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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.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens display gardens and interior spaces are now open to the public, offering scheduled visits to the conservatory and display gardens on select days. How it works: Each visitor will need to make a reservation for a scheduled time slot. Reservations must be made for each person in a group. For a 4-person group visiting at 10 a.m., you’ll need to select four 10 a.m. time slots. Click on the image above or click here to access the reservation system.

Earth Words (our blog)

Native Plant of the Week: Bottlebrush Buckeye

Bottlebrush buckeye flowers.A mature bottlebrush buckeye can be up to 15 feet wide and 8 feet high. This specimen in Ann Arbor, Mich., is about 15 years old.A buckeye leaf.By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora “What is...

Native Plant of the Week: Northern Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera flowers. Photo by Doug McGrady.Spent flowers of Diervilla 'Nightglow.'A 2-year-old Diervilla 'Nightglow,' about 2 feet wide by 2 feet high.By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera). Time to plant a...

Native Plant of the Week: American Pokeweed

Ripe pokeweed berries. Photo by Bob Richmond.A mature pokeweed plant may be up to 10 feet tall. Photo: Cornell University.Pokeweed berries in varying stages of ripeness. Photo by Cyndy Simms Parr.By Joseph Mooney This week’s native plant is American pokeweed...

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