The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Birthday Parties Matthaei Botanical Gardens is great for birthday parties!
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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
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.


The Labyrinth at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located in a restored prairie area north and east of the main entry off Dixboro Rd. Because of its secluded location, it is the perfect site for visitors to have a calming and restorative experience. When we walk in a labyrinth, we are able to focus on the experience the sounds, the methodical steps, the center. When we reach our goal, we can further reflect. There are several styles of a labyrinths and the one chosen for Matthaei is a classical Baltic design, which originated in northwestern Europe near the Baltic Sea. It was chosen so visitors could opt to take a short route out of the center or retrace their steps.

The Labyrinth at MBG

The labyrinth is planted with Buffalo Grass, Buchloe dactyloides, an easy to maintain, drought tolerant prairie grass. The entrance has native flowering plants for visual interest throughout the seasons. All of the plants are able to withstand periodic prescribed burns, as required in prairie under restoration.

The Labyrinth is at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site.

The Labyrinth was made possible by many generous donors. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum needs private support and provides donors with many giving opportunities and recognition. For more details, please contact the Development Office at 1-734-615-9475.

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