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.
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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.

This display showcases mixed masses of perennials that are allowed to intermingle over time - perhaps just right for your use at home. This planting is expected to be presentable year round, with a burst of daffodil cultivars (Narcissus) in the spring and then a peak bloom from mid- to late-summer. Major plants include selections of daylilies (Hemerocallis), sedums (Sedum), asters (Aster), and a few ornamental grasses (Festuca).

Expand your definition of groundcovers and use fewer resources in your garden. This display features mass plantings that, once established, are relatively low maintenance. They don't require regular watering or fertilizing, and we do not expect them to escape from the garden and turn into invasive exotic species.

The Ground Cover Display is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site.

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