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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
Click here to watch Kathleen on the Martha Stewart Show.



1. Introduction to Peonies
A vibrant pictorial introduction to the different types of peonies, available colors, flower shapes, and growth habits. Includes a brief introduction to selecting peonies, peony garden design, planting and care.

2. Designing Gardens with Peonies
An in-depth pictorial lecture on how to design gardens with peonies. Perfect for the advanced gardener or paired up with the Introductory Lecture. Includes an in-depth look at cultivar selection, siting, and designing gardens with peonies.

3. Peony Planting, Care & Propagation
An in-depth pictorial lecture on how to properly plant, care for, and propagate peonies. Perfect for the advanced gardener or paired up with the Introductory or Garden Design Lecture. Includes information on planting locations, planting methods, spring & fall care, recognizing & treating diseases, dividing herbaceous peony roots, grafting tree peony scions and growing peonies from seed.

4. Hands on Peony Propagation Workshop
Bring your gloves and your aprons for this hands-on workshop. Learn how to divide herbaceous peony roots, graft tree peony scions, and grow peonies from seeds.

To book a lecture or workshop please email Kathleen at
All presentations will be tailored to the group's background and interests. Lectures on other topics available upon request.



Download a printable pdf of Kathleen Gagan's biography

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