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  1. How do I find a local peony society?

    There are a number of peony societies in the United States and Canada. We have world-wide list of peony societies with their web links on our Resources page. If you'd like to explore North American organizations, check out the web sites of the...

    January 20, 2017

  2. Where do I find cut peonies for sale, and how do I keep them?

    Ask a florist for peony availability. For visitors in our region, a Michigan-based grower of cut peony flowers is Bridgewater Gardens here in Washtenaw County (see Peony Resources). This is not an endorsement but is for...

    April 29, 2016

  3. What is the Reiner Cloud on this web site?

    The Reiner Cloud is a tag cloud. It is intended to help users find historic peony cultivars that include specific words and terms. The Reiner Cloud lists many of the terms used for the historic cultivars included in the database compiled by Mr. Reiner Jakubowski for the registration of...

    April 27, 2016

  4. Why are there empty beds since they were full last year?

    We are re-organizing several peony beds around themes. Since peonies are best moved in the fall, last fall we relocated two of each kind to the other peony beds. The currently empty beds will be amended this season, and replanted this fall, 2015. The themes for these beds on the south side of the Peony Garden are in order:

    Historic...

    May 29, 2015

  5. Where do I find good 'Question and Answer' peony forums on the web?

    There are several excellent peony 'Question and Answer' web sites. These links will take you directly to the 'Q&A' pages maintained by the American Peony Society and the Canadian Peony Society....

    May 29, 2015

  6. Which peonies here are favorites of the Peony Advisory Board?

    Each of our Advisors has decades of experience with peonies or historic garden plants. Each brings her or his unique perspective for favorite peonies at the Nichols Arboretum. Here are their top choices in their own words.

    Lindsay D'Aoust of Quebec, Canada

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    December 19, 2012

  7. Do you sell your peonies?

    We do not sell divisions of our plants. We do offer a selection of historic cultivars for sale in the spring. Watch our web site and e-newsletter for updates.

    December 4, 2012

  8. When is the best time to plant peonies?

    Peonies do best when planted in the fall.  They grow most of their roots in the fall, so it makes the most sense to let peonies have this time to establish before they endure the heat of summer.  Peonies are tough and will usually survive spring planting, but the plant may experience a higher level of stress for the first year. Please see the...

    December 4, 2012

  9. How many species of peonies are there in the wild? How many cultivars in gardens?

    The current scientific review by Dr. Hong recognizes 54 species in the wild. His most recent review in English is Peonies of the world: taxonomy and phytogeography, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2010. The number of species found in the wild is quite different from the number of cultivars (human selections) found in...

    December 4, 2012

  10. Do you sell cut peonies for flower arrangements?

    We do not cut our peony flowers for sale. This is a living museum exhibit of historic peonies that is open for all to enjoy. Removal of any flowers would degrade the experience. Cut peonies may be ordered in advance through your local florist, and some of the commercial sources listed in our Peony Resources under "Peony Organizations and Links...

    December 4, 2012

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