Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

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The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens 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 200acre 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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  • September 13, 2017
    I love visiting the botanical gardens throughout the year! They do an amazing job with her presenting the different types of plants and botanicals. My favorite part, taking my three-year-old to the ch...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    The indoor gardens are wonderful and outside there are all sorts of gardens and walking paths. Such a peaceful place to spend a couple hours. We will definitely go back!  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    we stop by often to see what is new. The air smells like spring and feels balmy. Some of the plants change and some are old friends. Last spring our 5 year old granddaughter loved it, and spend her ti...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    This place is truly beautiful. It has a lovely conservatory in addition to outdoor trails to walk along. One could spend hours here, admiring and learning about all the plants or even by taking advantage of the kids outdoor play area to let the little ones run around. It's truly like exploring a fairy forest, which is fun at any age.
  • June 11, 2017
    Great place to visit for a walk. Nice trail system as well as conservatory and gardens. The conservatory is a great place to hang out in winter months. Wonderful and interesting informational materials and signs. Good for all ages, including school or scouting groups as well as adults with even the vaguest interest in ecology or gardening.
  • June 13, 2017
    We had a great time. The trail system is excellent, but they had us alarmed about rattlesnakes. I guess we should have asked how often they see the rattlers. If they see them frequently, then I can't recommend that you bring small children on the trails. They're fairly narrow with tall grass on both sides of the trail in some areas. And there is poison ivy EVERYWHERE along the trails.
  • July 9, 2017
    Wonderful nature park and gardens filled with multiple species of flowers and plants. We attended a wedding in the perennial garden today July 8 2017. The entire staff was attentive and efficient Great place to visit and there are many unique items in the gift shop. We are from central Illinois We will visit again
  • June 13, 2017
    One of Ann Arbor's jewels. They have such a large variety of plants AND a bonzi garden. There is also a short trail with "I spy..." Educational posts for kids. They also host free lectures about beekeeping once a month, if you are a new or experienced beekeeper.

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