By Phran Novelli
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Peonies have been called, “The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty,” (as Henry Mitchell the famed garden writer once put it). They are certainly among the most popular flowers of all, and this weekend you can learn how to grow them from seed at a free talk at Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.READ MORE: Mayor Kenney Provides Next Steps In Investigation Over Mishandling Of 1985 MOVE Victims' Remains
Peonies are usually propagated by dividing the roots – there’s a bit of a trick to it where you have to make sure each piece you cut has enough ‘eyes’ to grow. But peonies can also be grown from seed as Bob Johnson will tell you. He learned from his grandmother how pollination produces seeds and continued his hybridizing interests into college. Today, 2-year-old peony seedlings from his efforts are grown to blooming size in nursery fields in Oregon.READ MORE: Police Searching For Shooter After Man Gunned Down While Driving In Trenton
To learn more about growing peonies yourself, just be at the Wister Center at Swarthmore College, this Sunday, October 26, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police: Man Stabbed Multiple Times At Detention Center In Holmesburg
The workshop’s free and you’re invited to stay after for a reception, peony sale and auction with members of the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society.