Botanical Gardens:  Tue-Sun 10am-4:30pm, Wed 10am-8:00pm | Closed Mondays | 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor | Nichols Arboretum:  Daily 8am-8pm | 1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the waters and lands we steward.
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 – Map

Matthaei Botanical Gardens has something for everyone: Outdoor garden spaces featuring bonsai, native plants, and perennials, a garden created just for kids, nearly 3 miles of trails, and an indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world.

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Nichols Arboretum

1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor – Map

As you explore Nichols Arboretum you’ll find one of the richest landscapes in the region, including vast panoramas, broad valleys, and intimate dales and glens.

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the waters and lands we steward. We turn this commitment into action by:
  • Positioning humans as active participants within the natural world and compelling the university community and our publics to negotiate the full complexity that entails
  • Advancing partnerships, programs, user experience, and all that we steward to catalyze equity and justice in a radically changing world
  • Emerging as University of Michigan’s premier partner for research, teaching, and public impact in sustainability, climate-forward practices, and biocultural diversity
  • Promoting healthier communities, cultures, and ecosystems through active care and cultivation of the gardens, fields, natural habitats, and dynamic systems that sustain our world.

Learn more about our Strategic Plan at this link.

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NOW HIRING SUMMER INTERNS!
MBGNA has a wide range of paid internships available for current college/university students in 2023, with 10 areas of interest and flexibility in length, hours, and focus.  Learn more and apply here.
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FIELD TRIPS

We offer amazing opportunities for classroom groups to visit Matthaei in person or virtually. Both kinds of field trips are easy to schedule, interactive, and fun. Click here or on the image above to learn more.

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FREE GUIDED NATURE WALKS

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays.  These walks are FREE, no registration is required. Details are available here.

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It Takes Two Trees to Bear Sausages

You may have noticed large corn dog or sausage-like structures hanging from two trees in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ conservatory, but you would not want to put these sausages between buns at a ball game. These brats are actually the fruit of the aptly named sausage tree. Humans can’t eat this fruit, which is considered poisonous, but its large size and unique appearance makes it a popular attraction in the conservatory.

Campus Farm Receives Support to Continue Agriculture Internship Program

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum was named one of seven botanic gardens to receive support to build capacity and leadership in urban agriculture through a partnership of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the American Public Gardens Association...

Guided Nature Walks at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting free guided nature walks on select Wednesdays and Sundays.  These walks are FREE, no registration is required. Matthaei Botanical Gardens' Winter Walks are held most Wednesdays and Sundays through April. These free, guided walks...

Honoring Foodways: Refugee-Focused Community Garden Celebrates its First Year

Grown from an idea that University of Michigan student Phimmasone Kym Owens cultivated, a collaboration between Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (JFS) and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) has given rise to an area that has been dubbed by its users as “The Refugee Garden”, a space where resettled refugees can grow their own food through community gardening.