Our Garden

Jerry and Rhona Meislik Bonsai Fund

Our stunning collection of over 60 bonsai and penjing trees requires time-intensive care, literally 365 days per year. Your donation helps maintain the health and beauty of this unique living collection.

The Bonsai and Penjing Garden

This garden demonstrates the truly international scope of bonsai today. Combining our mission of using native plants with an ancient art form that often focuses on materials from Asia, our current collection of more than 70 trees represents traditional Japanese and Chinese styles along with American and European influences. With its beautifully hand-crafted display stands and generous spaces the garden allows us to display much more of our collection than previously possible.

Additionally, a working bonsai studio is integrated into the garden. The studio provides opportunities for professionals and volunteers to maintain the bonsai plants in full view of the public.

The Bonsai and Penjing Garden is located behind the Conservatory with an entrance off the perennial garden. The garden is open daily 10 am-8 pm daily approximately May through Labor Day. You can also view a rotating selection of trees in the temperate house of the conservatory year-round. Visit our Hours & Directions page to learn more about our regular and summer hours, and more.

Because this living art form requires time-intensive care 365 days per year, we face the ongoing challenge of protecting the health and beauty of this collection. Dedicating this level of staff time requires funding of $32,000 per year. Your gift will make a difference. Other special recognition exists for gifts of at least $5,000. We value each gift. Give online now or contact Meredith Olson merolson@umich.edu / 734-647-7847.


A view of the interior of the Bonsai & Penjing Garden at Matthaei. Photo by Scott Soderberg /  Mich Photography.

Goldstein Azaleas

A bonsai azalea from the collection of donor Melvyn Goldstein.