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Posted on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

University of Michigan selling historic peonies from Nichols Arboretum this weekend

By Kellie Woodhouse


One of the many beautiful and fragrant peony blossoms at the peony garden at Nichols Arboretum.

Jeffrey Smith |

Love visiting the Nichols Arboretum peony garden during springtime?

Now you can take a piece of the gardens home with you.

This weekend the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens is selling some of their historic peonies.

The cost? $10 for a bare-root plant or $20 for three.

The plants are on sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. in Ann Arbor.

Varieties for sale include:

  • Madame Jules Dessert
  • Eileen Kelway
  • Shawnee Chief
  • Mademoiselle Jeanne Riviere
  • Miss Salway
  • Paradise
  • Opal
  • Tourangelle
  • Triomphe d’Exposition de Lille


Katherine Willson

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

Unfortunately, they were completely sold out when we got there at 1:30pm. :-(


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 10:07 p.m.

My first reaction on seeing this headline was "WHY are local small events always announced when it is far too late to change my schedule and go?" Now I'm glad I didn't waste the gas for a 30-mile drive - I would have arrived about the same time you did. @Kellie Woodhouse -- can you find out the name of the peony variety in the photo? It is stunning.

Linda Peck

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 11:56 a.m.

This is a wonderful opportunity! Thank you UofM!