Matthaei Garden Ramble

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Part of the SummerGame2015 Game

There’s so many things to explore at the Matthaei Botanical gardens! Last summer we explored the indoor conservatory, but this year it’s all about their glorious display gardens. Our journey will start in the Gateway Gardens, we’ll meander through the newer Coastal Gardens, The Herb Knot Garden and then make our way back to the Gaffield Children’s Garden. There are some Bonsai bonus gamecodes too!

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens are at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 / 734-647-7600. The Summer hours (Mid-May - Labor Day) for the Conservatory, Garden Store, Lobby and Display Gardens are: Daily 10 am - 8 pm; Trails: daily sunrise to sunset. Here’s a handy map of their gardens http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/files/MBGGuide.pdf Ideally you will want to park near to the lobby/garden store, but if there are no spots available park in the back and make your way to the lobby - this is our starting point. There’s a large “Pay Here” sign to pay for parking! Now make your way towards the ornate, decorated gates leading towards the display gardens. Stop right at the entrance and read the dedication plaque. Your first gamecode is the two word name of the woman the Gateway Garden is named for.

Now keep to your left and walk along the path towards the first fountain. Find the bench in memory of Benard. Your next gamecode is his last name. Keep walking until you find the rocking chairs under the arbor and walk around the curve towards the other fountain and the bench. That bench was given in honor of four (4) different people. Your next gamecode is their first names in the order in which they appear on the bench. .

Now take the path to the left of the bench towards the Marie Azary Rock Garden. Locate the sign about the garden. The name of the porous rock used in the garden is your next gamecode (just one word)

Next turn around 180’ from where you’re standing and locate the sign for the Coastal Gardens collection. Locate the “Great Lakes” sign - now you know you’re on your way! Keep going along the path until you come to the Dune garden and sign. The two-word name of the flower on the sign is your next gamecode (don’t use punctuation). Keep walking the trail until you pass the “Prairie” sign and then take the stairs on your right UP to the higher gardens.

You will find yourself in the Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden! There’s a popular purple (and fragrant) flower that lines many of the beds. Your next gamecode is the two-word name of this flower.

Make your way to the center of the garden and find the KNOT. Look closely and determine what herb makes the knot. The two-word name is your next gamecode.

Spend some time exploring the herb gardens. Remember that herb gardens are hands-on! Rub your fingers gently on any of the leaves and then smell them! So many wonderful scents and inspiration for cooking. Once you’re ready make your way to the path past the herb garden and find the sign that says “Ground Cover Display.” Your next gamecode is the two-word middle header on the sign that describes what type of ‘plants” they are (don’t use punctuation).

Okay now it’s time to wander towards the back of the gardens towards the Gaffield Children’s Garden! Before you enter the green plant archway stop and look at the welcome sign. Your next code is the thing they don’t want you to do after “throwing.”

Once you enter take a look at the posted map for the garden and get your bearings. To start you want to travel towards the “growers garden” and take a hard right past the green archway. Stop at the sign about the “waystation” for a particular type of butterfly. Your next gamecode is the word for what the butterflies do through North America

Travel through the Stony Stream and look for signs of life in the water and on the rocks. Continue towards the “Grower’s Garden” and stop at the sign at its entrance. Your next gamecode is the third word on the sign indicating how to behave in the gardens.

Take a look at all of the veggies, fruits and herbs growing and make your way back towards the blue bottle tree. Once you’re back there look at the special patches lining the fence and next to all of the wooden stumps. Your next gamecode is the name of the veggie growing in those patches.

Keep exploring the garden and then make your way past the little wooden shed towards the back of the whole garden and find the sign that says “Rustic Habitat Trail.” Take this path and stop before your cross the bridge. The bridge has a very funny and special name. Your next gamecode is the common name used for these animals - made famous by their holiday in February.

You will find a special structure hidden on the rustic trail - keep going until you find your way back at the entrance to the Children’s Garden. That’s it for the OFFICIAL gamecodes needed for this badge, but if you still have some energy there are some BONUS codes to be found in the Bonsai garden! Get back on the path towards the front and look for the wooden gates to the bonsai gardens.

Find the first tree you see - it was donated by Dr. M.H. Seever. The two-word name of this tree is your first bonus gamecode. Now make your way to the back of the bonsai garden - look inside the covered building and you can see the bonsai studio that professional gardeners are currently training. Find the Chinese Elm at the back of the exhibit. The donor’s last name is your last bonus gamecode.

1530 SummerGame2015 point bonus when earned

This badge has been awarded to 420 players

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