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.
Because we have two farm located at high elevations, we are one of the latest producers of fresh cut peony stems from mid July through August that are grown in America.
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 a 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 running a season bed and breakfast. With the wonderful growth of the farm we have converted that space into housing for our agriculture interns. My maritime husband, Kurt, has now hung up his commercially fishing hat during the summer and works along side me at the farm. In the winter months you will find him on the water working for the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.
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.
We continue 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.