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Ann Arbor Peony Garden Has Yet To Peak With Cool Wet Weather To Blame

Lisa Barry
There is some color in the Peony garden, which is only about 10 percent bloomed so far.
There is some color in the Peony garden which is only about 10 percent bloomed so far.

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.

Cool temperatures and rainy weather are blamed for the delayed blooming season at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden.


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Garden coordinator Doug Conley

Garden coordinator Doug Conley walks me through the entrance to the garden and explaining plants in that area are blooming.

But only about 10 percent of the garden’s hundreds of peony plants have bloomed so far.  Conley says warm days and warm nights will change that and soon over a thousand Peony plants will come to life with an assortment of color.

Conley says they are already preparing the historic peony garden for the annual "American Peony Society Conference," which they will be hosting in 2022.  There are some 500 different types of peonies and over a thousand plants in the Ann Arbor garden.

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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

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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