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.
Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
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.

Explore the changes in the land since farming ended on the property in the 1940s. Some of the old pastures can be recognized, while the old woodlots are becoming nice mature woods. The stands of one kind of tree (monocultures) are all part of mid 20th century land restoration practices - sheep had been grazed here and the land needed restoration work. This trail is a great place to take an exploratory hike or go bird watching, given the range of habitats. On rare occasions, visitors may see a fox.
The Blue Trail is one of the most ambitious hikes on the northern side of the gardens property. It begins along Fleming Creek and continues for nearly 2 miles, through wooded glacial terrain and past Rash Pond and Dix Pond. Access back to the building and parking is via the trailhead or extending your hike along the Yellow Trail.

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