2022 Year in Review

2022 has been a banner year for us! We were excited to bring back our in-person events and mark important moments such as the 100 Year In Bloom celebration of our W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden, and the 10-year Anniversary of Campus Farm.  We grew an incredible amount of plants and welcomed over 500,000 visitors. And, most excitingly, the launch of our new Strategic Plan has given our organization renewed purpose and drive – we are committed to being a transformative force for social and ecological resilience through the waters and lands we steward.  As we look to the new year, we are excited about the possibilities this commitment will bring.

  • Launched MBGNA’s new Strategic Plan
  • Return of public events such as Zombie Run, Things with Wings, and Pumpkin, Lanterns, and Leaves
  • Grew approximately 15,000 pints of cherry tomatoes for MDining, UM Farm Stand, and Maize & Blue Cupboard
  • Welcomed 35 student interns for the summer
  • Awarded APGA/US Botanical Garden Urban Agriculture Resilience Program award to support the Urban Agriculture Internship Program with our partner organizations D-Town Farm, Oakland Ave Urban Farm, Cadillac Urban Gardens, and Growing Hope
  • Celebrated 100 Years in Bloom and renamed the peony garden in Nichols Arboretum to the WE Upjohn Peony Garden
  • Welcomed 956 UM students into classrooms at MBGNA
  • Supported native ecosystems through controlled burns
  • Collaborated with Ziikbimijwang Farm for this year’s Indigenous Collaborative Garden
  • Celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Campus Farm at Harvest Fest 2022
  • Return of the full Summer roster of Nature Play Pop-Ups
  • Hosted the first ‘Ice Out’ with representatives of all of Michigan’s Potawatomi Tribes. At the request of and with support from Tribal colleagues, we submitted with Dr. Selena Smith (Earth & Environmental Sciences) a now-funded $249K grant called ‘Meet the Mnomen” ) to further our work on Mnomen (wild rice) restoration work at MBGNA.
  • The return of in-person K-12 field trips and partner collaborations with pre-college youth
  • Creation of new series of seasonal nature-craft videos, “Matthaei at Home”
  • Successfully hosted free guided Nature Wonder Walks
  • More than 2,358 donors made gifts totaling $1.95M+
  • Hosted Arts Initiative “Bridging the Divide” workshops
  • 107 Different varieties of Mother’s Day plants were grown, a total of 5,500 plants
  • 3,000 + plants were grown for the MBGNA garden store
  • Welcomed the return of Shakespeare in the Arb
  • Developed and furthered established collaborations with Ann Arbor District Library, Ypsilanti District Library, and Rackham Library
  • Launched, in partnership with Jewish Family Services, the region’s first Refugee Garden
  • Launch of a new student organization, Friends of Gaffield Children’s Garden
  • Return of MSTEM in-person visits
  • Alexis Lamb’s prize-winning composition and installation ‘Hybrid Cultivars‘ installed in the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden, now housed in the Gaffield Children’s Garden
  • 14,000 tomato transplants grown at Campus Farm in collaboration with Keep Growing in Detroit for use in their Garden Resource Program
  • Participated in community engagements such as WISD early childhood educator fair, and the Big-Little Fair
  • Celebrated International Mud Day in the Gaffield Children’s Garden
  • Publication of AADL Ann Arbor Adventures: Visit to Matthaei Botanical Garden children’s book
  • Grew 6,700 native plants
  • 8,400 transplants grown for our Kitchen Favorites Plant Sale
  • Established connections by hosting MSU Beal Botanical Gardens Staff and Interns, and staff from Frederik Meijer Gardens
  • Celebrated 3 months of #everydayoutdoors
  • We put a little tree in the Big House
  • Hosted a Satsuki Azalea reception
  • Began the process of reorganizing and diversifying the Herb-Knot Garden
  • Hosted American Peony Society flower show
  • 4,047 garden annuals grown
  • Reached 600K+ on social media
  • Welcomed 4,298 MBGNA members
  • and so much more…
peony garden in full bloom. SOme visitors in the background looking at the flowers
People working in a newly polaned garden space. Som eare garrying lpants, other bending to the dirt. There are young seedlings in the ground
controlled burn at Dow Field
photo of three farmers sharing crops
David Michener and another person look closely at a cactus