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Lisa Barry

There are nearly 700 peony plants inside the Nichols Arboretum, part of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens next to the University Medical Center.  The garden opened to the public over 90 years ago, but visitors have been discouraged to visit this year to observe social distancing advisories in light of the current global health crisis we're experiencing.  But there is one way to connect with the garden through a newly-published book about it called "Passion for Peonies."  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the creators of the book, garden curator David Michener and the director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, Bob Grese.


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The peonies are starting to bloom at Nichols Arboretum, but garden officials are telling people to stay away due to coronavirus concerns.


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Most of us are familiar with the term “from farm to table” when it comes to eating fresh food.  But are you familiar with “from garden to pharmacy,” when it comes to some of the medications you take?

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you to an Ann Arbor garden, where a variety of plants are grown to be used in research and to demonstrate what some medications are made from...hidden in plain sight.

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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.


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Ann Arbor’s historic Peony Flower garden is behind schedule for its annual bloom season.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry recently visited the garden and has the latest.


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Ann Arbor’s world-renowned Peony garden has peaked for the season but there is still plenty of color and flowers to be seen at the University of Michigan garden.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry has the update…

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The bloom season is just beginning at Ann Arbor’s historic peony garden in the Nichols Arboretum.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry visited the garden and has details…


The historic collection at the University of Michigan peony garden just inside the Nichols arboretum is about 99 percent in full bloom right now.  The hot weather last week plus heavy rain last weekend pushed blooming forward to the peak period earlier than expected.