The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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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  • 2012 U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival
    The Peony Festival this year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the famed Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America. The festival also features free staff-led and self-guided tours, cut-flower display in the Reader Center, and more. Free admission. Nichols Arboretum is open sunrise to sunset.

    Stay tuned for more information. For updates on the Garden, visit our website, Facebook page, Twitter  @MatthaeiNicholsor call for more information, 734.647.7600.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 5/15/2012 to 6/5/2012

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies - An evening of Chinese flower songs in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden
    All invited to enjoy a free concert of Chinese vocal music amid the peonies in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. The local musical group Xiangyin Choir, led by Liyan Sun, performs a selection of Chinese songs about flowers and their roles in Chinese culture. A rare opportunity to hear live music in the Arb's peony garden. Free. 734.647.7600.


    Sponsored by U-M Confucius Institute and the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 5/23/2012

    Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Design of a Dawn Redwood Forest
    Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society

    All invited to hear Kurt Smith discuss how to design and assemble a redwood forest. Info: or

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 5/23/2012

    Time: 7 pm

    More info: click here

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