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Nichols Arboretum

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JBH wrote a review Sep 2020
199 contributions29 helpful votes
There was so much to do here and such diverse options. There are manicured gardens, wild places, river walks, wooded trails, gravel paths, and open grassy places. And that's just what we discovered when we rambled around for a couple of hours. We had a picnic, too. I'm not sure how to deal with parking. The directions I found were difficult to decipher and we finally gave up and parked in one of the spots reserved for the arboretum without a pass. The visitor center was closed due to COVID and there was no option for getting a pass.im sure we would have gotten a ticket had someone noticed, so I don't recommend this method of parking. Since the visitor's center is closed there were no restrooms available. I was really needing one and trying to figure out what to do when, miraculously, a port-o-john was delivered right in front of where I was sitting. That is some kind of service for you. :)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Morella wrote a review Aug 2020
Farmington Hills, Michigan977 contributions129 helpful votes
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What a nice place to walk! Trails are categorized as easy, medium and difficult. Since the Visitors Center is closed I’d recommend downloading a trail map in their website: very useful considering the informational signs at the trails are few. We used the Washington Heights entrance, which is perfect to see the Peonies Garden right away (not currently in bloom). Several of the “easy trails” start right there, which was important for my mother. The Laurel Ridge Trail is beautiful, easy and gives you plenty of opportunity to see the Peonies Garden from a higher ground. We ended up walking all the way to the Huron River, which took us through sections of some difficulty (#2 to #7 in the trail map). The difficulty stemmed from several steps downhill. But it was worthy: you can sit and watch tons of people kayaking. The way back up the same trail takes some stamina... And there are wooden trails completely covered that looked amazing. Highly recommend this place for people of all ages. Three words of advise: First, there is no parking in the Washington entrance with the exception of a few metered spots. But if you go during weekends or at night you can park in lot M-28 nearby. Second: bring water or even snacks because there is nothing particularly now that the Visitors Center is closed. There are plenty of benches to sit and shaded areas to have a picnic Third: my GPS took me to the Geddes entrance even though I entered the Washington Heights address. If that happens: simply go back on Geddes and make a right on the first street you find. Then turn right on Washington Heights.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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FiveFindOuters wrote a review Jul 2020
New Jersey46 contributions13 helpful votes
Jewel of a natural location, pleasant undulating topology, tucked between river and hospital/campus -so looked forward to visiting! However, as an arboretum, very underwhelming. Eroded paths, overgrown benches, faded signage, lack of informational signage, absence of educational material on specimens. The 'caretakers garden' was highlight of what could be possible with foresight plus funding. Strange absence of midlife trees - there are many recent native plantings - but the entire site misses evidence of a coherent educational, scientific, or outreach mission and purpose. Have never before departed an arboretum that feels "more tired than inspired".
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Kirstin D. wrote a review Feb 2020
Port Huron, Michigan439 contributions17 helpful votes
Very quiet and secluded. It is really besutiful and wild, though right in the city. It isnt all groomed and gardeny, but quite rugged. Almost like a set of hiking hills right on the edge of campus. Magical!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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ACTK8331 wrote a review Dec 2019
Muncie, Indiana14 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited in July 2019 and it was unlike anywhere we’ve ever visited expecting a variety of gardens and plants. They have done an outstanding job! I don’t want to give away details, I wish everyone the delightful experience we had in discovery and fun we had finding the unique. Go and enjoy! We will be return!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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