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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 Exhibit Garden area, located between the Conservatory and the grassy Commons, changes from year to year. Displays combine elements that are educational, fun, and simply lovely to look at. There may be exhibits of fine sculpture or other art from the U-M and surrounding communities. Two thematic areas continue year to year. One is the Edible Estates, a garden planted with a wide variety of food plants that are harvested and donated to Food Gatherers, a local food bank. The other is a Whimsical Garden with plants that are fun to see, touch, or smell. There is a lot to see in this area and there's often a surprise or two in store for the visitors.

These Exhibit Gardens are a joy to watch as they mature throughout the summer. The Edible Estates produces food from June through September. The peak time for the Whimsical Garden is July and August.

The Exhibit Garden is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site.

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