The University of Michigan’s famous peony garden at Ann Arbor will reopen this spring
ANN ARBOR – Following visitor closings for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the historic peony garden at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum will reopen to visitors this year.
The news was announced in a newsletter on Friday by Tony Kolenic, the director of Matthaei-Nichols.
“One of the most important questions is: will the peony garden be open this year?” wrote Kolenic. “The answer is yes. Even so, every visitor to the peony garden is expected to mask and follow the well-known distancing guidelines. We may also have to restrict peony visits, depending on the crowd guidelines we receive from the university.”
With the state of Michigan leading the nation on COVID cases, guidelines could change when the flowers bloom.
From late May to mid June each year, large waves of visitors flock to the garden to see thousands of the fragrant flowers in full bloom.
Although the garden was closed to the public last year, the arb’s entrances remained open to the public so staff could not completely remove people from the area. This year, visitors are expected to practice proper social distancing and wear face coverings at all times.
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