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  1. 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

  2. Peony Videos

    'Illini Belle':

    ...

    April 27, 2016

  3. 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

  4. In the News

    Media coverage of the Peony Garden is listed here. The individual organizations that own the links below set the policies for free distribution or payment required. Your public library may have these on file.

    2016

    • The University Record (University of Michigan faculty and staff newspaper) posted...

    June 6, 2016

  5. Code Breaking

    This page is your tool to decode and understand the historical information given for each cultivar in the Peony Database and if you wish, find the published citation by year, publication, and page. Peony enthusiasts and breeders constantly compare and judge peonies as worthy or...

    January 20, 2017

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. What to See

    The Peony Garden's great strength is its stunning and extensive display of historic herbaceous peonies, typically from late May to mid June. The Peony...

    April 26, 2016

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