Alaska Perfect Peony

This week on Homer Grown: Peonies

Jul 12, 2020
Homer Grown

On this latest episode of Homer Grown hosted by Desiree Hagen: the topic is peonies.

We talk about the past, present and future of peony cultivation on the Southern Kenai Pennisula

Our Guests are:

Allison Gaylord, of Willow Drive Gardens and founding member of the Alaska Beauty Peony Co-Op

Beth Van Sandt of Scenic Place Peonies

and Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peonies

and Kyra Wagner introduces a tool used by both peony growers and farmers to aid in their cold storage systems

KBBI

High temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula brought on an early harvest for the local peony crop.
KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson visited  some of the local peony fields and spoke to growers.

Early Spring Impacts Peony Growers

Jul 29, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Peonies are a growing Alaska export. In 2015, peony growers shipped more than 50,000 stems from Alaska, and Gov. Bill Walker recently declared July to be Alaska Peony Month for the second year in a row. But this year farmers were taken by surprise when the Alaska peony season came early.