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Family Attractions

Quick Facts
Children's Garden:

One of the largest children’s gardens in the state with more than twelve interactive spaces.

Conservatory:

A huge conservatory open year-round offers a respite from winter and a chance to see plants from around the world in one place.

Fairies and Trolls:

Fairies and trolls live in the conservatory at Matthaei. Come on out and see if you can find them and where they live!

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

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  • Botanical Gardens

Essential Information

Address 1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone734-647-7600
Website URL www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/...

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two great locations, one organization at the University of Michigan. The Botanical Gardens is located in northeast Ann Arbor at 1800 N. Dixboro Road. Here you’ll find a conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens such as the Gaffield Children’s Garden, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, and others; and many trails and natural areas. We also offer school tours, youth and adult education programming year-round, and seasonal exhibits. The Botanical Gardens is free and open 7 days a week.

Nichols Arboretum is located at 1610 Washington Heights on the University of Michigan’s central campus next to the U-M hospital. The Arb is a haven for students, hospital staff, and visitors year-round. It’s also home to several seasonal events such as the Peony Garden bloom season, Shakespeare in the Arb, Run for the Arb, and Music in the Arb. The Arb is also famous for its peony garden – the largest collection in North America – and several collections of historic or native plants such as the Julie Norris Post Collection of Ericaceous and Appalachian Plants, Centennial Shrub Garden, a restored prairie, and others. The Arb is free and open 7 days a week sunrise to sunset.

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County: Washtenaw

Kids and parents can’t get enough of the annual Halloween Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Children decorate pumpkins, create masks, and sample tasty treats like pumpkin seeds. They can also visit the conservatory for a break from the chilly October weather.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Kids and parents can’t get enough of the annual Halloween Spooktacular at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Children decorate pumpkins, create masks, and sample tasty treats like pumpkin seeds. They can also visit the conservatory for a break from the chilly October weather.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

The Arid House in the Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens features cactuses and other plants from the world’ driest climates. The Arid House, one of the most popular parts of the Conservatory, is loved for its strange plants in a variety of shapes. Many of them bloom in winter.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

The Arid House in the Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens features cactuses and other plants from the world’ driest climates. The Arid House, one of the most popular parts of the Conservatory, is loved for its strange plants in a variety of shapes. Many of them bloom in winter.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Making music in the children’s garden. Children and their parents from around the state have discovered the Gaffield Children’s Garden at Matthaei. It’s built from a kids-eye view and features a butterfly garden, diggers grove, builders garden, secret spaces, kid-sized bird’s nest, and more.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Making music in the children’s garden. Children and their parents from around the state have discovered the Gaffield Children’s Garden at Matthaei. It’s built from a kids-eye view and features a butterfly garden, diggers grove, builders garden, secret spaces, kid-sized bird’s nest, and more.

Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum