Hidden Springs Flower Farm
Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974
(763) 218-4540

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Hidden Springs Flower Farm
PO Box 602
18581 County Road 4
Spring Grove, MN 55974

Peony Garden Talks

Colorful Peony Presentations from Hidden Springs Flower Farm

Enjoy a colorful garden presentation on peonies that fits the casual to pro gardeners needs. Harvey has been growing peonies for over 40 years and his first hand knowledge of the botanical species and breeding new peony hybrids allows him to speak from first hand experience. As a published author of many articles on peonies his research helps to bring you a wealth of new peony information in a practical, easy to understand and colorful format.

As past President of the American Peony Society he is an advocate for growing these wonderful perennials. He and his wife Brigitte grow over 20,000 peony plants representing 600 varieties at their farm and nursery in Spring Grove, Minnesota. As a speaker he has traveled to Europe, Canada and from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon sharing his enthusiasm for growing peonies, daylilies and alpine/rock garden plants.

If you wish to schedule Harvey as a speaker from November thru March please send an e-mail to Gardener@HiddenSpringsFlowerFarm.com or call. Fees and details are found at the end of the Garden Talk Descriptions. Reserve a date today for a colorful and exciting program on peonies.

Winter 2016 Garden Talk Descriptions for Hidden Springs Flower Farm presented by Harvey Buchite.

Each program is approximately 60 minutes in length including 5 minutes at the end for questions and answers. All talks are appropriate for novice to experienced gardeners.

Minnesota's Grand Peony History This presentation was developed for the Minnesota Legacy Program. 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 renown peony hybridizers like Bob Tischler, and the nurseries of Franklin, Lins, Pfeiffer and others are included. Participants will learn about Minnesota's leadership in the peony world which includes 8 Presidents of the American Peony Society, several APS Board members and 25 peony breeders and introducers of peonies.
Over 100 colorful images bring these long lived and historical flowers to life. Useful tips on growing peonies for years of enjoyment is presented in a colorful presentation perfect for curing cabin fever.

The Gardeners Guide to Peonies 100 slides. This is our most popular presentation. This complete visual peony guide will introduce you to the growing needs of the different types of peonies from garden peonies to tree peonies and even the wild botanical species with a generous, colorful selection of each type. The program includes information on planting, successful growing, seed propagation, disease identification and control and moving or dividing a peony.

Award Winning Peonies 82 slides. Discover the best peonies as you are introduced to all of the American Peony Society Gold Medal and Award of Landscape Merit peonies presented in a colorful and informative program telling you why they were chosen to receive their awards. Gardeners looking for the highest quality peonies will find this presentation perfect for helping you select peonies for your garden. The presentation includes the award winning tree peonies, Itoh (intersectional hybrids) the garden hybrids, and our beloved garden peony. Peony growing information is included.

Peony Species from Around the World - 120 slides. This program is presented in a two hour in-depth and comprehensive look at all the botanical species of peonies. Discover the wild ancestors of our garden peonies and learn about their natural habitats. You’ll see images of them growing wild in their native habitats and learn how you can help preserve these vanishing botanical wonders. Distribution maps and habitat descriptions add to a better understanding of these botanical beauties. Many peony species are declining in nature and some are now listed as threatened or endangered and no longer permitted to be collected in the wild. Hidden Springs Flower Farm is committed to preserving as many of the peony species as they can through controlled hand pollination and germination of the seed and divisions of mature plants.

The Historical Heirloom Peony talks are designed to be used as stand-alone presentations or in a series for day long Garden Expos with breakout sessions or for multiple club presentations when traveling out of state for a weekend speaking tour. Each is a full 60 minutes in length.

Antique Heirloom Peonies from 1851-1909. This program was completely updated to include 75 slides, almost twice as many peonies as the original presentation. Discovery the ancient beginnings of our beloved peony starting with the 430 year old double red apothecary peony still grown in our gardens today. Brilliant images of 74 antique peonies, all over 100 years old and still growing strong and blooming after generations of gardeners have enjoyed their beauty they are still available to us to bringing color to our modern gardens. You may even recognize your family heirloom peony and be able to give it a proper name. You’ll learn how to grow these heirlooms successfully so that they can continue into the next millennium.

Historic and Heirloom Peonies from 1910-1928 (56 Slides) This is the era of rapid advancement in the development of the peony in America. During this time period the center of the peony world shifts from Europe to the United States. The controlled crossing of peonies and selection not only for cut flower but also garden qualities begins. All peonies presented in color are 84 – 101 years old making it possible for you to identify many “lost name” peonies handed down from your family.

Historic and Heirloom Peonies from 1929-1937 (58 Slides) This presentation covers a time of rapid advancement in the development of the peony in America. During this time period the center of the peony world shifts from Europe to the United States. The controlled crossing of peonies and selection not only for cut flower but also garden qualities begins. All peonies presented in color are 75-83 years old making it possible for you to identify many “lost name” peonies handed down from your family.

