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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Research and Resources

    Research conducted at or relevant to the Peony Garden and our collaborators in the APGA Plant Collections Network is listed here. ...

    May 31, 2016

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