Two Great Locations, One Organization

A Winter Escape

        in the Conservatory at Matthaei

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.

Matthaei exhibit banner for Uncommon Plants

What’s Happening

Matthaei-Nichols summer 2020 intern openings

Summer 2020 Internships at Matthaei-Nichols

We’re hiring up to 40 interns this summer to work in every department at the botanical gardens & arboretum. Fertilize your resume with a Nature Academy internship at Matthaei-Nichols! Click here to learn more.

Earth Words (our blog)

Call for Artists: Spring 2020 Artist Market

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum invites you to apply for our Spring Artist Market! Submit your original nature-inspired work for consideration - it could be jewelry, sculpture, glass, photography, paintings, fiber, etc. We're looking for...

A Passion for Native Plants

Native plants are on a roll. Nurseries and university extension services are noticing a growing interest in sustainable gardening. In fact, native plants are at the top of a 2020 trend list identified by the University of Florida Institute of Food and...

The Buzz in the Gardens

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is home to two local beekeeping clubs, and each has a thriving apiary on the grounds. The gardens are the perfect ecosystem for pollination with acres of wild flowers, tall grasses, and community gardens. This is the story of a...

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