Two Great Locations, One Organization

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.

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What’s Happening

ORchid blooming in the conservatory

What’s in Bloom

There’s something blooming year-round at the botanical gardens and arboretum. Click on the image above or here for galleries of blooms throughout the seasons.

Earth Words (our blog)

Voodoo Lily Blooming in Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The voodoo lily (Amorphophallus konjac) is blooming in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this week. This plant is the smaller cousin of the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum located in the tropical house). At some point very soon this week the flower...

Winter Scenes from Matthaei-January 2019

The snowstorm on Saturday, January 19 was beautiful but things turned cold and windy the next day. Photographer John Metzler visited Matthaei on Sunday morning to enjoy and photograph the snowy scenes. He was surprised to see another visitor walking the...

Call for Artists: Spring 2019 Artist Market

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum invites you to apply for our Spring Artist Market in May! Here's how it works: submit your original, nature-inspired work for consideration - jewelry, sculpture, glass, photography, paintings, fiber, etc....

Learning Opportunities at Matthaei-Nichols January-February 2019

Learn something new about nature this winter. Our mission-affiliated groups offer discussions, presentations, and workshops every month of the year. Topics range from monarch migration to beekeeping to the quest for dark skies. Most programs are free...

Art Exhibit at Matthaei: The Mind Bloom, by Jennifer Farina

Presenting Ann Arbor artist Jennifer Farina's original watercolors at Matthaei  Botanical Gardens. January 12-March 24, 2019. Free admission. Scroll down for a gallery of some of the works on display. Artist's statement:"These watercolor...

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