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Kathleen Gagan

National Peony expert and owner, Peony’s Envy

Kathleen Gagan, owner and founder 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 at the Barnes Foundation’s 3-year Arboretum program and is currently putting all the information on the website into book form. The 8-acre Peony’s Envy Nursery and Display Garden offers one of the most extensive collections of tree and herbaceous peonies in the Northeast, featuring over 50,000 peony plants with over 500 distinct cultivars. Four major types of peonies are highlighted in the garden: woodland, tree, herbaceous, and intersectional. Peony’s Envy ships peonies nationwide from September through May; attends garden shows and horticultural events nationwide throughout the year; and opens its nursery and display garden to the public in New Jersey for the spring bloom season and in the fall for bare root sales. Past seminars include Scott Arboretum Hardy Plant Conference, Longwood Gardens, Hortus Club of New York, and the Martha Stewart Living Show. Kathleen is on the Recommended National Speaker list of the Garden Club of America.

Visit Peony’s Envy, booth #408, at this year’s show.


GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty

Introduction to Peonies

Roses, Bearded Iris and Peony have graced gardens for more than a century. Today they are deservedly popular, with more varieties than ever before, many suitable for NW gardens. These Beauty Queens need not be intimidating! Join three nationally acclaimed experts, as they share the secrets to getting the most from of these plants. Rosarian Susan Fox, horticulturist Kelly D. Norris and Peony expert Kathleen Gagan will inspire your love affair with these magnificent plants.

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Designing Gardens with Peonies

Peonies are an essential perennial for Northwest gardens and often heralded as the eye candy of the garden. They can fit into almost any garden style – but how to select them, and care for them? This is an in-depth look at cultivar selection, citing, and designing gardens with peonies, focusing on particular aspects of garden design best suited to showing off this Queen of flowers. (Note: Full color handout available at on

Thursday, Feb 18 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room