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  1. A Note on Photography

    The peony photographs were and continue to be taken for educational and documentary purposes. All photographs are of accessioned plants in our living collection. We appreciate the significant photography work contributed by volunteers, advisors, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei...

    April 11, 2017

  2. Heirloom Annuals

     

    Heirloom Annuals

    An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivated variety (cultivar) that has been grown for many years and is often handed down through families. (Open-pollinated plants are pollinated by birds, insects, wind, and other natural mechanisms.) The commonly accepted cut off date for heirloom plants is...

    October 4, 2012

  3. Growing Peonies

    Ask the Experts

    Get answers to some of the common questions...

    March 11, 2016

  4. Privacy

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    That information will not be shared or distributed, and is used solely for the purposes of verifying the validity of a user.

    Questions?  Contact us.

    October 8, 2012

  5. Care Calendar

    Spring

    • Potted peonies are available in the springtime.  Plant immediately.
    • Remove any stems showing...

    March 11, 2016

  6. 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

  7. The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden History

    William Upjohn

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

    January 20, 2017

  8. Peony Videos

    'Illini Belle':

    ...

    April 27, 2016

  9. 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

  10. 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

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