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


  • Read this interesting article about the MSU Herbarium

  • FORAY: 2019 Foray planning is being hosted by the State Board this year. We will be staying at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The dates of the foray are July 12-15. Housing will be in the dorms, with both private and double accommodations. If you know you will be registering for the foray and wish to stay off campus, you may want to make reservations now, as the summer season is busy in the UP. Registration will be available in the Spring Arisaemsa.

About the Michigan Botanical Club

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.

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 Great Lakes Botanist a scientific peer-reviewed journal and Arisaema, our State Newsletter. 


2018 FORAY

A big thank you to the the White Pine Chapter for organizing the Spring Foray in Antrim County and adjacent Kalkaska and Charlevoix Counties. 

If you have photos of the Foray that we can use in the Arisaema or on the website, please use this Dropbox or email them to me at botclubwebmaster@gmail.com

General information and reading is here. 


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 Biologyā€¯ 

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.


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



Questions? Problems? Contact the webmaster at botclubwebmaster (at) gmail.com