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Matthaei Botanical Gardens

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1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9741
+1 734-647-7600
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Very nice place to just take a walk

We have explored a few gardens in the past and this one is quite nice even on a ninety degree day... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul S
Not huge, but very well kept up. The fall foliage was lovely!

I visited in October, so the fall decorations in particular we very nice -- and the trees had great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tropical plants” (10 reviews)
“plant sales” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9741
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+1 734-647-7600
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"children's garden"
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"tropical plants"
in 10 reviews
"plant sales"
in 6 reviews
"green house"
in 6 reviews
"outdoor trails"
in 5 reviews
"walking trails"
in 14 reviews
"climate zones"
in 4 reviews
"perennial garden"
in 4 reviews
"bonsai collection"
in 4 reviews
"full bloom"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 14 reviews
"per hour"
in 4 reviews
"main building"
in 4 reviews
"cold winter day"
in 4 reviews
"year round"
in 6 reviews
"free admission"
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"wonderful place"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have explored a few gardens in the past and this one is quite nice even on a ninety degree day. The Bonsai trees are worth the visit, as is the children's garden; we got many good ideas for our vegetable garden there. So, if...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited in October, so the fall decorations in particular we very nice -- and the trees had great foliage! I loved the kids' areas with carved pumpkins and cute paths. The indoor areas are also very well done, and there was a lot to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a typical botanical garden. Nothing much to see. For locals, it is a nice place to walk around and show kids exotic plants.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Explored the greenhouse and some of the outdoor exhibits and garden grounds. Free admission, although donations are suggested and appreciated. Pay to park in their ample lots. The greenhouse is not huge but had alot of interesting plants, including a desert room full of fascinating...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great kids garden, fun for all ages. Learn about plants in medicine and much more. Even has hiking trails. Everything from cactus to bonsai.

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a great afternoon exploring the greenhouse and some of the beautifully planted gardens. Parking is easy, with a maximum daily charge of $5. The gardens are free to enter. The gardens are well looked after and saw many plants, particularly in the tropical section,...More

Thank hartgayle
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Gardens are one of my favorite places to walk. There are several marked trails of varying lengths. An interesting one is the 0.6 mile Sam Graham Trees Trail which shows trees native to Michigan. Several different types of habitat are seen along the trail,...More

Thank TravelFan48105
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Situated on 200 acres of hardwood forest, wetlands and prairie, the University of Michigan received this property as a gift from the Matthaei family in 1957 and it has been developed all those years as a beautiful spot for walking, birding and enjoying nature. It...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

The Garden has a small gift shop with a variety of live plants and garden themed merchandise. It rained so we weren't able to explore the trails but it looked lovely and we plan on going back when the weather is more accommodating.

Thank Darlene P
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. The gardens were in bloom and the day was perfect to roam the grounds. The trails aren't long and are well kept. No problem with parking. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Anna H
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scallopcove
2 June 2018|
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Response from Anna H | Reviewed this property |
I dont remember seeing any dogs. Look on the website for their policy.
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Kathycak
25 March 2017|
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Response from middledavis | Reviewed this property |
It is free, but they accept donations and we always try to give a little.
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Lori C
4 April 2016|
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Response from Susette D | Reviewed this property |
The trails can be and scooter. The indoor gardens are also accessible. Unfortunately, no rentals are available.
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