June 4, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Peony Garden Centennial Celebration

Wander through this stunning display of historic herbaceous peonies in bloom, then join us for a centennial celebration featuring remarks and peony-inspired musical performances. The Peony Garden Centennial Celebration will feature remarks from Nichols Arboretum director Tony Kolenic, Peony Curator David Michener, members of the W.E. Upjohn Family, and others, as well as performances of peony-inspired Korean choral works and a composition by composer-in-residence, Alexis Lamb. The beloved Peony Garden in Nichols Arboretum was established in 1922 with a gift of peony plants from Michigan alumnus W. E. Upjohn. This June, 2022, we will celebrate this historic collection.

The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America. At peak bloom visitors are treated to more than 10,000 blossoms in shades of pink, red, and white. It’s a must-see event, so don’t miss this year’s peony garden blooming season, approximately late-May through mid-June, weather depending.

Visitors can plan their trip at: https://peony.mbgna.umich.edu/.

The garden is located near the 1610 Washington Heights entrance to Nichols Arboretum and is part of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. At both the botanical gardens and arboretum, the trails and natural areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visitors are requested to follow current University of Michigan COVID-19 safety guidelines.