Monday, December 3, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Treat yourself to fig and goat cheese tartlet with pomegranate-agave syrup; prickly pear salad with hearts
of palm, arugula, and grapefruit; chicken with galangal, bay laurel, curry, and loquat served with
basmati rice; and more.
Event also includes a guided tour of the exhibit from 6-7 pm, 'mocktails’ in the Conservatory, and a chef’s cooking demonstration.
Buy your tickets today - limited availability.To view a menu and to purchase tickets visit our online registration site for the dinner:
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
First, contractors had to bore under Dixboro Rd. to reach the water main located on the west side of the street. That work is now finished and we await the final pressure and sanitation tests for a green light to hook the city water up to the building plumbing.
When that happens, the Gardens will benefit from some much-needed fixture upgrades, including new drinking fountains with fill stations; dual flush toilets; new sinks and faucets; new sink and counter top in the kitchen off the main hallway; and more. There will also be three fire hydrants installed along with a required fire service road in the back of the facility.
Difficult to say exactly when the work will be completed but certainly this fall and likely by the end of November.
Stay tuned, and stop by for a sip of our new water and a look at the makeover!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
People and pooches---join us Saturday, September 29th, at 9 am for Run for the Arb, a 5K family run/walk through the Nichols Arboretum trails. Register the family dog to accompany you on the run and Fido gets a bandanna with logo, too! Run for the Arb is a fundraiser to benefit Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. All proceeds support the Arb & Gardens.
The race begins at the James D. Reader Urban Environmental Education Center at the Arb’s 1610 Washington Hts. entrance. To see a map of Arboretum running trails see this PDF; the race begins at the location marked with a number 1.
*Please note that this is a trail run with uneven surfaces.
$25 registration fee includes t-shirt. Space is limited for this event so register early!
Note: Matthaei-Nichols members receive a $5 discount on registration.
Not a member? Join now, help support the Arb & Gardens, and get discounts on special events, Garden Store, and more.
Day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 am the morning of the event for $30. Depending on supply, t-shirts may not be available for day-of-race registrants.
For more information call 734.647.7600 or email RunForTheArb@umich.edu.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Please join us for an afternoon of world music in Nichols Arboretum, Sun., Sept. 16, 1–4 pm, 1610 Washington Hts., Ann Arbor. Music in the Arb is free—and a great way to start the fall term!
Performances by U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and U-M Residential College faculty and students, including Michael Gould playing Argentine music with his duo “Michael Gould and Alberto Rojo,” Susan Walton with gamelan ensemble, the Noraysa Philippine Music Ensemble, and more.
Similar to the well-known summer theater performances of Shakespeare in the Arb, Music in the Arb this year takes place throughout the Arboretum, using the natural setting as a verdant backdrop for a variety of music. Performances begin near the Peony Garden at the Washington Hts. entrance to the Arb and finish at the amphitheater near the prairie.
Music in the Arb 2012 is sponsored by U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the U-M Residential College.
Parking is free on Sunday at U-M blue lots on Washington Hts. and Nichols Dr. below U-M Hospital off E. Medical Center Dr.
Concert is cancelled in case of rain or inclement weather. Please visit us on Facebook or Twitter for weather updates. For more information call 734.647.7600 or visit the Arb & Gardens website.
Watch these videos featuring U-M faculty and students playing:
Friday, August 24, 2012
The show features over 100 trees on display and includes workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and more. Plus, visitors may vote in the People’s Choice for their favorite bonsai selections from different categories.
During the Bonsai Show the Matthaei Botanical Gardens is offering free staff-led tours of its bonsai collection, including trees recently acquired from Jack Wikle. Tour attendees will also get a look at the site of the new bonsai and penjing garden currently under construction at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Tours are held 11 am and 1 pm, Sat., Aug. 25; 1 pm, Sun., Aug. 26.
Admission: $3 adults; under 12 free. Sat. & Sun., Aug. 25 & 26, 10 am–4:30 pm, Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society and the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Info: annarborbonsaisociety.org or call 734.647.7600.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Perfect weather prevailed (read: not too hot) for a change as crew members carefully dug the plants, shook of the dirt, clipped off the tops, and transported the plant material to the nursery area.
