Program on the world of peonies


Enjoy the first day of spring at Kellogg Environmental Center by joining Dan Furman, horticulturist from Cricket Hill Garden, Thomaston, who will present the World of Peonies, Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby.

The Furman family began the nursery, located in Thomaston, in 1989 specializing in tree and herbaceous Chinese peonies. Since then they have established a 14-acre garden, referred to as Peony Heaven, displaying dozens of peonies for all to enjoy.

Peony's history

The tree peony is China’s national flower and synonymous with “Spring Flower.” Popular since the 7th Century, peonies are a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. The tree peony is probably less understood in the states than its herbaceous cousin, which is common to gardens across Connecticut. To help the plants survive season after season, and also have stunning blooms, it is important to understand their special care and cultivation.

Furman will bring his knowledge of peony history and development to the program and share insight to the care of these spectacular plants. Learn more about the history of these flowers and his family’s work to develop hardy and healthy stock for gardeners to enjoy. This program is best suited for adults and older children.

The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. Light refreshments will be served after the program. A donation of $5/adult is requested.

For more information, contact the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203-734-2513 or email