Peony Bed Maps

Use these photo maps to identify our peonies

The photo maps label the peonies in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. For each bed, every peony has a photograph with its name. Note: The photographs are of that exact plant unless noted otherwise. Our goal is to show only photos taken in this garden and to have the available for world-wide web-based reference.

During the bloom season every bed has its own map posted in front of the bed. Throughout the year you can search the maps on this website.

How to Use the Bed Maps

First, orient yourself to the Peony Garden’s grid of beds.

The historic herbaceous peonies are in 27 numbered beds. The number sequence begins at the west entrance of Nichols Arboretum closest to the Visitor Center / university hospitals and ends at the east entrance that leads to Heathdale / rest of the Arboretum. Numbered concrete markers are located in the bed corners.

The square beds hold 30 plants: 15 kinds of peonies in pairs. The beds are each a grid of 5 “rows” and 6 “columns”. The photo map gives the bed number and a photo of each peony in its grid location. Under each photo is the name of the peony cultivar. This makes it easy to line up with the bed and identify any peony of interest. Maps are updated yearly.

The tree and intersectional (“Itoh”) peonies are planted in groupings on the slope above the historic peony beds.

Second, look up the peonies that interest you.

A. If you’re working on-line 

1. Click on the numbered bed map on the screen. The bed map with images will load.

2. Click on the picture of the plant. This will take you to more information.

B. If you’re using paper and pen.

1. Use the photo map to give you the peony’s name.

2. Write down the name(s). It will help you find the plant again if you note which bed number the plant is in.

3. Once you have access to a computer, go to our Peony Database or more information.

Third, find out if the named peony is for sale from a reliable source

Many visitors wish to purchase divisions of their favorite historic peonies. Each year we have a special sale of historic peonies – they are from reliable nurseries rather than divisions of our historic plants. See our Resources for more information.

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