The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Arb Parking Tip
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
Click here for a map.
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.

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Free, staff-led peony garden tours:

Tuesday, May 15

12:15 pm
Staff Picks
Favorite peonies of Matthaei-Nichols staff.

7:00 pm
Elements of Style
Demystifying peony forms and fashions.

Wednesday, May 16

12:15 pm
Elements of Style
Demystifying peony forms and fashions.

7:00 pm
What’s in a Name?
Peony names of the past—the who, what, when, and why.

Thursday, May 17

12:15 p
What’s in a Name?
Peony names of the past—the who, what, when, and why.

7:00 pm
Best in Show
Top-ranked peonies and why they were considered champions in their time.

Friday, May 18

12:15 pm
Best in Show
Top-ranked peonies and why they were considered champions in their time.

7:00 pm
What Price Peonies
From steep to cheap, peonies of the past and what we paid for them.

Saturday, May 19

12:15 pm
What Price Peonies
From steep to cheap, peonies of the past and what we paid for them.

7:00 pm
Building a Better Peony Garden
A behind-the-scenes look at the efforts of Matthaei-Nichols and many others to grow, maintain, and steward the historic peony garden now and for the future.

Sunday, May 20

12:15 pm
Staff Picks
Favorite peonies of Matthaei-Nichols staff.

7:00 pm
How to Grow Peonies
Experts tips, hints, and information from our staff on growing peonies right.


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