The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Visit our website for The Peony Garden to find information on the bloom season
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.
Natural Areas Stewardship:
The active care and maintenance of natural areas which seeks to control exotic invasive species, encourage characteristic native species, and reestablish natural processes upon which native ecosystems depend. Click here to learn more!

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Rhododendrons at Nichols Arboretum

Places to explore include intimate garden spaces, tropical and desert biomes in the Conservatory, as well as restored and natural areas. Flowers, trees, insects, birds, woodlands, prairies and vast panoramas - it's all here for you to explore and enjoy.

You'll need to visit both of our properties to see it all. In the links below, gardens and natural areas are specific places - though some are quite large. Trails are for pedestrians and all are closed to bikes of any kind. Trails may take you to many places - do check the maps and on-site to see if your trail is a loop or not.

Begin your exploration at the Visitor Center where you'll find restrooms, drinking fountains, a gift shop, our library, classrooms, an auditorium, and the entrance to the Conservatory... Explore the Arb as it enters its second century. Throughout the Arb you'll find many special places... Here you will find a list of all of the trails, display gardens, natural areas and other exhibits throughout Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum... Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum burst to life come spring time. The Peonies start to peek. The woody plants begin to flower... Birding has long been a popular activity at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum attracting local birding groups and enthusiasts alike... Here you will find a collection of resources that we've made available compiled by Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum staff, docents, professors and other researchers... A growing collection of 360 virtual tours of some of the gardens and natural areas throughout Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum...

Please click here for hours, directions, and additional information to help you plan your next trip to Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.


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