The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Visitor Guide

Download a pdf version of our visitor guide for additional information on Matthaei's trails and gardens.

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Gateway Garden of New World Plants at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Click here for more photos.

Flowers & gardens are not only inviting in themselves, but great "natural ambassadors" to understand that how we use our land has significant impact on local ecosystems. Visit these enticing places and see:

  • featured plants and points of interest
  • beautiful gardens and landscapes appropriate for our climate and conditions
  • ecologically sound horticulture in practice
  • restored areas that may inspire you to engage with ecological restoration work

The links below highlight each special place.

Featured gardens:

New this year, a permenant garden will be located behind and west of the Conservatory with an entrance from the existing perennial garden...

Opening Sunday April 14 (details) the Great Lakes Gardens will feature distinctive habitats of the Great Lakes region such as dune, limestone plain and prairie...

The Gaffield Children's Garden is a place for exploration and fun in a natural setting specially constructed from a kids'-eye view...


Every culture has traditional herbal remedies. Our herb knot garden is a modern interpretation of a Tudor (16th century English) garden style featuring plants used in Asian, Native American and European cooking and healing traditions...

The Exhibit Garden area, located between the Conservatory and the grassy Commons, is never the same from year to year...

The Gateway Garden of New World Plants presents ornamental plants originally native to South, Central or North America...

More than 100 native species of spring wildflowers, ferns and woody plants of the southern Great Lakes Region thrive here...

The Marie Azary Rock Garden presents a range of plants suitable for our calcareous (high pH) soils and water...

The perennial garden demonstrates exuberant, color-coordinated waves of bloom from plants appropriate for our region...

"We hope you enjoy this pretty sitting garden" is the welcoming statement on the entry stone...

The challenges of an awkward, difficult and simply ugly "utilitarian" site that can't be hidden need inspired design and thoughtful plant selection related to urban ecology to be transformed into restful spaces...


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