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Posted on Fri, May 31, 2013 : 5:57 a.m.

University of Michigan to host annual peony sale Saturday and Sunday at the Arb

By Kellie Woodhouse


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

Jeffrey Smith |

Have a special affection for the garden flower that blooms with the assistance of an army of ants?

If so, University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum has partnered with South Lyon nursery Northfield Farms in its annual Peony Sale.

The sale will take place at the Arb, which hosts the largest collection of heirloom peonies in North America, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The sale takes place during Peony Fest, which includes a craft station from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and a bingo station for children. At the Peony Garden at 7 p.m. there will be a musical performance on Saturday.

Also, at 2 p.m. Sunday there will be a free preview of the Shakespeare in the Arb's Much Ado About Nothing performance.

The Arb's peony gardens are in bloom until mid-June.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, May 31, 2013 : 10:49 a.m.

Is there any kind of range of proces available? Like anywhere from $5 to $50? I'd like to get some peonies, but don't want to make the trip if they're all $40 or whatever.


Fri, May 31, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

I might not be remembering correctly, but I think the peonies are usually around $30-40. I've purchased plants at this event two separate years and can attest to their quality. They're all doing well in my garden despite some neglect.