The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Gifts to Matthaei-Nichols help provide for places of hope that encourage environmental action while offering restorative landscapes.

gardens & collections

  • Garden and collection-specific endowments for the Peony Garden, Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Great Lakes Gardens, and Gaffield Children’s Garden.

The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) describes Matthaei-Nichols as “among a prestigious group of gardens and arboreta that have committed themselves to the conservation and care of specific plant collections curated at the highest professional level.” Fulfilling that promise will require predictable, sustainable and secure funding for the maintenance and continued development of these signature spaces:

Peony Garden - Our primary challenge is to maintain the integrity of this historic collection, which will celebrate 100 years in 2022. We seek to build the related collection of tree peonies as a backdrop, and create an international Online Peony Information Center. Ultimately, we aim to create educational exchange programs with institutions in China, Japan and Korea related to peony culture.
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Bonsai and Penjing Collection - Our collection is extensive and increasingly prestigious. We are seeking funds to ensure the intensive, skilled care the collection requires. We also plan to develop educational programs that highlight related cultural traditions.
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Great Lakes Gardens - These distinctive gardens—which represent major Great Lakes ecosystems such as coastal habitats, woodlands, prairies, and oak openings—require ongoing, intensive care and maintenance, periodic restoration of plantings, and careful long-term planning.
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Gaffield Children’s Garden – We will continue to develop all the imaginative spaces that enchant children and their families. These include a sensory garden featuring plants with interesting smells and textures, a builders’ garden that offers children natural materials they can use for their own creations, an art wall and art gallery garden, a fairy and troll garden, a way-finder’s maze, an animal habitats hiking trail, a simulated stream, and an amphitheater. We will also seek funding to construct a hands-on musical installation designed by Professor Michael Gould of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, along with an accessible tree house.
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NEW 2015 Medicinal Garden – The medicinal garden at Matthaei recalls the earliest botanical gardens at U-M and contains a wealth of contemporary information on plants and the medicines derived from them. The plants are arranged by the body system or disorders and diseases they are meant to treat, such as infectious diseases, cardiovascular, digestive, and others. The Medicinal garden will promote a better understanding of the profound relationships between plants and human health.
 - Please contact Meredith Olson with interest. / (734) 467-7847.

We invite you to join with us in this large, exciting and essential endeavor. This campaign matters not only for the here and now, for the university and the community. It matters for the long term, for the education and enjoyment of generations yet to come, and for the well being of the natural world.

Contact Director of Development Meredith Olson, 734-647-7847,

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