Peony’s Envy

Updated April 2019

It’s peak bloom season over at Peony’s Envy in Bernardsville and it’s something that should not be missed!

Beautiful peonies of all varieties are laid out over a 7-acre property with trails that meander throughout the peony collections.

Four major types of peonies are highlighted in the garden: woodland, tree, herbaceous, and intersectional. Over 700 different cultivars planted in the garden, each of which will bloom for a period of 7-10 days over a six-week bloom period. The bloom sequence opens with the woodland and tree peonies and is followed by the herbaceous and intersectional bloom. The largest array of color comes during the herbaceous peony bloom, which weather dependent, often corresponds with Memorial Day.


This year, Owner Kathleen Gagan opens this world of beauty to the public from April 26 to June 9 from 11am to 5pm every day! She has even created some special events to let you enjoy the beauty and splendor a bit more.


Each Friday, starting May and ending June 7, the display gardens and nursery hours are extended to 7pm for Friday Night Picnics. Bring the family along and dine al fresco among the blooms.

Interested in making your own peony bouquet? From May 25 to June 3 Peony’s Envy will be opening a section of their 12-acre off-site peony production fields for you to select, cut and create your own bouquet to grace your home or give to a special someone! Come pick from hundreds of varieties at Cut Flower Fields!

 To celebrate the blooming season, make sure you attend the ever popular Peak Bloom Party on June 1. A buffet style picnic and desserts will be served while you enjoy the stunning sights of the season.

 Calling all photographers! Peony’s envy has special days and times set aside for you to capture stunning images of the blooming season.

After spring has turned into summer, you may be in withdrawal from the beauty of Peony’s Envy, but you’re in luck. In the fall, you can register to attend hands-on workshops on propagation and garden design.

Peony’s Envy grows over 700 varieties of peonies in the display gardens. At any one time, some of these will have already bloomed, others will be in peak bloom, and still others will be in bud. To see the status of the bloom season, make sure you check the website regularly for the bloom update.

For additional information on the gardens and nursery, peony care and planning, private events and more visit the website.

*Dates may change as the length of bloom is weather dependent. Prices vary per event. Sign up for our email blasts for the latest updates or visit their Facebook page.