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Swenson Gardens PEONIES

Ordering Swenson Gardens peonies is now available on our online store. https://shop.swensongardens.com/ We have a software glitch linking our online store to our website so for now go to shop.swensongardens.com and let the peonies party begin!


Swenson Gardens peonies are soon to be online with our 2019 website! We have been working feverishly to launch our website earlier then the past few years so stay tuned as we get set for the 2019 online ordering. This year we are releasing more of our herbaceous and intersectional/Itoh hybrid peonies seedlings. Here is a sneak peek at a few of them:

Roger’s Red

‘Roger’s Red’ is a herbaceous hybrid peony that took our breath away last year. Unlike Stephen E. Ambrose, Roger’s Red does not show any white streaks within some of the petals and by far, the darkest red that Roger Anderson has hybridized. Very stout stems like most of Roger’s varieties. Just a few to share this year so order early once we open.

Tonka Peach

‘Tonka Peach’ is a intersectional/Itoh hybrid peony that continues Roger Anderson’s world renown hybridizing. This is one of our new found favorites amidst a sea of color that was included in Roger’s last generation of seedlings. This picture was taken on a three year old plant and can’t wait to see what happens as it continues to mature.

Fire Bomb

WOW is all I can say on another of Roger Anderson’s herbaceous peony seedlings. ‘Fire Bomb’ is absolutely stunning in the field. Yes a true fire engine red bomb that stands moderately high on stout stems.

These and other peony seedlings and new peonies will be noted on our 2019 website! We do want to wish all of our peony gardening friends a healthy and Happy New Year! May 2019 be filled with awe in your gardens this spring as we wait for our dearly loved peonies to appear!


Hard to believe that our 2018 peony season is almost over! Seems like almost yesterday the snow was melting and hopes of the spring peony season was soon at hand. Thank you to all our existing Swenson Gardens peonies family and new family members who have entrusted us to provide chemical free bare-root peonies. We do not take this responsibility lightly as growing peonies without chemicals is truly a labor of love…and hard work. Please make sure to get your last minute peony orders in before our 2018 peony season is over.

PEONY PICK UP DAYS – 9/14/18 & 9/15/18

Time to pick up your peony orders on 9/14/18 & 9/15/18 from 9 am to 5 PM. For those of you who ordered your peonies and noted ‘pick up’ on the order form, we are so anxious to meet you and we have your peonies ready to go. Address again is 10958 70th ST SW, Howard Lake, MN. Come all the way up the driveway and the parking area is north of our home. An information area awaits you as well as staff to demonstrate how to plant a bare root peony.

PEONY BARN SALE – 9/14/18 & 9/15/18

Ok peony gardeners, for those of you who did not get your orders in before the cut-off date for picking up or would like to add more to your gardens, our annual Peony Barn Sale dates are September 14th and 15th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 PM. Pack your vehicle with friends and family and head out to Swenson Gardens at 10958 70th St SW. Leftover retail bare roots and reduced pricing on wholesale bare roots await you in our processing barn. Sorry but roots are available first come/first served. However, isn’t that the fun of a barn sale let alone a PEONY barn sale!


Hard to believe that the 2018 Swenson Gardens peonies season is almost over. The cut off date for our first shipment and pickup orders are now closed. The pickup dates are September 14th and 15th from 9 am to 5 PM and the first shipment should go out the week of September 10th. More information forthcoming and if a correct email address was supplied to us, you will receive notification via the carrier. If you go to our ‘How to order’ page, you will also see the cutoff date for our second shipment. For our second shipment, online, mail-in and phone orders are still open until September 21, 2018. Thank you to all our existing and new gardening friends who ordered our peonies this year!


Not sure what is going on with Saturday’s and peonies this year, but today we are experiencing thunderstorms like we’ve had the past two Saturday’s. Thankfully we were able to get in the last cutting of 1st crop hay for the fertilizer production team (FPT) earlier this week. This rain is certainly a relief from the extreme heat we had yesterday. They are contently laying down in the pasture chewing their cud and getting a much needed shower. The color in the peony fields are on the downswing. Yes the intersectional hybrid or Itoh peonies are still displaying their vibrant colors, but most of the herbaceous peonies are done. Now the wonder of our top 3 selling peonies is in full bloom. Yes Candy Stripe is putting on quite a show. Last evening I ventured out into the fields to catch some of the late blooming peonies.

Candy Stripe and Feathertop blew me away with this shot. With the storms and high winds mid-week, they still continue to stand tall.

The Mighty Mo also stood tall and continues to bloom in the fields.

Wow was this a sight to see! Yes Garden Treasure threw open a huge bloom! Garden Treasure is a shorter and more spreading plant habitat that works well in from of a border. Both Bartzella and Garden Treasure are still our favorite ‘yellows’.

I don’t want to sound redundant, but if you do not grow Nancy Nora in your peony cutting garden, she is now our second favorite peony cut flower this year.

We are pleased to announce our latest peony to bloom this year. Yes dear friends, Rose Pearl, surprised us with the lateness of bloom and yes the immense size of her blooms. Oh and our most fragrant peony in the fields and vase. Thank you Rose Pearl for an outstanding display and winner of 2018’s latest peony to bloom.


Thank you again for all who attended Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days for 2018! Our Peony Field Days are now closed for 2018. The weather certainly has not been very favorable this year so for 2019 we will be adding additional days for our fields to be open to the public. We try to accommodate as many peony admirers as possible during peak bloom so hopefully next year the added dates will present more opportunities to view our peonies. You can still order peonies through our online store or mail in orders. That information can be found in more detail on our ‘how to order’ page. Once we tally up the orders from the past few days we will update our website for any sold outs. For those of you who attended Peony Field Days today, June 9th, you are definitely hardcore peony gardeners. Having to wait in your vehicles for the thunderstorm to pass at 9 am, getting chased off of the fields early this afternoon for another round of storms and then trudge through the fields during a rainstorm, you are gardening stars! Thankfully all were safe as viewing peonies vs getting struck by lightening is not a choice. Thanks again for all who attended and we look forward to seeing you at peony pick up days and our 2019 Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days!



Thank you to all who visited Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days today. We appreciated the chance to meet you and for those of you who braved a brief shower this afternoon, you were champs hanging in there until it passed. For Saturday, June 9th, we will be open from 9 am to 5 PM. Looks like a 30% chance of rain before noon, so for those of you coming during that time, you may want to bring an umbrella, rainsuits and boots IF we do get rain. IF thunderstorms, we will be temporarily closed until they pass as we want to make sure everyone is safe. This is the last day we will be open for Peony Field Days this season so praying that the rain/thunderstorms pass us by. Looks like the afternoon is partly cloudy with 0% chance of rain. That said though, check the radar before venturing out here just to make sure. We are still in the mid and mid to late bloom cycle with some late varieties that are just starting. It continues to be peak bloom in the fields for intersectional or Itoh hybrid peonies with all of them still showing great color. Please note that we are not open on Sunday, June 10th and we are so sad that Saturday, June 9th is our last day we are open to the public. Have a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you at Swenson Gardens Peony Field Days!