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Every Day Outdoors Returns in 2022

By Alyssa Abaloz Last year a team of staff members developed Every Day Outdoors as a way to inspire the Matthaei-Nichols community to spend time outdoors all year long. This challenge began in the winter, when outdoor activities sometimes seem few and far between....

Native Plant of the Week: Gray Dogwood

Flowering gray dogwood. Photo: Cranbrook Science. Gray dogwood is a shrub, reaching a maximum height of 16 feet. Flowers on gray dogwood form dome-shaped clusters. Photo: Dan Mullen. By Alyssa Abaloz This week’s native plant is the Gray Dogwood, or Cornus racemosa....

Native Plant of the Week: American Wintergreen

Flowering wintergreen. Photo: Matthew Beziat. Bright red berries remain on the shrub all winter long, providing nourishment for many species of bird. Photo: HR, Flickr. Wintergreen berry peeking through the snow. Photo: Dennis Wilkinson. By Alyssa Abaloz This week’s...

Staff Stories: Bidding Adieu to the Person Behind Our Words

By Katie Stannard Outgoing Communications Manager Joe Mooney trying to upstage the poinsettia tree in the conservatory at Matthaei, December 2021. One of the true hallmarks of an exceptional writer and editor is their ability to erase their subjectivity from a...

Photo Gallery: Twenty Years of Winter Scenes at Matthaei-Nichols

We put together a slide show of winter scenes of our properties from the last 20 years. Many volunteer photographers along with staff, former and current, captured these winter scenes from 2001-2021: Bob Grese, Katie Stannard, Adrienne O’Brien, John Metzler,...

Native Plant of the Week: Wild Petunia

Wild petunia flowers. Photo: G.D. Bebeau. The entire plant of wild petunia is hairy. Photo: Missouri Botanical Garden. Flower buds of Ruellia humilis. Photo: Janice Lynn.   By Joseph Mooney This week’s native plant is wild petuniua, Ruellia humilis. In the world of...

Native Plant of the Week: Pawpaw

Pawpaw fruit. Photo: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Pawpaw flowers. Photo: Missouri Botanical Garden. Pawpaw leaves. Photo: Plant Image Library. By Joseph Mooney Native plant of the week: Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). A taste of the tropics right here in Michigan. This...

Native Plant of the Week: Red Osier Dogwood

The red osier dogwood’s bluish-white berries are often enjoyed by birds and mammals. The best time to see red osier dogwoods’ yellowish-white flowers is between late May and early June. Most often found in swampy marsh areas, the red osier dogwood...