The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
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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.
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Laurel Ridge Trail


Entry to Laurel Ridge Trail at Nichols Arboretum. Click here to view photo gallery.

Laurel Ridge introduces visitors to beautiful selections of azalea and rhododendrons—members of the laurel family—as well as tree peonies and compatible Asiatic shrubs. These plants thrive here because of the acidic soil provided by the old pine stand and their location on a northerly slope, which offers protection from winter sunburn.

The tree peonies bloom in late April to early May. The azaleas are among the best of small-scale contemporary hybrids with May-flowering blooms in a range of colors and fragrances. Hybrid rhododendrons, with their evergreen foliage, bloom in late May to June. The deciduous viburnums provide partial screening from the nearby peony garden in the summer and beautiful foliage color in the fall.

Laurel Ridge Trail is at the Nichols Arboretum.

Laurel Ridge Trail plantings were funded through gifts from the Post family. For more information on how you can help support Laurel Ridge Trail, please contact our director of development Gayle Steiner: gayles@umich.edu; 734.647.7847.

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