The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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peony season at the arb

The Peonies Are Blooming at the Arb. Come and See the Show!
Plus: All Invited to a Special Peony Peaking Day, Sunday, June 7

When: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Where: Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

About the garden: Click here for more information on the peony garden including a photo gallery and peony-bed maps with photos, names, and locations for each bed. Or call 734.647.7600.


Let the peonies begin!

Depending on several hard-to-predict factors such as the weather, the Peony Garden at the Arb blooms from approximately late May through early June.

With its subtle fragrances and exuberant colors in shades that range from pure white to pink to deep wine-red, the peony garden attracts thousands of people to the Arb every summer. What's more, this national treasure offers a comprehensive look at one of the largest collections of antique and heirloom peonies in North America-planted to bloom in successive waves of color throughout peony blooming time.

For many, visiting this renowned garden during peony season is an annual tradition shared with friends and family. All who come, by chance or by choice, leave amazed by the dazzling display. On Sunday, June 7, the public is invited to the Peony Garden for an afternoon of informal tours and discussions conducted by Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum staff and local peony experts, or to simply stroll through the garden or enjoy an al fresco picnic.

The peony garden has significance beyond Ann Arbor and is a national resource for information about and the study of heirloom peonies. Few if any institutions in North America approach its variety in nineteenth and early twentieth century peony cultivars, most of which were collected by William E. Upjohn of Kalamazoo and donated to Nichols Arboretum in 1922.

Visiting the Arb: We encourage Arb visitors to take advantage year round of the Ann Arbor and U-M bus systems, particularly on weekdays when parking near the Arb is limited (parking is available in the Washington Hts. U-M blue lot on weekends and after 5pm weekdays). Nichols Arboretum is served by The Ride (AATA). The #1U, #4, #9U, #12UM, #12UL, and #14 buses all stop at Mott Hospital on East Medical Center Drive near the Washington Heights entrance of the Arb. The #2 also has a stop at the main hospital entrance, and the #4 bus stops on Washington Hts. across from the U-M School of Public Health. After exiting the bus at the Mott Hospital bus stop on E. Medical Center Dr., cross the street and go left down the hill to Washington Hts. Turn right on Washington Hts; the Arb entrance is a few steps further on the left. If exiting the #4 bus on Washington Hts., proceed down the hill to the Arb entrance.

Please visit the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's website the Ride for maps and schedules as routes do change. The Arboretum's Washington Hts. entrance is across from the University of Michigan medical campus and is served by the U-M bus system via the Commuter Northbound and Southbound and the UMHS Intercampus. You can view the U-M bus routes on the U-M Parking and Transportation Services website.

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
1610 Washington Hts. (Arboretum)
1800 N. Dixboro (Matthaei), Ann Arbor


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