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PEONY HARVEST TIME IS GETTING CLOSER!
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO FIND INFORMATION ON ORDERING ALASKA GROWN
PEONIES FOR JULY AND AUGUST 2018.
PREORDERS ARE BEING ACCEPTED.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Horticulture Professor Patricia Holloway is credited for finding the "gold" of Alaska's newest "gold rush"...Peonies! The story I've been told is a British tourist came bursting in her office one day exclaiming, "I want 100,000 of those a week!" There was a bit of confusion before it became evident he was speaking of the peonies he saw growing in Alaska during the "off season." Alaska is the only place in the world where peonies bloom in July, August, and into September. The unique summer weather in Alaska produces peonies that are bigger, with colors that are more vibrant, than anywhere else. In 2000 Pat Holloway began growing peonies in the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and began researching the feasability of producing peonies in Alaska for the specialty cut flower market. Subsequently, Pat put the bug in some Alaskan farmer's ears, and peonies were planted in quantities in the early 2000's. Commercial production began in 2004. The peony industry has continued to bloom in Alaska.
My introduction to Peonies came 27 years ago. I had recently moved from the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage to accept a position in a downtown medical clinic. One day, someone came in from the garden along the south side of the building with the most beautiful and biggest "rose" I'd ever laid eyes on. I was very impressed! This turned out to be the first peony I'd ever seen. Subsequently, 19 years ago, I planted peonies in my home garden. They do beautifully every year on the south side of our house. In the summer of 2014, around the dinner table, I brought up the subject of the peony industry in Alaska. Our teenage son thought is was a must-do idea and never let go of the thought. It didn't take too much convincing from him to start making plans for our own peony farm. Who knew I'd eventually be growing a field of these beauties?!
After a year of field prep, we planted 566 peony roots in the fall of 2015. We expect to be in production in 3 years, as it takes that long for the plants to mature. Each plant has the potential of producing up to 20 stems a year. For the health of the peony plant, we will always leave some buds on the plant unharvested. We planted five varieties of peonies, Pecher, Sarah Bernhardt, Duchesse de Nemours, Coral Sunset, and Boule de Neige. Pictures of the peony varieties we've planted are below. We use natural farming methods, and are pleased to offer peonies which are naturally raised and free of chemicals.
*Hoover your mouse over, or click on, the peony pictures above to see names of each. We hope they will look this beautiful in three years. We'll keep you posted! Thanks for looking.
PURCHASING ALASKA GROWN PEONIES
We are preparing for summer and anxious to start harvesting peonies the end of June. We will have gorgeous whites, blushes, and pinks available.
We will be selling peony blooms from our farm starting in July. The price is $5 per stem, any size or color.
Add $1 per stem for bouquet arrangements.
Our farm is located one mile from Wasilla Walmart.
For large orders, event planners, florists and wholesale orders, please contact Alaska Peony Cooperative through which we will be selling a majority of our blooms this year. Here is a link to their website: http://www.alaskapeonycooperative.com. We are excited to be part of this cooperative and for the opportunity to work together with other Alaskan farmers to bring to you large orders of gorgeous peony blooms shipped anywhere! Thank you!
We hope you enjoy your Alaskan Grown peonies!
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