Visit the Peony Garden!

Open Spring/Summer

Free Admission

1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI


Nichols Arboretum is located adjacent to U-M’s Ann Arbor Central Campus and to the University of Michigan Health System Hospitals.

Please note that the Geddes Avenue entrance to the Arb (designated by wrought iron gates with the letters “UM”) is about a 15 minute walk from the Peony Garden. Many GPS-based services default to this entrance with its historic ceremonial gates.

By Car

Parking near Nichols Arboretum can be difficult. Whenever possible, we encourage visitors to use alternate modes of transportation.

Parking near the Arb is available after 5 pm weekdays and Saturdays and Sundays in U-M lot M-28 on Washington Heights. Limited City of Ann Arbor metered street parking is available at Nichols Arboretum on Washington Heights and on Observatory Street. Street meter parking charges apply Mon-Sat 8 am-6 pm and are free on Sundays and holidays. For more information on parking on Central Campus and the hospital area visit the University’s parking site.

By Bus

We encourage Arb visitors to take advantage of the Ann Arbor and U-M bus systems, particularly on weekdays when parking near the Arb is limited.

Nichols Arboretum is served by the The Ride, the Ann Arbor city bus system, and the U-M campus bus system. The shared bus stops for all directions of travel are on East Medical Drive near the entrance to Mott Hospital.

Please visit the Ride for maps and schedules as routes do change. The Arboretum’s Washington Hts. entrance is across from the University of Michigan medical campus and is served by the U-M bus system via the Commuter Northbound and Southbound and the UMHS Intercampus.

You can review the U-M bus routes on the U-M Parking and Transportation Services website.

On Foot

Pedestrians from both the U-M Hospital and U-M Central Campus can reach the Arboretum’s Washington Heights entrance by using the sidewalks along East Medical Center Drive.

The Geddes Avenue entrance across from Oxford Housing is readily accessible on foot.