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.

Earth Words (our blog)

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory: Then & Now

Then & Now: We're digging into our past and reflecting on the many changes our properties have gone through. Construction on the Dixboro property began in 1958. The conservatory was the last to be completed, eight years later. Several updates have been made since...

Welcome Ivana Lopez-Espinosa: A Q&A with Our New DEI Manager

Please welcome the newest member of the Matthaei-Nichols team, Ivana Lopez-Espinosa. Ivana joins us as the DEI manager (diversity, equity, and inclusion). She most recently worked at the Edward Ginsberg Center at the University of Michigan, where she was the equity...

Invasive Plant of the Week: Autumn Olive

Ripe autumn olive berries showing their characteristic speckles.The tops of autumn olive leaves are dark green.The underside of autumn olive leaves is always a soft grayish green.Autumn olive branches and bark.By Emily Lilla & Joseph Mooney This week autumn olive...

Matthaei-Nichols Perennial Garden: Then & Now

We're digging into our past and reflecting on the many changes our properties have gone through. Ever wonder how a perennial garden comes to be? Originally named the rose & perennial garden, its development started in the 1970s. It was one of the first outdoor...

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