Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

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United States of America - Michigan - Ann Arbor

Institution Code: MICH

BGCI Member: No

About the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum Mission:
Promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world.

The purpose: provide a hands-on University and community laboratory for conserving, restoring, and celebrating the environment

The business: develop citizens and leaders dedicated to appreciating, understanding and restoring our environment; promote environmental education, research and public outreach

The values: inspire and enrich people's lives through contact with plants and nature; recognize the restorative value of nature and beautiful gardens; engage scientists and artists in research, teaching, and outreach activities; apply ecological principles in our horticulture and land stewardship; advance sustainable practices and the conservation of biodiversity, particularly that of the Great Lakes Region.

Main Address:
Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
University of Michigan
1800 Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor
Michigan 48105 United States of America

Telephone: (734) 647-7600
Fax: (734) 998-6205
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Anthony Kolenic, Director
    Curator's Name: Michael Kost, Associate Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
  • Date founded: 1907
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 283 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.2999010
    Longitude: -83.6658780
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Horner-McLaughlin Woods Mud Lake Bog

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 50
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 400000

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Native plants in diverse contexts, tropical plants, succulents, cultivated orchids, bromeliads, medicinal plants, prairie plants, native woodland species.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No