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  1. Which peonies here are favorites of the Peony Advisory Board?

    Each of our Advisors has decades of experience with peonies or historic garden plants. Each brings her or his unique perspective for favorite peonies at the Nichols Arboretum. Here are their top choices in their own words.

    Lindsay D'Aoust of Quebec, Canada

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    December 19, 2012

  2. How do I find a local peony society?

    There are a number of peony societies in the United States and Canada. We have world-wide list of peony societies with their web links on our Resources page. If you'd like to explore North American organizations, check out the web sites of the...

    January 20, 2017

  3. Where do I find good 'Question and Answer' peony forums on the web?

    There are several excellent peony 'Question and Answer' web sites. These links will take you directly to the 'Q&A' pages maintained by the American Peony Society and the Canadian Peony Society....

    May 29, 2015

  4. Why are there empty beds since they were full last year?

    We are re-organizing several peony beds around themes. Since peonies are best moved in the fall, last fall we relocated two of each kind to the other peony beds. The currently empty beds will be amended this season, and replanted this fall, 2015. The themes for these beds on the south side of the Peony Garden are in order:

    Historic...

    May 29, 2015

  5. What is the Reiner Cloud on this web site?

    The Reiner Cloud is a tag cloud. It is intended to help users find historic peony cultivars that include specific words and terms. The Reiner Cloud lists many of the terms used for the historic cultivars included in the database compiled by Mr. Reiner Jakubowski for the registration of...

    April 27, 2016

  6. Do you sell your peonies?

    We do not sell divisions of our plants. We do offer a selection of historic cultivars for sale in the spring. Watch our web site and e-newsletter for updates.

    December 4, 2012

  7. Why are there empty spots in the Peony Garden?

    We have removed diseased peonies from the Peony Garden.  A cover crop was planted and tilled under to add organic matter to the soil.  After the peony bloom, heirloom annuals are planted in the empty spaces to add color and interest over the summer.  New, healthy peonies will be planted in the empty spaces in upcoming years.

    September 7, 2012

  8. How do you transplant a peony?

    Peonies transplant better when you divide them.  Do this in the fall for best results!  First, dig up the plant.  Start digging a good 18 inches away from the crown of the plant.  Dig in circles around the plant, going deeper and deeper until you can gently lift the root ball out of the ground.  Prying the peony out of the...

    September 7, 2012

  9. When is the best time to plant peonies?

    Peonies do best when planted in the fall.  They grow most of their roots in the fall, so it makes the most sense to let peonies have this time to establish before they endure the heat of summer.  Peonies are tough and will usually survive spring planting, but the plant may experience a higher level of stress for the first year. Please see the...

    December 4, 2012

  10. Why are there ants on my peonies?

    Ants are attracted to and eat the sweet nectar secreted by the peony bud.  Ants do not harm the plants, and the plants do not require ants to open. 
     
    Before taking peony flowers into your house, you can turn them upside-down in a bucket of water to get the ants off.

    September 7, 2012

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