The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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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.
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.
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.

mission statement

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum Mission:
Promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
-Frank Lloyd Wright

The purpose: provide a hands-on University and community laboratory for conserving, restoring, and celebrating the environment

The business: develop citizens and leaders dedicated to appreciating, understanding and restoring our environment; promote environmental education, research and public outreach

The values: inspire and enrich people's lives through contact with plants and nature; recognize the restorative value of nature and beautiful gardens; engage scientists and artists in research, teaching, and outreach activities; apply ecological principles in our horticulture and land stewardship; advance sustainable practices and the conservation of biodiversity, particularly that of the Great Lakes Region.


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