The University of Michigan
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Visitor Guide

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

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.

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.

There is a non-circulating botanical & horticultural reference library off the lobby open during regular business hours. Visit the online catalog.

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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