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Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

posted Oct 31, 2011, 1:00 PM by Michael Harshman   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 1:10 PM ]
This is a request sent to us from Professor Robert Grese at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment - Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  Please consider visiting their website listed below and if you are in the Ann Arbor, MI area, stop by and visit the gardens and arboretum.  Attached is the full PDF of their article.
 
Fellow bonsai enthusiasts:

As many know, the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff has been caring for a mostly-out-of-sight bonsai collection for many years. The long-held dream has been the creation of a permanent, dedicated garden open to the public for this collection. Fund raising has already brought in two thirds of the goal, allowing construction to start as early as this fall. It is important to note that a portion of all donated money is being set aside in an endowment to ensure that the collection will be protected, nurtured, and developed by dedicated staff as the years go by -- promoting the love of nature, horticulture and bonsai, concepts that we all hold close to our hearts.

A working bonsai studio will be integrated into the garden. In this space professionals and volunteers will do the work of maintaining these special trees in full view of the public.  This will be an exceptional educational opportunity for the public to interact with knowledgeable bonsai people.

We are reaching out to all potential supporters for financial help. Donations of any amount are needed and all will be valued. Donors giving at least $1,000 will be honored on a recognition plaque. Larger donations to the bonsai collection offer naming opportunities for the garden and its various spaces.
More information can be found at:

http://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/MatthaeiBonsaiCollection.html

http://bonsai.mbgna.umich.edu/welcome.htm

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Michael Harshman,
Oct 31, 2011, 1:01 PM