The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
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.

calendar of events

There's always something happening at the Arb & Gardens, whether it's a single cactus blooming in the Conservatory or a few thousand people enjoying Earth Day celebrations. Free guided tours. Prescribed burns. Gardening and art classes for kids and adults. School field trips. Seasonal exhibits. Let our calendar help you find the activity that's right for you and your family.

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July is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the garden and take in the breathtaking variety, design and bright colors of this July highlight.
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  • Home Tweet Home - A Sensational Nature children's education program
    Get to know our feathered friends at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Young students will investigate different bird habitats and use binoculars to bird by sounds, shapes, and shenanigans. Enjoy decorating a bird house to attract birds to your own backyard. FREE, but space limited, please call the front desk to register (734-647-0150). All ages welcome.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 7/9/2013

    Time: 10 am to 11:30 am

    More info: click here

  • Summer Hive Management
    An in-depth look at summer hive management, which includes how to determine the presence and economic thresholds for varroa mites and hive beetles and what to do about them to help reduce their negative impact. Plus, a look at the bee safe “sugar roll” process and what to do with the results. Free. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2).  Info:

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 7/9/2013

    Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

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