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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

plan your visit The University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, with its hundreds of publicly-available collections, vast informational resources, and knowledgeable and friendly staff, is regarded as one of Ann Arbor's greatest nature destinations. Nichols Arboretum, a 123 acre nature area, is tucked alongside the Huron River between the University of Michigan's North and Central campuses. The Matthaei Botanical Gardens, on Ann Arbor's east side, is a 300 acre property containing numerous formal gardens, a 10,000+ square foot indoor conservatory, and miles of hiking and discovery trails. Hours and Directions Parking at Matthaei Visitor Guides Visitor Etiquette Photography Policy Accessibility Weddings and Rentals Study Spots Free Transportation toMatthaei Botanical Gardens Picnics: For those planning to pack a lunch or a snack, we offer accessible outdoor patios overlooking the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum and the Gateway Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. We have tables near the west parking lot at the Botanical Gardens in our Picnic Grove. There are also tables in the Gaffield Children’s Garden for a few to sit for a quick lunch or snack. Groups are encouraged to use the Picnic Grove near the west parking lot, or the tables on the terrace if they are available. These areas are all first-come-first served, and cannot be reserved.
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

weddings, rentals, & birthdays The natural beauty and serenity of the Arb and Gardens create the perfect location year-round to gather for your wedding, private or business gathering, or birthday celebration. With more than a dozen spaces to choose from, Matthaei Botanical Gardens or Nichols Arboretum offer a variety of options for any occasion in an unforgettable setting. Fill out our our contact form to request information on weddings and room rentals. Weddings The natural settings of Matthaei Botanical Gardens are perfect for your wedding. Birthdays Matthaei Botanical Gardens makes a popular and memorable location for birthdays. Room Rentals Mid-century architectural details and windowed spaces add a natural ambiance to your meeting or retreat.
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, with its hundreds of publicly-available collections, vast informational resources, and knowledgeable and friendly staff, is regarded as one of Ann Arbor's greatest nature destinations. Nichols Arboretum, a 123 acre nature area, is tucked alongside the Huron River between the University of Michigan's North and Central campuses. The Matthaei Botanical Gardens, on Ann Arbor's east side, is a 300 acre property containing numerous formal gardens, a 10,000+ square foot indoor conservatory, and miles of hiking and discovery trails.
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Picnics: For those planning to pack a lunch or a snack, we offer accessible outdoor patios overlooking the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum and the Gateway Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. We have tables near the west parking lot at the Botanical Gardens in our Picnic Grove. There are also tables in the Gaffield Children
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The Botanical Gardens includes outdoor display gardens, the Gaffield Children's Garden, a 10,000+ square-foot conservatory, and natural areas with walking trails. The gardens are named after former Michigan regent Frederick C. Matthaei, Sr. and his wife Mildred, who donated 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land.
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The natural beauty and serenity of the Arb and Gardens create the perfect location year-round to gather for your wedding, private or business gathering, or birthday celebration. With more than a dozen spaces to choose from, Matthaei Botanical Gardens or Nichols Arboretum offer a variety of options for any occasion in an unforgettable setting.
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Matthaei Botanical Gardens offers activities and resources for all visitors, from families to gardening enthusiasts to hikers, birders, scientists, volunteers, and to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students. The Gardens is dedicated to environmental stewardship and to enriching the understanding and enjoyment of the natural world through research, creative works, public outreach, and educational programs and workshops for adults and children.
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A tree’s-eye view of the bicentennial. The Grandmother Tree Walk is a self-guided tour of 12 trees in Nichols Arboretum. The trees are historically or horticulturally important and their stories are told alongside key moments in U-M’s history. Maps will be available at the Arboretum visitor center, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and on-line beginning in April. Free. #umich200 Part of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebrations. The Arboretum is free and open daily sunrise to sunset.
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Begin your exploration at the Visitor Center, where you'll find visitor guides, restrooms, water and snacks, a gift shop, and the Conservatory. Helpful staff in the main lobby will orient you to the many gardens and display areas at Matthaei. All trails at the Gardens loop back to the Visitor Center. Click on the images and links below to learn more.
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claude_monnierRaleigh, NC29166Reviewed April 20, 2017 Very nice conservatory and gardens at MatthaeiWe visited Matthaei's gardens late April, so the outdoor plants are still dormant, but we saw a grater snake, and rabbits. The conservatory is very nice and the volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable.Thank claude_monnier
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Reviewed April 20, 2017 Very nice conservatory and gardens at MatthaeiWe visited Matthaei's gardens late April, so the outdoor plants are still dormant, but we saw a grater snake, and rabbits. The conservatory is very nice and the volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable.Thank claude_monnier
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Matthei Botanical Gardens is a treasure. There is a large circular perineal garden, herb gardens, perineal beds, a delightful children's garden, hiking trails, a conservatory and gift shop. As with all gardens blooms vary depending on the month you visit.
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Deanna BAnn Arbor236Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile A treasure Matthei Botanical Gardens is a treasure. There is a large circular perineal garden, herb gardens, perineal beds, a delightful children's garden, hiking trails, a conservatory and gift shop. As with all gardens blooms vary depending on the month you visit.Thank Deanna B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile A treasure Matthei Botanical Gardens is a treasure. There is a large circular perineal garden, herb gardens, perineal beds, a delightful children's garden, hiking trails, a conservatory and gift shop. As with all gardens blooms vary depending on the month you visit.Thank Deanna B
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We visited Matthaei's gardens late April, so the outdoor plants are still dormant, but we saw a grater snake, and rabbits. The conservatory is very nice and the volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable.
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For your special day, plan a wedding made by nature. Set your wedding outdoors in one of our formal gardens or spaces, or indoors amid the lush tropical setting of the Conservatory. We offer seven distinct spaces, including a fragrant Herb Knot Garden, colorful Perennial Garden, the serene and intimate Willow Pond Island, or the summer-blooming Gateway Garden. See the chart below for more information on our rates and venues. All outdoor weddings include an indoor backup space in case of inclement weather.
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Breeda M79Reviewed 1 week ago Nature trails, Conservatory and Cool gift shopMatthaei Gardens offers guests options for both indoor experiences in the conservatory (and classrooms for special programs) as well as the outdoor trails. There is a space for special events (weddings, private parties) indoors that is connected to a beautiful patio garden.Thank Breeda M
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Reviewed 1 week ago Nature trails, Conservatory and Cool gift shopMatthaei Gardens offers guests options for both indoor experiences in the conservatory (and classrooms for special programs) as well as the outdoor trails. There is a space for special events (weddings, private parties) indoors that is connected to a beautiful patio garden.Thank Breeda M

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