The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Arb Parking Tip
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
Click here for a map.
Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

prescribed burns


Prescribed burn at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Click the image above for more photos.

Fire is a critical component of oak-hickory forests, oak savannas and prairie ecosystems. Through the reintroduction of fire by prescribed burning, we can help to reestablish and protect them and all the species which inhabit them.
 
These ecosystems were once common in southeast Michigan. Some of these systems and many remnants still remain and can be found on our properties. Through thousands of years of Native American burning and lightning caused fires, they have adapted to and depend upon frequent fires to maintain their common plant communities and open character. Contact us if you'd like to learn more and become involved in our prescribed fire and Ecological Restoration efforts.


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