The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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.

awards and recognition

  • The Ann Arbor News Reader Choice Awards:

  • 2008 Best Place to Hike: Nichols Arboretum
  • 2007 Best Place to Hike: Nichols Arboretum
  • 2007 Best Community Park: Nichols Arboretum
  • 2006 Best Place to Hike: Nichols Arboretum

  • Award winning Orchids:

  • Dendrobium lineale 'Elizabeth'
    Awarded a Certificate of Cultural Merit by the American Orchid Society in 1996
  • Cattleya percivaliana 'Alberts'
    Matthaei Botanical Gardens was awarded a Certificate of Cultural Merit by the American Orchid Society in 2006. 'Alberts' was also selected from among all other natural species awarded in the U.S. in 2006 for the Ann & Phil Jesup Botanical Trophy and from all other awarded Cattleya-type orchids for the Masatoshi Miyamoto Cattleya Alliance Award.
  • Oncidium Illustre 'Matthaei'
    Awarded a Highly Commendable Certificate by the American Orchid Society in 1994. In 1996, it was awarded a Certificate of Cultural Merit.

  • Past Student Awards:
Apr 2007 In April 3 U-M students, Jake Serwer, Ben Friedman and Sam Roston, took top honors in the adult category of the Miller's Creek Film Festival with their film River Bank Rescue. The film details work to repair the Huron River shoreline at the Arboretum's River Landings. Congratulations to these young film makers. And thanks for thinking that our story was important enough to tell.


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