Scenic Place Peonies
We are long time Alaskans that work, play and enjoy living on the Kenai Peninsula. Located on the scenic East Hill side of Homer, over looking beautiful Kachemak Bay, we grow 14 different cultivars of peonies for the cut flower market.
At elevation 1150 we are one of the latest producers of fresh cut peony stems from mid July, August and September that are grown in America.
Our farm holds a Certified Naturally Grown certification. Because we value our family, community and the wild creatures that we share our farm with we choose to grow naturally without the use of harsh chemicals and with the utmost care and love. When you see, touch and smell our flowers you will only experience the true beauty and fragrance of the peony.
A perfect combination of climate, rich black soil, cool temps and crazy sunshine of up to 20 hours a day produces magnificent flowers with long, robust stems and exceptional blooms. We are excited to be able to offer our peonies direct from the farm to you!
Owner Beth Van Sandt has lived in Homer for over 40 years enjoying a variety of careers and experiences. She shares this story of Scenic Place Peonies:
As a child I gardened alongside my father. I do admit that I did not think it fun at the time but I have grown to love the smell of freshly turned soil in my hands. I have deep seeded passion for growing. It is thrilling it is to be able to experience the joy of developing our farm into a place that’s not only “work” but “play”. I love sharing my enthusiasm with my granddaughter Hailey, whom likes to be in the field sniffing flowers; fragrance control.
My prior life had me selling travel and while I miss it, I’m still involved in the tourist industry by running a seasonal bed and breakfast. My non-gardening husband, Kurt, commercially fishes during the summer as well as works on the water for the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. In between trips, he can be found helping me out with the infrastructure of the farm as well as keeping me Happy! (which he says is a full time job).
My four legged companion, Willa, is a sweet little German Shepard that is always at or under my feet! She is the official greeter at the farm as well as the protector of the “girls” when they are not in the hen house.
This year we are honored to be a host farm of Wwoof: Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, while building a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. I look forward to sharing my passion for growing with these like minded folks who will be staying with us. In turn this young-old dog might just learn some new tricks too.