Caption: VPR President's Peonies, Credit: Robin Turnau
Image by: Robin Turnau 
VPR President's Peonies 


From: Vermont Public Radio
Series: Charlie's Garden Journal
Length: 02:30

Charlie Nardozzi offers tips on enjoying and growing peonies; including successful transplanting and disease control. Read the full description.

Robbins_peonies_small Charlie Nardozzi offers tips on enjoying and growing peonies; including successful transplanting and disease control.

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Piece Description


I'm Charlie Nardozzi and here are some thoughts from my garden journal. There's no more audacious and dramatic flower than the peony. However, many gardeners don't realized that peonies were grow for thousands of years for their medicinal purposes as well as their beauty. The Chinese used peonies to relieve pain and cleanse the blood. Europeans used them for ills such as gall stones, bad dreams, and to ward off evil spirits. We mostly grow them, though, for their flowers.

Herbaceous peonies are the ones most gardeners are familiar with. These 2-to 4-foot tall and wide plants have floppy, softball-sized flowers in colors ranging from deep burgundy to white. If you forgot to stake or support your peony flowers to keep them off the ground, wrap chicken wire around plants now to keep the flowers upright. I like the tree peonies. These woody plants have a stately structure. Although not as h...
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Additional Credits

Charlie Nardozzi