On Sunday, August 7th, parents and donors enjoyed an afternoon of celebrating the hard work of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum summer student interns. The program began with a luncheon, including a slide show of summer photos and short presentations by interns Sam Pilon and Zach Gizicki, and donor Jeff Post. Following lunch, interns scattered throughout the display gardens to show off their summer projects, which range from visitor services, maintenance, restoration, and more! The afternoon also included a brief performance by intern Jared Aslakson, who is a competitive and professional bagpiper. We thank our summer student interns for all of their help in continuing our mission of developing leaders and encouraging people to care about nature and enrich life on earth.

Below are some photographs of interns and their parents, bagpiping intern Jared Aslakson, interns posing with their posters, and a few beauty shots of Matthaei in its late-summer glory.
Matthaei-Nichols Membership program hosted the Student Open House Luncheon
Sam Pilon, intern, speaking about her summer internship experiences at the Student Open House Luncheon
Zach Gizicki, intern, speaking about his work as the Julie Norris Post Heathdale Intern
Jeff Post, donor, speaking about the importance of the Julie Norris Post Heathdale collection to him and his family 
Bob Grese, Director, interacting with Doug Ham, intern, and his fiancee
Stevia Morawski, intern, presenting her poster
Staff and students discussing poster presentations
Enjoying the Gateway Garden
Interns, parents, and staff interacting
Sam Pilon, intern
Hannah Smith, intern
John Bradtke, intern, presenting his poster
Relaxing in the Commons
Katie Hammond, intern, posing for a photo during a game of croquet, while Jared Aslakson heads to the Great Lakes Gardens for his bagpipe performance
Gateway Garden
Adrienne O’Brien, staff, and Tom Porter, donor, chatting on the Terrace
Gateway Garden fountain
Jared Aslakson, intern, performing bagpipes in the Great Lakes Gardens