The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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"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


Diana Portner
Caretaker

dkportne@umich.edu

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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