Join Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, Connecticut for their annual peony festival from May 10th to June 22nd, 2014. Cricket Hill, a six-acre display garden, was founded by Kasha and David Furman in 1989, with a focus on Chinese tree peonies. Kasha and her son Dan now run the nursery. Upon visiting, you’ll discover right away that Cricket Hill is not your typical nursery. In addition to perusing their garden of 400 unique varieties of peonies (yes, 400!), you can enjoy their new edible orchard, purchase a high-quality plant, or just relax at a picnic table and listen to the bullfrogs. Kasha and Dan look forward to sharing their beautiful space with thousands of visitors every year.
In their 25th season, Kasha and Dan are especially excited about this year’s festival because of their new addition. Last year, they planted a half-acre display orchard with an array of edible landscape plants. Over the last few years, Cricket Hill Garden has begun to diversify into offering fruit trees. Dan explains that the benefits of the new orchard are numerous: “Not only is it beautiful, you can also harvest nutritious fruit from it.” Pictured here is the 'Tsu Li' Chinese pear. This ancient pear cultivar produces large, sweet and juicy fruit, which ripens in late September.