The University Record, May 7, 2001

Flowers begin to appear in Arboretum, southeast Michigan

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services

“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 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 in southeast Michigan.

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

Among the Arb’s highlights is the Peony Garden, one of a series of designated historical areas in the facility. 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