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.
Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
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.

photography at the gardens

Visitors taking pictures of plants are welcome anytime at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The use of tri-pods, and other equipment beyond your hand-held camera, however, is not allowed in the Conservatory during high traffic times (Saturdays, Sundays and during tours & events).

Amateur or Professional Photographers taking pictures of people using the outdoor Gardens or indoor Conservatory for photo shoots will be charged according to the schedule below. Just stop at the front desk to pay the fee and pick-up your Photo Pass.

  • Senior Photos and individual portraits: $35
  • Engagement and couples portraits: $50
  • Family group portraits (with up to 16 people): $100
  • Wedding Party group portraits: Must be scheduled in advance; $100 per 30 minutes. Call 734-647-7808

We reserve the right to limit the use of our facilities for photography based on events, rental arrangements and high traffic in the Conservatory and grounds. To ensure your space we recommend that you schedule ahead of time:
call 734-647-7808

Photography classes, clubs or groups are asked to call ahead so that we can put you on the schedule and let you know of any events that may limit your activities. Donations are appreciated

Professional photographers We want your clients to have positive memories of their photos at the Gardens - but the Gardens are maintained for University and general public use. We reserve the right to limit use of the facilities by professionals based on Garden events and previous rental arrangements. We ask that professional photographers not advertise our Gardens as a photo shoot location without permission from us. Professional photographers using our facilities for business purposes are asked to pay the fees listed above if they apply - in other cases, please make a donation to Matthaei/Nichols or help support us by becoming a member


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