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.

photo of peony gardens with logo for 100 years in bloom overlay
 Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University of Michigan Peony Garden.  Details on the gardens, centennial events, and peony care are available at our Peony Garden webpage.
Children on a field trip at Matthaei
We offer amazing opportunities for classroom groups to visit Matthaei in person or virtually. Both kinds of field trips are easy to schedule, interactive, and fun. Click here or on the image above to learn more.

The conservatory and display gardens are open to the public! Click here for info.

Earth Words (our blog)

What’s in Bloom: May 13, 2022

Trees, shrubs, and groundcover alike are blooming at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.Flowering crabapple. Photo: Kerry Sprague.Blue hyacinth dots the lawn in front of a drove of daffodils at MBG. Photo: Kerry Sprague.Fragrant viburnum at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Photo:...

Peony root systems

The home range for Peonies includes Asia, western Europe, and two North American species. However, this beloved plant, well known for its beauty and role in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has traveled the world thanks to its specialized root system. 

What’s in Bloom: April 29, 2022

The weeping cherry located in Dow Field at the Arb.Clusters of hellebores in bloom at the Arb. Photo: Michele Yanga.Yellow Dogwood blooms at the entrance to the Arb. Photo: Michele Yanga.Blue Hepatica in the Great Lakes Garden.Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) in the...

People behind the Peonies: 100 years of data with Sarah Gizzi

By Alyssa Abaloz   You may see them digging, trimming, mulching and planting, but the people who maintain the peony garden at Nichols Arboretum do much more than that.   Ahead of the garden’s centennial celebration, peony garden fellow Sarah Gizzi has been hard at...

What’s in Bloom: Conservatory Edition

Flowers are always plentiful in the tropical house. The brilliant orange blossoms of Pachystachys lutea, also known as the golden shrimp plant or lollipop plant, were a visitor favorite this week.A careful eye may be required to spot the blooms in the pictures below....

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