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

Karen Sikkenga
Associate Director

(734) 647-7600

Karen was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She received a bachelorís degree from the University of Michigan and a masterís in public policy and administration from San Francisco State University. She worked for many years as a management consultant, helping local government entities with organizational design and analyzing the policy impacts of local legislation. Before joining MBGNA Karen worked as the budget and finance manager for the College of Literature, Science & the Arts (her alma mater).

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