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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!)

What’s in Bloom at Matthaei-Nichols

Something is blooming or growing throughout the year at the Arb and Gardens. Click here to view our galleries.

Earth Words (our blog)

Invasive of the Week: Dame’s Rocket

Invasive of the Week: Dame’s rocket, Hesperis matronalisEditor’s note: Like many organizations, our staff are doing work outside of normal job tasks--literally. When non-horticulture staff began work to help maintain our outdoor spaces, field...

Invasive of the Week: Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

By Katie StannardWe wanted to share a changing of the guard: Emily Lilla (invasives guru, founder of this series and all-around terrific natural areas technician) is off to grad school with our best wishes and gratitude for her work at Matthaei-Nichols....

Notes from a Plague Year for Shakespeare in the Arb 2020

Director Kate Mendeloff (center) during the 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography. In this uncertain time, don’t you long to watch an Arb sunset as you listen to Elizabethan music and are drawn into another...

What’s in Bloom at Matthaei-Nichols May 22

What’s in Bloom: DogwoodFrom Matthaei-Nichols Woody Plants and Trails Technician Chad Machinski: Cornus florida, also known as flowering dogwood, is going off right now! This small native tree has been around the nursery trade for some time due to its many...

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