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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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
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The perennial garden shimmers with exuberant, color-coordinated waves of bloom from plants appropriate for our region. Visit to get ideas on what to grow at your own home that is beautiful, noninvasive, hardy, and ecologically responsible. The plants have been selected for a long season of bloom. No wonder this is a favorite garden for weddings.

German iris (Iris germanica), poppies (Papaver), and Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) show beautiful color around Memorial Day. Refreshing true blue flowers bloom most of the early summer while yellow coreopsis (Coreopsis), golden yarrow (Achillea), pink mallows (Malva) and purple phlox (Phlox) carry the bloom until autumn. The purple asters (Aster) and yellow mums (Chrysanthemum) are the season's finale.

The Perennial Garden is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site, and was one of the first outdoor gardens developed on the site.

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