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.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

explore the Botanical Gardens

The Gardens' displays, natural areas, Conservatory, trails and significant buildings invite your exploration and use. These exhibits are intimately interwoven - physically, conceptually, and aesthetically. Use the links to delve into various exhibit types for your next visit - as well as to learn more about what you've already seen. Please note that some of these pages have special web links within them.

The building was initially designed in 1958 and was constructed in three phases ending in 1964 with substantial funding from the National Science Foundation

Explore the diversity of garden spaces at Matthaei...

Flowers, gardens and restored landscapes are not only inviting in themselves, but great "natural ambassadors" to understand that how we use our land has significant impact on local ecosystems...

If you have the time, we have the trail - but just because a trail is short doesn't mean you'll want to rush through it...

Tangibly demonstrates Matthaei-Nichols and the U-M Sustainable Food Programís core values and ties together education, community, and sustainable food in a way that hasnít been done before at the U-M...

The Conservatory was opened in 1964. It is a commission by Alden B. Dow, the only Architect Laureate designated by the State of Michigan...

Click here to explore all of the current and permanent art exhibits currently on display at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens such as the entry gates, the mosaic pannels, and the Erich Steiner Fountains...


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