The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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.
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what's in bloom


Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas. Stroll through the garden and take in the breathtaking variety, design, and bright colors of this summer highlight!

Gateway Garden of New World Plants
The Gateway Garden of the New World is at its full glory in July and August. It includes zinnia, marigold, salvia and numerous other flowers.
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Gateway Garden of New world Plants (MBG)
peonies (May/Jun)
With its huge blooms and wide variety of shapes and colors, peonies are popular with everyone. The world renowned Peony Garden at the Arboretum shows 27 beds of peonies arranged by season and color. It is a sight to behold in June when the blooms are at their peak. Click here for photos
Peony Garden (Arb)
magnolia (May/Jun)
Magnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the sturdy flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. magnolia flowers do not produce nectar but they do produce large quantities of pollen, which is high in protein and good food for beetles. Click here for photos
Magnolia Collection (Arb)
Hibiscus or rose mallow plants have large, distinctive flowers which can be a variety of colors. Hibiscus is sometimes used in herbal tea and has a sweet flavor. Click here for photos
Centennial Shrub Collection (Arb)
Gateway Garden of New World Plants (MBG)

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