A Peony Garden
Peonies have been the favorites of many, many generations
of gardeners for their lovely colors and fragrances. Strangely,
however, public peony gardens allowing visitors to view and compare many
varieties planted together are quite rare.
This Peony Garden
is an exception. Among the newest of the beautiful botanical gardens in
Springfield, Missouri, it allows visitors to see, enjoy, and compare
more than 50 peony varieties ranging from those old-fashioned favorites
to the very newest hybrids.
Begun in 2008 and scheduled for
completion this year (2011), the garden is the creation of Dr. Bill
Roston, who has designed many of the botanical gardens. Bill plans to
add even more varieties and several tree peonies as well in the near
The Peony Garden can be visited in Nathanael
Greene/Close Memorial Park at 2400 South Scenic in Springfield.
Note: The garden does not yet include labels identifying all peony
varieties, so the names on these photos, unless in single quotes, are
only placeholders until we can provide thevarietal names.
| ||'Prairie Moon'|
| ||A Blush|
| ||A Burgundy Bud|
| ||Chain of White|
| ||A Trace of Red|
| ||A Burst of Pink|
| ||Ice Cream|
| ||Dreamy Pink|
| ||Palest Rose|
| ||Pale Yellow|
| ||Rose and White|
| ||Red with Red Center|
| ||White Center|
| ||After the Peonies|
After the peonies finish their bloom
cycle, the Friends of the Garden dress up the beds with colorful
| ||More Color|
This replanted portion of the garden showed even more color.
| ||Yet More Color|
Another portion of the replanted peony beds. The Friends of the
Garden invest a good deal of time and work so that each of the botanical
gardens will provide visual interest all year long.