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Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

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The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens (300 acres, 121 hectares) includes botanical gardens, natural areas with trails, and several research-quality habitats. The conservatory is popular year round. The public entrance is at 1800 North Dixboro Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The grounds are open every day, but trails are not maintained in the winter. The conservatory, garden store, and lobby are open 7 days a week: Mon., Tues., and Thurs. - Sun., 10:00 am–4:30 pm; Wednesdays 10 am-8 pm. The building complex is only closed on three holidays a year. The institution's main web site with updated information is Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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.

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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  • Wonderful UM botanical garden close to U of Michigan campus - not huge so an hour or more is perfect timing- Conservatory, formal gardens, walking paths too. COVID PROTOCOLS followed in doors...  more »
  • Beautiful garden and natural area in Ann Arbor. We took a very long walk along the lovely nature trails; through forests, by streams and lakes, really fun. It was a warm sunny fall day when we...  more »
  • I went for the succulent show and then stuck around afterwards to walk the gardens. They are absolutely gorgeous and well worth the stop in. There's no cost to see them outside of parking fees. In the entrance are many nice arrangements and then as you head towards the back there are some seasonally edible plants (look for the tasting listing) in a community garden. All in all a great way to spend a fall morning.
  • Always enjoy our time here. Would really love to see a sun sail or something in the children's garden over the sandbox. The sun just beams on them when they play. It seems like a very easy addition. It would allow us to stay longer and play. But instead the kids just get drenched in a matter of minutes. Other than that I love it there.

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