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
Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.

staff biographies

Paul Girard
Collection and Natural Areas Specialist

(734) 389-3502

Paul Girard has worked for MBGNA since 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Eastern Michigan University in 1996. Paul is currently the Conservatory Manager. Additionally, he also grows plant material for several U-M Biology classes and for the spring plant sale and works on other outdoor projects. Paul has maintained a variety of outdoor gardens in the past including the groundcover bed and the Ford Gardenscapes gardens, and he has been the head of the grounds crew in charge of mowing. Outside of work Paul enjoys birding, camping, kayaking, and hockey.

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