Thursday, May 31, 2012

Retired in Ann Arbor: Peony garden at the Arb 2012

One morning on Memorial Day weekend, we decided to go see the peonies at Nichols Arboretum.  By now the flowers are past their prime, but the Arb is always worth a visit, 4 seasons of the year.
*****Update!  The peonies are still in bloom, and  the Peony Festival runs through June 5.  
On Saturday June 2, between 10 AM and 4:30, is the celebration for the 90th anniversary of the peony garden, with live music and a preview of Shakespeare in the Arb (see below).

First the peony garden:  There are 27 beds, and about 800 bushes.  This is the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America.  The garden was donated to the Arb in 1922, with a gift from Dr. W. E. Upjohn, (of the Upjohn Corporation in Kalamazoo), who was an 1875 graduate of the University of Michigan medical school.

Be sure and attend Shakespeare in the Arb to see The Merry Wives of Windsor, on June 7-10, 14-17, and 21-24.  Show starts at 6:30, and tickets are $15/adult for members, and $17/senior for nonmembers.  This event draws thousands of people into the Arb, so it's a great time to become a member, and take advantage of the early box office opening at 5:00.  Or volunteer, and see the show for free!

See you there!

1 comment:

  1. and of course, you have to see the Matthaei Botanical Garden which is amazing!