lessons Learned.” Students and club members shared experiences and expertise to create one-of-a-kind works of art. The final result is an art exhibition for the Club Members, care partners and students. This traveling exhibition captures the spirit of creativity and embraces a shared experience. 

    Sponsored by U-M Geriatrics Center,  Silver Club  Mild Memory Loss Programs; U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; U-M  Alzheimer's Disease Center; and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.
    Note: Beginning May 18, the main building, lobby, Conservatory, and Garden Store at Matthaei will be open daily through Labor Day 10 am-8 pm.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/11/2013 to 6/23/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Mother's Day Weekend Spring Plant Sale & Fundraiser
    A large selection of hanging baskets and containers—perfect for mom!—filled with a variety of colors and textures and grown and designed by Matthaei-Nichols staff and volunteers. Plus, Mother’s Day and nature-themed items in the Garden Store at Matthaei. Free admission. All proceeds benefit U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Also, rhododendron sale at Matthaei sponsored by the American Rhododendron Society, Ann Arbor chapter. Free admission. For more information visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum website or call 734-647-7600.


    Early Bird Member Hour
    Sat., May 11 9 – 10 am
    Friends members are invited to shop early, enjoy breakfast, and receive an extra 10% discount on purchases (20% discount total).


    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/11/2013 to 5/12/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here

  • Rhododendron Society Sale - American Rhododendron Society
    The Ann Arbor chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents its annual sale at Matthaei on Sat., May 11 from 10 am-2 pm. Sale is for ARS members but anyone may join and receive one free plant with the purchase of an 18-month membership and the chance to buy rhododendrons below market prices. Approximately 15 varieties of rhododendrons sourced from a Saugatuck, Mich.-based nursery will be available. Also, experts on hand for planting and growing advice, plus brochures on rhododendron care.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/11/2013

    Time: 10 am to 2 pm

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