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Prairie – Great Lakes Gardens

    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Great Lakes Gardens Endowment Fund

Support the continued maintenance and care of this one-of-a-kind garden, so that future generations can experience the unique living heritage of the Great Lakes region.

Prairies are among the most threatened of Michigan’s native plant communities, particularly because many of the soils where prairies were historically found were easily converted to farming and other uses. Native prairies in the Great Lakes Region range from wet to mesic (moist) to dry soil conditions. In addition, the lakeplain areas of Michigan have a special prairie flora all their own as do the sand prairies region. Today, many prairie species have become highly valued in butterfly or pollinator gardens and rain gardens, or as alternatives to the traditional lawn. The Prairie Garden provides a sampling of the distinctive grasses and forbs (wildflowers) found in the Great Lakes Region.

How can you help? If you want future generations to experience the unique living heritage of the Great Lakes region and would like to support continued maintenance and care of this one-of-a-kind garden, please contact Meredith Olson, Director of Development, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum,1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; merolson@umich.edu; 734.647.7847

Prairie at Dow Field in the Arb

Prairies are among the most threatened of Michigan’s native plant communities. Photo by Michele Yanga.

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