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Beautiful Bugs: The Amazing Insects of Our Global Ecosystems

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Cost: Free

There’s more to the forest than meets the eye. Welcome to the land of butterflies, moths, beetles, and other multi-legged creatures that crawl, fly, march, and munch their way through the world’s ecosystems. Each year we feature a holiday exhibit with a different theme in the conservatory at Matthaei  Botanical Gardens. This annual winter/holiday event also features seasonal flowers, decorated trees, kids activities, holiday items, discounts in the Garden Store for Matthaei-Nichols members, and more. Free. Note: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Open New Year’s Day. (Below, left to right: Alexa Karabin, Mantis, handmade inks, glass, and gold leaf on paper; Mark Swarthout, Bamboo and Dragonfly, sumi-e ink and rice paper; Sue Holdaway Heys, art quilt.)

Don’t miss our Winter Artist Market December 2. Dozens of local artists are selling their handmade, nature-inspired artwork. Everything from jewelry to ceramics, to original drawings.

Alongside Beautiful Bugs, we’re featuring a community art exhibit of the same name in the gallery spaces and hallways at Matthaei. Artists from the local and University of Michigan communities submitted art in a variety of media, including textile, photography, ceramic, paintings on canvas, prints, and sculpture. Take a look at a selection of these works below.

Beautiful Bugs poster
jewel box beetle


November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am
January 6 @ 4:30 pm
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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(734) 647-7600

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The City of Ann Arbor has contracted with the firm White Buffalo to conduct the 2019 deer cull across the city and in Nichols Arboretum (the Arb). The Arb will be closed from 3pm until midnight on January 7, 14, and 17. There will be signage and DPS staff at all the entrances to the Arb to let people know when the cull is occurring. On those dates and times, campus police will not allow anyone within the Arboretum from 3pm-12 am

Arb closure dates and times:

3 pm-midnight:

Monday, January 7,  Monday, January 14,  Thursday, January 17.

More information on the cull can be found at the City of Ann Arbor website.