Welcome to the web site of the Michigan Botanical Club

The native plant society for the state of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, and the home of the Michigan Big Tree Program.

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The club was founded in 1941 and consists of five chapters.  The focus of the Michigan Botanical Club is:

  • Conservation of all native plants.
  • Education of the public to appreciate and preserve plant life.  
  • Sponsorship of research and publication on plant life.
  • Sponsorship of legislation to promote preservation of Michigan native flora.
  • Establishment of suitable sanctuaries and natural areas.
  • Cooperation in programs concerned with the use and conservation of all natural resources and scenic features.

2017 Spring Foray in the St. Ignace Area

 Group Photo of 2017 Foray Attendees. Photo by Bob Kelly

Group Photo of 2017 Foray Attendees. Photo by Bob Kelly

 Andromeda glaucophylla. Photo by Judy Kelly ©2017

Andromeda glaucophylla. Photo by Judy Kelly ©2017

The foray was hosted by the Huron Valley Chapter. Our speakers and field trip leaders enlightened, educated and entertained us. 

Great Lakes Botanist

Featured Article:


Emma Cole's 1901 Grand Rapids Flora: Nomenclaturally Updated and Revised

Dr. Garrett E. Crow
Professor Emeritus, Univ. of New Hampshire
Visiting Scholar, Calvin College
Adjunct Research Botanist, Michigan State Univ. Herbarium

"Kissing Cousins and Family Skeletons - The Michigan Flora and Modern Evolutionary Biology” 

Have you wondered why the names of plants are being changed? Tony Reznicek, Ph.D delivered a presentation to the Huron Valley Chapter and it was made into a narrated video. View it here.

We have added a new page to the MBC Website about events that are not sponsored by the MBC or MBC chapters, but may be of interest to MBC members. Click on the "Programs of Interest" tab on the left.

Please join us by  becoming a member. Membership is handled through the individual chapters. If you do not have a chapter near you, you can join us through our online Great Lakes Chapter.

Each chapter holds monthly meetings and sponsors field trips. Every Memorial Day, the Michigan Botanical Club sponsors a Foray to a different area of Michigan.

The club also sponsors the publication of The Michigan Botanist, a scientific peer-reviewed journal and Arisaema, our State Newsletter. 

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Check the MBC News section for more information. 


Past Issues of The Arisaema newsletter is now available online. To receive the current issue, please join the Michigan Botanical Club.



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