Mike Palmer has been with Matthaei Botanical Gardens since 1990, joining the staff after he received his B.S. in Commercial Horticulture from Purdue University. At Purdue he focused his studies on woody plants and plant propagation, with emphasis on botanical nomenclature and public gardens. He was also a lab instructor for a class taught by Dr. Harrison Flint, author of Landscape Plants of Eastern North America. The class focused on woody landscape plants and their identification.
At MBGNA, Mike is the Manager of Horticulture. He supervises the day to day horticulture operations with a staff of 5 horticulturists, interns and numerous volunteers.