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  1. 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

  2. Online Visits Only in 2020

    While Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus remains open, because of the ongoing pandemic we ask that you not visit the garden in person....

    May 11, 2020

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. UM Asian Connections

    Peonies are culturally important across the arts and sciences in China, Japan, and Korea. Each culture adds distinctive contributions to the history of peonies in human civilization.

    The University of Michigan has strong connections and partnerships across eastern Asia. Our peony garden engages in projects and programs to deepen the...

    August 24, 2018

  8. 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...

    April 17, 2018

  9. Michigan Peony Society

    The Michigan Peony Society is being organized! We're hosting an initial cut-flower Exhibition on Sunday, June 4th at the Peony Garden (rain or shine). We'll be recruiting new members there, and will organize the Founding Meeting from the group...

    May 16, 2017

  10. Getting to Nichols Arboretum

    April 25, 2017

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