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150 years of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

Help us celebrate our sesquicentennial in 2023 by sharing your favorite memories from the Garden. Send photos or stories to to be featured on our website, social media, and during our anniversary events throughout the year. Please include the date of your memory if possible. 


Students should themselves become discerning observers and investigators rather than mere reservoirs of previously accumulated knowledge.

—W.J. Beal, 1895



Campus Arboretum





Photos courtesy of Dr. Peter Carrington (bottom center Apentia bloom) and University Communications (all other images). 


 Land Acknowledgment

We collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg —Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.

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