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Tributes and Memorials

This searchable list provides information on more than 200 active tribute and memorial gifts at the University of Michiganís Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Each tribute and memorial has its own profile with specific information, including photos, dedicatory note (if desired), and locator map.

To begin your search, simply type the name of the person or event being recognized in the 'Tribute Name' box and the link will automatically load. If you arenít certain of the spelling, you can use the search functions below to sort by location or type of tribute. Note: all 'A Walk to Remember' tribute trees can be found searching with "Walk" or "Remember".

To donate a new tribute or memorial gift, or to add information to a listed gift, please contact Andy Sell at 734-615-9475 or sella@umich.edu.

  Tribute Name Location Type
Marie Azary Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Marie Azary Rock Garden
Garden
Jack Cranford Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Building Front
Tree
Friends of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Helen V Smith Woodland Wildflower Garden
Bench
John and Loretta Gardner Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Alexandra Hicks Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden
Garden
John C. Hunter, Jr. Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Benard L. Maas Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
The Friends Pavilion Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Garden
Robert E. Sell Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Tree
Janet Mae and Skinder Bay Shefka Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Urban Pocket Garden
Tree
Raymond C. Smith Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Building Front
Rock
Woman's National Farm & Garden Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Woman's National Farm & Garden Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Constructed Wetland
Other
Francis and Rachel Evans Matthaei Botanical Gardens
East Floodplain Woodland
Bench
Robert Forlenza Nichols Arboretum
Orchard
Tree
Kathleen M. Devereaux Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Entrance - Crabapple Orchard
Tree
Barry and Marjorie Checkoway Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Bench
Carl Cohen Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Ian Higgins Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Bench
Bill and Trudy Badger Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Rock
David Mitchell-Yellin Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Barney Rosen Nichols Arboretum
Nichols Drive
Bench
Marjorie "Midge" Smith Taylor Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Hinda Vozar Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Bench
Markus Schmidt Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Bench
Sara M. Brieden Nichols Arboretum
Valley Floor
Tree
Richard T. Saran Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Johanne Smith Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Tree
John Gunn Nichols Arboretum
Oak Openings Garden
Tree
Arusha Wilhite Nichols Arboretum
Black Oak Kame
Bench
Isabel Howe Wegman Nichols Arboretum
Orchard
Bench
Jeffrey Paul Ashton Nichols Arboretum
Oak Openings Garden
Bench
Fedor and Mechthild Medzihradsky Nichols Arboretum
Prairie Glen
Bench
Lila Green Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Tracey Niederhuber Nichols Arboretum
Gateway Garden
Tree
Helen V. Smith Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Helen V Smith Woodland Wildflower Garden
Garden
Molly Prendergast Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Natalie Waldinger Nichols Arboretum
Main Valley Overlook
Bench
Edward W. and Elsa-Margaret VanAuken Nichols Arboretum
Main Valley Overlook
Bench
Poet's Bench Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Bench
Woody Holman Nichols Arboretum
East Valley
Bench
Erich Steiner Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Fountain
Barnett and Jennifer Helzberg Nichols Arboretum
Valley Floor
Fountain
Walk to Remember, 1997 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Robert Spengler Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Tree
Brett Rollin Nichols Arboretum
Gateway Garden
Fountain
Arthur Geoffrey and Marian Norman Matthaei Botanical Gardens
West Service Areas
Tree
Jane M. Wilson Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Tree
Ray and Frances Kinder Nichols Arboretum
Pine Grove
Bench
Joshua Mitchell Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Hardwood Floodplain
Tree
Miriam Bishop Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
C. Frederick Stanton Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
Margaret (Margaux) Hajek Nichols Arboretum
Orchard
Tree
Julie Norris Post Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Garden
William A. Bow Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
Judith Kertesz Gray Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Bench
Jewel Keeley Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Bench
Nanette Renne LaCross Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Bench
Erich Steiner Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Bench
Bill Drake Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Bench
Leonard E. Douglass, III Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
John and Margaret Laird Nichols Arboretum
Oak Openings Garden
Tree
Nanette Renne LaCross Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Ann Heidbreder Eastman Nichols Arboretum
Valley Floor
Tree
James Judd Nichols Arboretum
Valley Floor
Tree
The James D. Reader, Jr. Nichols Arboretum
Gateway Garden
