Two Great Locations, One Organization

Large-scale photographs offer an up-close look at the rare plants and habitats of the Great Lakes Gardens at Matthaei

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 bigger picture is apparent everywhere at Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, especially in the Great Lakes Gardens at Matthaei. This space showcases regional plants in specially recreated habitats such as dune, alvar, and wetland. Many of these plants are rare and little-seen in the wild. In fact, the Great Lakes Gardens may be one of the few places you’ll encounter uncommon plants such as lakeside daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea) or orange-fringed orchid (Platanthera ciliari). Scroll down for several images of these unique plants (all photos: Laura Mueller).

The exhibit “Uncommon Plants from Our Unique Places” explores the plants and places of the Great Lakes Gardens through the photographs of Laura Mueller. The exhibit runs during the winter 2020 Univerity of Michigan “Great Lakes” theme semester. “Uncommon Plants runs January 11 through March 1, 2020.

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