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

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum offer several excellent locations to sit back and read a book or meet with your study partner. Below are just a few of the hundreds of potential study spots throughout the Gardens and Arb.
*Nichols Arboretum is accessible via The Ride bus line 14.

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Trailside benches throughout the Gardens
  • Pondside picnic area
  • Nichols Arboretum
  • Trailside benches throughout the Arb
  • Riverside benches and picnic tables
  • James D. Reader, Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center

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