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Minnesota Peony History to be presented at Kitchigami libraries

Posted: February 20, 2013 - 5:14pm

Minnesota Peony History to be presented at Kitchigami libraries

Minnesota peony expert Harvey Buchite will present a 2013 premiere presentation of Minnesota’s Grand Peony History on the history and role of Minnesota peonies within the state as well as across the country at Kitchigami Regional Libraries through Saturday.

Presentations will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Walker Public Library; 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Crosslake Community Library; 3 p.m. Friday at the Cass Lake Community Library; and at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Public Library.

Original archive materials from the Brand Peony Farm, the first Nursery in Minnesota, were digitized to bring a first-hand look at our Minnesota Peony Heritage. Other world renowned peony hybridizers like Bob Tischler, and the nurseries of Franklin, Lins, Pfeiffer and others will be discussed. Participants will learn about Minnesota’s leadership in the peony world which includes eight presidents of the American Peony Society (APS), several APS board members and 25 peony breeders and introducers of peonies. Over 100 color images bring these long lived and historical flowers to life. Useful tips on growing peonies for years of enjoyment will be presented in a colorful presentation perfect for curing cabin fever.

Buchite and his wife Brigitte, owners of Hidden Springs Flower Farm of southeastern Minnesota, take great pride in the plants they grow and they specialize in growing over 600 varieties of peonies to bring beauty and joy to your gardens. This family farm and all 600-plus varieties of peonies are grown in Spring Grove. The fields are nestled in a rich fertile valley between hillsides covered with majestic oaks, walnut and hickory woodlands.

Buchite served as past president of the APS and brings a wealth of knowledge in presenting Minnesota’s Grand Peony History.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.