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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...

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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...

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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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Big Changes Happening in the Conservatory at Matthaei

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is getting some significant upgrades and renovations this year. Before: Work in Progress in the Conservatory The photo...

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Exhibit – Uncommon Plants from Our Unique Places

Large-scale photographs offer an up-close look at the rare plants and habitats of the Great Lakes Gardens at Matthaei The full story of the Great Lakes goes beyond the storied lakes themselves to include the area’s habitats, ecosystems, and plants. The...

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Winter Scenes at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Photographer John Metzler spends a lot of time at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum searching for nature scenes to capture with his camera. Take a look at these winter scenes of the botanical gardens that John sent us from November...

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Carmen’s Portland Bonsai Journey

Matthaei-Nichols Bonsai Collection Specialist Carmen Leskoviansky (left), works with the Tom and Zach as part of the Crataegus Bonsai seasonal team. Here they're cutting off old needles on the stronger shoots of a ponderosa pine they were working on....

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