The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.

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 the late summer, prairie grasses and plants begin to peak. The prairie sites in the Arb and Gardens are great places for a peaceful stroll.
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  • Growing Orchids to Their Potential
    John Stubbings of Texas-based Clown Alley Orchids is an accredited AOS orchid judge. He will have a number of different types of orchids for sale. Also, show & tell of members’ orchids in bloom, a raffle table of orchids and related items, and orchid plants and supplies for sale. Free. Presented by Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Contact for more info.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 9/22/2013

    Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

    More info: click here

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