The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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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Skunk cabbage gets its name from the odor it produces to attract insect pollinators. Take a walk in the Arb or on the Botanical Garden trails and see if you can spot this unique plant.
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  • MiSo Training (FULL)
    The Michigan Solar House (MiSo) is an innovative 660-square foot, solar-powered home collaboratively designed and built by a team of students and faculty from UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning for the 2005 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. Now located across from the Gaffield Children’s Garden, MiSo fosters public awareness in energy efficient solar technology in housing and serves as an ongoing full-scale laboratory for ongoing research. Volunteers will be trained to greet and guide visitors to points of interest in the house on weekends, May–October. 

    Training full

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 3/29/2014

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • 2014 New Dahlia Introductions
    A video from the American Dahlia Society on new dahlia introductions. Also, member auction of 2014 introduction tubers and other new dahlia tubers, and“How to Grow Dahlias” handouts for the new grower. Presented by Michigan Dahlia Association. Info:  734.429.5796.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 3/29/2014

    Time: 1:30 pm to 4 pm

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