Bloom where thee art planted

April 13, 2001

ANN ARBOR—”Spring is sprung; the grass is riz; I wonder where the flowers is,” goes an old saying. Well, those flowers are beginning to make a showing in Southeast Michigan and especially in the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum.

Whether it’s a blossoming tree, bush or flower, flora with such names as Pearlbush, Wayfaring tree, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Bloodroot, and Michigan lily are getting ready to strut their stuff.

To aid in the enjoyment of these flowering plants, the Arboretum has put together a chart of flowering times for species found in the Arb and that can be found in the Southeast Michigan area.

Nichols Arboretum is a 123-acre “living museum” nestled in the hills adjacent to U-M’s Central Campus. The 1906 historic design by O.C. Simonds celebrates the dramatic topography with long views framed by a collection of Michigan native plants and others from around the world.

The Peony Garden, one of many highlights of the Arb, is one of a series of designated historical areas in the Arboretum. The Garden is managed to preserve and promote the historical knowledge and understanding of peony cultivation for the benefit of future generations.

For more detailed information about Nichols Arboretum and its various collections visit

Nichols Arboretumchart of flowering times