The Peony Garden Blog

Post-Winter Growth Spurt Sparks Mega-staking Effort in Peony Garden

By student guest blogger Joel Klann

This year, for the first time in more than 80 years, every peony plant in Nichols Arboretum’s famed peony garden has been staked with bamboo reeds and biodegradable jute twine in order to provide pillars for support during what has turned out to be a period of bursting growth.

Peony Award Mystery

Cross-posted from the Matthaei-Nichols Garboretum Gab blog


There's nothing like a good local mystery. Your help is needed with these two black-and-white photographs from the Ann Arbor Flower Show held in the mid 20th Century. These (re)surfaced recently while sorting materials in our records room.

Welcome to the inaugural website for the University of Michigan’s Peony Garden Initiative!

Since 2008 a diverse team of staff, volunteers, advisors, and donors has been working under the leadership of Bob Grese, Director, to revitalize our historic peony collection that was established in 1922.

February 2010 Project Update

Believe it or not, winter is a busy time for the Peony Project! All of the planning for the upcoming year needs to happen now, because once May hits and the peonies begin to emerge, it’ll be all peonies, all the time. Over the last month or so, I have spent some time tracking the movement of peony cultivars throughout the peony garden. Beginning with the original 1927 garden plan and continuing through the 2010 garden plan, I have noted which plants were in which locations within the garden during which years.