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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  • Shrub Identification Class with Michigan Wetlands Association
    An intensive two-day field-oriented class covering the identification of wetland shrubs. Shrubs are so important in wetlands that three formal wet shrub community types are recognized for Michigan: “Northern Shrub Thicket,” “Inundated Shrub Swamp,” and Southern Shrub-carr. They are also important elements in fens, bogs, swamps, and various types of mashes and wet prairies. Because of their role as dominants and subdominants in so many communities, it is important to be able to recognize shrubs in vegetative condition. This course will focus on the important wetland shrubs, with some emphasis given to more difficult genera like Salix, Cornus, Viburnums, and Vaccinium. We will visit a variety of wetlands within an easy drive of the Botanical Gardens, and supplement what we can see in the field with modest work in the lab looking at more detailed features and at species we will not see in the field. 

    Instructor: Tony Reznicek, Curator of Vascular Plants at the University Herbarium. Presented by The Michigan Wetlands Association.
    Cost: $200 (MWA members), $250 (non-members) 
    Info and to register contact: Todd Losee (, phone: 

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 8/26/2013 to 8/27/2013

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm

    More info: click here

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