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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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  • Due to COVID the buildings are closed on Friday (the day we went), which limits what guests can see to the trails. That said, we enjoyed walking the trails for an hour and taking in nature. I... 
    Due to COVID the buildings are closed on Friday (the day we went), which limits what guests can see to the trails. That said, we enjoyed walking the trails for an hour and taking in nature. I...  more »
  • Matthei is both a garden and an arboretum. The garden is very nice, not large, and it includes both a good bonsai collection and an interesting herb garden. The trails are not long and offer a good....  more
    Matthei is both a garden and an arboretum. The garden is very nice, not large, and it includes both a good bonsai collection and an interesting herb garden. The trails are not long and offer a good....  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds, excellent curated plant collections. Lovely conservatory. Patio seating near book/gift shop. Picnic area on grounds and plenty of parking. Update 8/3/2021: Visited after making a timed reservation and completing a quick online health screening. Was greeted outdoors by a friendly staff member who confirmed my reservation and checked my health screening. Reservations keep the conservatory and grounds from getting overcrowded. Everyone I saw was masked (including children) and everyone maintained a safe social distance. Felt perfectly safe and comfortable. So grateful this place is open again!
  • Always a worthwhile stop. Both the inside and outside sections are well worth the price to park. The pond near the building is great for bird watching. The conservatory is a nice place to visit in the winter to see some green plants and flowers. The trails around the place are very well maintained and not a difficult hike at all.

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