Greetings peony gardeners! Yes it is that time of year to announce some of the dates for our Peony Field Days. Save the dates – Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 5 PM. We are not open Sunday. Our address is 10958 70th St SW, Howard Lake, MN. In case of severe storms (like we had one year), check on the Blog, Facebook or call us at 763.350.2051 for any changes to those days because of weather. I will be posting once we get closer to give you an idea on what’s in bloom. From my previous frost/freeze post, the peonies came through with no bud damage…again! We are still at the very early bloom phase and because of cooler temps we should be at peak bloom those days. We will be adding more days so check our Blog and Facebook for updates. Some of Roger Anderson’s tree peony seedlings are starting to bloom so in the next few years we may start to sell those. For now though we are selling named herbaceous and intersectional hybrid peonies. Now I do have to let those of you who are waiting to order at Peony Field Days and our online peony gardening friends that we have one inventory to sell out of. After and/or during Peony Field Days, some varieties will be sold out for the year. If you are local and plan to pick up your roots in the fall, you may want to go to our ‘how to order’ page and mail in your order now instead of waiting and then getting here only to find out the variety(s) you wanted to see and then purchase are sold out. This also is a heads up for our online gardeners that if you see that the variety(s) are not sold out online, you may want to order now instead of waiting until after our Peony Field Days. For those of you who have been to Peony Field Days in the past, the field we normally had it in is almost no more. We are in transition with that field and this years field will be on the west side of our driveway. Parking has also changed as we have an area to park on the east side of our driveway as you first turn off of 70th St. A mini biff will be available and look for our big white canopy. For those of you who may be physically challenged we have two options: 1) A level parking area will be located near our white canopy that can be easily accessible. 2) For those of you who may not be able to do that, you are still welcome to drive up our driveway and enjoy the fields from the comfort of your car or van. (There is a turn-a-round at the top of the hill past our home.) Finally, we welcome children and pets as long as they are on a leash (dogs that is) and picked up after any business (hopefully still dogs but we do understand if not). We do ask that both children and pets are under direct supervision as we want to make this an enjoyable and safe event for all! Staff will be on hand to answer most of your peony growing questions so come on out to Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days!