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A Note from Retiring Director Bob Grese

Bob's last day is today, June 30. It will be quite an adjustment getting used to his not being at Matthaei-Nichols. And he's had an enormous impact on our organization---the landscapes, the gardens, the mission, the vision, and the people. Before he left Bob penned...

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Invasive of the Week: Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus (also known as birdfoot deervetch, eggs and bacon, cat’s clover, ground honeysuckle) is a member of the Fabaceae or pea family. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, it was introduced from Europe as an agricultural...

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Invasive of the Week: Field Bindweed

Field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis, also known as field morning glory, devil’s guts, or wild morning glory is a perennial vine with roots that can extend a whopping 20 feet into the soil and can easily persist in a garden environment for 20...

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A Message from Matthaei-Nichols Director Bob Grese

Over the past weeks, I watched in horror at the killing of George Floyd and others such as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.  For me personally, it brought back painful memories of being a teenager in Memphis, TN when Martin Luther King, Jr. was brutally murdered. ...

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Invasive of the Week: Creeping Charlie

Creeping charlie, Glechoma hederacea (also known as ground ivy, catsfoot, alehoof) was introduced in North America from Europe in the 17th century as a groundcover. Now listed as an invasive weed in many states, it’s part of the Lamiaceae or mint family,...

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What Is Bonsai and Why Do We Practice It?

*Note: This story appeared in a shorter form in the spring-summer 2019 Matthaei-Nichols print newsletter.Why do bonsai? What meaning does it have? How do we explain its appeal? Do we need to explain?”We asked four experts to share their thoughts on bonsai...

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