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

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

Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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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