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.

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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)

No Giant Hogweed at Matthaei-Nichols

By Jeff Plakke, Matthaei-Nichols Field Services ManagerAbout this time of year people start asking, and the answer is still no, thankfully: we do not have the exotic giant hogweed growing on our properties. What people often report is in fact the...

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...

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