Discover the beauty and science of nature atMatthaei Botanical Gardens. Wander through one of our eleven outdoor garden spaces featuring bonsai, native and medicinal plants, perennials, and more blooming seasonally from spring to first frost. Take a walk along nearly three miles of trails and natural areas. Or visit the year-round indoor conservatory filled with plants from around the world. Begin your exploration at the visitor center, where you’ll find visitor guides, restrooms, water and snacks and the Garden Store. Helpful staff in the main lobby will orient you to the many gardens and display areas at Matthaei. All trails at the Gardens loop back to the Visitor Center.
The Gaffield Children’s Garden is a place for exploration and fun in a natural setting specially designed from a kids’-eye view, a place that invites discovery with all the senses. Here, children can climb into an oversized bird nest and pretend they’re a hatchling, wend their way through a maze, discover magical creatures in a fairy and troll knoll, or just get their hands dirty in a digging pit.