Two sales mark Mother’s Day weekend at Matthaei. Scroll down for both listings.

  • The Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale happens Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 10 am-4:30 pm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
  • This annual sale features container and hanging planters grown and designed in-house by Matthaei-Nichols volunteers and staff. Sale held 10 am-4:30 pm.
  • Are you a member of Matthaei-Nichols? Shop our Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale member hour and enjoy first choice of plants, breakfast munchies, and a 20% total discount off your purchases. Proceeds benefit Matthaei-Nichols. take a look at scenes from last year’s sale.
  • The Spring Artist Market is Saturday, May 11, 10 am-4:30 pm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
  • One-of-a-kind items for sale in a variety of media from local artists and craftspeople. (No member discount at Artist Market sale.) Shop botanical themed art in all media from a wide variety of artists. Our twice-a-year artist markets bring great art from local artists to Matthaei Botanical Gardens for a one-day show.
  • Shop from a curated assortment of fine artists, featuring a broad array of nature-inspired and garden-centric pieces in many media such as paintings, photography, textiles, jewelry, and more. Featured artists: Amy Balzer-Pemberton, Niki Shipman, Jennifer Stefanek, Bev & Len Spigoda, Penrith Goff, Erika Moeglich, U-M BioArtography, Julie Corey, John Comiez, Jocelyn Anderson, Amanda Coe, Briana Mohan, Manana Hart, Kia Arriaga, Rose Giacherio, Heidi Robb, Mary Eldridge, Deborah Cherrin, Tim Marsh, Lissa Spitz, Robin White
  • Both sales held at University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Scenes from the 2018 Mother’s Day Weekend Sale and Spring Artist Market:
Flowers at Matthaei
Flowers at Matthaei
Flowers at Matthaei
Meet the Mother’s Day Plant Sale Volunteers

Some of these super-dedicated volunteers mark thirty years of plant sales
By Christine Chessler-Stull, Matthaei-Nichols Volunteer Coordinator

It’s a blustery, late-winter day outside, but as I wander through the warm greenhouse, the sight and smell of flowers almost tricks me into thinking it’s spring. A team of dedicated volunteers led by Adrienne O’Brien, Matthaei-Nichols Horticulturist retiree, artfully pots up creations for the upcoming Mother’s Day sale.

Impressively, many on this volunteer team have been coming back annually to work on this particular project for the past 30 years! When I asked the volunteers what keeps them coming back, they all agree that it’s about their fellow volunteers, the joy of experiencing spring in winter in the greenhouse, the learning opportunity, and how the work and the sale benefit Matthaei-Nichols.

Volunteers also work closely with staff to determine the types of plants, containers, and arrangement patterns used. O’Brien mentioned that flower choices are selected by looking through up-to-date catalogs for a bead on what’s new in plants. A mix of sun and shade, plus the proverbial “spiller, thriller, filler” plants are the types most often used. Volunteer Mona Pancioli elaborated, “Our containers are unique—not something you can find at a big box store or nursery. The catalogs help us keep up with plant trends.”

Volunteers at Matthaei-Nichols contribute many hours to the care and beauty of our plants and flowers, and the plant sales are no exception! You can take home one of their beautifully crafted creations by shopping the Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12.

Matthaei volunteers
Flowers at Matthaei