The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

calendar of events

There's always something happening at the Arb & Gardens, whether it's a single cactus blooming in the Conservatory or a few thousand people enjoying Earth Day celebrations. Free guided tours. Prescribed burns. Gardening and art classes for kids and adults. School field trips. Seasonal exhibits. Let our calendar help you find the activity that's right for you and your family.

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In this hot month, see the beautifully restored Riverfront at the Arb with a canoe landing, river access, benches, and picnic tables. This is a wonderful destination for visitors traveling the Arb trails or the Huron River.
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  • 44th Annual Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale
    This annual show at Matthaei Botanical Gardens features over 100 trees on display; self-guided tours of the Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei; bonsai demonstrations in the Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei (indoors in case of inclement weather); vendors with bonsai supplies for sale; expert advice; People’s Choice awards. Sponsored by Ann Arbor Bonsai Society and Matthaei-Nichols.

    Admission: $3 per adult; children 12 and under free. Admission payable at the door.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 8/27/2016 to 8/28/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

  • Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale
    Sponsored by Matthaei-Nichols and  Ann Arbor Bonsai Society

    This annual show at Matthaei features a display of bonsai, vendors selling bonsai trees and materials, a People’s Choice Award, bonsai demos in the Bonsai and Penjing Garden at Matthaei, and more. $3 per adult (12 and under free) payable at the door.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 8/27/2016 to 8/28/2016

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm


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