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
Summer is a great time to visit the spectacular Gateway Garden of New World Plants at the Botanical Gardens. The ornamental plants in this garden are originally native to the Americas.
Check out the bloom calendar.

staff biographies

Judy Dluzen

(734) 389-3286

Judy Dluzen has been at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens site for over 16 years, primarily focusing on the annual design and maintenance of the Perennial Garden, the Gateway Garden of New World Plants, and the Terrace Garden, as well as, the design and installation of the seasonal displays in the Conservatory. Judy’s interests lie in garden design and she places emphasis on the color composition of her gardens. She served as a docent for many years, and as a volunteer naturalist at the Audubon Nature Center.

At home, Judy has been an organic vegetable gardener at home for 30 years. She and her husband have sold vegetables at Ypsilanti Farmer's Market and have incorporated various aspects of homesteading over the years, including raising chickens for egg production, building three houses, root cellaring, keeping bees, and preserving home grown food.

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