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Invasive of the Week: Dame’s Rocket

Invasive of the Week: Dame’s rocket, Hesperis matronalisEditor’s note: Like many organizations, our staff are doing work outside of normal job tasks–literally. When non-horticulture staff began work to help maintain our outdoor spaces, field services manager...

Invasive of the Week: Creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

By Katie StannardWe wanted to share a changing of the guard: Emily Lilla (invasives guru, founder of this series and all-around terrific natural areas technician) is off to grad school with our best wishes and gratitude for her work at Matthaei-Nichols. Katie Stannard...

Notes from a Plague Year for Shakespeare in the Arb 2020

Director Kate Mendeloff (center) during the 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography. In this uncertain time, don’t you long to watch an Arb sunset as you listen to Elizabethan music and are drawn into another world? I know I...

What’s in Bloom at Matthaei-Nichols May 22

What’s in Bloom: DogwoodFrom Matthaei-Nichols Woody Plants and Trails Technician Chad Machinski: Cornus florida, also known as flowering dogwood, is going off right now! This small native tree has been around the nursery trade for some time due to its many varieties....

Geothermal Energy: What It Is, How It Works

By Nathan LaFramboise Background on Geothermal EnergyIn a recent blog post on hydropower I discussed the potential for Michigan’s Great Lakes to harness hydroelectric power in the search for new forms of renewable energy. This week’s post discusses an entirely...

Dazzling Daffodils – Spring Sunlight in a Flower

By Katie Stannard, Matthaei-Nichols Summer Intern Coordinator & Front Desk Lead Perhaps this spring you’ve wandered lonely as a cloud and happened to spy some delightful daffodils… ahhh. Whether a single bloom or captivating cluster, daffodils herald the...