Facility
Christine Wilson Cares Nichols Arboretum
Main Valley Overlook
Tree
Peter Damon Nichols Arboretum
Prairie Glen
Tree
Dennis William Byrne Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Jean Cobb Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Other
Shirley Sue Reichert Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Trail
Britt Bieliauskas Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Tropical House
Bench
Ruth Brackett Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Tropical House
Bench
John R. Little Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Tree
Mildred Matthaei Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden
Bench
Marcella Louise Henson Gersh Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Helen V Smith Woodland Wildflower Garden
Bench
Sera Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Entrance - Crabapple Orchard
Tree
Miller L. Ross Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Entrance - Crabapple Orchard
Tree
Jeanne Ristow Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Hardwood Floodplain
Tree
Carmelita O'Brien Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Bench
Ralph Norvin McFarland Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Hardwood Floodplain
Tree
Michael Douglas Benns Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Hardwood Floodplain
Tree
Ann Arbor Garden Club Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Bench
Natalie Thomas Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Shrub
Arthur Geoffrey Norman Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Rock
Aarne Lamsa Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Urban Pocket Garden
Tree
James R. Buschmann Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Alterative Lawns
Tree
Peggy Dankert Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Woodland Wildflower Garden
Tree
Martha S. Johnson Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gaffield Children's Garden
Tree
Patsy M. Knoop Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Woodland Wildflower Garden
Tree
Henry M. Kuhlman Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Woodland Wildflower Garden
Tree
Ann Leland Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Woodland Wildflower Garden
Tree
Paul Chi Liu Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Tree
Friends Board Matthaei Botanical Gardens
West Service Areas
Tree
Robert and Susan Smith Gray Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Tree
Herbert Fisher Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
William J. Bies Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
Mark Griffin Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
The Mosaic Foundation Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
Ben Reuland Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
SNRE Class of 1994 Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Guerin Wilkinson Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
Inger Schultz Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Shrub
Gwen Christiansen Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Shrub
Guy Smith Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Robert Drake Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Leonard E. Douglass, III Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Shrub
Walk to Remember, 1998 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Walk to Remember, 1999 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2000 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2001 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2002 Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2003 Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2005 Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2004 Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Angelos and Katherine Constantinides Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Shrub
Richard Lennart Lundgren Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Tree
John Philip Hardy Nichols Arboretum
Prairie Glen
Tree
Bruce Clifford Brock Sipple Eden Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Jeffery Gragg Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Amy Hayes Nichols Arboretum
Main Valley Overlook
Tree
John M. Stanley Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Rock and Tree
Lenore Woods Earhart Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Ernest James Cole Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
Frank Skurski Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Rachael Townsend Nichols Arboretum
Orchard
Tree
Enne Amann Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Dix Pond Area
Bench
Richard A. Hanson Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Urban Pocket Garden
Tree
George G. McKnight Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
J Robert Dorner Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Tree
Dorothy P. Griffel Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Jane LaRue Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Sundial
Maxine Burger-Ray Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Constructed Wetland
Tree
Joan Doman Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Tamarack Floodplain
Bench
AJM Rosen-Turits Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Arthur S. Dunning, Jr. Nichols Arboretum
Gateway Garden
Tree
Clara D. Guthrie Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Tree
Benard L. Maas Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Laura Lee Bies Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Conservatory - Arid House
Bench
Francis and Rachel Evans Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Marilyn Bland Demonstration Prairie
Bench
