While peonies thrive in full sunshine, they also need a period of cold weather to induce dormancy.
At that point in time there were no commercial peony growers in the entire state. Ron consulted with Holloway and asked her for insight on what varieties to plant.
Ron and Marji started with five varieties alongside their vegetables and berries and found which ones thrived through the harsh winters.
By 2010 Ron completely retired from teaching as the flower business grew to over 12 acres of cultivated peonies.
Their business now offers a multitude of varieties from the vibrant red of Felix Supreme to the most popular white: Festiva Maxima.
Their family was also growing. Their daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Chris got involved, along with their three children. They worked together on expanding the business, from shipping throughout the United States to exploring overseas markets.
The farm was a recipient of a Kubota UTV with the generous support of AgWest Farm Credit through FVC’s Fellowship Fund. This has enabled Ron to expand from spraying one row at a time to four rows at once, increasing efficiency.