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

Jessica Kohnert
Horticulture Technician

Jess graduated from Western Michigan University in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology. Upon graduation, she served in AmeriCorps treating invasive plant species and restoring rivers in Northern Michigan with Huron Pines. Her passion for preservation and conservation continued as she worked for both the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology and Herbarium preparing incoming specimens and digitizing collections. At Matthaei-Nichols Jess will help maintain and develop the living plant collections and natural areas on a variety of projects. When not working Jess enjoys learning new crafts and obsessing over her pet hermit crabs.

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