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)

Summer 2019 Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Programs

Check out the programming offered by the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society this summer. Most programs are free unless noted otherwise. Don't miss the annual bonsai show sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society in August. Programs held Wednesday at 7 pm except for the bonsai...

Summer 2019 Nature Play Pop-Ups at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

The Gaffield Children’s Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting weekly hands-on Nature Play Pop-ups summer 2019. On Monday mornings 10 – 11:30 am and select Sunday afternoons 3-4:30 pm through August, volunteers will lead interactive, exploratory nature play...

Mother’s Day Plant Sale + Spring Artist Market at Matthaei

Two sales mark Mother's Day weekend at Matthaei. Scroll down for both listings. The Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale happens Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 10 am-4:30 pm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. This annual sale features container and hanging...

Student Perspective: Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference

By University of Michigan undergraduate students Jessica Ankley and Samantha Searles “Model your ecosystems curriculum on the Great Lakes. They are a precious resource. Help your students explore the natural world around them.” From Liz Glynn, Matthaei-Nichols Youth...

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...

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