Choose Between Two Options
- $26 for a one-year couple's membership ($55 value)
- $35 for a one-year Family Tree membership ($75 value)
Membership benefits include discounts at all May plant sales, Shakespeare in the Arb, and local retailers, reciprocal privileges at participating gardens and museums nationwide, and free parking at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Click here for a full list of member benefits.
The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
The landscape is constantly changing at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, a pair of wilderness sanctuaries spread across two campuses at The University of Michigan. As spring pops around the city, the botanical gardens put on their brightest seasonal finery. In the Great Lakes Gardens, hundreds of species of indigenous ferns, woody plants, and wildflowers awaken after a dormant winter with the color and life that make Michigan famous. Other outdoor gardens include the kid-friendly Gaffield Children's Garden and formal gardens filled with bonsai trees, perennials and fragrant herbs. The gardens stay busy even on the season's rainy days; guests can stay dry while exploring indoor attractions such as the Conservatory—a large greenhouse that contains tropical, temperate, and arid biomes—and the art installations created by the university's students and faculty.
Across the city at the Central Campus, Nichols Arboretum contains a network of wooded trails that wind past giant magnolias, oaks, and the Peony Garden that erupts with color near the end of May each year. As they look at the flowers, guests might find themselves transported to scenes from Shakespeare's midsummer, which is fitting; each June, the arboretum hosts Shakespeare in the Arb, an outdoor theatre program inspired by the Bard's love of natural settings.