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Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

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Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone Number: 734-647-7600
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Description: A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for...
A 300-acre garden with a variety of outdoor displays and nature trails for exploring.
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Beautiful venue for a perfect wedding

My daughter got married at the gardens. Beautiful setting for a beautiful wedding.... Helpful staff at the gardens .... Perfect day with cute little umbrellas to protect from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Washington, Michigan, United States
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Washington, Michigan, United States
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My daughter got married at the gardens. Beautiful setting for a beautiful wedding.... Helpful staff at the gardens .... Perfect day with cute little umbrellas to protect from the sun.

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South Lyon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Have your kids grab a back pack from the entrance and it has free fun stuff for kids to do as you walk. I love it and go here at least once a week you only pay for parking!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Matthaei Botanical Gardens was a wonderful wedding venue. The staff were so wonderful and the setting perfect...If you are considering this venue, relax and enjoy...They'll take great care of you....

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A wonderful place to hike trails and natural areas as well as wander through the botanical gardens under glass, and outdoor gardens. Be sure to look through the kaleidoscope in the botanical area! (See photographs attached) One small problem is that there is not a clear manner to understand the hiking trails around the Botanical Gardens. There are long, beautiful... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We just moved to Ann Arbor. We ended up at the arboretum on the suggestion of a waiter we had the night before. It was larger than we had anticipated for a city park. It's the perfect place for a lazy stroll in the evening. It also looked like there were plenty of great spots for a picnic. Will definitely... More 

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Michigan USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Nice trails, but not very extensive or long. Great place for a moderate walk in any season, very close to Ann Arbor. Nice tended gardens and greenhouse as well.

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Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This hidden gem is worth the drive of les than 10 minutes from downtown. Admission is free but you will need to pay for parking. After walking through the Conservatory, you will be able to spend time touring the garden areas that include a small, but impressive Bonsai Garden. All areas are well marked with information about the many different... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Gardens are beautiful and unusual. This is a great place to spend an afternoon with friends or family of any age. Wonder walking trails

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Temperance, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It took us a little bit to find the gardens but I'm glad we persisted. I just LOVE going though gardens! and I'd been waiting to visit this one for quite awhile. Although it wasn't what I was expecting (I don't mean that in a bad way) we thoroughly enjoyed exploring each section of the gardens. What a great time!!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great for walks, hikes, river floating, picnics, events in the park, flower smelling, and enjoying nature in town. I go here several times a week and always take my out of town guests for a walk in the park!

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