Swenson Gardens is the family-owned business of Keith and Becky Swenson of
Howard Lake, Minnesota. Our fields are located one hour west of Minneapolis in
an area known for its beautifully rich farmland. It is our joy and passion to
grow and nurture hundreds of varieties of peonies naturally and then share them
with you our customers.
Spring is a busy time on our farm! Peonies produce their stunning blossoms from
mid May through mid June, and thousands of folks flock to our annual Field Days
to enjoy the beauty. Gardeners of all ages, as well as photographers and
painters, relish their stroll through the rows containing more than14,000
plants. Our teenagers, Britta and Luke, carefully select and cut some of these
stems to sell as bouquets or cut flowers.
Throughout the season our family and wonderful team of workers help with weeding
– all done without chemicals. Then in the fall we dig, divide, wash and ship the
roots. Each plant and root is carefully handled and packed for shipment. All of
our peonies are grown chemical-free, just as God intended!
Do plan on visiting us this spring to see God’s magnificent handiwork in this
lovely flower or peruse our website to get a “virtual view”!
Keith grew up raising peonies with his grandmother and loved the fragrance and
look of the fluffy blossoms. After we built our first home, he longed to
showcase this beautiful plant in our landscaping but desired colors beyond the
traditional red, pink, and white.
He painstakingly researched peony varieties from
around the world, searching for those with superior attributes. Color was
important, but we also looked for plants with extended bloom times, stout stems,
and crisp, clean foliage for landscaping appeal. We found wondrous peonies you
won’t find in a garden store – or your grandmother’s garden! We specialize in
plants with stems strong enough to hold up their own, resplendent heads and
colors that will knock your socks off! Our fields are a rainbow of corals,
lavenders, russets, marbles and yellows. We purchase these exotic peonies from
around the globe and nurture them in our fields. Other growers offer test-tube
grown “tissue culture” plants that take years to develop and tend to produce
poor results. But we have committed ourselves to the old-fashioned, slower way
of growing peonies because it gives you the highest quality roots. Each of our
plants is a division of original, three-year-old, field-grown stock. This means
you get a more developed plant and impressive results in your garden faster.