Kudos to… Dr. David Michener, MSP Steering Committee member and Curator of UM’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Dr. Michener co-edited a book with Robert Grese, Director of the Gardens and Arboretum. Their book is titled Passion for Peonies: Celebrating the Culture and Conservation of Nichols Arboretum’s Beloved Flower. The book was just released and is available from the University of Michigan Press. Richly illustrated with hundreds of striking color photos, Passion for Peonies collects short essays that celebrate the story of the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden as well as the rich social history of peony gardening that it is an integral part of. Together these pieces comprise a love letter both to a magical public space at the University of Michigan and to the broader history and culture of peony gardening. The book will appeal to readers interested in the University of Michigan, the history of public gardens, and of course peonies! A full summary of the book can be found here.