Matthaei Botanical Gardens


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Matthaei Botanical Gardens of Washtenaw County, Michigan

Hiking the Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Trail Distance:

3.6 miles long.

Trail Description:

The four main trails are:

  • Dix Pond Trail - 1.8 miles long
  • Fleming Creek Trail - 1.2 miles long
  • Musclewood Trail - 0.6 miles long
  • Parker Brook Trail - 0.6 miles long

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens (300 acres, 121 hectares) are botanical gardens with a conservatory operated by the University of Michigan. They are located at 1800 North Dixboro Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The grounds are open daily without charge while the conservatory requires an admission fee.

The gardens include outdoor display gardens, a 10,000+ square-foot conservatory, and natural areas with walking trails.

The natural areas include mature woodlands, wetlands, several ponds, and a constructed tall grass prairie, with four nature trails.

Uplands - previously agricultural, now meadow and second growth oak forest. Meadow areas contain European plants (smooth brome, timothy-grass, Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota), etc.), as well as native Michigan plant species, such as tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima) and side-flowering aster (Aster lateriflorus). Forested areas are mainly second growth oak-hickory forest but also include red and white ash and basswood.

Wetlands - common tree species include silver maple, tamarack (Larix laricina), red and black ash, cottonwood, and black willow. Herbaceous plants include cattails (Typha spp.), sedges (Carex spp. ), swamp aster (Aster puniceous), marsh marigold, and Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum).

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