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Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

Posted by chemocurl zone 5/6 S IN (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 11, 07 at 16:00

I just found this and thought I would share it in case anyone is close or would like to may a day trip of it.

Name: Don Smith
Website: http://
2007 Peony Garden Tours
Tree Peonies Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m.
Garden Peonies Saturday, May 12 11:00 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m.

The following wonderful private gardens will be open for touring on Saturday, April 21 AND Saturday, May 12. The gardens will be open from 11:00 a.m. UNTIL 5:00 p.m. It will be appreciated if you stay within these hours when visiting. Please note that some gardens are only open for tours one of the two days. There is no charge to the public.

The gardens include:

Don & Cathy Smith 4003 Sylvan Court, Floyds Knobs, Indiana 47119 A seven year old one and half acre collectors garden. Over 300 peonies including herbaceous, intersectionals, Chinese and Japanese tree peonies and fern leaf rock garden peonies. This garden also has over 4000 daffodils, 300 hosta and 600 daylilies on display along with a wide array of other perennials, trees and shrubs. Open both days. Phone 923-8113

Bob & Janet Hill-Hidden Hills Nursery 1011 Utica-Charlestown RD, Utica, IN 47130 - A wonderful eight-acre display and sale nursery located in Utica, Indiana. Tree peonies, old fashioned heritage garden peonies and fern leaf peonies. Open both days. Please view the website map at Simply wonderful and whimsical. Phone 812-280-0347 or 812-282-0524

Jean Ohlmann 17201 Ash Hill Drive, Louisville, KY 40245. A wonderful garden on the east side of Louisville with an assortment of perennials including tree and herbaceous peonies. Many wonderful rare evergreens, trees and shrubs to delight the eye. Open both days - Phone 245-4503

Skip & Robyn Odell- 1411 Oxmoor Woods Parkway, Louisville, Ky 40222 A wonderful oriental/asian design with many tree and herbaceous peonies in the landscape along with a wonderful array of exotic perennials, shrubs and trees. Open both days. Phone 426-4714

Dr. Clifford Berner 109 North Galt Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206. One of the largest collections of antique/heirloom herbaceous peonies in Louisville surrounding a beautiful Victorian home with tree peonies and wonderful conifers and azaleas surrounding the lawn. Open both days (No phone)

Wanda Pangburn 1510 Turquoise Drive, Louisville, KY 40214. This beautiful garden is mostly shade with a wonderful collection of hosta and other shade plants. The owner has found some sunny spots for beautiful peonies to add color to her garden. Open May 12 only Phone 368-7726

Even though not officially on tour this year, please be aware of some wonderful peony display additions at Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood the Louisville Zoo Gardens and the Fleur de Lis Gardens at Waterfront Park along Witherspoon Stret in downtown Louisville. The Midwest Peony Society has donated hundreds of beautiful peonies to these display gardens and this year will be the first year for most of them to bloom.

That sure is a lot of touring, and peonies to be enjoyed in just 6 hours.

Sue...all excited now

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RE: Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

Sounds great! Is there an admission cost?

RE: Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

I had to reread the article to see that there is no charge to the publec...see above, and I have copied a link to the entire Botanica site below.

I cannot imagine any peonies being in bloom in 4 days, (April 21st) just 1 hour south of here.

The area code for the Ky places, I imagine is '502'.


Here is a link that might be useful: Botanica Kentucky

RE: Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

The peonies in bloom now are tree peonies and species plants like P. tenifolia. Some of the early herbaceaous type could be in bloom. The spread of time for the various peonies is why you should plant a variety of plants and not just one type.

RE: Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

Thanks for sharing this info. I'm passing it on to a peony-loving friend who lives in Bardstown, KY.

RE: Peony Tours-Louisville Ky area-Apr21 and May 12 , 2007

I have two teni's in bloom and tree peonies are opening now, Elizabeth Blair Hirsh, Fen Dai Bai, two unnamed tree seedlings. The one seedling I have been watching the bloom got nipped by something and took the top off just as the freeze hit and does not appear to be opening any further than it was. Next year I will definately wrap it with many layers of wire. The bud was the size of a supersized jawbreaker and looked like it would have been a peachy pink.

Even if you are not in the area of this tour check your local gardens. Many have established Chinese or Japanese gardens and should have tree peonies. Tree peonies generally bloom earlier that the regular herbaceous.

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