The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
"I come to the Gardens for my health, the serenity of nature, and the company of kindred souls."
Beverly Mosely,
Garden Volunteer
In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
Check out the bloom calendar.

staff biographies

Adrienne O’Brien
Collections and Natural Areas Specialist

(734) 647-2618

Adrienne has been with MBGNA since 1982, working on many different projects, gardens, and events. She currently works on the Centennial Shrub Collection and the climbing roses at the Arboretum and various garden areas at the Botanical Gardens during the summer months. She orders and organizes the plants for the spring plant sale and grows plants for seasonal displays in the Conservatory. Her areas of expertise include growing and timing plants to bloom for displays, weeding (!), annuals, bulbs, and perennials. She is very knowledgeable about insects and natural history and enjoys gardening at her home in both the sun and shade.

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