Swenson Gardens

Our New Seedlings

We are pleased to announce that our new intersectional hybrid (Itoh hybrid) and herbaceous peonies are now available. In 2013, we purchased Roger F. Anderson’s last generation of seedlings and are excited to share the results of his 45+ years of hybridizing with you. Roger is known around the world for his intersectionals and herbaceous peony originations and you will not find these one-of-a-kind varieties anywhere else!

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

$150

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.

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TONKA CLOUD TONKA CLOUD TONKA CLOUD TONKA CLOUD

TONKA CLOUD

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

26” tall, 46” wide, semi-double, mid

$300

Sky-blue waters under fluffy clouds is the classic Lake Minnetonka view. True-white petals billow around blushing pink flares with gossamer, creamy stamens.

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TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

TONKA EXTRAVAGANZA

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

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

$250

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.

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TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH TONKA PEACH

TONKA PEACH

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

30” tall, 48” wide, semi-double, mid

$250

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

$175

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.

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TONKA RUBY TONKA RUBY TONKA RUBY TONKA RUBY

TONKA RUBY

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

24” tall, 42” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$250

Rich, fierce, and velvety, this russet beauty touched with gold recalls the late 1800s Lake Minnetonka era of claret-hued gowns and elegant baubles.

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FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB FIRE BOMB

FIRE BOMB

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

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

$150

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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PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH PEPPERMINT BLUSH

PEPPERMINT BLUSH

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

36” tall, 54” wide, single, mid

$100

Broad-leaved, intriguing foliage is dramatic in its own right. Add soft apricot and pink candy petals and the impact is spectacular.

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PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN PURPLE REIGN

PURPLE REIGN

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

34” tall, 50” wide, single to semi-double, mid

$200

Purple color and glossy foliage unlike any other intersectional! If you saw me at Peony Field Days, here’s your chance to bring me home!

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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

$750 Sold Out

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!

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 Sold Out

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!

WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING WONDEROUS AWAKENING

WONDEROUS AWAKENING

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

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

$100

Awake, oh my soul, awake. As the sun reaches high above the horizon, our gardens are awakening to a noticeable difference. A Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS WONDEROUS CANVAS

WONDEROUS CANVAS

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

36” tall, 48” wide, Japanese, mid

$150 Sold Out

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.

WONDEROUS CREATION WONDEROUS CREATION WONDEROUS CREATION WONDEROUS CREATION

WONDEROUS CREATION

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

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

$200

Creation has its benefits especially when you are one of Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedlings. Oh, and my fragrance is to die for, but please stay alive to smell and see me!

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WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP WONDEROUS CUP

WONDEROUS CUP

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

20” tall, 32” wide, single-semi double, mid

$100

My cup runneth over with beauty, strength and fragrance. Not to be arrogant but I am certainly blessed to be one of Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedlings.

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WONDEROUS DESIGN WONDEROUS DESIGN WONDEROUS DESIGN WONDEROUS DESIGN

WONDEROUS DESIGN

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

32” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$200 Sold Out

Since our design certainly fulfills a purpose in life, Roger Anderson certainly had a purpose in this exclusive yellow peony seedling design.

WONDEROUS EVENT WONDEROUS EVENT WONDEROUS EVENT WONDEROUS EVENT

WONDEROUS EVENT

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

26” tall, 38” wide, single, early to mid

$100

Sometimes we can appreciate an event now like these honey bees can attest to; however, a few years down the road will be another event when my offspring appear.

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WONDEROUS GLORY WONDEROUS GLORY WONDEROUS GLORY WONDEROUS GLORY

WONDEROUS GLORY

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

24” tall, 34” wide, double, mid

$200 Sold Out

The glory of this Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow peony seedling goes far beyond good works. The manifestation in your garden will certainly be perceived.

WONDEROUS HARMONY WONDEROUS HARMONY WONDEROUS HARMONY WONDEROUS HARMONY

WONDEROUS HARMONY

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

28” tall, 38” wide, single, mid

$100

Can honey bees and this Roger Anderson exclusive yellow seedling live in harmony together? The answer is most certainly, yes. No conflicts here!

