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  1. Getting to Nichols Arboretum

    April 25, 2017

  2. UM Asian Connections

    Peonies are culturally important across the arts and sciences in China, Japan, and Korea. Each culture adds distinctive contributions to the history of peonies in human civilization.

    The University of Michigan has strong connections and partnerships across eastern Asia. Our peony garden engages in projects and programs to deepen the...

    August 24, 2018

  3. Now Playing

    There's something happening in Nichols Arboretum and the peony garden from spring through summer and into fall. As the season progresses, scroll down to see more peonies in bloom from previous dates.

    Spring 2019 Season:

    June 18, 2019: Morning (early) and evening are the best times to see the...

    June 18, 2019

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Contact

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    May 2, 2018

  8. American Peony Society Annual Convention

    The conference takes place in Portland, Oregon.

    May 2, 2018

  9. 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

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