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- $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.<p>
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.
98% of 49 customers recommend
“Matthai does not charge for entry even for non-members, so there is not a huge savings when you become a member if you use your membership only in Ann Arbor. (Your...”
“Matthai does not charge for entry even for non-members, so there is not a huge savings when you become a member if you use your membership only in Ann Arbor. (Your membership does provide free parking and a discount in the gift store.) It does give you that fuzzy warm feeling that you are supporting a good organization, and better yet, it is part of a reciprocal program with other gardens in most if not all 50 states. I am looking forward to using my membership to get into Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids this spring or summer, and when I travel I will look up gardens in the area.”
“Be sure to visit while the agave plant is still blooming. Once in its lifetime, and the first and only time in 80 years!”
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105