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2024 Peony Bloom

W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden At Nichols Arboretum

Late May Through Early June - 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI​

Visiting the Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum – otherwise known as The Arb by us locals - is truly a treat. From the end of May to the beginning of June these magnificent flowers reach peak bloom. Simply breathtaking! We encourage you to make a day of it! Here is a sample itinerary to get you inspired. 

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Plan Your Peony Day

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9:00 - 11:30 am – The Most Important Meal of the Day

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at aMa Bistro with a delicious smoked salmon omelet or Poindexter Coffee, where a breakfast sandwich is always available to fuel you up before a day of exploration. 

Noon - 3:00 pm Hit the Arb

At peak bloom, The Arb’s garden holds around 800 peonies and over 10,000 flowers. But there is even more to enjoy – the 34-acre park features three miles of trails and multiple conservatories with breathtaking views. They also offer routes to capture the best pictures. 

3:30 - 5:30 pm Retail Therapy

After your peony adventure, head to Ann Arbor’s State Street District to check out the many shops in the area. Walk through Nickels Arcade and up and down State Street and check out stores such as One DNA, Bivouac, Caravan Gift Shop, and Della's. 

6:00 - 8:30 pm Grab Dinner and Drinks

Wrap up the peony-perfect day with some international grub at Jamaican Jerk Pit, sushi at Mama Satto, or good ol’ American classics at Red Hawk. Swing by Ashley’s for a cold one before heading home! 

Know Before You Go

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Where to Park?

There is free parking available a few steps away from the Arb at U-M lot M-28 on Washington Heights, after 5 pm weekdays, and all day on Sundays. In front of The Arb, Washington Heights and Observatory Street have metered street parking. Throughout Ann Arbor, street meters are available with a charge from 8 am-6 pm Monday through Saturday.  

What To Bring?

Charge your phone, bring sunscreen and maybe some bug spray, and wear your comfiest walking shoes! And do not forget your wallet for all that shopping and dining after your day at The Arb. 

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