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November 2019

Holiday Exhibit – Small: A Big Look at Little

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 5, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

Our holiday exhibit features small things that make a big difference. From bonsai to terrariums to viewing stones, tiny plants and natural objects recreate the natural world in miniature and conjure new ways of looking at nature. We've created narrative terrariums with little scenes inside suggesting a complete world in miniature. Also on display are bonsai trees and viewing stones---naturally occurring rocks or stones that often look like objects or landscapes. The fairies return too, in all their tiny glory.…

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December 2019

Father Christmas

December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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Free

The annual visit by the real McCoy, Father Christmas. In town for one day only before he departs for points unknown. A great photo opp. Free.

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February 2020

Sweet Spot: Tea & Cocoa Party

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$12

Learn how to host your own tea party and celebrate the joy of gathering together with friends. Create a decoration for the table using dyes made from tea, and make your own special tea blend to take home. Then sit together to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or herbal tea and a tea-cookie and make a new friend!  This program may contain the following allergens: milk, wheat, chocolate. 20-YE-01 $12.00/child includes all materials and tea party. Recommended ages 5-12.

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March 2020

Faerie Door Workshop I

March 14, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$14

Faeries, gnomes, sprites, and pixies are creatures who protect the natural world. Learn about these woodland creatures and make a special faerie door to encourage them to visit. Program designed for children but is also open to adults or guardians who want to participate. Classes fills quickly registration requested. Includes materials and activities. Recommended ages 4-12. 20-YE-02 (9:30); 20-YE-03 (11:30) $14.00/person includes faerie door materials. NOTE: Due to popular demand we're offering two sessions of the same faerie door workshop…

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Faerie Door Workshop II

March 14, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$14

Faeries, gnomes, sprites, and pixies are creatures who protect the natural world. Learn about these woodland creatures and make a special faerie door to encourage them to visit. Program designed for children but is also open to adults or guardians who want to participate. Classes fills quickly registration requested. Includes materials and activities. Recommended ages 4-12. 20-YE-02 (9:30); 20-YE-03 (11:30) $14.00/person includes faerie door materials. NOTE: Due to popular demand we're offering two sessions of the same faerie door workshop…

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April 2020

Elzada Clover Day

April 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$10

Elzada Clover was a pioneering botanist and the first woman to successfully raft down the Colorado River.  She collected plants from her trip to bring back to the University of Michigan. Learn how she prepared for her trip to the desert and then make a desert plant terrarium to take home. 20-YE-04 $10.00/child includes all materials. Recommended ages 5-12.

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Groovy Great Lakes

April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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$10

The Great Lakes state of Michigan provides beauty at every turn.  Explore what makes our state so wonderful and learn about surprising habitats, plants, and animals that call the Great Lakes home.  Create a collage about the beauty of our home state and pot up seeds to attract Michigan caterpillars and butterflies.  20-YE-05  $10.00/child includes all materials. Recommended ages 6-12.

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