Historic and Heirloom Peonies from 1938-1948 (62 Slides) With the landmark hybridizing work of Dr. A.P. Saunders and other American breeders the center of the peony world shifts away from war torn Europe to North America. This was a pivotal decade in peony history. Selection and development was geared not only to the cut flower market but also the emerging home gardener market. The garden peony is second only to roses in popularity during this time in garden history.

Historic Peonies from 1949-1962 (65 Slides) With a change in focus to introducing peonies for the home gardener and less on the cut flower industry we see a great number of new peonies. This was also a time when mail order came to the forefront and peonies gained a widespread distribution. Never a large commercial enterprise like roses, except for the Midwest Nursery operated by the Klehm family, the future of the peony rested in the hands of amateur breeders, many with day jobs in unrelated fields. Popularity of peonies as well as other plants was strong through this period but demand would start to wane as the gardening public was looking for the new and exciting plants that were not grown by their grandparents. This time period bring us up to the modern peony breeding programs of today.

Favorite Fragrant Peonies - 93 slides. Fragrance is only second to color in qualities that gardeners look for when they seek out peonies for their gardens. You’ll see colorful slides of 85 different peonies all rated for their quality of fragrance. Discover which peony flower forms and colors are more fragrant, we are sure you will be surprised to learn the answer!

Peonies for the Shade - 58 slides. Move over hostas - yes, there are some peonies that will grow in the shade. We’ll explore those wild peonies found in nature along woodland edges and in partially shaded woodland glades. Then we’ll look at the marvelous assortment of tree peonies available to gardeners today that can be grown alongside hostas successfully.

The Herbaceous Peonies of Dr. A.P. Saunders New! 76 slides. Enjoy an unprecedented presentation of 72 of Dr. Saunders landmark and historic peony creations. Some so rare you would literally have to go overseas to find them preserved in botanical garden collections. Included are a large selection of rarely seen Saunders peonies. Their enduring beauty rekindles interest by each new generation of peony gardeners seeking unique and graceful colors and leaf forms for their gardens.

The Herbaceous Hybrid Peonies Part 1 72 slides. This program focuses on the remarkable work of 4 peony hybridizers; Auten, Bockstoce, Glasscock and Hollingsworth. A sumptuous feast of brilliant color you’ll find out what makes hybrid peonies different from our garden peonies and the benefits of including them in your garden.

The Herbaceous Hybrid Peonies Part 2 89 slides. Meet the 17 men and women hybrid peony breeders with fewer but stunning peony introductions that are some of the most sought after peonies today. Learn about these hybridizers and their creations of coral, yellow and a host of other fascinating colors and flower forms waiting for you to discover.

Species and Rock Garden Peonies 71 slides. This presentation focuses on some of the botanical peony species and small growing hybrid peonies suitable for the rock garden or even a small growing space. You will be treated to wonderful views of these dwarf growing peonies in nature and the garden. Learn how to grow them successfully and get a good look at those available to fill that special spot in your limited garden space. Some of these are rare and precious gems of the plant world, but oh so rewarding to grow. Much less technical than the Peony Species of the World presentation it is appropriate for all levels of gardeners.

Bio for Harvey Buchite (Please edit to fit your space) Harvey Buchite and his wife Brigitte are the owners of Hidden Springs Flower Farm in Spring Grove Minnesota. They introduced the now famous, hardy Wisteria Blue Moon to the gardening world which was a chance seedling given to them as a wedding gift. Harvey is a popular speaker and garden writer and has spoken to groups from Portland Maine to Portland Oregon and both Canada and Europe. His plant interests include peonies of which he grows over 600 varieties, alpine plants, daylilies, martagon lilies, hostas, and a wide range of other perennials and flowering woody plants including magnolias and azaleas. He has a horticulture degree from the University of Minnesota and was an extension educator before working as a partner at Rice Creek Gardens in Blaine, MN a nursery well known for its 2,300 different alpine plants and unusual perennials. He has been an active member of many local and national plant societies and is a past president and board member of the American Peony Society. He has grown alpine plants for many years and visited their native habitats in the Austrian Alps and the Canadian Rockies. His publications both on the web and in print are well researched allowing him to have a great depth of knowledge about the subjects he speaks on, but more than that he loves sharing garden information from actually growing the plants and in many cases breeding them for better adaptability to the northern landscape and gardens.

Speaker Fees - For presentations within driving distance of 10 – 250 miles: $100 for garden clubs - $300 for larger venues plus mileage calculated at current Federal rate. For speaking engagements further than 250 miles, out of state and multiple day venues speaker fee is $300 plus travel expenses including; lodging, mileage at above rate if driving or actual airfare, airport parking, meals and transportation to and from destination airport. Lodging at a sponsoring club members’ home is acceptable to help defray your costs. Equipment Needs: For local venues we provide a digital projector, laptop computer and extension cord. We ask that the sponsoring group provide a screen unless prior arrangements are made. For out of state programs please provide a digital projector, a computer capable of operating a PowerPoint Presentation, screen and a PA system for larger groups.

Best Wishes for a Great Bloom Season and Happy Gardening! Brigitte and Harvey

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