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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, 2019 @ 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 Visitor Center, Conservatory and Display Gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens are scheduled to be closed on Monday, June 27 until 12:30 PM while maintenance is performed on the facility. We apologize for any inconvenience.