The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
Check out the bloom calendar.

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two properties in different locations operating as one unit within the University of Michigan.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located in northeast Ann Arbor at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Here youíll find the conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens such as the Gaffield Childrenís Garden, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, and others; and many trails and natural areas. The Botanical Gardens are free and open 7 days a week. Visit our Hours & Directions page for more information.

Nichols Arboretum is located at 1610 Washington Hts. on the University of Michiganís central campus next to the U-M hospital. The Arb is a haven for students, hospital staff, and visitors year-round. Itís also home to the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and several collections of historic or native plants such as the Julie Norris Post Collection of Ericaceous and Appalachian Plants, Centennial Shrub Collection, prairie, and others. The Arb is free and open 7 days a week sunrise to sunset. Visit our Hours & Directions page for more information.

  • caring for nature, enriching life

Regular contact with nature is vital to our well-being. Through our mission, "caring for nature, enriching life," we connect people with nature, help sustain the earth, steward our natural heritage, share knowledge, and promote learning.


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