2014 will mark our 25th year of growing peonies here at Cricket Hill Garden. It started with just a few plants and a few friends and now we see more than 2000 visitors each year. Our expanding display collection of 400+ named cultivars of peonies blooms in May to mid-June.
In 2013, with the cold spring weather we have had, our bloom began about May 10th. Every year is a little different due to the weather. We can count on about five to six weeks of peony bloom. The Chinese tree peonies bloom first, followed by the Japanese tree peonies, and then American varieties. You will not be disappointed; if you want to see tree peonies in bloom, come to see us in May.
A trip to our garden/nursery will delight you. Our 7-acre garden is set in a larger terraced woodland of northwestern Connecticut. Visit us for a great day trip from all parts of Connecticut, western and central Massachusetts, most parts of New York and New Jersey. Come see the garden and bring home a plant of your own from our selection of potted peonies.
Celebrating Chinese Tree Peonies – begins the week of May 1st, 2014. See the Glorious Ladies of China in bloom, a rare sight to behold! Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Short, guided garden walks Saturday and Sunday, at 1 pm explains growing peonies and answers your questions.
Celebrating Mother’s Day – Week of May 11th to the 17th – Get Mom a peony for a lasting gift of love and beauty. We invite you to stroll the garden or sit on a bench and enjoy the flowers. Enjoy music in the garden, Sunday afternoon, May 11th, 1:00 to 3:00. Short, guided garden walks Saturday and Sunday, at 1 pm explains growing peonies and answers your questions.
May 11th to the 25th
This is the time to see Chinese & Japanese tree peonies in bloom. American tree peonies are in full glory, such as beautiful yellow High Noon and other American tree peonies hybrids in the later part of this period. Early blooming herbaceous peonies are open and intersectional peonies should all be showing.
Bloom Week-May 25th to the 31st
We are open on Memorial Day Monday, an exception to our regular closed Mondays. See plant specials tagged in our potted area, and get a new peony for your garden. Herbaceous peonies and intersectionals will move toward their peak. Late season tree peonies will still be showing, provided the weather is cool.
End of May to mid-June
Herbaceous and intersectional peonies continue in bloom.
The garden will be open during our regular hours of Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm for the late herbaceous blooms until Sunday, June 9th. Some years we do see flowers as late as mid-June.
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We are located in Thomaston, CT, in the foothills of the Berkshires, northwestern Connecticut. It’s a lovely area to visit for an afternoon, a day or a weekend. For where to stay and other places to see near us, go to www.litchfieldhills.com