Dear members, friends, and followers: in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and in accordance with University of Michigan guidelines, Matthaei Botanical Gardens is closed and will remain closed through at least the end of April 2020. This includes the Matthaei buildings, conservatory, gardens, and gift shop. The trails at both Matthaei and Nichols will continue to be open from sunrise to sunset, and we will make parking at Matthaei free during this period. Additionally, all volunteer roles are suspended until further notice and volunteers should not report.

We hope to open up again as soon as possible and will keep you updated with any news. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

See below for a list of those cancelled programs.

Youth and Family programs

Spring Break at Matthaei 
April 6-10 

Elzada Clover Day
Wed. April 8, 10 am-noon    

Groovy Great Lakes 
Sat., April 18, 10 am-noon

All public programming hosted by our mission-affiliated groups. This includes the Orchid Festival on March 21 & 22 and the African violet show on April 4.

Mon., Mar 16, 7:30 pm
Identifying Invasive Plants
Mich. Botanical Club Huron Valley

Tues., March 17, 7:30 pm
Palm Warblers: My Adventures As a Citizen Scientist
Sierra Club Huron Valley Group

Wed., March 18, 7:30 pm
Architectural Solutions to Reduce Bird Deaths
Washtenaw Audubon Society

Thurs., March 19, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter

March 21 & 22, 10 am-4:30 pm
Ann Arbor Orchid Festival
Ann Arbor Orchid Society

Wed., March 25, 7 pm
Pines as Bonsai
Ann Arbor Bonsai Society

Sun., March 29, 1-4 pm
New Dahlia Introductions
Michigan Dahlia Association


Wed., April 1, 7 pm
Spring Flowering Shrubs
Ann Arbor Garden Club & Rhododendron Society Ann Arbor Chapter

Sat., April 4, 10 am-3:30 pm
African Violets, Gesneriads, Terrarium & Fairy Garden Plants Display & Sale

Mon., April 6, 7 pm 
Relaxing with Herbs
Herb Study Group

Mon., April 13, 10-11:30 am
Catching Your Breath
MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Tues., April 14, 6:30-8:45 pm
Package Bee Installation
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers  

Thurs., April 16, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter

Sat., April 18, 11 am
Writing Orchid Award Descriptions
Great Lakes Judging (Orchids) 

Mon., April 20, 7:30 pm
Modern Systematics & Illuminating Hidden Relationships of Plants
Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley & Herb Study Group

Tues., April 21, 7:30 pm
Adventures in Volunteering with Sierra Club
Sierra Club Huron Valley Group

Sat., April 25, 1:30-3 pm
On The Spot Queen Rearing
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers

Sat., April 25, 1-4 pm
Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale
Michigan Dahlia Association

All Eco-Workdays (volunteer activity)

March 14 (Arb) and March 21 (Matthaei)

April 11 (Arb) and April 18 (Matthaei)