The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Arb Parking Tip
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
Click here for a map.
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.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.


Thanks to DTE, the Amphitheater is now electrified.

The Arb has long needed a dedicated performance and gathering space. In 2004, four U-M faculty and 13 graduate students from the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning and the landscape architecture program of the School of Natural Resources tackled the problem in a winter semester studio. The real-life deadline was the dedication the following season. The student team developed a website about the project.

The Amphitheater is a multiple-use space that is open for picnicking and gathering between scheduled performances and functions. As the native trees and shrubs selected for the site's conditions grow and fill in around the structure, the sense of enclosure will add to the amphitheater's allure.

To propose an event or schedule the use of the Amphitheater, please contact our events coordinator:

The Amphitheater is at the Nichols Arboretum site.

The Amphitheater is now electrified, thanks to a new gift from DTE Energy! The Amphitheater was made possible by generous financial support from an anonymous donor as well as in-kind donations from Connelly Crane and Land Architects. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum needs private support and provides donors with many giving opportunities and recognition. For more details, please contact Gayle Steiner, our director of development:; 734.647.7847.

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