Archive for March, 2014

The banner says it all.

The banner says it all.

We invite you to Cricket Hill Garden’s 28th anniversary peony festival this spring. Despite the late thaw, we are confident that it will be great peony season at Peony Heaven. Some of the tree peonies in our display garden are reaching an impressive size. If you are in the area of northwestern Connecticut, please come and say hello, stroll the garden, bring a picnic to eat by the pond, and most of all enjoy the peonies. As always, the garden is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Tree peonies in our sales area.

We will have a fine selection of potted peonies for sale at the nursery this spring.

We are happy to accommodate garden clubs and other groups. There is no fee for this, but we do ask that you make an appointment for a large group in advance. Give us a call at 860 283 1042 or email dan@crickethillgarden.com to make a reservation. Our garden and nursery is located in the picturesque hills of Litchfield county. There are good restaurants, other beautiful gardens and endless hiking trails in the area. Have a look here for a little peak at what our green leafy corner of Connecticut has to offer.


The area around the Litchfield green offers antiques, art galleries and good restaurants.

Cricket Hill Garden Nursery Hours Spring 2017

The nursery will open for plant sales the week of April 15th.

Opening weekend Thursday, Friday  and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Easter Sunday.

The peonies will not be blooming until May, but we will have a great collection of potted peonies, fruit trees and berry bushes for purchase at the nursery. Come early for best selection.

The rest of April, we are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5 pm for early plant sales.

  • May 2nd to June 18th- Display Garden &  Nursery Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

  • After June 18th, by appointment only

2017 Peony Festival Schedule

In selecting peonies to add to your garden, its important to know when they will bloom.

April through early May

The anticipation builds...

The anticipation builds…

May 12th to late May

Early Chinese tree peonies and hybrid herbaceous peonies.

Early Chinese tree peonies and hybrid herbaceous peonies.

See us at Trade Secrets May 13th, a great garden & plant sale to benefit Women’s Support Services. http://www.tradesecretsct.com/

May 14th Mothers Day: We celebrate mothers with the with specials on selected potted peonies. Peonies are budded, and we hope to see peonies open for Mother’s Day.

As we write this in mid-April, we estimate the garden will have abundant blooms between May 14th to the 29th. We will update as we see the weather and blooms develop.

May 26th to the 29th Memorial Day Weekend: Specials on selected potted peonies at the nursery. This will be a great weekend to see the tree peonies this year. Many of the mid-season herbaceous peonies will also be open.

Early June Blooms

Tree peonies blooming at Cricket Hill Garden. Here we ahve interplanted hosta, and allowed some digitalis to self-seed.

Peak bloom period at Peony Heaven. Chinese, Japanese and hybrid tree peonies all blooming. Mid-season herbaceous and early interesectional peonies also in flower.


June 6th to June 18th

Late season P. lactiflora herbaceous and intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies.

Late season P. lactiflora herbaceous and intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies.

These projections are our best guess based on the current forecasts for the coming weather. It has been colder than average in March and the blooms seem slow to develop this year. We will update our information as the season progresses. Feel free to email us at info@crickethillgarden.com or call (860) 283 1042 for up-to-date peony bloom information.

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