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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Nichols Arboretum

    This is the homepage - DO NOT DELETE!!!

    May 22, 2013

  6. Get Involved

    There are many ways to engage with the Peony Garden. An important step is to visit, enjoy, and spread the word. Word-of-mouth is...

    March 11, 2016

  7. Dividing Your Herbaceous Peonies

    You may choose to divide your herbaceous peonies if they are no longer thriving, if the site has become shady, if you want more, and (best of all) if you want to share with friends and family. There are two methods to divide a peony: 'pie-slice' and 'whole-plant'. This work should be done in the fall while or after the plant goes into...

    April 11, 2013

  8. Search the Database

    DO NOT DELETE! This is the container page for the main database search.

    October 15, 2012

  9. The Peony Garden Initiative

    The Peony Garden Initiative is a multi-year renovation project to transform the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden into an internationally recognized reference collection, a conservation model for other historic cultivar collections, and a destination for peony lovers. The Peony Garden will illustrate the natural and social history of the peony...

    April 11, 2017

  10. Unknown

    There are several "Unknown" peonies in the Peony Garden. Each is unknown because of one of the following conditions.

    1. It has not bloomed in a typical manner (a few bloom so late or poorly that typical flowers don't develop).
    2. It meets all the these conditions:
    • it does not match the description of the plant...

    April 24, 2013

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