The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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The Sue Reichert Discovery Trail was given by Dr. Reichert in loving memory of his wife.

tribute & memorial gifts

Tribute and Memorial Gifts are a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one while supporting Matthaei-Nichols. Give flowers that never end with a donation to the Arb and Gardens for a memorial service, wedding, or birthday. These enduring and tax-deductible gifts support our work to promote environmental stewardship, education, and enjoyment for the Southeast Michigan and University of Michigan communities. All donors will receive an acknowledgement from the University of Michigan and Matthaei-Nichols, along with a notification sent to the honorees if desired.

Donors may direct their gift to any of the areas below:

  • Tribute and Memorial Fund any amount

Love the Gaffield Children's Garden, the Nichols Arboretum trails, or Youth Education Programs? You can support a plethora of different Matthaei-Nichols programs at once with one gift to the Tribute and Memorial Fund. Make your gift here or by phone: 734-647-7600.

  • Name a Tree - $1500

Choose to celebrate or remember a friend or loved one by dedicating a tree in one of many collections at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Single or collective tribute donations in honor of a person or event that equal $1,500 or more will receive a designated tree along with a commemorative tree tag. Tribute trees are recorded in our online Tribute and Memorial Database and maintained for 20 years.

    Tribute benches overlooking the Huron River at Nichols Arboretum
  • Name a Bench - $5000

Benches allow visitors to rest and enjoy scenic views at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Name a bench in honor of a friend or loved one to ensure that others can appreciate the Arb and Gardens as much as you do. Single or collective tribute donations that equal $5,000 will receive a bench where we need them the most along with a commemorative plaque. Tribute benches are recorded in our online Tribute and Memorial Database and maintained for 10 years.

  • Gift and Ceremony Planning

Working with family and friends, staff can help with simple ceremonies, assisting people with gatherings to share memories and take part in symbolic gestures such as watering a tribute tree or applying wood chips to the planting or attaching the plaque to a bench. Please contact the staff below with inquiries.

Ashley Rop - Tribute & Membership Coordinator - 734-615-9475

Meredith Olson Development Director 734-647-7847

Linda Neely Special Events Coordinator
Room rentals and reservations 734-647-7808

Please note for 2016: The IRS has ruled that gifts made via credit card are deductible only in the year the bank processes the transaction. To be processed by year-end, credit-card gifts must reach U-M by Dec. 16.

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