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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 – Map
Tues-Sun 10am-4:30pm | Wed 10am-8:00pm | Closed Mondays

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
Daily 8am-8pm

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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Harvest Fest 2023

This open house event celebrates student-powered food initiatives at U-M, focused on sustainability, social justice, and creativity. Join us on September 24th.

Group of six children approximately aged 10 to 13 years.  The children are looking at the camera holding out hillicopter seeds from a nearby tree.
Field Trips

We offer amazing opportunities for classroom groups to visit Matthaei in-person or virtually. Our field trips are easy to schedule, interactive, and fun. 

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Get to Know Michigan’s Bees

Discover the hidden world of Michigan’s native bees and their vital role in local ecosystems as we  highlight their unique appearances, behaviors, and essential interactions with plants.


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.


From Farm to Pantry: Empowering Students for Food Equity

Born out of the University of Michigan's commitment to advancing food justice and sustainability and fueled by the dedication of students, two unique student-led food-based initiatives grew and thrived  – Campus Farm and Maize and Blue Cupboard. Both of these...

Elevating a garden in need

A volunteer group is moving boulders to revamp one of Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ unique growing spaces. Marie Azary donated the namesake garden to the botanical gardens in 1985 in order to showcase the art of rock gardening as well as alpine plants from around the...

HarvestFest 2023 Recap

HarvestFest at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum was a resounding success! On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the Campus Farm came alive with the vibrant spirit of sustainability, social justice, and creativity. The event, hosted...