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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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  • Wheelchair accessible. Very nice restrooms. Beautiful for a wedding. Indoor greenhouse. Wonderful attended to for healthy plants. Although entry to the gardens is free, Parking is not free.  more »
  • I enjoyed walking by the river. The peony garden was in bloom and quite beautiful. The gardens are vast and there's a lot of paths to take and explore.  more »
  • If you go in winter, there is the tropical conservatory that is well stocked! Spring, summer, fall --beautiful variety of plants, includes a children's garden. Also, there is a very nice walking trail  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is one of the wife and I's first "special places." Everything about the land is just awesome. Their bonsai tree collection is out of this world and the trails are short, but super awesome to walk. We keep going back and are looking to try to have our vow renewal there in a year or two.
  • A great place to visit any time of the year, with several miles of well marked trails through diverse habitats, as well as several formal garden areas, and a large indoor conservatory. The children's garden is perfect for kids under 8, with lots of unique spots for playing and exploring. The new parking fee is an annoyance, but it means that the conservatory is now free to visit.