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

Diana Portner

Diana has been a caretaker in the Nichols Arboretum since June 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she volunteered at the UW Arboretum as a member of the Ecological Restoration Team. After graduation she traveled the country working for various environmental organizations ranging in location from Florida to California. Diana is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan with a focus in Behavior, Education and Communication. When not working or studying, you will likely find Diana enjoying live music, hiking, camping, or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book.

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