Posted by: gbgardensuaf | March 26, 2014

A look to the past

Here’s a link to a 1907 manual about growing peonies. Not all the information is accurate, but it is a fun read for people who like history.  It is available as a free download via

“Yes, when the love of the beautiful is dead in the souls of the people, when billions on billions have been raised to fill all the empires of the west and northwest. The love of the beautiful is growing, not dying, and when you get to raising the most charming, as well as the hardiest, flower on earth, you may be absolutely sure of success. If you want to be gone a week, your plants will not be like chickens, dying for lack of care. All the long, cold months of winter they are independent of you. There is no enterprise which will give you such congenial employment, which will so compound interest for you on such a bountiful scale and bring in such returns for the capital invested. Be sure and begin right. Get the best kinds [of peonies] and give them good care and your reward is certain.” C.S. Harrison

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | February 21, 2014

World flower production

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | February 19, 2014

World markets and American Flower Production


Posted by: gbgardensuaf | August 29, 2013

White Sarah

Lots of people have asked about a new peony called White Sarah. The attached catalog description claims this plant is not a color variant of ‘Sarah Bernhardt’, but an import from China??
White Sarah

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | August 29, 2013

Floriculture literature review

Check out this site for floriculture research in all its colors:

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | July 5, 2013

Thrips- a short note

Before ARS was eliminated from Alaska, they conducted a thorough survey of the peony fields at the Georgeson Botanical Garden for thrips. Thanks to the efforts of Div. of Ag, Curtis Knight and Dr. Derek Syles, UAF Museum, they have now been identified. We don’t have one type of thrips, we have nine species! The most common is western garden thrips, onion thrips and tobacco thrips, all of which cause significant damage to vegetable crops and will definitely be an issue with peonies. At the GBG this summer, thrips damage is extensive, the most I have ever seen. Perhaps it is because of the hot, dry weather. I am cataloging all the damage I have seen and will share at a later date. Thrips are extremely difficult to identify. These specimens were sent to Spain for verification! It is clear we need a statewide survey and then information on how to minimize damage and control infestations.

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | May 1, 2013

2012 Survey complete

I have attached the final publication resulting from the peony grower survey in 2012. It is similar to the poster presented at the peony meeting earlier this year, but we had a couple of late surveys handed in. It also includes all the survey questions. MP_13_03

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | April 30, 2013

Post Harvest Down Under

Here’s another generic article about post harvest handling of flowers, another article from Austrailia. They cover all kinds of flowers including monkey paws and proteas, both of which Alaskans only see in the florist shop. It’s a good read, however, for background information.02.Faragher

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | April 30, 2013

Post harvest and air transport

Attached is an article by retired CA researcher, Michale Reid, on post harvest handling of cut flowers especially as it relates to air transport. It covers basic information on growth and senescence (death) of cut flowers, factors influencing post harvest quality such as light, water, and flower maturity, flower treatments and packing and handling techniques. It is generic for all cut flowers so some of the issues are not directly related to peonies. However, it is a great review of post harvest handling techniques. 08.Reid

Posted by: gbgardensuaf | April 30, 2013

Insect Disinfestation of cut flowers

The attached article is from Austrailia about issues with insect infestation of cut flowers and foliage. It summarizes multiple methods, both chemical and environmental to eliminate the problem. Not all of the chemicals are legal in the U.S. (methyl brominde for one), many chemicals have different names here, but it is an interesting summary of possible control methods for export.13.Seaton

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