Swenson Gardens

Swenson Gardens is now open for 2023 ordering!

Our New Seedlings

Looking for a new retail peony variety division? Swenson Gardens is for you. We specialize in unique world class peony hybrids. Herbaceous hybrid, lactiflora and intersectional hybrid or Itoh hybrid peonies are our one-of-a-kind creations. We also carry Roger F Anderson’s retail peony seedlings. Gorgeous, unique peonies are our specialty.

Lake Minnetonka, named mni tanka by the Dakota Sioux, lies just west of Minneapolis and has great spiritual and historic significance to Minnesotans. This is where early winter-hardy apples were developed, maple syrup is harvested, and vacation hotels and streetcar boats flourished. The lake is made up of many bays, has 125 miles of shoreline, and the community of Minnetonka is home to many state leaders, celebrities, and artists. We honor its horticultural and artistic heritage with three new varieties.

TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY TONKA BERRY

TONKA BERRY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

24” tall, 42” wide, single, mid

$100 Sold Out

Minnetonka is filled with natural beauty and remarkable private gardens. Our new “berry” has raspberry blooms with delicately crinkled petals, buttery yellow stamens, and spectacular foliage.

TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2020)

34” tall, 50” wide, single, early to mid

$150 Sold Out

In the gardens reaching down to Lake Minnetonka shores, nothing sets off vivid aqua waters better than shameless, unabashedly luxurious pink. Long, lush golden stamens.

TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH

TONKA PEACH

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$300

Sunsets on Lake Minnetonka are best viewed from a boat and evoked in the garden. Exquisite peach and apricot petals around delicate, wispy stamens. Splendid foliage.

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TONKA PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK TONKA PINK

TONKA PINK

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$100 Sold Out

Post-Civil War, elegant hotels on Lake Minnetonka filled their lobbies with the perfume of blooms like our light-hearted pink petals with reddish flares and pale yellow stamens. Wonderful foliage.

ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY ANGELIC BEAUTY

ANGELIC BEAUTY

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early

$150

Transfix your gaze upon this elegant peony and you will certainly be mesmerized. A subtle softness that will enthrall and charm your gardens.

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ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM ANGELIC BLOOM

ANGELIC BLOOM

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

26” tall, 34” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$225

Fluffy, sophisticated and a charmer for sure in your garden and vase. The buttery yellow color with rosy red flares will surely cheer you up outside and inside.

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ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN ANGELIC DAWN

ANGELIC DAWN

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

28” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, very early

$500

A new era of peonies has arrived here at Swenson Gardens! Yes, the world’s first very early blooming, semi-double, fragrant and lilac colored peony.

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ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT ANGELIC GIFT

ANGELIC GIFT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

34” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$300

Thank you, ‘Ludovica’, for providing the pollen on this amazing new, and improved, peony. Oh, and our unnamed pod parent helped out as well too!

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ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER ANGELIC LACQUER

ANGELIC LACQUER

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, early

$500

Having the only ‘Red Lacquer’ peony AND our unnamed pod parent available in commerce in the world has its benefits. Introducing the first child of Red Lacquer.

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ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC ANGELIC LILAC

ANGELIC LILAC

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$250

Thank you May Lilac for providing a later blooming lilac colored peony. However, your new child has a divine fragrance and is semi-double.

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ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT ANGELIC PRESENT

ANGELIC PRESENT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

28” tall, 36” wide, semi-double, mid

$400

One of the worlds most hybridized peony variety, Lemon Chiffon, has done it again. What a beauty you will have in your gardens if you, sorry, purchase this present.

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ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE ANGELIC PURPOSE

ANGELIC PURPOSE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, double, very late

$300

Dan Zabel, our world renown hybridizer, has been focusing his efforts over the past few years on very late blooming peonies, well, his purpose is fulfilled!

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ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED ANGELIC RED

ANGELIC RED

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 42” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$250

The passion and energy that went into this child from Majesty’s Favor and Heavenly Red truly focuses all attention visually and now our sense of smell!

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ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT ANGELIC SQUIRT

ANGELIC SQUIRT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

24” tall, 34” wide, semi-double, early

$150

Though my father, Squirt, was a compact size peony, I’m a tad taller and wider. Look at my bloom type, yes, semi-double and smell my fragrance, yes!

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ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR ANGELIC SUGAR

ANGELIC SUGAR

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$500

Yes, peony enthusiasts, my father is Sugar n’ Spice! I am his child and will enhance his attributes with a semi-double bloom and pleasing fragrance.

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ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE ANGELIC SURPRISE

ANGELIC SURPRISE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 40” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$500

True my father is Rosedale, which some of my semi-double blooms may resemble, I also present double blooms on the same plant from my mother.

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ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT ANGELIC THOUGHT

ANGELIC THOUGHT

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

34” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$200

Who would have thought that my mom, Majesty’s Bonnet, would produce children like me? Well, she did and thanks to my dad, an unnamed seedling, I’m here!

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ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL ANGELIC TWIRL

ANGELIC TWIRL

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

18” tall, 24” wide, novelty, mid

$75

To move or spin around rapidly, suddenly or repeatedly. No apologies here as this novelty bloom will surely cause some minor neck pain!

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ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST ANGELIC TWIST

ANGELIC TWIST

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

18” tall, 24” wide, novelty, mid

$75

And now for something completely different and pleasantly amusing, each bloom is configured with multiple turns, curves and bends!

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ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER ANGELIC WONDER

ANGELIC WONDER

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$300 Sold Out

Sometimes a new variety peony bloom comes along that provides astonishment, admiration and mystery. Look deeply into its blooms and you may see it?

FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB

FIRE BOMB

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

26” tall, 40” wide, bomb, early to mid

$200

Absolutely, positively fire engine red! Densely packed bomb of such a clear, definite red that is fairly pops against its well-formed foliage.

