The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

The Great Lakes Gardens

Satellite view of The Great Lakes
Satellite view of The Great Lakes

Opening & Dedication

Sunday April 14, 2-4 pm at
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens

You’re invited to get up close and personal with some rare and unusual Great Lakes habitats and native plants this spring. Help us celebrate our region’s natural heritage as we open the Great Lakes Gardens, a series of spaces that re-recreate the distinctive habitats of the Great Lakes region such as dune, limestone plain, and prairie planted with Great Lakes endemics, native orchids, woodland wildflowers, and many others.

  • 2 pm: Welcome by Robert Grese,
    Director, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Anton Reznicek,
    Assistant Director & Curator, U-M Herbarium
  • Poetry reading by Dr. Keith Taylor,
    Assistant Professor, U-M Helen Zell Writers’ Program
  • 2:30 pm: Tour the Great Lakes Gardens
    Join natural areas experts as they share the vision for each garden landscape


All invited – Rain, shine, or snow – Refreshments served

Registration recommended. Please visit our RSVP page.

Additional information on the Great Lakes Gardens


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