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.

The Mind Bloom

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)

Learning Opportunities at Matthaei-Nichols January-February 2019

Learn something new about nature this winter. Our mission-affiliated groups offer discussions, presentations, and workshops every month of the year. Topics range from monarch migration to beekeeping to the quest for dark skies. Most programs are free...

Art Exhibit at Matthaei: The Mind Bloom, by Jennifer Farina

Presenting Ann Arbor artist Jennifer Farina's original watercolors at Matthaei  Botanical Gardens. January 12-March 24, 2019. Free admission. Scroll down for a gallery of some of the works on display. Artist's statement:"These watercolor...

Matthaei-Nichols 100+-Year-Old Tree Displayed at National Bonsai Show

Carmen Leskoviansky, Matthaei-Nichols collections and natural areas specialist, returned from the 6th Annual National Bonsai Exhibition held in Rochester, N.Y., last month. Carmen says it was a great weekend full of amazing trees, seeing old friends, and making new...

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The City of Ann Arbor has contracted with the firm White Buffalo to conduct the 2019 deer cull across the city and in Nichols Arboretum (the Arb). The Arb will be closed from 3pm until midnight on January 7, 14, and 17. There will be signage and DPS staff at all the entrances to the Arb to let people know when the cull is occurring. On those dates and times, campus police will not allow anyone within the Arboretum from 3pm-12 am

Arb closure dates and times:

3 pm-midnight:

Monday, January 7,  Monday, January 14,  Thursday, January 17.

More information on the cull can be found at the City of Ann Arbor website.