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The Conservatory displays plants from three major life and climate zones—or "biomes"—around the world. Each biome has its own section, or "house" introduced below. Our living collections serve class and faculty use in a wide range of sciences and the arts. The plants are selected to represent:
The Conservatory was opened in 1964. It is a commission by Alden B. Dow and is an exceptionally rare structure. It is believed to be the largest free-span (no supporting columns) Conservatory of its structural style and represents a technological limit of architectural materials and climatic controls in the era before computer models.
Extensive renovation of the Conservatory was made possible through the generous gifts of Robert and Marge Alpern. The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust helped fund plant labeling and interpretive materials. If you would like to help support Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please contact Gayle Steiner, our director of development.... ... ... ...