Displays & Natural Areas at Nichols Arboretum

The Arb provides unique opportunities to explore the ongoing interaction of the natural world and humans. As a designed landscape commission begun in 1907, the Arb contains specialty gardens, thematic areas, dispersed collections, culturally significant landscapes, natural areas, and active areas of ecosystem restoration research. The human hand is not immediately obvious to many visitors, but evidence of human interaction with the land over the past several millennia can be detected.

Flowers, plants, and gardens are not only inviting in themselves, they’re also great natural ambassadors to understand that how we use our land has significant impact on local ecosystems. Visit the Arboretum and see:

  • featured plants, gardens and points of interest
  • gardens and landscapes appropriate for our climate and conditions
  • ecologically sound horticulture in practice
  • historically important collections of plants
Alex Dow Field in Nichols Arboretum

Alex Dow Field

Magnolia Glade

Magnolia Glade

Oak openings area in Nichols Arboretum

Oak Openings

Riverfront at Huron River, Nichols Arboretum

River Landing