The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
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.


The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum makes ongoing efforts to make as many of its facilities, trails and display areas as universally accessible as possible. In addition to all of our public buildings being wheelchair accessible, we have also developed a number of display gardens and trails that incorporate recommended inclines, slopes and clearance to permit reasonable accessibility.

Handicap parking is available near all Matthaei Botanical Gardens entrances as well as at the Washington Heights entrance of Nichols Arboretum. Both locations also offer wheelchair accessible restrooms. For those picnicking, we offer accessible outdoor patios and picnic areas overlooking the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum and the Gateway Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, as well as near the west parking lot of the Gardens.

Wheelchairs can be checked out from the information desk at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Wheelchairs are limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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