Long-time members of Matthaei-Nichols joined us on Friday, September 29 for an oak-tree planting that celebrated their support and the University of Michigan Bicentennial. Guests gathered in the auditorium at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for some great food, followed by a trip outside to plant the oak tree, a native white oak. Director Bob Grese, curator David Michener, and others spoke about the tree and our mission, and members and volunteers talked about what it means to be connected to and engage with the Arb and Gardens. Even the desserts were decorated with miniature candy oak leaves and acorns! 

Thanks to everyone for a beautiful evening – see photos below:

Catherine Andrea and Robin Mendenhall
Photo credit: Thor Helgeson
Group photo

The Bicentennial oak tree under the existing black cherry tree
Member Cathy Bach

Bob Grese and Denise Tanguay
Photo credit: Thor Helgeson

Volunteer and Member Dave Wooten

Delicious Desserts
Tree planting preparations

The Bicentennial oak tree
In celebration of the U-M Bicentennial and long-time members of Matthaei-Nichols, 2017.