Our May Program: “The Glory of Peonies” by Dan Furman

Dan Furman Peony Farm photo 5-2-19

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, CT on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 2:30pm.

Dan Furman is co-owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a specialty nursery and
forest farm in Thomaston, CT 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, quinces, 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.