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  1. Peony Organizations and Links

    These links are based on activities of the Peony Garden Initiative or contain information of interest to our readers. Their listing is not an endorsement by the University of Michigan.

     

    Peony Societies - North...

    April 11, 2017

  2. A Note on Photography

    The peony photographs were and continue to be taken for educational and documentary purposes. All photographs are of accessioned plants in our living collection. We appreciate the significant photography work contributed by volunteers, advisors, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei...

    April 11, 2017

  3. The Peony Garden Initiative

    The Peony Garden Initiative is a multi-year renovation project to transform the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden into an internationally recognized reference collection, a conservation model for other historic cultivar collections, and a destination for peony lovers. The Peony Garden will illustrate the natural and social history of the peony...

    April 11, 2017

  4. Building a Network of Public Peony Gardens

    Peonies at the Nichols Arboretum

    The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College are the founding...

    April 11, 2017

  5. The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden History

    William Upjohn

    In 1922 the Regents of the University of Michigan appropriated $2,000 to...

    January 20, 2017

  6. Our Supporters

    The Peony Garden is an iconic legacy of Dr. W. E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His generous gift of peonies in 1922 was the founding event in the multi-year project that culminated in the Peony Garden opening to the public in 1927.

    This list recognizes the major supporters of the Peony...

    January 20, 2017

  7. Code Breaking

    This page is your tool to decode and understand the historical information given for each cultivar in the Peony Database and if you wish, find the published citation by year, publication, and page. Peony enthusiasts and breeders constantly compare and judge peonies as worthy or...

    January 20, 2017

  8. Peony Advisory Board

    The success of the Peony Garden Initiative is in large part due to the exceptional service of professionals who offer their time and expertise on our Peony Advisory Board. These experts bring diverse perspectives, experiences and depth in:

    • peony identification and history,
    • peony culture and disease management,
    • ...

    January 20, 2017

  9. About Peonies

    Wild Species and Ornamental Origins

    Thirty two species of wild peonies are native from the Mediterranean region to eastern Asia, with two species endemic to western North America. The wild peony species are mostly herbaceous perennials, but some Chinese species are woody shrubs, mistakenly but perhaps permanently called 'tree...

    January 20, 2017

  10. In the News

    Media coverage of the Peony Garden is listed here. The individual organizations that own the links below set the policies for free distribution or payment required. Your public library may have these on file.

    2016

    • The University Record (University of Michigan faculty and staff newspaper) posted...

    June 6, 2016

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