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June 23 Double Bill: Joe & Hazel Cook from Blossom Hill, and Anna Mizyn from Anna’s Perennials

Blossom Hill Nursery specializes in delphiniums and peonies as well as other hardy perennials. Our plants, including delphiniums and peonies are grown in our own fields. The peonies are propagated by division or grafting but not micro-propagation. Our peonies have won many awards including American and Canadian Championships.

Delphinium elatum was our first specialty. We have grown delphiniums since the 1980s, beginning with strong plants from British sources and developing our own strain. They possess stronger stems, larger florets and are hardier than other delphinium elatum. Our delphiniums have won the only two Bronze Medallions from the Delphinium Society (UK) awarded in Canada.

Our interest in horticulture and nature, lead us to beekeeping twelve years ago. Blossom Hill honey bees provide honey, beeswax candles as well as mated queens and nucleus colonies. Our unique location with many perennial beds and natural areas provide amazing honey and strong bees. We planted our 12 acre field into a native wildflower/tallgrass prairie meadow surrounded by native trees and shrubs two years ago. It is a perfect location for our main apiary.

Anna Mizyn; Anna’s Perennials

Anna Mizyn is originally from Poland, and came to Canada in 1989. In Poland she spent 2 years at Horticultural College, and worked at the local Farmers Co-op. In her spare time she worked in local orchards, and grew and sold some of her own plants.

After moving to her “cottage” (97 acres on the west side of Pigeon Lake) from the Toronto area with her new husband in 1994, her gardens were growing, and after two years, she started selling a few plants and seedlings out of that location .. thus Anna’s Perennials was started.

Anna’s European background, and formal schooling at College gives her a different perspective towards her style of planting, and incorporating many of the plants that are not popular here, but are in other parts of the world.

Anna is a mad gardener as she is always looking for a new plant, collecting seeds and trying to grow plants that others say aren’t possible in our area.

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