Arthur Geoffrey and Marian Norman Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Sundial
AJM Rosen-Turits Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Shrub
Anna Yaffee Nichols Arboretum
Valley Floor
Tree
David Mitchell-Yellin Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Helen and Norris Post Family Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Garden
Rita Bencuya Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
Kathryn Leidy, Alice Bourquin, Maureen Ratliff, and Marion Waggoner Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Shrub
Andy Bensinger Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Tree
University of Michigan Credit Union Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Nahum Medalia Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Michael Haenchen Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Norman Memorial Grove
Tree
Helen V. Smith Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Helen V Smith Woodland Wildflower Garden
Rock
John Parks Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Tom and Jeanette Gaffield Children's Garden Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gaffield Children's Garden
Garden
Sam Graham Trees Trail Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Trail
Nancy Norris Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Brian Klatt Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Barbara Major Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Master Gardener Association of Wayne County Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2006 Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2007 Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2008 Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2009 Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Tree
Eileen Maitland Nichols Arboretum
Alex Dow Field
Bench
Robert Beckley and Jytte Dinesen Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Bench
Gregory Bruen Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Shrub
Volunteer Appreciation Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Building Front
Tree
The Nichols Arboretum Nichols Arboretum
Facility
Marge and Robert Alpern Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Conservatory - Tropical House
Facility
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Facility
Mike Hommel Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gaffield Children's Garden
Tree
Robyn Robeson Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Tree
Robert E. Sell Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Perennial Garden
Tree
Ilene Forsyth Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
Paul Bronstein Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Bench
Maxine and Vaden Miles Nichols Arboretum
Wetland
Bench
Kiva and Kuma Woodland Nichols Arboretum
Maple Glen
Bench
Betty Gorman Kaye and S. Leon Kaye (UM 1934) Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Other
Ann Johnston Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Anna Maria List Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Nancy 'Nano' Osborn Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Other
Helen and Norris Post Family Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Bench
George Forsyth Jr. Nichols Arboretum
Oak-Hickory
Bench
Alwin Wied Nichols Arboretum
Wetland
Tree
John M. Stanley Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Discovery Trail
Rock and Tree
Jerome Allan Smith Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Commons
Tree
Charles W. Cares Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Charles W. Cares Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Tree
Greg Carraher Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
The Deborah Gimbel Memorial Overlook Nichols Arboretum
Main Valley Overlook
Observation Deck
Deborah Gimbel Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Verna Wied Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Andrew Perkins Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Claudia Leite Nichols Arboretum
Heathdale
Tree
Walk to Remember, 2010 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Barbara Louise Bates-Smith Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gateway Garden of New World Plants
Bench
Julie Norris Post Nichols Arboretum
Laurel Ridge
Trail
Bruce Gimbel Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Ruth Steinicke Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Tree
Ellie Terretta Cox Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gaffield Children's Garden
Shrub
Peter C. Graham Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Sam Graham Bur Oak Plain
Tree
Michael, Ross, and Lauren Gimbel Nichols Arboretum
River Landing
Tree
Elfriede Schneider Nichols Arboretum
Rhododendron Area
Plant
The Novo Family Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Plant
Kelly A. Feeney Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Plant
Mark Edward Snow Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Dix Pond Area
Bench
Erwin and Steffani Ellmann Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Bonsai and Penjing Display Garden (not specimens)
Bench
Ben Yates Nichols Arboretum
Centennial Shrub Collection
Bench
Janet Raffaelli Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Great Lakes Gardens
Bench
Walk to Remember 2012 Nichols Arboretum
Tuliptree Valley
Plant
Walk to Remember 2011 Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
April Pickrel Nichols Arboretum
Magnolia Cove
Tree
Merry Celeste Donovan Nichols Arboretum
Wetland
Plant
Laurie Akerros Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Gaffield Children's Garden
Plant
Vandana Gupta Coy Nichols Arboretum
Peony Garden
Bench
  Tribute Name Location Type