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  1. Michigan Peony Society Show

    Free show of locally-grown cut peony flowers open to the public under tents at the Peony Garden!

    Public Show is 12:45 - 4:00 pm

    Entries are 11:00 to 12:15. Local gardeners and peony lovers are welcome to enter their best several flowers: please email to help us...

    May 31, 2018

  2. Peonies Galore Sale

    We’ve partnered with local nursery Northfield Farms to bring you some of the same varieties of beautiful heirloom peonies that grow in the U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden—the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America. This is a very...

    May 7, 2018

  3. Live Concert - Peony Blossoms & Pure Melodies

    A concert featuring Chinese flower songs performed by local musicians. Sponsored by the U-M Confucius Institute & Matthaei-Nichols. Free. NOTE: In case of inclement weather, concert will be held June 10 at 2 pm.

    May 4, 2018

  4. Who is on the Peony Advisory Board?

    The Peony Advisory Board membership in 2018 is listed below. More information about their roles is in the Peony Resources section of our website.

    APS = American Peony Society member

    CPS = Canadian Peony Society member



    May 2, 2018

  5. What do we fertilize our peonies with at Nichols Arboretum?

    We currently do not fertilize our peony plants.  However, a...

    May 2, 2018

  6. When will the new tree peonies bloom?

    Tree peony bloom begins several weeks ahead of the herbaceous peonies. Depending on the weather they may come into bloom by late April. A selection of historic tree peonies is being planted most years as we rejuvenate the Peony Garden and Laurel Ridge. The new tree peonies will take several years to establish: we will have a bloom chart...

    May 2, 2018

  7. American Peony Society Annual Convention

    The conference takes place in Portland, Oregon.

    May 2, 2018

  8. About The Garden

    The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden presents a stunning spring display, currently with 350 historic herbaceous varieties (cultivars) from the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. These specimens represent many of the important American, Canadian, and European herbaceous peonies of the era - and over half ...

    May 2, 2018

  9. Contact

    Have a question or comment related to the Peony Garden or our site?  Fill out the form below

    May 2, 2018

  10. 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