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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  • There are three main parts to the botanical gardens here: the large indoor gardens under a wonderful glass greenhouse roof, the outside play area behind the main building, and the trails through the o...  more »
  • I took my college students here every semester for about 8 years to observe their Solar house and to experience the gardens. For many it was their first time at an indoor greenhouse actually observing...  more »
  • This is a beautiful nature area with all kinds of nature areas and are easily walkable and the year round indoor exhibit is really beautiful and relaxing but be aware there are Massasaga Rattlesnakes ...  more »
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  • I went for the orchid festival, admission was free but parking was not, which I didn't see on their website in regards to the festival. $5 gets you parking for the whole day though, so not bad, or you can pay $1.60/hr. Parking had really overflowed so we had to walk a little less than 1/4 mile even though we paid. Small orchid show and vendor area. The facility itself seems nice with multiple bathrooms, a large conservatory separated into tropical, temperate, and desert zones with lots of beautiful plants. There's a large gift shop with lots of nature related things including reasonably priced house plants. There is also a classroom and looked like a large outside area I would've explored had it been warmer out. The staff was friendly and helpful directing people and answering questions.
  • Me and a group of photography friends went to the Orchid Festival. The orchids were so beautiful and were in a competition for first place in the auditorium. The conservatory is open year round and also a great photo opportunity. There are so many familiar and exotic plants to look at from tropical to dessert. A great place to bring the family on the weekend.
  • My family loves visiting this botanical gardens. The conservatory is well-kept and has rotating updated displays. It is a great day-trip with our kids in the winter months when it's too cold to play outside. (And free to visit!) The outside portion of the gardens is stunning in the summer with a wide variety of plants and displays. The nature trails are great for exploring all year long. The Children's Garden is a lot of fun for my kids and continues to be updated each year. Matthaei Botanical Garden is a true gem!
  • These are some of the best walking areas in the Ann Arbor area. That says a lot because Ann Arbor is full of wonderful walking areas. Of course the inside of the Botanical gardens are year round wonderful and a joy to visit. The outside is only blooming in the spring, fall, summer but it is still a very nice place to walk in the Winter. I go back here as often as I can.
  • Very pleasant & enjoyable gardens. Many variety of plants. Highly recommended for adults & children to see & learn. They also have green houses that I am really interested in learning about to build similar ones at home.
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