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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Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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study spots
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gateway garden

Gateway Garden of Nichols Arboretum.

This beautiful garden does hard work "24/7" to greet visitors to the Arb while controlling water erosion by holding the fragile banks and creating a beautiful setting for the James D. Reader Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center at the Burnham House. The public is welcome in the Center, where amenities include water for your walk, restrooms, information, and staff who can assist you. Click here to help plan your visit to the Arb.

Here at the head of School Girls' Glen the severe erosion is stabilized by a series of rain gardens integrated into a demonstration of New American Design by Oehme van Sweden, the originators of this design movement. The plants are a mixture of familiar garden favorites such as modern carpet roses (Rosa) and sedums (Sedum) with less commonly used natives, for example, sedges (Carex) and blazing stars (Liatris). This is a site worth visiting throughout the year.

The Gateway Garden is located at the 1610 Washington Hts. Entrance to Nichols Arboretum.

This garden was made possible through generous individual gifts, in-kind business support and University of Michigan funding. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum needs private support and provides donors with many giving opportunities and recognition. For more details on how you can contribute, please contact Meredith Olson, director of development:; 734.647.7847.

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