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.

prescribed burns

Prescribed burn at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Click the image above for more photos.

Fire is a critical component of oak-hickory forests, oak savannas and prairie ecosystems. Through the reintroduction of fire by prescribed burning, we can help to reestablish and protect them and all the species which inhabit them.
These ecosystems were once common in southeast Michigan. Some of these systems and many remnants still remain and can be found on our properties. Through thousands of years of Native American burning and lightning caused fires, they have adapted to and depend upon frequent fires to maintain their common plant communities and open character. Contact us if you'd like to learn more and become involved in our prescribed fire and Ecological Restoration efforts.

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