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.