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  1. Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies

    Bring a lawn blanket or chair to the Arboretum Peony Garden and join us at the 6th annual garden concert! An afternoon of live vocal concert, featuring Chinese flower songs, will be performed by the CIUM Singers (sung in Chinese). This annual garden concert is presented by the U-M Confucius Institute and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens &...

    May 1, 2017

  2. Michigan Peony Society Exhibition

    The first cut-flower competition of the Michigan Peony Society, held under a tent at the Peony Garden.

    NOON - 2:00 Entry of home-grown peonies for exhibition. For judging, you should know its name. For exhibition, peonies that have no names will be considered.

    2:00 - 2:30. Judging

    2:30 - 5:00 Open for public enjoyment and...

    May 16, 2017

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Peonies Galore Sale

    Add some vintage beauty to your garden at this sale of heirloom peonies held near the historic Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Matthaei-Nichols members enjoy a special pre-sale hor from 9-10 am with a discount on purchases. Publica sale opens at 10 am. Arrive early; peonies sell quickly! Free parrking available weekends in the University of...

    May 15, 2019

  9. 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

  10. 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!


    May 11, 2020