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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. Recent Additions

     

    We have space for historic cultivars in both the main herbaceous beds as well as in the long-desired tree peony collection between the herbaceous beds and Laurel Ridge trail.
    • In 2011 several missing historic cultivars were donated to us from the original estate of Mr. Upjohn (currently a property of Michigan State...

    October 22, 2012

  3. When to Visit

    Peony Bloom Season

    Peonies bloom once a year, in the spring. Our bloom countdown page is updated regularly as the season progresses.

    • Tree peonies always bloom...

    May 25, 2016

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Peony Resources

    Peonies have been popular garden plants in Europe and North America since the early-1800s and since antiquity in Asia. There is an enormous range of information available. These are resources and links the staff here find most useful.

    September 28, 2012

  8. 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

  9. Peony Resources

    Peonies have been popular garden plants in Europe and North America since the early 1800s and since antiquity in Asia. The resources and links provided here are ones staff at the Matthaei - Nichols find useful out of the enormous range of information...

    April 27, 2016

  10. Planting Step-by-Step

    Remember that peonies bloom only in the spring. It will be the coming spring when you may first see your peony in bloom.

    If you have a potted peony . . . 

    • Dig a hole 18" wide and 18" deep.  Backfill the hole with just enough of the displaced soil so that when you set the unpotted plant into the hole, the soil-line...

    April 11, 2013

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