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Ann Arbor's Historic Peony Garden Is In Full Bloom

Jun 14, 2019

Thousands of peony plants are "technically" just past peak bloom in Ann Arbor's historic Peony Garden.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with a local artist who has been capturing the thousands of blooms using pastels for nearly 15 years.


Janet Kohler of Whitmore Lake sets up her easel at the front of the Peony Garden in the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum.  She is creating her fifth picture so far this season of the full-blooming peonies amongst the trees.

She says she's happy with her latest creation so far.

"I really like how these are dark underneath, and they're big, and they really show the movement of the plants themselves and the direction and the distance."

The thousands of peony flowers are technically just past peak bloom, but the garden, open since 1927, is still a delight to see and smell.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu