Two Great Locations, One Organization


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Who We Are

We are one organization with two locations at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

Exhibit banner: greenhouse gallery

Holiday Exhibit: The Greenhouse Gallery

Our holiday 2021 conservatory exhibit reveals how plants and nature contain all the elements and principles of art and design. Learn more.
Children on a field trip at Matthaei
We offer amazing opportunities for classroom groups to visit Matthaei in person or virtually. Both kinds of field trips are easy to schedule, interactive, and fun. Click here or on the image above to learn more.

Fall 2021: The conservatory and display gardens are open to the public! Click here for info.

Earth Words (our blog)

Native Plant of the Week: Pawpaw

Pawpaw fruit. Photo: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.Pawpaw flowers. Photo: Missouri Botanical Garden.Pawpaw leaves. Photo: Plant Image Library.By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). A taste of the tropics right here in Michigan. This...

Native Plant of the Week: Red Osier Dogwood

The red osier dogwood's bluish-white berries are often enjoyed by birds and mammals.The best time to see red osier dogwoods' yellowish-white flowers is between late May and early June.Most often found in swampy marsh areas, the red osier dogwood flourishes in moist or...

Native Plant of the Week: Witch Hazel

Witch hazel's curly, ribbon-like flowers bloom in October and November. Photo: Katie Stannard.Young witch hazel fruit. Photo: B.S. Walters, hazel leaves. Photo: R. Schipper, Katie Stannard Thank you for native plants! Our...

Invasive of the Week: Teasel Species (Dipsacus)

Common teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) flower. Photo: David Cappaert, teasel (Dipsacus lacianatus) flowers. Photo: Chris Evans, University of Illinois, infestation. Photo: Frances Lucero.Common teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) rosettes....

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