The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Prairie Garden

Prairies are among the most threatened of Michigan's native plant communities, particularly because many of the soils where prairies were historically found were easily converted to farming and other uses. Native prairies in the Great Lakes Region range from wet to mesic (moist) to dry soil conditions. In addition, the lakeplain areas of Michigan have a special prairie flora all their own as do the sand prairies region. Today, many prairie species have become highly valued in butterfly or pollinator gardens and rain gardens, or as alternatives to the traditional lawn. The Prairie Garden provides a sampling of the distinctive grasses and forbs (wildflowers) found in the Great Lakes Region.

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