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The Garden Celebrates 150 Years

In 2023, Beal Botanical Garden achieves a milestone - our sesquicentennial year. That is 150 years of history to celebrate! Join us as we host special anniversary events and share historical photos. Take a virtual walk through time with our history timeline. You can even submit your own memories of the garden to be featured in the fun!

150th Anniversary

Support the Beal Garden Red Cedar River Restoration Project

The Red Cedar River is the current that flows through all of us and connects us as Spartans. But the river is more than just a sentimental icon, it’s a living ecosystem, a wildlife corridor, and a habitat for rare plants. Did you know that at least three plant species on Michigan’s Threatened plant list grow along the Red Cedar on campus? But over the past several decades the riverbank has suffered from erosion and become infested with invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle, and lesser celandine. Help Beal Botanical Garden restore the riverbank in the garden and in our Campus Natural Areas, especially Sanford and Red Cedar Natural Areas.

MSU Giving



The Garden invites you to join us in celebrating 150 years of plants, people, and place! Come visit the beautiful scenery and join us for one of our many events we have planned for you. Check back here or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on upcoming events. With so much to celebrate, we don't want you to miss out!


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.