Excerpt from the Linn News-Letter
Tuesday, July 20, 1999
CENTER POINT Elvin Mackerman's love of peonies began when he was a little boy helping his grandmother tend her peonies. He opened a florist shop in Center Point in the 60's. To give his elderly patrons a way to decorate the graves of loved ones on Memorial Day, he offered them shears to cut their own from his garden. "I enjoyed telling them to help themselves to whatever was available", Mackerman said.
Over the years, Mr. Mackerman added more varieties with different bloom times so he could depend on having flowers available on Memorial Day whether spring was earlier or later than usual.
Today, the focus of our retail plant business is the beautiful and headily fragrant peony. The Peony Garden offers peony varieties to suit any garden or landscaping need, including one of the earliest spring bloomers - our signature variety, the bright and sturdy fern leaf peony. As Spring approaches, please browse the varieties for sale under "View Peonies Online".
The Peony Garden currently has nearly 500 peony varieties, as well as lilacs. We will be adding more varieties each year. If you have a particular peony cultivar in mind for your garden that you do not find in our list, please e-mail us through the "Contact Us" feature in this website and let us know.
UPCOMING MEMORIAL DAY 2013
Join us for two weekends this Spring: May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. in Center Point, Iowa, one mile from I-380, 16 miles north of Cedar Rapids. Call (319) 849-1516 for bloom season updates. In addition to our Open House, garden visitors are welcome anytime peonies are in bloom (May - June) during late afternoons or evenings. Other dates and times are available by chance or appointment only.
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