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Peony's Envy
34 Autumn Hill Drive
Bernardsville , New Jersey 07924
United States

Company Description: Peony's Envy is a nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, New Jersey within easy access of New York City and Philadelphia. Peony's Envy offers one of the most...   more
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About the Farm
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Kathleen Gagan
Kathleen Gagan, owner of Peony's Envy, is a linguist and international corporate communications consultant turned lady farmer. After a successful life overseas, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, Kathleen returned home to New Jersey to a life as an entrepreneur. She grows peonies because of their resilience, deer-resistance, and beauty. Kathleen has studied horticulture at the Barnes Foundation, and writes and lectures on peonies nationwide.
KATHLEEN GAGAN Owner of Peony's Envy
Lectures & Speeches
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Book a Lecture | Book a Lecture | Or Book a Propagation Workshop for your Group | Book a Lecture | Nearby Attractions | Book a Lecture with Kathleen Gagan | Book a Lecture | Click here for details.
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Kathleen Gagan, owner and founder of Peony's Envy, gives lectures and workshops on peonies: care, planting, cultivation, propagation and garden design across the country. She has presented at the Scott Arboretum Hardy Plant Conference, Longwood Gardens, the Hortus Club of New York, the Martha Stewart Living Show, as well as national flower shows and garden clubs. Kathleen is currently on the GCA National Speaker List.
Kathleen is a linguist and international corporate communications consultant turned lady farmer. After a successful life overseas, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, Kathleen returned home to New Jersey to a life as an entrepreneur. She grows peonies because of their resilience, deer-resistance, and beauty.
To book a lecture or workshop please email Kathleen at peony@peonysenvy.com
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To book a lecture or workshop please email Kathleen at peony@peonysenvy.com All presentations will be tailored to the group's background and interests. Lectures on other topics available upon request.
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Kathleen Gagan, of Peony's Envy, to Speak at Jan 24, 2015 Membership Meeting
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"It's such an easy flower," says Kathleen Gagan, of the peony. "Deer don't eat them, they get very few diseases, they don't need irrigation, and they are drought and pest resistant. They're also sustainable and can even withstand a fair amount of neglect."
That resilience-paired with its simple beauty-is what led Gagan to launch a peony nursery on the few acres attached to the house she and her husband bought more than a decade ago in Bernardsville, NJ. She'd recently traded a career as a globetrotting corporate communications expert for life at home with her two children, and she was looking for a new venture.
"The land that came with the house was part of the Farmland Assessment Act, which meant that if we farmed it, the land would not be taxed," she says. So Gagan went about trying to be a farmer.
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Then Gagan tried peonies. Tapping her previous corporate experience in China, she deployed her Mandarin language skills to connect with peony nurseries there and imported 10,000 roots to get started.
Sure enough, she says, the peonies "didn't fail!"
So began her booming nursery business, Peony's Envy, which now houses a display garden and nursery on the original property, and another 12 acres nearby where Gagan grows the plants that she ships to customers nationwide.
"Peonies are a long-term commitment, " she says. "It takes years for plants to be ready to harvest. So you plant out a little and harvest a little, and eventually get into a groove.
Gagan says peonies have a cult status, and she often hears stories from customers about moving away and regretting not taking their peonies with them, or of plants being passed down through generations of families. "Everyone seems to have a peony story."
As the featured speaker at the MGA Membership Meeting, on Saturday (January 24, at 9 a.m. at Swan Hall on the URI Kingstown campus), Gagan will be talking about "all things peonies" to help you start or improve your own love affair with peonies. In addition, Gagan will be bringing plants to sell-some of which will be exclusive to the meeting and not available through her website.
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Photo by Kathleen Gagan, Owner of Peony's Envy
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Kathleen Gagan is the first to admit that her days are long and there’s always too much to do, but the challenges are balanced, she says, by moments of sheer bliss.
With the fortitude of the peonies she cultivates, the 52-year-old Gagan is living proof that in midlife one can take a right-hand turn into an entirely new career and enjoy satisfaction and success on one’s own terms.
“This is the best spring I can remember,� said Gagan, owner of Peony’s Envy, a display garden and nursery in Bernardsville. “Last year, spring came early and it was hot. This year spring has been long, slow and cool. We are actually enjoying real weather.�
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