The University of Michigan
"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


Bob Grese
Director

bgrese@umich.edu

(734) 763-0645

Robert Grese grew up in Tennessee and studied landscape architecture at the University of Georgia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught landscape architecture at the University of Michigan since 1986 and currently serves as Director of the University’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He is the author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens (1992) and has written widely on the ‘prairie style” of landscape gardening. He is a long-time advocate of ecologically-based design and the careful stewardship of cultural and natural landscapes.


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