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GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL GLORIOUS ARRIVAL

GLORIOUS ARRIVAL

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

28” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$200

Arriving with crepe like petals early in life is a good thing…for peonies. Silky and paper-thin petals present a stunning bloom with classic dark green foliage.

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GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE GLORIOUS GRACE

GLORIOUS GRACE

(Anderson, R.F/Swenson Gardens, 2022)

26” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$200

Just as God showed His unconditional love for us through His Son, Glorious Grace will find its unmerited favor in your peony garden.

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GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT GLORIOUS IMPRINT

GLORIOUS IMPRINT

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

28” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, mid to late

$100

Finally, a vivid impression of what a mid to late blooming peony should look like. Outstanding plant habitat that is the essence in your garden.

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GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY GLORIOUS JOY

GLORIOUS JOY

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

20” tall, 34” wide, bomb double, early to mid

$200

Check off all your senses when this variety blooms in the spring! Happiness abounds in small plants within your garden.

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GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER GLORIOUS LAVENDER

GLORIOUS LAVENDER

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

34” tall, 44” wide, double, early

$1000

Through our new mom and A.P. Saunders ‘Queen Rose’ the dad, may we present their child, Glorious Lavender. Attributes never been seen or smelled this early, ever.

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GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK GLORIOUS LOOK

GLORIOUS LOOK

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

30” tall, 40” wide, single to semi-double, early to mid

$100

Though scents are not present, the sense to stop and look will grab your attention during bloom time. Dark green foliage is definitely an eye catcher too.

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GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION GLORIOUS PASSION

GLORIOUS PASSION

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2022)

26” tall, 34” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$150

Roger F Anderson’s love for creating peonies is certainly exemplified in this new variety. His passion is being carried forward by us for many generations.

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GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET GLORIOUS SECRET

GLORIOUS SECRET

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

32” tall, 44” wide, double, early to mid

$500

Not as tall as its sister, Wonderous Secret, smaller spaces may allow this ‘secret’ to fulfill its place in your garden. Lovely dark green foliage but don’t tell anyone.

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GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND GLORIOUS SOUND

GLORIOUS SOUND

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

28” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early

$200

Our new mom certainly has an affection to A.P. Saunders. His ‘Fantasia’ and her produced a rather boisterous child named ‘Glorious Sound’.

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GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER GLORIOUS WHISPER

GLORIOUS WHISPER

(Swenson Gardens, 2022)

32” tall, 40” wide, single to semi-double, early

$100

Our new mom also had an eye on R.G. Klehm’s ‘Lavender Whisper’. Their child far exceeds its dad’s original characteristics. Perhaps our new mom had a part in that?

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GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN GREEN MARTIAN

GREEN MARTIAN

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

32” tall, 40” wide, novelty, mid

$100

Be on the lookout for ‘green’ peonies that may be lurking in your garden. Not only are their heads ‘green’ but their entire body forms a luscious, dark ‘green’ stature.

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LEMBROSE LEMBROSE LEMBROSE LEMBROSE

LEMBROSE

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

32” tall, 38” wide, double, mid

$2000 Sold Out

Beyond excited to offer a few of these for the distinguished gardener! Flower form, foliage and very stiff stems catapults this variety beyond any peony available today. Yes friends, this is a very, very special peony!

PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE PLUM SURPRISE

PLUM SURPRISE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

26” tall, 38” wide, semi-double, early to mid

$100 Sold Out

Mulberries are a bit too blue, pomegranates a bit too red. It’s a fresh-picked plum that these densely packed petals resemble, fresh as fruit salad against its crisp greens.

PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN

PURPLE REIGN

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson, 2018)

28” tall, 50” wide, single, mid

$150 Sold Out

Back for another potential show in your garden. Yes, I am the original ‘purple’ performer here at Swenson Gardens. Limited engagements available so order early.

ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH ROGER’S BLUSH

ROGER’S BLUSH

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

22” tall, 36” wide, double, early to mid

$200 Sold Out

When Roger Anderson saw a picture of his seedling, hard to tell, but I think he blushed as much as this peony certainly does.

ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT ROGER’S DELIGHT

ROGER’S DELIGHT

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2020)

24” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, early to mid

$1000

How could we ask for more after seeing this Roger Anderson seedling? Be patient as the ‘blooms’ take some time to fully open. Of course, now, it’s time to open up your pocket book!

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ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE ROGER’S PRIZE

ROGER’S PRIZE

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2020)

30” tall, 40” wide, semi-double, mid

$500

Though hybridizing is not an official contest, this seedling certainly does not have an equal in the world. Perhaps the ultimate prize is growing this in your garden!

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ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED ROGER’S RED

ROGER’S RED

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2019)

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$400 Sold Out

This darkest semi-double red will not fade and is the first peony Roger Anderson has allowed to bear his name. A very special herbaceous hybrid seedling.

ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE ROGER’S SALUTE

ROGER’S SALUTE

(Swenson Gardens, 2023)

26” tall, 36” wide, semi-double to double, mid

$750

Roger Anderson is one of the greatest peony hybridizers in the world. We ‘salute’ you Roger on another seedling never before seen in the world!

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ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER

ROGER’S SHOWSTOPPER

(Anderson, R.F./Swenson Gardens, 2023)

30” tall, 44” wide, double, early to mid

$1000

We temporarily interrupt your perusing of our peonies to induce a standing ovation for one of Roger Anderson’s most beautiful herbaceous peonies. Congratulations!

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WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS

WONDEROUS CANVAS

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

36” tall, 48” wide, Japanese, mid

$100

My father, Scarlet Tanager, would like to introduce me to you as one of his children. He describes me as a portrait that was recently painted on a canvas.

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