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.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

visitor etiquette


For the protection of our plant collections, your pet, and other visitors, please remember to keep your dog on a 6' leash while visiting the Arb.

To maintain the beauty of our facilities for other visitors and for public safety, your cooperation with the following rules is requested:

  • Please do not collect plants, flowers, fruits, or labels. Our plant collections are very important.
  • Please stay on designated pathways. No climbing on trees and shrubs or entering garden beds.
  • No pets, except guide dogs, are permitted at the the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Dogs on a 6' leash are permitted at the Nichols Arboretum.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the grounds.
  • Smoking is not permitted on any University of Michigan grounds, indoors or out.
  • Shirts and shoes are required indoors.
  • Feeding of wildlife is prohibited, as it is harmful to their health.
  • Do not handle snakes. One species of rattlesnake, the Eastern Massasauga, inhabits our grounds.
  • No bikes are allowed in the display gardens or on the trails at the Gardens. Bikes are prohibited from the Arboretum.
  • Fishing is not permitted at the Gardens and Arboretum.
  • Swimming is not permitted at the Gardens and Arboretum.
  • Photography: Please read our policy regarding professional and individual photography shoots on our property.


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