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.

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 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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