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

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

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.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Visitor Center

Here you'll find our auditorium, Conservatory; the Garden Store stocked with locally made and environmentally items such as greeting cards, jewelry, books, garden-related merchandise for children; live and seasonal plants; library and resource center; restrooms; and access to classrooms. The institution is named for Fredrick C. Matthaei, Regent of the University of Michigan. A dedication plaque is in the lobby. The reception desk inside the main entrance is staffed during public hours.

The Visitor Center is a commission by Alden B. Dow, Architect Laureate of the state of Michigan. Read about the history here.

Handicapped access:
  • Access to the lobby and Garden Store is via the sidewalk in front of the building
  • Access to the classrooms is from the West Lobby entrance only

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