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  1. 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

  2. Online Visits Only in 2020

    While Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus remains open, because of the ongoing pandemic we ask that you not visit the garden in person....

    May 11, 2020

  3. 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

  4. Contact

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    May 2, 2018

  5. American Peony Society Annual Convention

    The conference takes place in Portland, Oregon.

    May 2, 2018

  6. Michigan Peony Society

    The Michigan Peony Society is being organized! We're hosting an initial cut-flower Exhibition on Sunday, June 4th at the Peony Garden (rain or shine). We'll be recruiting new members there, and will organize the Founding Meeting from the group...

    May 16, 2017

  7. Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Photo Maps

    Use these photo maps to identify our peonies

    The photo maps label the peonies in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. For each bed, every peony has a photograph with its name. If you are on-line, as with a smart-phone, the pictures are linked to additional information. Note: The photographs are that exact plant - not from other...

    May 29, 2019

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

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

    May 2, 2018

  9. 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

  10. 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