- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The time is arriving for thousands of heirloom peonies to bloom at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum.

Blooms are expected to be on view at the Peony Garden in Ann Arbor in the coming week, with the spring display running until mid-June.

The garden contains more than 270 historic varieties from the 19th and early 20th centuries representing the best American, Canadian and European peonies of the era. The plants are arranged in 27 beds with each bed containing dozens of peonies.

The garden holds nearly 800 peonies when filled and has more than 10,000 blooms during peak blossom time. Spring weather dictates peony bloom season. The Nichols Arboretum is open from sunrise to sunset daily and there’s no admission cost for visitors.

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