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  1. The Peony Garden Initiative

    The Peony Garden Initiative is a multi-year renovation project to transform the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden into an internationally recognized reference collection, a conservation model for other historic cultivar collections, and a destination for peony lovers. The Peony Garden will illustrate the natural and social history of the peony...

    April 11, 2017

  2. Peony Diseases

    Peonies have relatively few diseases. The most common one is botrytis. An excellent online article on peony diseases with photography can be found at the Canadian Peony Society.

    Lemoine Disease

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    March 11, 2016

  3. What's In Bloom

    featured here are marvelous peonies in bloom. this feature is only kept active during bloom season. 

    when the peonies are not in bloom, use this section to see some of the peonies that staff and visitors enjoyed, or past 'winners' in peony popularity contest?

    October 8, 2012

  4. Arboretum and Garden Visitor Guides

    Our visitor guides provide an overview of each of our main properties. At each of the properties there are a variety of self-guided tours. For the self-guided tours to the Peony Garden, click here.

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    March 18, 2016

  5. Volunteer

    Each year volunteers provide essential help in the Peony Garden. In 2016, volunteers are needed for two kinds of work: Ambassadors and Garden Teams.

    Peony Ambassadors

    Help us show people the wonders of the Peony Garden! Ambassadors will learn about the largest public collection of heirloom herbaceous peony...

    April 19, 2016

  6. Glossary

    Botanical terms have precise meanings. Readers looking for definitions and examples of specific botanical terms may find Wikipedia useful, as well as the following on-line glossaries. If a term is causing confusion and is not in the on-line glossaries, Wikipedia, or this Glossary page, please ...

    April 27, 2016

  7. 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

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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

  9. 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

  10. Peony Videos

    'Illini Belle':

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    April 27, 2016

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