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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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  • I can't believe I don't go to the gardens once a month. It's a restful place and so beautiful. I went for a special event, but I can imagine wandering here on an ongoing basis. 
  • I used to work in a greenhouse and this was one of my favorite spots to go and relax. It was always warm, humid and earthy smelling. 
  • This is a nice place to slow down, get away from your cell, and experience nature. Busy on weekends, a treat during the week. 
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  • Lovely outdoor gardens with inviting benches that enhance the landscape, exotics plants you won't find elsewhere, common and scientific names of plants, trees and flowers posted throughout, gorgeous bonsai trees and shrubs, arid, desert room with cacti assortment is impressive. You'll enjoy this if you have any interest in plants, trees, and flowers.
  • Great collection of plants. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Plants are all clearly labeled. A couple of different climates are represented. Peaceful trails around the building. Free admission is awesome, but you have to pay for parking.
  • Neat place, with an incredible variety of plants. Perfect for photography. Store has some ok items. Parking is not free, even if you are a student with a pass.
  • This place is heaven for a macro photographer. So many amazing species of plants. Got some amazing photographs here. Even if you're not a photographer it is a must visit place. Its enchanting.
  • Greenhouse is beautiful. Great for Pokemon Go! U of M students get a big discount on membership. Members get free parking and a store discount. No admission fees.