Women’s Forum of Litchfield features peony specialist

Peonies are the focus of the next Women’s Forum of Litchfield meeting.

LITCHFIELD — The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Dan Furman to speak about the origin and history of some very special flowers at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Dan Furman is co-owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a specialty nursery and forest farm in Thomaston, founded by his parents Kasha and David Furman in 1989 with a focus on Chinese tree peonies. It was one of the first nurseries in the United States to sell true-to-name varieties of these rare plants.

Over the last 25 years, they have transformed a rocky, wooded hillside into a 6-acre peony display garden called Peony Heaven. The cultivars selected to propagate and offer for sale are those that are outstanding in hardiness, vigor, color, form or fragrance.

After Dan joined the business, he has taken the lead in diversifying Cricket Hill Garden’s offerings to include hardy fruit trees and berries for edible landscaping. In 2013, Cricket Hill planted a demonstration orchard with Asian pears, pawpaws, persimmons, quince, heirloom apples and medlars, and are proud that all plants are grown without the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and https://bit.ly/2HYRtv5.

Connecticut Media Group