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WONDEROUS HOME WONDEROUS HOME WONDEROUS HOME WONDEROUS HOME

WONDEROUS HOME

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

28” tall, 40” wide, single, early to mid

$100

Home is definitely where your heart is. Here in my home I welcome all honey bees and would like to be so bold and ask you if I may also be part of your home?

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WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT WONDEROUS LIGHT

WONDEROUS LIGHT

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

26” tall, 38” wide, single, early to mid

$100

Light is consistently that, light. No darkness here especially when the sun is shining brightly. A Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS PALLETTE WONDEROUS PALLETTE WONDEROUS PALLETTE WONDEROUS PALLETTE

WONDEROUS PALLETTE

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

30” tall, 44” wide, semi-double, mid

$300

Artist drool over my distinct hues of color that can only be presented in real life. Perhaps there is an artist willing to try? A very special Roger Anderson exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS PINK WONDEROUS PINK WONDEROUS PINK WONDEROUS PINK

WONDEROUS PINK

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

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

$200

Not to be outdone by all the yellow’s this year, my bright pink petals laced with soft white streaks are sure to stop all gardeners, artists and photographers in their tracks.

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WONDEROUS RUFFLES WONDEROUS RUFFLES WONDEROUS RUFFLES WONDEROUS RUFFLES

WONDEROUS RUFFLES

(Swenson Gardens, 2020)

32” tall, 46” wide, single, early

$150 Sold Out

My mother has no registered name but she is called ‘Walz 16340F3’. My father was a child of Roselette and together I was named and registered Wonderous Ruffles.

WONDEROUS SHINE WONDEROUS SHINE WONDEROUS SHINE WONDEROUS SHINE

WONDEROUS SHINE

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

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

$300 Sold Out

My steady radiance is sure to please. Though you cannot see my fragrance, that too will radiate my love to you. An exclusive yellow seedling by Roger Anderson.

WONDEROUS SONG WONDEROUS SONG WONDEROUS SONG WONDEROUS SONG

WONDEROUS SONG

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

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

$200

Though you cannot hear me, you will see me and what joy I bring you in your garden. Although, you will sing for joy, with my fragrance. Roger Anderson exclusive yellow seedling.

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WONDEROUS SPECTACLE WONDEROUS SPECTACLE WONDEROUS SPECTACLE WONDEROUS SPECTACLE

WONDEROUS SPECTACLE

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

28” tall, 42” wide, double, mid

$200 Sold Out

I don’t mean to stand out in your garden, but hey, when you got it, you definitely can! Whether its sight or smell, I got it! A Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling.

WONDEROUS SPIRIT WONDEROUS SPIRIT WONDEROUS SPIRIT WONDEROUS SPIRIT

WONDEROUS SPIRIT

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

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

$150

My spirit is able to withstand wind and my breath will lift your spirit as well. With my early to mid-bloom time, Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling is willing.

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WONDEROUS SUN WONDEROUS SUN WONDEROUS SUN WONDEROUS SUN

WONDEROUS SUN

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

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

$200 Sold Out

Are you sure I wasn’t created on the 4th day versus the 3rd day? I do know that being a Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling, I will shine for you any day in bloom.

WONDEROUS TOP WONDEROUS TOP WONDEROUS TOP WONDEROUS TOP

WONDEROUS TOP

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

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

$150

How can you top spectacular foliage? With a stunning hot pink flower that has a top within a top! This peony will surely keep you spinning during its early to mid-bloom time.

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WONDEROUS VISION WONDEROUS VISION WONDEROUS VISION WONDEROUS VISION

WONDEROUS VISION

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

30” tall, 42” wide, single, mid

$100

The revelation of my appearance may supernaturally affect your sight and smell while awake, but may also affect your dreams while sleeping.

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WONDEROUS WORKS WONDEROUS WORKS WONDEROUS WORKS WONDEROUS WORKS

WONDEROUS WORKS

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

24” tall, 34” wide, semi-double, mid

$200 Sold Out

I know I’m not supposed to boast about my works, but in my case, I am not ashamed to boast that I am another one of Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedlings!

WONDEROUS YELLOW WONDEROUS YELLOW WONDEROUS YELLOW WONDEROUS YELLOW

WONDEROUS YELLOW

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

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

$200 Sold Out

Last, but not by no means least! Perhaps you will choose me first in your garden as the final Roger Anderson’s exclusive yellow seedling. Amen to that!

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