Some of the plants may find their way back into the Great Lakes Garden site before the snow flies, says Crancer, but most will spend the winter in the nursery and eventually be planted in the GLG next spring.
The Great Lakes Garden will be a place to showcase the amazing diversity of Great Lakes flora and the habitats in which they live. Check out the story about the Garden (called "A Sense of Place") in the fall 2012 Matthaei-Nichols newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Great Lakes Garden Moving Day!
|Prairie dock plants with their large root systems|
|Replanting at the nursery|
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Michener's course was Exploring Landscape Diversity, in which landscapes can be "read" for information not evident to the untrained observer. According to Michener there were more international students in his course than usual, with students from India, Taiwan, Greece, Korea, and China.
We caught up with several of the students on the penultimate day of the course working on an assignment to map soil diversity on areas of Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Gregory, from Greece, said that this assignment, and the course in general, taught him how field research is done. Manasi, an Indian-American student, revealed that the course had allowed her to see nature from a different perspective.
Kudos to David Michener for bringing nature to tomorrow's scientists, and to all of the students who participated!
Friday, June 29, 2012
We're all monarch mavens here, and welcome hundreds of these regal butterflies to our properties each summer. Look for the waystation signs---and the monarchs!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
June 20: Butterflies and Dragons---go on a scavenger hunt for hummingbirds, dragonflies, and other signs of summer. Includes crafts, games, and guided hikes.
June 22: Bugs Are Beautiful---Take a hike to look for pollinators and build a model flower and fantasy pollinator to celebrate our winged friends.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
We've partnered with the University of Michigan MHealthy and the American Heart Association as one of the host sites for National Walking Day. We'll have trail signage at Matthaei and the Arboretum, and MHealthy will be giving a presentation on fitness and exercise in the Botanical Gardens auditorium from 10-10:45 am. Free.
If you can't make it Wed., stop in anytime: Matthaei-Nichols is open 7 days a week.
Start walking at U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.; U-M Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. 734.647.7600.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The appreciation of the peony has an extensive history in Chinese art and literature. The temptations of the flower, long associated with feminine seductiveness, compelled poets to write poems extolling its sensuous charms. For most aficionados, the voluptuous peony was celebrated in paintings, praised in poetry, and acclaimed in botanical studies. For others, however, the floral beauty was regarded with some forbearance, as a subject too seductive for proper scholarly attention or artistic expression.
Tonight's presentation explores varying facets of the Song-dynasty peony as presented in paintings, poetry, and prose in order to reclaim the complexities it evoked as well as to consider the anxieties the peony inspired.
Sponsored by U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan, U-M Center for Chinese Studies, U-M History of Art, and U-M Museum of Art.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
We'll have live music 11 am - 2 pm; kids activities; historic images of Matthaei and the conservatory under construction in the early 1960s; display of faculty and student research and study; slide show of visitor-submitted images of Matthaei; spring bulb and flower display; and a chance to share your memories of visiting the Botanical Gardens in pictures or words.
Free admission! Exhibit runs through April 8. Open daily 10 am-4:30 pm.; Wednesdays until 8 pm.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Listen to a folktale and then create your own legend story collage, complete with items found in nature. $5.00 per child includes activities and materials. Limited class size; preregistration requested.
Come ready to spend a few nature packed hours at Matthaei as you create your own eco-treasure hunt. Explore the trails and look for signs of animals in winter.
Make beautiful paper from recycled newsprint and explore nature through writing and observations. $5.00 per child includes activities and materials. Limited class size; preregistration requested.
Fairies and trolls are visiting! Welcome them by helping us construct fairie dwellings for the Conservatory and the Gaffield Children’s Garden. Also, build a fairie garden and a troll house to coax fairies and trolls into visiting your home. A Winter Adventure Saturday program at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. $5.00 per child includes activities and materials. Limited class size; preregistration requested.