This book was published to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the garden.
There are many lovely color photos in here of my favorite flower, the peony.
Also in this 150+ page book are sections on “Sister Gardens and Peony Breeders Across the Midwest,” the history of the peony, fragrant peonies, how they are hybridized, and what makes historic peonies such an enduring value. There are two smaller sections on how peonies have inspired writing and arts across the world.
I’ve been to the gardens, which are set in a lower area with upper pathways filled with other blooming plants, shrubs, and trees, including tree peonies. I was overcome by a sense of joy mixed with tranquility as I walked around. Reading this book captures some of the feeling during the rest of the year when the peonies are not in bloom. If you love this plant that gives its beauty in any season whether in bloom or not and want to learn more about them and the special gardens that have been created for them, this is the book for you.
Also, please note, the website of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI, at University of MI is a wonderful place to browse. They have a database with all of the peonies found there. The website is here.
Fragrant beauty whose
ruffles put others to shame,
I bow to your grace.