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  1. The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden History

    William Upjohn

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

    January 20, 2017

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Silvia Saunders

    1928-B:52 Double. 8.7 (Sym. 1925). Syn., Sylvia. Pink,

    1928-B-d:142 Semi-double type; not large; extra early. Cup-shaped, bright clear rose-pink, fading lighter toward the center, which is filled with yellow stamens among which the very bright pink stigmas make a conspicuous pattern; odor not very good. Dwarf; good grower; very abundant...

    October 21, 2016

  8. Angelo Cobb Freeborn

    1943-091:56 Unusual coral red double, carried on tall stems with clean foliage. Lasts a long time, giving a vivid color in the garden. Parentage: Officinalis rubra plena x Madame Jules Dessert.

    1943-B091:33 Double. Lacti x officinalis. Peculiar shade of light red.

    1976-K:004 Double - Red - Midseason. Tall. Unusual coral-red...

    October 21, 2016

  9. Rescheduled to Sun., June 12 at 2 pm: Music Concert in the Peony Garden: Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies

    NOTE: Due to the rain the concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2 pm.

    Chinese flower songs performed by local musicians and singers. Concert takes place in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Confucius Institute and Matthaei-Nichols.

    Free.

    ...

    June 10, 2016

  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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