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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Ranked #4 of 32 Attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The garden is a living museum exhibit of historic peonies that is open free for all - See more at: http://mbgna.umich.edu/peony/ Breathtaking aromas and a vivid display of contrasting colors is welcoming yearly a plethora of visitors from all over the world.This is a must have experience that could be combined with an artistic event taken place in the vicinity... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We have been coming to Matthaei for several years and became members last year. We love it and try to come at least once a month. There are several trails of various length so you can select one that suits your time frame. One of the wonders and beauty of nature is it's constantly changing visage. The trails are loosely... More

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Urbana, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a beautiful place! We saw a huge Agave plant that actually goes through the roof. The cacti were very unique. We enjoyed roaming the outside gardens and seeing the bonsai bushes.

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Stayner, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I can't believe this place is free. We would probably still be there if it weren't so hot out. We came in to see Ann Arbor and this was a stopover. Beautiful place. The flowers are ALL beautiful. All you do is pay $ 1.40 hr for parking or $ 5.00 for the day. We left a considerable donation at... More

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've spent more time at the Arb than the Botanic Garden but enjoyed them both! The Arb is a great place to run or sit by the river - tons of weaving paths to explore and connects to the greater B2B trail. Botanic Garden is more of a bike ride away from campus and also has fun trails and was... More

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Haymarket, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I would highly recommend you check this place out. Wow be careful if you go here it is so beautiful it just might overwhelm you. A must see!!!

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Bonita Springs
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We recently took a trip to Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We did not think their would be so much to see and were quite impressed. We were there over 2 hours. When I called to ask how long it might take us to go though they said anywhere from 1/2 your to 2 hours. We enjoyed it... More

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The gardens were lovely, but the place was packed. It was hard to navigate, with so many people all over the place. The greenhouse was especially cramped, with narrow walkways, and tons of people stopping randomly to take pictures. There were lots of amateur photographers sprawling out all over the place to take pictures, taking up a lot of room... More

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Oregon, Ohio
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We drove up from Toledo to see the gardens and conservatory. My husband grows Bonsai so that was the highlight for us. The grounds are in great condition, and the gardens are nice, if a bit young. The Children's Garden is fantastic. We didn't have kids with us, but I still thought that ranked right up near the Bonsai garden.... More

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Dundee, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a wonderful botanical Garden. The children's garden is cute. My favorite part were the hiking trails along the creek. The is a very easy hike. Small gift store too with Fairy Garden supplies.

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