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.

Visit the peony garden online in 2020

Please visit the peony garden online this year (not in person!)

Diversity message from Matthaei-Nichols

A Message about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Matthaei-Nichols.

Read more about our DEI Strategic Plan.

Earth Words (our blog)

What’s happening at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this summer?

Our Conservatory, Gift Shop, and Display Gardens are temporarily closedWe are currently making plans for a safe return of staff and reopening to visitors following public health and safety guidelines. We’re coordinating our efforts with the University of...

A Note from Retiring Director Bob Grese

Bob's last day is today, June 30. It will be quite an adjustment getting used to his not being at Matthaei-Nichols. And he's had an enormous impact on our organization---the landscapes, the gardens, the mission, the vision, and the people. Before he left Bob penned...

Invasive of the Week: Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus (also known as birdfoot deervetch, eggs and bacon, cat’s clover, ground honeysuckle) is a member of the Fabaceae or pea family. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, it was introduced from Europe as an agricultural...

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