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An experience for the record books: dine among vibrant peony blooms in Alaska

We know they’re a “go-to” flower, and our customers can’t wait for their arrival. But, do you ever want to tour behind-the-scenes of a peony farm and experience a truly Zen moment with the beauty of Alaska and a luscious meal? This sounds like “flower heaven” to me.    

Well, mark your calendar for Aug. 3-4, 2019:

Education? Check.

Beauty? Check.

Hearty feast? Check.

New friends? Check.

Zen moments? Double-check.

Joselyn Peonies, a flower farm in Homer, AK, will host the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour on Aug. 3, 2019. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet flower farmer Betty Joslyn, learn about growing peonies in this unique climate and enjoy an artisan dinner experience among fields of blooming peonies in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

peony1Joselyn Peonies, a flower farm in Homer, Alaska, will host the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour on Aug. 3, 2019.The education

Whites, blushes, pinks, corals and reds — Joslyn Peonies grows incredible specialty peonies in the colors today’s brides, floral designers and consumers crave.

How do they make it happen?

Alaska’s warm summers and perpetual daylight are the fuel peonies need to grow larger, bloom more vibrantly and enjoy a growing season that’s three weeks longer than in other locations. But it’s the state’s famous cold winters that are the secret ingredient: herbaceous peonies need a minimum of 400 hours of temperatures below 40 degrees and tree peonies need between 100 and 300 hours in that colder ground in order to flower. The blooms are then harvested in all their glory July through September, weather dependent.

The visual experience

Joslyn Peonies is a family farm located in Homer, AK, on the Kenai Peninsula. At a little over 1,200 feet in elevation, the farm features views of Kachemak Bay and the lower Cook Inlet. The farm has about 6,000 peonies in the ground each year — all grown organically and processed with the utmost care. The blooms are shipped fresh overnight to the Lower 48 states. Joslyn Peonies likes to say that they are “nine and a half hours away from anywhere and everywhere.”

If you’d like to really get an understanding of peony farming and why these blooms thrive in the unique Alaskan climate at an elevation of 1,200 feet, be sure to register for the VIP Farm Tour when you plan your trip. This tour is an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of guests to join farmer Betty Joslyn for an hour-long tour of Joslyn Peonies. The VIP tour takes place prior to dinner and includes a VIP reception.

Want more Peony Zen?

Tickets are available for Sunday’s five-hour guided tour of a number of peony farms in the area on Aug. 4, 2019. The tour begins at Alaska Perfect Peony and then moves to Scenic Place Peonies, where you’ll enjoy a seasonal lunch on the farm. Following lunch, the tour will continue at Chilly Root Peony Farm where you’ll appreciate both the floral glory and the glacial vistas within sight of the farm.

Don’t wait!

Space for this special extended tour is limited. There are just 150 seats at the dinner table and half the seats are already sold. Reserve your seat today!

Insider’s tip

Be on the lookout for information coming soon for an April 2019 Flower Fields event in Carlsbad, CA. Stay tuned and we’ll bring that news to you, as well.

For more information and ticket purchases, go to: www.americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase/