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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In this hot month, see the beautifully restored Riverfront at the Arb with a canoe landing, river access, benches, and picnic tables. This is a wonderful destination for visitors traveling the Arb trails or the Huron River.
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  • Bonsai, American Style
    The 41st Annual Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show features a display of bonsai created from native trees as well as traditional materials. The use of native North American plant material reveals the international scope of bonsai today.


    - Over 100 trees on display

    - Bonsai demonstrations in the Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei (indoors in case of inclement weather)

    - Vendors with bonsai supplies for sale (Basically Bonsai; Ken’s World of Bonsai; Lary Howard - bonsai pots; The Flower Market)

    - Expert advice

    - People’s Choice awards

    Admission: $3 adults; under 12 free.
    Sat. & Sun., Aug. 24 & 25, 10 am–4:30 pm, Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

    Presented by Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Info:

    Note: Show runs Sat., & Sun., Aug. 24 & 25, 10 am-4:30 pm

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 8/24/2013 to 8/25/2013

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

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