The Gardener's Peony by Martin Page
Peonies have been in cultivation for literally thousands of years. Because of this, the number of cultivars and hybrids is intimidating for the new peony student. Martin Pages’ The Gardener’s Peony is a wonderful book that goes into the detail of the history of these unique plants, and the many species and cultivars available. Page also demystifies the difference between herbaceous, tree, and intersectional peonies. There is even a section on endangered peonies and a complete glossary. The back of the book also offers a list of places to view peonies, with the Scott Arboretum listed as one of the best places in North America. And since this book was written, our peony collection has become even more extensive. Come to the Scott Horticultural library and read this book before visiting our collection.
And don’t forget to come to the workshop Growing Tree and Herbaceous Peonies on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30-12:30, taught by Jeff Jabco, co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society and Horticulture Coordinator for the Scott Arboretum. We’re also offering a tour of Herbaceous Peonies at the Garden of Eleanor Tickner on May 28th from 1 to 3pm.