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.

Mothers Day Plant Sale

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)

A Gigas Bloomed at Matthaei. That Means Big, Smelly, and Beautiful

The carrion flower lives! It took less than four years for a seed-grown Amorphophallus gigas to bloom in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. In late winter 2019 a staff member discovered the flower stalk beginning to poke through the soil. Once...

Bonsai: An Ancient Art for a Modern World

*Note: This story appears in a shorter form in the spring-summer Matthaei-Nichols print newsletter.Why do bonsai? What meaning does it have? How do we explain its appeal? Do we need to explain?”We asked four experts to share their thoughts on bonsai and...

April 2019 Matthaei-Nichols Programming

Our partner and mission-affiliated groups offer nature-based programs throughout the year, most of them free. Check out our April 2019 lineup of workshops, discussions, and presentations. Mon., April 1, 7 pm Growing Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Study Group Group...

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