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Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Honor a loved one or commemorate a special date with a tribute bench, tree or space located in one of our display gardens, along a trail, or in scenic natural areas at Matthaei Botanical Gardens or Nichols Arboretum. Tribute gifts offer unique and lasting ways to recognize family, friends, and events that have touched our lives while also supporting Matthaei-Nichols. Single or collective donations can be used for any tribute. All donors will receive an acknowledgement from the University of Michigan and Matthaei-Nichols, along with a notification sent to the honorees if desired. If you are interested in exploring tribute naming options, please browse the information below and contact our development team at mbgna-tributes@umich.edu or 734.647.7847. 

Give a gift in memory of:

Tribute and Memorial Fund – any amount

Celebrate or remember a loved one through a gift to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum by making a gift to the tribute fund in the name of your loved one(s). Make your gift online or call 734.647.7847.

Name a Tree - $2,500

Choose to celebrate or remember a friend or loved one by dedicating a tree in one of many collections at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Single or collective tribute donations in honor of a person or event that equal $2,500 or more will receive a designated tree along with a commemorative tree tag for a period of 20 years. Tribute tree options are pre-determined and include only trees that are already planted and established on our sites to ensure the longevity and good health of the tree while also fitting to our long-term landscape design. A picture and description of the tribute tree will be available on our Tribute Tracker in perpetuity.

Name a Bench - $5,000+

Bench at Matthaei Botanical Gardens – $5,000
Bench at Nichols Arboretum – $7,500

Benches allow visitors to rest and enjoy scenic views at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Name a bench in honor of a friend or loved one to ensure that others can appreciate the Arb and Gardens as much as you do. Single or collective tribute donations that equal the donation amount or more will receive a bench along with a commemorative plaque for a period of 10 years. Tribute bench locations are pre-determined to fit our long-term landscape design. A picture and description of the tribute bench will be available on our Tribute Tracker in perpetuity.

Name a Space - Varying Prices

Always loved a particular peony bed or the koi pond in the Conservatory? Consider a gift to name or tributize a peony bed or the koi pond on the Conservatory, among several other opportunities within the following spaces:

  • Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum
  • Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail
  • Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Magnolia Glade at Nichols Arboretum
  • Trails, bridges, and boardwalk at the Arb and Gardens
  • Gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    • Great Lakes Gardens
    • Medicinal Garden
    • Gaffield Children’s Garden

Space Naming Information

Memorial Events

Although Matthaei-Nichols staff do not plan memorial events, we have hosted several celebration of life and memorial services in our rental spaces. Please visit the rental information area of our website for more details.

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