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.
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.

river landing

River Landing is an attractive destination year round. This is a popular location for bird watching, canoeing (please use the canoe dock), fly-fishing access, people-watching, picnicking, reading, sun bathing, etc. River Landing is being managed to show its pre-settlement vegetation.

The Landing shows a fresh approach to bank stabilization. Heavy use, lack of vegetation, the natural flow of the river, and other factors all contributed to severe degradation of the banks. River Landing shows the combined use of rubble removal, regrading, erosion control blankets, and planting with native plant fascines, live stakes, plugs and seeds.

The new river front is the result of a fresh approach to collaboration. In part, it served as a demonstration project in Washtenaw County by the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council. The entire project, completed in 2006, engaged county and city agencies, private design firms, nongovernment organizations, the University of Michigan, public and private funding, and the expertise and efforts of volunteers.

The River Landing is on the south bank of the Huron River at the Nichols Arboretum. Generous individuals, foundations, agencies and organizations funded the riverfront improvements. If you would like to help support Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please contact our director of development, Meredith Olson:; 734.647.7847.

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