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Tired of being stuck inside? Do you feel like you’re missing out on the blooms and blossoms of spring?

A new book may help you to ease your cabin fever. Passion for Peonies is written by staff at the University of Michigan with contributions from other landscape professionals. The book paints a fascinating picture of the history of U of M’s storied Nichols Arboretum, as well as the broader history of peony gardening.

The peonies at Fair Lane also get a feature, compliments of our Director of Landscapes Karen Marzonie. In the early 20th century, Fair Lane’s Peony Garden was designed and planted by the estate’s gardeners on behalf of Clara Ford. Once consisting of over twelve hundred plants, of approximately forty varieties, the peony garden is one of the landscape features that Fair Lane envisions restoring to its former glory someday. Make sure to pick up a copy for a glimpse of what the future may hold for our beautiful gardens.

Passion for Peonies is sure to scratch your itch to go outside, and to see a glimpse of the beautiful peonies of Fair Lane. Order a copy directly from the University of Michigan here.