MATTHAEI BOTANICAL GARDENS
The corpse lily bloomed when Matthaei Botanical Gardens was closed, but you can still see it here
ANN ARBOR, MI – It was a little disappointing that the Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ rare corpse lily bloomed in June when visitors were not allowed, marketing associate Joe Mooney said. While most plants attract pollinators through nectar or specific colors, the corpse flower uses its potent smell to get the job done. Blooms last only a short time, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ plant is done blooming for now, Mooney said. The trails and natural areas at both Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum remain open for public use, sunrise to sunset. READ MORE:Nothing to ‘sneeze’ at: Tulips at Matthaei-Nichols garden hope to put on a soul-lifting spring showNew director picked for Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols ArboretumUniversity of Michigan gets $5.3M from state to expand COVID-19 wastewater monitoringmlive.com
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers offers beekeeping classes
The annual survey released Monday, June 22, 2020, of U.S. beekeepers found that honeybee colonies are doing better after a bad year. Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering beginner and intermediate classes for community members interested in bees and beekeeping. Beginner classes will go over basic bee biology and management, equipment and what to expect during the first year of beekeeping. Intermediate classes are intended for individuals with experience keeping bees through the winter and will go over management strategies, swarm prevention and pest/disease treatment. Learn more about the beginner and intermediate classes or register here at www.a2b2club.org/about-bee-school
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum accepting applications for 2021 internships
(Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR – Are you a college student with a strong interest in farming, gardening and environmental education? Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are now accepting applications for the 2021 internship season, which include various paid positions. Required qualifications include a university or college student with enthusiasm for teamwork, willingness to learn and a good work ethic. In-person internship work will take place in accordance with strict COVID safety protocols. As part of the University of Michigan we adhere to university policy and guidelines for all public and employment programs.
Nothing to ‘sneeze’ at: Tulips at Matthaei-Nichols garden hope to put on a soul-lifting spring show
But what is normal for Doug Conley every year is planting tulips in anticipation of a spring bloom. “If you’ve ever watched a sneeze on a piece of paper or something, it’s very scattered,” said Conley, the garden coordinator. But the garden beds will look full and beautiful in the spring, Conley said. The bulbs will reorient themselves, though, and still grow through the soil to give the garden a more naturalistic feel, Conley said. Now, it’s a waiting game for spring to see how the tulips bloom.mlive.com
Build a kid-friendly winter obstacle course inspired by U-M gardens, arboretum staff
To help beat the winter blues, families are encouraged to venture outdoors to play, spend time together and get some fresh air. “In Gaffield Children’s Garden, we provide rich, open-ended nature play experiences. We encourage families to participate and replicate what we do here, in their own homes, apartments, and parks.”One such activity is constructing a winter obstacle course. They posted this obstacle course over the weekend:Anything can be used to construct the obstacle course -- snow balls, sticks, stumps and rope, to name a few items. Make sure you associate a mission with the course: “Let’s hop over three snowballs, circle the stump two times and sprint to the tree.”To see the full guide on creating a fun winter obstacle course, click here.
U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens offering virtual field trips
ANN ARBOR – Who remembers field trips? Luckily, University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff are organizing virtual field trips for classrooms and groups. Virtual field trips are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here are the topics and recommended grade levels, according to its website:Roots and Shoots : Explore plants and their needs. For more information or to schedule a field trip, contact Youth Education Coordinator Liz Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New director picked for Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum
ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan has announced that Anthony Kolenic will become director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum on March 1. He succeeds Bob Grese, who was the director since 2004 and retired in June, the release states. Program Manager David Betz has been serving as interim director and will continue to do so until Kolenic’s appointment takes effect. READ MORE:A Waffle House in Ann Arbor? University of Michigan students are working on itMandatory weekly COVID-19 testing required for University of Michigan on-campus undergradsStudents flock to Ann Arbor apartments as University of Michigan dorms limited for winter semestermlive.com
U-M names new director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan announced that Anthony J. Kolenic will return to Ann Arbor to become the director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Kolenic will start his five-year appointment on March 1 and will oversee 40 staff and partners at U-M who maintain and support more than 840 acres at the Matthaei-Nichols properties. Program manager of Matthaei-Nichols, David Betz, has been serving as interim director since Grese retired and will continue until Kolenic’s start date. “MBGNA is vital to the university’s mission and serves as a catalyst for sustainability and inclusive community engagement and education,” Kolenic said in a statement. Prior to joining U-M, he taught from 2006 to 2012 at Michigan State University’s Center for the Integrative Studies of Arts and Humanities.
U-M’s Matthaei-Nichols launches #everydayoutdoors challenge
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan’s Matthaei-Nichols botanical gardens and arboretum has launched a fun new campaign to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors this month. Its #everydayoutdoors campaign challenges families to complete a series of outdoor activities like rolling down hills, finding animal tracks and foraging for acorns. The only thing you need to do is get outside!”Every Day Outdoors challenge activities for December 2020. (University of Michigan Matthaei-Nichols)Share your photos with @matthaeinichols on Instagram with the hashtag #everydayoutdoors. Enjoy the winter fun!
U-M botanical garden’s greenhouse plant sale happening now in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Air plants, succulents, cacti, oh my! The University of Michigan’s Matthaei-Nichols 2020 Greenhouse Sale has kicked off with a large selection of houseplant varieties. Once purchases are made, you can select a time to stop by the Matthaei Visitor Center for a contactless pick up. See the full online sale here. For more information about the gardens and upcoming events, visit www.mbgna.umich.edu.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens seeks artists to exhibit work in Visitor Center
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting an open call for artists to exhibit their work in its Visitor Center. Although the building is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gallery is currently being booked for 2021 and 2022. The center is searching for traditional or contemporary nature-based artwork. “Matthaei Botanical Gardens is dedicated to promoting environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability,” reads a statement on its website. “Art exhibits in our Visitor Center connect to a vast audience from the local area and abroad, from young and old, and from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.”While 2D media is preferred, some 3D art can be accommodated.
Shakespeare in the Arb canceled as it prepares to mark 20th anniversary
ANN ARBOR Summer in Nichols Arboretum is defined by the beautiful peony garden, long hikes and performances of Shakespeare in the Arb. The unique live theater production has canceled its 2020 season that was set to run June 14 through July 8 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the collaboration between Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum and University of Michigans Residential College was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream.We hope to bring this special 20th anniversary celebration of Shakespeare in the Arb back in 2021, said organizers in on the events website. In the meantime, well be featuring special Shakespeare in the Arb content on our website and social media in June.Shakespeare in the Arb performances have no stage. Instead, actors guide the audience through the scenic 120-acre Nichols Arboretum, incorporating scenes of nature and vast panoramas into the play.
Marvel at the art of miniature trees at Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale
ANN ARBOR - If you love bonsai trees, then you'll want to put this on your calendar. On Aug. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the annual Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale returns to Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The annual Ann Arbor Bonsai Society Show & Sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. (Credit: Michele Yanga)Founded in 1970, the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society is an active group that meets regularly and holds workshops throughout the local community. Ann Arbor Bonsai Society members demonstrate the art of bonsai at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Wildflower and Native Plant Sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens around the corner
ANN ARBOR - Looking to spruce up your garden or countertops with something new and fresh? Don't miss the annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on Aug. 17 and 18. Plants for sale are native herbaceous and woody plants, many of which are grown on-site by Matthaei staff and volunteers. Why buy plant native plants? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.