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.

native plant propogation

Plant propagation at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens greenhouses.

At MBGNA we collect seeds from many native plant species in our Natural Areas for the purpose of propagating and reintroducing them into degraded natural areas on our properties.
Through many years of suppression and changes to soil properties by exotic species, the exclusion of fire, and other disturbances, many native plant communities and species are threatened and in decline. Through the combined practices of invasive species management, the reintroduction of fire and the reintroduction of native species through this propagation effort, we are gaining ground on restoring these ecosystems. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more or become involved in our Native Plant Propagation Program.

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