The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Featuring: Sun & Shade Perennials ~ Rock Garden & Ground Covers ~ Herbs ~ Climbing Vines ~ Hanging Baskets ~ Roses ~ Accent Annuals ~ Woody Plants ~ Scented Geraniums ~ Ferns & Woodland Plants ~ Grasses ~ Native Plants ~ Heirloom Bulbs & Vegetables ~ Strawberries (bare root) ~ Rhubarb ~ Red & Black Raspberries ~ Onion & Shallot Sets ~ Elephant Garlic ~ Seed Potatoes

Download the complete plant list (PDF). Updated 5/2/2009
Download the complete plant list (Excel).

One of the area's top plant markets, the annual MBGNA Spring Plant Sale has grown into the can't-miss gardening season kickoff.

Featuring nearly 1,000 varieties, the sale offers well-loved garden stalwarts and fresh or unusual selections. Among this year's new offerings are exciting accent annuals like Supertunia 'Raspberry Blast' and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'; and perennials Helleborus 'Golden Sunrise' and the native Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans). Local experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information and advice.

Don't forget our Member Pre-Sale Party Fri., May 8, from 3-7pm. Join during the party or sale and receive a free plant and 10% off!

See the list of Saturday and Sunday gardening demos below. Take a break from shopping and learn something new!

For more information visit our website or call 734.647.7600.



Plant Sale Demos-Featuring Kid-Friendly Activities

Sat., May 9
  • General topics - pruning, container gardens, and more
  • 9:30-10am: Woodland Wildflowers with Dr. Sylvia Taylor, U-M Adjunct Professor
  • 10:15-10:45am: Edible gardens with Karleen Shafer, Landscape Design & Associates
  • 11-11:30am: Container Gardens with Nicole Lloyd, Landscape Design & Associates
  • 11:45am-12:15pm: Pruning with Kris Adler, local arborist
  • 12:30- 1pm: Ikebana from Your Garden with Madelyn Korzon - Korzon Landscapes
  • NEW! Kid-Friendly Activities during the Plant Sale
  • 1:15-1:45pm: Kids Grow! Demo Build a bean teepee garden. Plant the seeds; create your own teepee.
  • 2-2:30pm: Fairy Homes & Container Gardens Create magical, mini-structures from natural materials to be left in the Gaffield Children's Garden. Build fairy container gardens with natural materials and plants to take home.
  • 2:45-315pm: Build a Butterfly "Zone" at Home Learn which plants provide food for caterpillars and butterflies and how to grow these plants at home.
  • 3:30-4:00pm: Big Bullies! Go on a hunt for invasive plants, learn how they got here, and why they are "big bullies" in natural areas. We'll work together to remove these plants and create space for native species.

Sun., May 10

  • 12:30-1:30pm: Perennial Combinations with Janet Macunovich Garden writer and designer Janet Macunovich offers her insights on terrific perennial combinations, what makes them shine in the garden, and how you can develop your own variations. Note: This is a ticketed event. Preregistration is required. Fee: MBGNA members and U-M students: $3; nonmembers: $5. Class code #09-AE-20
  • 2:45-3:15pm: Rain Barrels: Use it or lose it





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*Memberships are available at the door all three days; members receive a 10% discount on purchases. To learn more about the benefits of MBGNA membership, click here.

There is no admission or parking fee for the Plant Sale. Please note that shopping the Sale requires significant walking on uneven ground and loose gravel; comfortable footwear is highly recommended. Carrying boxes are available for purchase and holding tables are located throughout the tent. Once you've made your purchase, you can leave your plants at the Plant Pick-up area, retrieve your vehicle, and return to load them.

Click here for directions to the sale

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