For families and visitors, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum offer year-round activities that are fun, educational and affordable. Located in and near the University of Michigan Ann Arbor central campus, the Botanical Gardens feature an outdoor children’s garden; indoor, three-climate conservatory with tropical, temperate and desert houses that make great destinations throughout the year; interactive, nature-based educational programming centered around gardening and nature; Thursday evening scout and youth programs; drop-in activities; tours; seasonal activities such as Halloween and holiday workshops; trails; formal gardens; natural areas and much more.
Nichols Arboretum is home to the famed Peony Garden, which blooms in late May and June; Shakespeare in the Arb; music concerts; an annual family 5K run; picnicking, relaxing, or hiking. Many of our educational programs are free or very modestly priced while admission to the conservatory is free. Our motto is “caring for nature, enriching life.” Mark your calendar for a trip to the Arb and Gardens soon, and see how we put our mission into action every day of the year!