Consider the showgirls of the garden, herbaceous peonies. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a tour of some of the best herbaceous peonies, including some of the exceptional species, Paeonia japonica, or woodland peonies. Each selection will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance. Tips on how to integrate these beauties into the mixed border, a woodland setting or as cut flowers will be covered. Students will take home a division or seedling from the instructor’s collection.
Elisabeth Cary is the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 25 years. She specializes in perennial, vegetable and mixed-border gardens.