Posted: May 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM [May 10, 2012]
The largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America is getting ready to bloom in the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum.
• Peony collection celebrates 90 years at the Arb
• Over 10,000 blooms at peak on hundreds of plants
• Free staff-led and self-guided tours
Staff tours May 15-20, 12:15 & 7 pm daily
• Peony artwork in the Arb visitor center
• Cut-flower display
When: Bloom times: approximately mid-May through mid-June, weather depending. Call ahead for garden updates or visit our webite or Facebook page for the latest information.
Where: University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum,
1610 Washington Hts., Ann Arbor, MI 48109; 734.647.8986.
Celebrating 90 years in 2012, the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden blooms over several weeks. The garden contains more than 270 historic varieties from the nineteenth and early twentieth century representing the best American, Canadian, and European peonies of the era. The fragrant flowers are arranged in 27 beds with each full bed containing dozens of peony plants. The Peony Garden holds nearly 800 peonies when filled to capacity and nearly 10,000 blooms during peak blossom time. Some of the plants are still growing in the same spot they were planted nearly 100 years ago.