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  1. The Garden Is Open in 2021

    Steps from University of Michigan Hospital and central campus, the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is easy to visit and open from sunrise to sunset.

    • Many food...

    May 7, 2021

  2. Donate

    The Tradition: The Peony Garden began in 1922 with a generous gift of plants from Dr. W. E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden...

    April 13, 2021

  3. Changes for 2018 - 2020

    We're making long-term improvements to the Peony Garden and the adjacent Laurel Ridge Trail. The overall Rejuvenation Plan sets the framework - and the work is scheduled year-by-year so that we're ready to host our Centennial in June, 2022. There's much to do!

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    May 11, 2020

  4. New Peony Book Available

    Passion for Peonies is a new book about peonies and the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden by Bob Grese and David Michener, the director and curator, respectively, of Matthaei-Nichols. Renowned horticulturists and peony aficionados contribute to the book, including Scott Kunst of Old House Gardens, Peggy Cornett of Monticello, and Alice...

    May 6, 2020

  5. Now Playing

    There's something happening in Nichols Arboretum and the peony garden from spring through summer and into fall. As the season progresses, scroll down to see more peonies in bloom from previous dates.

    Spring 2019 Season:

    June 18, 2019: Morning (early) and evening are the best times to see the...

    June 18, 2019

  6. Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Photo Maps

    Use these photo maps to identify our peonies

    The photo maps label the peonies in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. For each bed, every peony has a photograph with its name. If you are on-line, as with a smart-phone, the pictures are linked to additional information. Note: The photographs are that exact plant - not from other...

    May 29, 2019

  7. Shakespeare in the Arb 2019: Twelfth Night

    This season’s play is Twelfth Night, directed by Kate Mendeloff of the U-M Residential College, Carol Gray, and Graham Atkin and performed by U-M students and community players. Performance dates Thurs.-Sun., June 6-9; 13-16; 20-23. Member benefit: Matthaei-Nichols members may reserve tickets in advance. This option...

    May 15, 2019

  8. Concert: Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies

    An afternoon of Chinese flower songs sung by community members and UM staff. Free

    May 15, 2019

  9. Peonies Galore Sale

    Add some vintage beauty to your garden at this sale of heirloom peonies held near the historic Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Matthaei-Nichols members enjoy a special pre-sale hor from 9-10 am with a discount on purchases. Publica sale opens at 10 am. Arrive early; peonies sell quickly! Free parrking available weekends in the University of...

    May 15, 2019

  10. Touring the Peony Garden

    We want all visitors to enjoy the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and find answers or resources for the quesitons they have. For 2015, self-guided tours are available, and our popular Peony Ambassadors will be in the garden on a posted schedule. Peony Ambassadors can assist with orientation to...

    April 22, 2019

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