The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
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.

The Norman Memorial Grove is a popular gathering place near the west entrance to the Sue Reichert Discovery Trail. The views across the pond and wetland change dramatically through the seasons, while the picnic tables invite visitors to gather and linger. This is the perfect place to begin or end your visit to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

The Norman Memorial Grove has been expanded with new plantings of native oak, maple, hickory, and sassafras. Together with the existing maples, these trees will provide welcome shade in the summer months and dramatic fall color.

The Normal Memorial Grove site is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site. The Normal Memorial Sundial is in the Perennial Garden at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The Normal Memorial Grove honors Dr. A. Geoffery Norman, the first Director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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