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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. 
Really – don’t miss it, because thanks to a warm March and even more warm weather recently, the garden is early and we’ve moved the bloom dates up considerably.  If one can ever be certain about nature or the weather we’re now pretty sure that the peony garden will bloom between May 15 and the end of May or very early June.
Beyond a visit to to enjoy the blooms, if you’d like to dig a little deeper into the peony garden’s storied history be sure to attend one or more in a series of free, staff-led tours during the 2012 peony bloom season. All tours take place in the Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. For more information, and to stay on top of the garden visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter  @MatthaeiNichols. Or call 734.647.7600.

Peony Garden tours:
Tuesday, May 15
12:15 pm
Staff Picks
Favorite peonies of Matthaei-Nichols staff
7:00 pm
Elements of Style
Demystifying peony forms and fashions
Wednesday, May 16
12:15 pm
Elements of Style
Demystifying peony forms and fashions
7:00 pm
What’s in a Name?
Peony names of the past—the who, what, when, and why
Thursday, May 17
12:15 p
What’s in a Name?
Peony names of the past—the who, what, when, and why
7:00 pm
Best in Show
Top-ranked peonies and why they were considered champions in their time
Friday, May 18
12:15 pm
Best in Show
Top-ranked peonies and why they were considered champions in their time
7:00 pm
What Price Peonies
From steep to cheap, peonies of the past and what we paid for them
Saturday, May 19
12:15 pm
What Price Peonies
From steep to cheap, peonies of the past and what we paid for them
7:00 pm
Building a Better Peony Garden
A behind-the-scenes look at the efforts of Matthaei-Nichols and many others to grow, maintain, and steward the historic peony garden now and for the future
Sunday, May 20
12:15 pm
Staff Picks
Favorite peonies of Matthaei-Nichols staff
7:00 pm
How to Grow Peonies
Experts tips, hints, and information from our staff on growing peonies right
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