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.

What's in bloom

What’s in Bloom at Matthaei-Nichols

There’s something blooming year-round at the botanical gardens and arboretum. Click here to view a gallery of images or click on the photo above.

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)

Peony Care: Fall Prep for a Beautiful Spring Bloom

Above, left to right: With some fall prep, this is what your peonies will look in the spring. This is a view of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022. Center: powdery mildew on peony leaves. Right: botrytis fungus on...

Invasive of the Week: Asian Bittersweet

Invasive bittersweet fruit in early fall in a southeast Michigan park.It's easy to spot invasive bittersweet in the fall.In farmers markets and shops this time of year you might come across Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) for sale as part of a seasonal...

Invasive Plant of the Week: Narrowleaf Bittercress

The flowers of narrowleaf bittercress. Photo: Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species.The first-year rosette of narrowleaf bittercress. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.By Joseph Mooney Invasive of the Week: narrowleaf bittercress, Cardamine impatiens. We’ve...

Invasive Plant of the Week: Amur Honeysuckle

Amur honeysuckle berries in early fall.Amur honeysuckle flowers. Surprisingly fragrant. Photo: Plant Image Library.The invasive honeysuckles employ the neat trick of leafing out in early spring. This shades out native plants and give the honeysuckle a competitive...

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