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

Mike Palmer

(734) 647-8215

Mike Palmer has been with Matthaei Botanical Gardens since 1990, joining the staff after he received his B.S. in Commercial Horticulture from Purdue University. At Purdue he focused his studies on woody plants and plant propagation, with emphasis on botanical nomenclature and public gardens. He was also a lab instructor for a class taught by Dr. Harrison Flint, author of Landscape Plants of Eastern North America. The class focused on woody landscape plants and their identification.

At MBGNA, Mike is the Manager of Horticulture. He supervises the day to day horticulture operations with a staff of 5 horticulturists, interns and numerous volunteers.

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